If planning floral arrangements and centerpieces has got you down, why not book your wedding in a venue that’s so gorgeous it needs no decoration? Brides are increasingly saying so long to country clubs and banquet halls in favor of unique venues that showcase their personalities. If the idea of an unconventional wedding speaks to you, check out this list of one-of-a-kind venues your guests are sure to remember.
From the jaw dropping arches and pinnacles at Arches National Park to the striking waterfalls of Glacier National Park, the U.S. park system has no shortage of natural beauty. This venue is perfect for the couple that lives for the outdoors.
For a wedding that’s full of rustic charm, site your nuptials at one of America’s historic covered bridges. The Midwest and New England offer the most options when it comes to covered bridges, but you can find these quaint structures all across the country.
Forget the wedding processional — hold your ceremony on top of a mountain and your wedding party will have an entire hike to the top. But once you’re there, you’ll be rewarded with the most breathtaking views and wedding photos. This is the ideal venue for the tiny, intimate ceremony you’ve been dreaming of.
Does it get better than a built-in stage and seating? How about unbelievable balcony shots, professional sound and lighting systems, dressing rooms, and your names on a marquee?
An apple orchard is the perfect setting for an autumn wedding. Not only are there picturesque trees, rustic barns, and maybe even some fresh cider, but it’s more accessible than a mountaintop so the whole family can come along. And why stop at apples? Get married in a peach orchard in the summer, pomegranate orchard in the late fall, or a citrus orchard in winter.
With dreamy blue lights and awe-inspiring backdrops, who wouldn’t love getting married in an aquarium? Book in a venue like the Aquarium of the Pacific and you’ll turn the beachfront wedding on its head by taking your ceremony under the sea. Plus, you won’t have to worry about sand in your shoes.
If you’re the kind of couple to use your dog as your ring bearer, why not go all-in and hold your fête at your pooch’s favorite dog park? The casual setting is perfect for couples who prefer a laid-back vibe for their wedding, and guests can bring their own dogs to add to the party. There are dog parks everywhere, but here’s a short list to give you an idea: Portland, Saint Paul, Miami, San Jose, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, Knoxville, Madison, Raleigh, and Calgary. Just make sure you do a thorough clean-up before the big event!
If high drama is more your style, plan an intimate ceremony on the rooftop of one of your city’s highest buildings. Schedule your ceremony at sunset for an intense backdrop of a glowing cityscape, and have romantic lighting ready for after the sun goes down.
There’s no need for floral arrangements when you book your nuptials at a botanical garden or conservatory. With stunning displays of native and exotic plants, this is the perfect setting for the bride who’s obsessed with succulents, backyard gardens, and all things green.
Sure, you could hold your wedding at an art museum. But while it’s undeniably gorgeous, it’s not terribly unique. Mix up the standard museum wedding by hosting yours at a children’s museum instead. You’ll be amazed at just how much fun your guests have exploring the displays during cocktail hour.
You can hold your wedding anywhere. So why not make it somewhere memorable so you spend the rest of your life looking back with a smile? Whether your budget is big or small, your guest list long or short, you can find a special venue that makes your wedding an event to remember.
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