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Sunday, December 2, 2012

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Filed under: Wedding Tips,Wedding Venues — Larry James @ 8:30 am
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Every couple wants their wedding to be “unique” or “unforgettable.” But just a handful of couples go to great lengths to make their big day completely different from everyone else’s.

More and more couples seeking unusual settings, from treetops to airplane hangars. Unusual weddings can be a memorable experience for the bride, groom and all the guests. Here are a few ideas for several unique alternatives to the classic church wedding venue:


Candice King & Mikkel Hansen were married at 6,200 feet above Phoenix in a Hot Air Balloon at 6:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

• Your own backyard
• An Art Gallery
• A Vineyard or winery
• Lakeside
• In a loft
• On a boat
• In a Hot Air Balloon
• In a barn
• At a museum
• In a warehouse
• On the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico
• At a Sandals Resort in the Bahamas
• In a castle
• At a baseball, basketball or hockey game
• In your favorite department store
• At the Zoo
• At your favorite restaurant
• At victory lane at a race track
• At a nudist resort (or maybe not ;-))
• At the court house in the court room
• At a botanical gardens
• In a cave or cavern
• In a lighthouse
• At a hot dog stand
• On stage at a local theater
• At a park
• A chapel and alumni house at your college
• At the state capital
• At a Yacht Club
• At a Art Studio or Gallery
• At a Mansion or Historical Landmark Building
• At a Fire Station
• Exchange vows on a train or at a train station
• On a merry-go-round
• On a hay ride
• Pool side
• At an arboretum
• At a lake
• A local monument or attraction
• In a fancy lobbies in an office building

When you are planning a wedding at an unusual location, it is important that you understand all the rules, regulations and specifications of the wedding contract. Additionally, the arrangements should be made as far in advance as possible. Because some of these places aren’t used to having weddings, you might be able to snag them for a steal, though you’ll often have to bring in extra rentals (chairs, etc.).

Many of the locations mentioned here are not traditional places for holding a wedding. Finding the right wedding venue for you will take some checking around on your part, but in the end you will have a one-of-a-kind place to have a wedding.

There are many great places that you can have a very memorable wedding such as lush gardens or even in a forest clearing. Choose carefully. Plan in advance. Be sure to have your Wedding Consultant check out:

• Accessibility
• Parking space
• Privacy
• Facilities
• Presence of traffic
• Permits, fees
• Inclement weather (rent a tent or having alternate site)
• Noise levels

Check all restrictions that may accompany booking the venue. Some sites restrict practices like throwing rice or bringing outside beverages or rental items. There may also be rules about decorating like no hanging decorations or fabric from the ceiling. Some of the venue ideas may cause you to limit how many guests you have.

The most important thing is to have fun! AND hire a professional photographer to capture each and every moment.

Did I miss anything? Leave your ideas in the comments.

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