One of the most important decisions for planning a wedding is choosing the location. Where you have your wedding can set the tone for the whole day and help inspire everything else. Once you have picked a venue, you can think about food, attire, and décor to fit the scene.
As the years go by, more and more weddings stray from the traditional ideas of a church and a reception hall. While you might still want to use these longstanding wedding locations for your big day, many people have very different ideas of what they are looking for to make the event perfect.
Everyone is different, and there is no one size fits all answer for a wedding venue. However, here are some ideas for where to tie the knot, along with some important things to keep in mind when making your choice.
Unique Location Ideas
If you are looking for a wedding location that strays from the ordinary, here are some ideas to mull over for possible spots to exchange your vows.
Wineries, Breweries, or Distilleries
While the winery wedding has been a popular choice for many years now, breweries and distilleries are starting to get in on the game. All of these options tend to offer their unique style. You can choose whichever one fits your personality and your palate more closely. You will also have a great range of wines, beers, or spirits straight from the source and can deal with one less vendor by having the alcohol supplied by the venue.
Zoos and Aquariums
If you want to bring the animal kingdom into your big day, a zoo or aquarium can be a great option. You can also save money on décor by having the animals serve as most of the moving decoration. The big caution here is to be careful to pick your spots wisely. You might not want the smell and sight of an animal defecating to dominate your exchange of vows.
You’ll have to take a look at your budget for this one, but if you can afford it, renting out a sports stadium for your wedding could be a great idea for sports fans. You can also save a bit of money by choosing a minor league park over a major league stadium.
Of course, if you want to go with this option on the cheap and have a giant wedding, there is another possibility. Rather than renting out the stadium, you can simply go to a game and get married during half-time or the 7th inning stretch. This option might even lead to your big moment being featured on the big screen and comes with the possibility of a gift from the team as a thank you for your support, and a good public relations move on their part.
Maybe big team sports aren’t your thing, but you still love some physical activity and games. A roller or ice skating rink can be a great choice that provides an option for a unique first dance. A facility with bowling, putt-putt golf, billiards, and arcade games can provide you and your guests with a lot of fun options and an alternative to dancing. This is an especially great option if you will have a lot of children at your wedding.
Museums and Art Galleries
Another choice that requires minimal investment in decorations. If you and your future spouse love a day at the museum, consider having your ultimate day there. Unlike the activity center, this maybe isn’t the best option if there will be a lot of children in attendance. This venue is probably a location where you are going to want to make sure you have excellent wedding event insurance coverage.
Getting married on top of a mountain could be a really great experience. It will certainly make for some pretty spectacular pictures. However, you should keep in mind that a choice like this is going to severely limit your guest list.
Discuss With Your Betrothed
The most important thing when trying to choose a venue is to discuss your options with the person with whom you will be spending the rest of your life. Make sure you are on the same page and that whatever location you end up choosing, you will both be happy with the choice.
Keep Practicality in Mind
While you want to choose an amazing wedding location that fits both you and your fiancé perfectly, you need to make sure you are practical in your decision. If you want grandma and grandpa to make it to the wedding, having it on top of a mountain might not be the best option. You also don’t want to spend your whole budget on the venue and have no money left for anything else.
You will want to keep kids in mind if they are going to be in attendance. Don’t get caught by surprise by a venue that doesn’t allow food or alcohol.
You need to find a place that fits all of your needs and not just your wants. As long as you go into the process with a clear idea of what you need, finding a venue that is everything you want is very manageable and can lead to the perfect wedding day.