Wedding planning — it’s a time of great excitement and also, for many couples, a time for significant stress. Picking out dresses, deciding on colors, imagining your first dance; there are so many fun decisions you get to make, but one of the first elements you must consider is your venue.

Until you’ve picked your venue, it’s hard to move forward with a decent chunk of planning because you won’t be able to have a concrete date, time, or guest capacity.

Fortunately, we’ve come up with several unique wedding venues that are sure to inspire and get you headed in the right direction to begin planning the day of your dreams. Whether you and your partner are sports fanatics or hopeless romantics, you are sure to find a unique venue that is sure to fit your wants and needs.

Destination

A perfect excuse to take a family vacation, a chance to explore a new part of the world, having a reason to limit the guest count, these are all qualities that make destination wedding locations appeal to many couples.

The average number of guests who attend destination weddings is almost half of the total in attendance at more traditional weddings. If you’re looking for a great way to have a completely immersive wedding experience for you and your closest loved ones, here are some of the best destination wedding possibilities.

Peace and Serenity — Private Island

private island wedding

If the simplicity of watching the sun set over the water while surrounded by only family and friends sounds appealing to you, consider exploring the idea of holding your wedding on a private island.

It may sound too pricey at first, but there are some genuinely spectacular options available. Possibilities range from going all-out with a private tropical location in Fiji to renting an inn on a small island in the Northeastern U.S. seashore. You can even find short-term rentals in secluded isles on favorite home-sharing sites.

Outdoorsy — Cabin in the Woods

If you and your partner are nature lovers and are looking for a wedding day that provides peace and serenity with a twist of fun, consider cabin rentals. There are many “glamping,” or glamorous camping locations, that can adequately suit the needs of just about any bride and groom.

From having a ceremony in the midst of trees to roasting marshmallows over a campfire with guests, the possibilities are virtually endless here.

Romantic — Castle

If you want to create a day that feels straight out of a fairy-tale book, then choosing a castle as your wedding venue may be just what you’re looking for to begin your happily ever after.

Many castles that host weddings provide a few different ceremony and reception rooms to choose from, allowing you to have a fair amount of flexibility with the guest list. Castles often offer wedding packages that can include photo shoots, wedding-day brunch, and even bridal suites.

Adventurous — Theme Park

If you and your partner are adrenaline enthusiasts, there are a significant number of theme parks that will happily host your big day. Imagine saying your vows next to the roller coaster you couldn’t get enough of during family vacations in your youth. Some parks even offer group discount rates for you and your guests.

Opting for a theme park wedding is the perfect way to choose a fun and exciting wedding theme. There is also no need to worry about planning multiple events for all of your guests who have traveled to be with you because the rids and attractions will provide all of the entertainment needed.

Closer to Home

If a destination wedding isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There are still plenty of unique wedding venues for you to choose.

We’ve compiled a list of our best ideas to ensure that your wedding day lives up to all of your expectations.

History Buffs — Museum

museum

Imagine having your ceremony next to ancient artifacts or treasured art pieces — it’s possible if you choose to get married because they offer an aura of class and elegance with a little bit of quirky curiosity.

Since weddings in museums are usually during the evening hours, guests often get private access to museum exhibits. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the exhibits on display while simultaneously celebrating the beginning of your married life.

Animal Lover — The Zoo

wedding couple and ostrich in zoo

Do you like to live on the wild side? If so, contact your local zoo to see if they will allow you to hold your wedding there. Zoos are able to offer quite a unique backdrop for your ceremony, and often have large hospitality spaces that are perfect for holding receptions.

If you’re looking to take your wedding to the next level, consider asking if a zookeeper would be willing to show off some friendly critters during your cocktail hour or reception. Encouraging guests to wear animal print to the festivities can also be a fun way to set your day apart, and the pictures from your event will be sure to bring back some great memories.

Rustic — Fruit Orchard

fruit orchard

Couples who want to incorporate a little rustic charm into their big day should explore what hosting their event at a fruit orchard may have to offer. Orchards tend to be exceptionally stunning in the fall, so if you’re dreaming of having an autumn wedding, you will most certainly want to look into this option.

Orchards tend to be one of the more low-maintenance wedding places you can choose. Typically, there is almost always enough parking for guests, and there is a low risk of your ceremony being crashed by random tourists or visitors.

Lover of the Arts — Theater

Groom is sitting next to his gorgeous bride

If attending the symphony or enjoying a newly debuted play is one of your favorite ways to spend date night, researching what types of wedding packages are available at your local theater may be an excellent idea for you and your partner.

A key feature that sets a theater apart from all other wedding venues is the stage. Holding your ceremony on a stage is not only a unique experience, but it will ensure that even your guests who have a seat in the back of the room will have an excellent vantage point of your nuptials.

Theaters are usually great options for couples that are looking to have a large wedding because the space is naturally set-up in a way that easily holds a considerable amount of people. Couples who choose this option may also enjoy the ease of prepping for the big day in the backstage dressing rooms.

Sports Lovers — Stadium/Arena

Beautiful couple sitting on football stadium stand

Do you and your spouse have a local team that you love? Consider incorporating your favorite sport or team into your wedding festivities by selecting a stadium or arena as your venue.

If you’re lucky enough to choose a wedding date that your team is playing in town on, you can have the game be the backdrop for your reception. Guests will be able to dance the night away without having to worry about checking their phones or running to find a TV to make sure that they aren’t missing any big plays.

Nature Lovers — Botanical Garden

garden wedding

Having your wedding at a local botanical garden or greenhouse allows you the unique experience of getting married in the midst of thousands of beautiful flowers.

Botanical gardens typically provide an elegant simplicity. Holding your wedding at a garden is a great way to cut down on your decorating budget because you and your guests can simply enjoy the beauty of nature. Your photographer will also thank you for how many great photo opportunities that are sure to come from this very aesthetically appealing type of venue.

Creating an unforgettable experience is often a top priority for many brides and grooms. With over two million weddings happening each year in the United States, it can be fairly difficult to dream up uncommon ideas that will keep your guests abuzz for years to come.

By exploring any of the unique wedding venues that are listed above, you are well on your way to creating a fun and memorable wedding experience that is sure to get your marriage off to a great start.

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