You have dreamt about this day ever since you were a child. You imagined the groom, the dress, the make-up, the people and – no doubt – the venue. But when it comes to choosing your venue, this is going to be something you will remember for the rest of your life; don’t make it a cliché! Forget about big hotel receptions and ceremonies on the beach like you’ve seen in a zillion romantic comedies, Remi Mayer guest blogs with these tips on some truly unique locations around the world for your wedding.
I’m so happy – I could fly!
If you’re feeling adventurous and you want to experience some “higher ground”, this is the thing for you! In Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the International Balloon Fiesta, you can get married in a hot-air balloon! Some balloon baskets hold up to 12 passengers, so the bride, the groom, and the rest of a small wedding part can fly together for the ceremony.
Yes, you have read it right! Belize is a home to more than 600 ancient Mayan sites that welcome weddings. And of course, you can arrange for a Mayan shaman to perform the ceremony. Among the most enchanting and romantic locales is Cahal Pech.
If you are looking for a place where you can feel like reminiscing over your childhood moments, we’re heading to Scotland! A rustic treehouse that holds up to 24 people and a view to Loch Goil sounds like a perfect spot for an intimate ceremony with a childish twist!
At the edge
And if your primary wish is a breathtaking view, Malibu is the place for you! Malibu Rocky Oaks grants you a ceremony with a 360-degree view of the Santa Monica Mountains. And as the place is actually a vineyard, you can also book a wine cruise! There are so many offers up for grabs, you just need to choose which one if the best for you.
Going coocoo with the wildlife
When you talk with studios that do wedding photography in Melbourne, Australia, they will often tell you that some of the coolest destinations to get hitched in the land down under are actually zoos and aquariums. If you’re a nature lover, and especially animal lover, don’t you think it would be beautiful to be surrounded by wildlife on the most special day of your life? I think yes!
Night at the museum!
Give your night at the museum a whole new meaning! At the Great North Museum in Newcastle, you can arrange to hold your wedding ceremony. The first floor café, with views over the landscaped front garden, can also be hired for evening entertainment such as drinks receptions and dinners. And if you like to think in advance, the Museum also hold kids’ parties.
Feel the East!
If you’re into Eastern culture and want to experience the whole “1001 nights” thing, you’re in the right place. You can actually book an Arabian tent where you can choose from different settings! Ranging from typical British outdoors wedding with soft beiges and dining tables, to more traditional Arabian styles with floor cushions, jewel tones and embroidery, you really can’t get it wrong!
What girl now hasn’t fantasized about her knight in shining armor, his valiant white horse and a castle – of course! Now you can fulfill your dreams and live the fairytale. In England your dreams can come true, with a multitude of palaces and historic estates ready for your choosing. You can book up both Hampton Court and Kensington in advance, with rooms that will take up to 400 guests.
All aboard the Talyllyn Express!
It’s a historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful mid-Wales countryside! The Talyllyin Railway’s tea room at Abergynolwyn Station is licensed to hold civil marriage ceremonies. It can hold wedding groups up to 40 people. Make your big day extra special and travel your way to marriage!
Castle or temple, mid-air or on the ground, east or west – the choice is yours! The possibilities are literally endless, and there’s no need to limit yourself to the standard wedding locations for your ceremony and reception. These are some unique venues that can be a fun alternative to the beautiful but sometimes ordinary locations typical for weddings.
Remi Mayer is a marketing student from Melbourne and an avid writer. She has worked for an event organizing company and worked on a lot of weddings so far, building her experience in wedding planning.
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