Want a wedding venue that reflects your unique personality as a couple? Try one of the unique wedding venues in this guide.
When planning a wedding, one of the most important things to consider is the venue.
However, when many people think ‘wedding venue’, they automatically think ‘ballroom’. But, if you’re looking to have a no-traditional wedding, then it’s time to think beyond the ballroom.
There are plenty of unique wedding venues out there for those who’d like to throw tradition out the window.
Check out this guide to learn about the top unique wedding venues for non-traditional weddings.
- National Park
The United States is home to 61 national parks. And, each one of them is absolutely stunning in their own way.
If you and your future spouse love the idea of having your wedding outdoors, but don’t want to do the cliche beach wedding, then a national park wedding is a great idea.
Plus, having your wedding in a national park will make for some of the most amazing wedding photos of all time.
However, keep in mind that having your wedding in a national park does require some planning. Most parks will require you to apply for a permit ahead of time, and some parks have restrictions on what items you can bring in, especially in regards to food, drinks, and sound systems.
If you have your heart set on this plan but would like to make it easy, we suggest doing the ceremony in a public park, and then renting out hotels or accommodation inside of a national park for the rest of the celebrations.
- Conservatory/Botanical Gardens
If your favorite part of wedding planning is picking out the flowers, then a conservatory/botanical garden is the perfect venue for you.
Pretty much every large city has some sort of botanical garden or horticulture center that you can rent out.
And, in addition to being surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers, many of these spaces also have pretty fountains, perfectly manicured topiary, unique statue art, and ponds or mini waterfalls.
Plus, with all the natural greenery and high glass ceilings, you won’t need to worry about bringing any decorations of your own.
- Historic Library
If you’re looking to throw more of a sophisticated soiree, then a historic library is an excellent wedding venue option.
These spaces have beautiful, sprawling architecture and are perfect for lovers of literature. Plus, what’s more romantic than getting married amongst some of the world’s most famous love stories and fairytales?
Of course, hosting a wedding in a library is going to cost you a pretty penny. For example, the New York City Library has packages starting at $60,000.
However, there are libraries in practically every town and city, so there’s a chance you can score a good deal if you choose a smaller, lesser-known library.
- On a Boat
If you’ve got great sea legs, then why not get married on a boat, yacht, riverboat, or ferry?
Boat weddings are always a fan favorite. After all, who doesn’t love a great boat party? The great thing about a boat wedding is that you can easily do the ceremony and the reception in one place.
The ceremony can take place above deck, and then the reception can take place below deck. When it’s time to party, guests will love being able to step out from the crazy dance floor below deck to catch some air in the upper deck.
Plus, there are a lot of boat rental companies that also offer catering staff, which can make the planning process super easy.
- Christmas Tree Farm
If your wedding is around the holiday season, then a Christmas tree farm wedding is an absolute must to bring out the holiday spirit.
The great thing about Christmas tree farms is that they have no shortage of greenery. Plus, they’re usually situated in very idyllic locations that make the perfect backdrop for wedding photos.
Many are also equipped with rustic barns that make the perfect ceremony spot.
If you really want to feel like a queen for a day (or king), why not have your wedding in a castle?
That’s right, a royal wedding isn’t just for the Kate Middletons and Megan Markels of the world. Even if you live in the US, there are castles that you can rent out as wedding venues.
If you really want to kick things up a notch and feel like real royalty, you can even rent out the Kensington Palace in London, which is the royal home of Kate and William.
- Antique Store
Is your home filled with vintage and antique knickknacks? Do you spend your weekends perusing flea markets and local antique stores?
If so, then you should consider throwing your wedding in an actual antique store.
This is the perfect venue for anyone who wants a laidback vintage vibe. And, just think about all the cool decor you’ll be surrounded by!
- Summer Camp
Summer camps aren’t just for kids, and they’re also not just for the summer months. Because most camps only operate between June-August, many of them rent out their spaces during the other months of the year to make extra money.
You can turn the mess hall into a beautiful, rustic wedding hall and all of your guests can cozy up in log cabins. Plus, if the weather is still nice, everyone can enjoy the lake, tennis courts, and of course, long nights around the bonfire roasting s’mores.
You’ve likely stayed at an AirBnB while on vacation, but have you ever thought about renting one out for your wedding venue?
AirBnBs are great because they offer a lot of convenience- you’ll have access to a kitchen, cookware, a big backyard for the ceremony, and plenty of places to hang out.
When it comes to choosing a venue, an AirBnB is great because it can also be incredibly affordable.
Unique Wedding Venues: Which One Will You Choose?
As you can see, there are a lot of options out there when it comes to unique wedding venues.
Now, all you need to do is pick one that suits your personality.
And, if you liked this article, be sure to check back in with our blog for more wedding-related tips and tricks.