Choosing the right venue for a wedding is an extremely important part of the planning procedure, and something over which brides and grooms alike spend a very long time deliberating. The chosen venue can often create the atmosphere for the whole of the big day, so it is important to get it just right.
With couples often wanting to ensure that their wedding is one to be remembered, there are some that go to extreme lengths to find the most weird and wonderful venues possible in which to tie the knot.
In fact, in 2010 one Italian couple managed to set a world record with their extravagant idea. Held at Morcone beach, Italy, 261 divers were involved at a depth of 5m making it the largest underwater wedding on record. With marriages such as this, inspiring couples all over the world to get creative with their own wedding venues, where can you look to find the location with a twist for your big day? We’ve put together a few ideas to get your own creativity flowing.
Outdoor Wedding Venues
Everybody knows that the British climate leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to providing wonderful wedding weather, so organising a wedding in the great outdoors may be one risk too far for some couples. However, with a bit of planning, outdoor weddings do not have to be a wash out, and there are some extremely quirky, unique and beautiful outside venues available.
From country clubs and gardens to woods and beaches, outdoor venues have a lot to offer when it comes to originality and atmosphere. Of course, a big worry is the inevitable unpredictability of the great British weather, so couples should have a back-up such as a marquee in the case of an unfortunate spell. For those who wish to steer clear of any traditionalism, an unusual and quirky alternative to this is a tepee, which can provide a very cosy and intimate setting. Some outdoor venues will also have indoor areas anyway which can range from established buildings to cabins, tents, and even tree houses, meaning you could get the option of two settings in which to celebrate.
Venues for animal lovers
For those whose perfect way to say ‘I do’ involves being surrounded by family, friends and an array of animals, here’s how other couples have found the solution. Celebrating weddings in places such as zoos and aquariums has become increasingly popular and some such venues actually advertise themselves as the perfect place to hold a reception with a difference.
For those searching for the most unusual place to get married, doing so in a historical venue does not necessarily mean that you should assume tradition. In fact, there are many unusual industrial heritage sites all over the UK for couples to consider, which could offer an experience of stunning originality. With old mills, industrial museums and mines to discover, couples can be sure that their wedding will make an impression.
Cultural and Contemporary Venues
For those wanting a more cultured day, hiring space in a venue such as a museum could be the ideal option. Depending on your interests, there is a wealth of British museums that open themselves to events; they could provide the perfect back drop to your big day. This choice really allows couples to tailor their wedding around their own passions and interests, because with such an enormous selection of museums and galleries to choose from, finding one that you love won’t be a difficult undertaking.
Contemporary museums or art galleries may provide the perfect setting for those couples who are hoping for a more modern, stylish or minimalistic look, or even a blank canvas to style as they wish.
Finding your perfect wedding venue is naturally a task that takes time. But rather than opting for something traditional, consider the charm, fun and beauty which a more unusual venue offers to ensure that your big day is truly unforgettable