One of the newest trends in weddings lately is finding an unusual or unique spot for your venue. Whether you’re thinking of having your ceremony or reception- or both- at a location that brings meaning to your big day, rest assured you’re not alone in your thinking. Wedding planners everywhere are quickly learning to seek out un-thought of spots for brides and grooms who want to include their personalities, hobbies, passions or hopes and dreams in their wedding festivities. The wedding experts at Conklyn’s Weddings have created a few different categories for you to consider if you’re looking for a unique, personalized venue to celebrate your best day together.
Nature & Animal-Lovers
For couples who love the great outdoors, or those who abide there, there are tons of great natural settings for your wedding. For example, state or national parks are a simple way to include the natural beauty of your area in your wedding day. Not only is it likely that your area has state or national parks nearby, but you might also find that the cost is incredibly reasonable. You’ll get incredibly gorgeous backdrops for your ceremony, reception and photos, plus you’ll be supporting the preservation of nature in your area. Some other types of nature or animal-related venues might include zoos, aquariums, beaches, farms or forests.
For those couples that are always seeking the next thrill, bring your wedding guests along with you as you hike a mountain, discover a hidden waterfall or swing from the trees for your wedding. If you love hiking, consider saying your vows on a mountaintop. Show guests what you love most about hiking and camping when you stage your wedding atop a nearby mountain. Majestic views and scenic walks await, not to mention amazingly creative photographs to last a lifetime and beyond. Other great adventure-style weddings might include a waterfall, your favorite sports venue, or even treehouses (yes, that’s a thing now!).
Couples who love to travel might think about including their love for traveling in their wedding day. Choosing a historic train station, airplane hanger or boat can allow you to experience the joy of traveling through your ceremony or reception’s setting. If you choose a train station, you’ll tap into days gone by when a train whistle meant something exciting was about to happen. Old train stations carry a historic value with them that can’t be beat. With tall windows, high ceilings and vintage decor, you can transport your wedding to another time when you host the festivities in a gorgeous train station. Similar options to this might include an airplane hanger, cruise ship or marina.
If you and your partner consider yourselves among the trailblazers and forward-thinkers in your group, consider a venue that is trending now (or will be soon) and get a jump on the next big thing. In major cities, rooftops are an up-and-coming option for big parties. Any cityscape can be an elegant, timeless backdrop to your nuptials. Add twinkling lights and a DJ, and dance the night away on top of the world! Other trends in creative wedding venues include nightclubs, industrial spaces, antique stores or vintage theaters.
For couples who relish the past, find historical sites in or near you that can serve as a beautiful location and offer a little education for your guests, as well. Plus, if the venue has personal historical value for the two of you (for example, it was the site of your first date or where you got engaged), this idea will be even more special for you. One example of this is an historic or memorable museum. Whether you opt for a local art museum, history museum or children’s museum, the aesthetics are likely already built into your setting. Museums are accustomed to hosting large groups for events. See if yours might even give tours or open sections of their collection for wedding guests during cocktail hour. You can also look into historic buildings that reflect the history of your region, a college or university campus, or even local historic libraries!
No matter what you and your partner love, you’re sure to find a venue that will reflect that passion and center you as you recite your vows to one another. With a little creativity and research, you can find a locale that will match your personalities perfectly. Bring your friends and family into your closely-held passions when you invite them to experience a setting you love. For more great ideas or creative ways to make your ideas happen, talk to the wedding professionals at Conklyn’s Weddings. We’re here to help you find the perfect setting for your big day.