The venue is a key component of any wedding, and it will influence all the other decisions you will make for your special day. There are many different options available and something to suit every couple, so don’t just look at hotels and restaurants. Choose a venue that reflects your interests to make your day personal – your wedding should encapsulate your personalities. Consider alternative venues and find a memorable place to exchange your vows to ensure your wedding day will be remembered fondly for years to come by you, your partner, and your guests.
If you are a couple who love walks in the countryside and being out in the open air, why not make your vows surrounded by greenery? A countryside wedding provides wonderful photo opportunities and is a particularly good option during the summer months. Follow the ceremony with a relaxed picnic reception – a great way to celebrate your nuptials with your loved ones and appreciate all that nature has to offer. Go wild with dried flower arrangements and archways made from weaved willow for a natural twist on the traditional wedding elements.
A wedding on the coast is perfect for beach babes and surf dudes. Whether you travel abroad or opt for a local beach resort you will be blessed with beautiful views and the unmistakable salty scent of sea breeze as you tie the knot. Go barefoot and feel the sand between your toes for a real sense of freedom! If a beach wedding floats your boat, this guide to beach weddings from Greenvelope will help you prepare for your special day and ensure you create the ideal impression from the moment the invites go out. Even better, Greenvelope’s invites are environmentally friendly!
Singers and thespians will be thrilled to learn that many theaters are licensed to hold weddings. If you love drama and being the center of attention, this could be the option for you. A theater is also ideal if you have a large guestlist as you’ll have no problem fitting them into the space – plus they will be guaranteed a great seat as you and your partner take your place in the spotlight to declare your love and commitment to each other. If you work in the arts, you could always ask friends with talent to help out with lighting, sound and performances to give your big day the personal touch. With such an unusual venue you will be sure of five-star reviews from all your guests!
It is said that every bride wants to be a princess on her wedding day, so if you want to embrace your regal side a castle is a perfect place to exchange vows and rings. Castles are also an ideal venue for anyone with an interest in history and you will be guaranteed a stunning, dramatic backdrop for your photographs which will delight you when you look back on your wedding album in years to come.
If you’re the kind of couple that has four cats, three dogs and a pony, you’ll love the idea of sharing your special day surrounded by animals. Zoos and wildlife parks can make an interesting wedding venue – although you may be upstaged by the monkeys! For added fun, why not ask your guests to wear animal prints to match the setting? You could go all out with the jungle theme by embracing your wild side with a tropical lily bouquet – ideal for anyone who loves bold colors and making a statement.
There is an undeniable romance about windmills, and they can provide a wonderful venue for anyone looking for a quirky place to get married. As they are traditionally small spaces look for a windmill with a large outdoor space you can get married in or choose to have an intimate ceremony with just your nearest and dearest. If love has got you in a spin and the wind is in your sails, find a windmill which has been converted into a holiday rental so you can stay over on your wedding night.
As you look to the future you can also reflect upon the past by getting married in a museum. An ideal choice for anyone with an interest in history! Many museums are grand buildings with large open halls and sweeping staircases that are full of romance and will provide an impressive venue for your special day. Choose a museum with gardens for reception drinks and canapes and you and your guests will be left with happy memories that will last a lifetime. Depending on the venue you may also be able to enjoy the galleries to add a touch of culture to your day.
Gardeners, landscapers, and florists will love the lush greenery and rare plants on show in a botanical garden. A tropical greenhouse can be a memorable place to get married and the jungle-like setting will ensure your photographs are out of this world. If you are getting married inside a hothouse be aware that they are very humid – not ideal for brides wearing voluptuous wedding dresses or grooms in top hats and tails. No one wants to be uncomfortable on their wedding day so if you feel this option may suit you, ask about air conditioning or make a feature of hand fans – an ideal wedding favor for guests at a wedding in a hot venue.
If your love has taken you to new heights and you feel on top of the world, head to the mountains to exchange your vows. If snow sports are your passion, choose a ski or snowboard resort to incorporate your hobby into your wedding. Log cabins and open fires will give a dreamy, cozy vibe for a wedding that will warm even the coldest of hearts.
Wherever you decide to get married, take time to soak up the day – so many brides say it passes in a blur of happiness. Relax knowing you have chosen the perfect venue for you and your partner and enjoy your first day as a married couple. Congratulations!