The wedding ceremony is where two individuals unite to become one. Choosing the location for this event would seem a simple task, but it’s actually one that requires much planning and coordination, especially if a non-traditional ceremony is being planned.
Many couples will hold the wedding ceremony at a house of worship, usually one that the bride, the groom, or some other family member attends. When this is the case, selecting the location is fairly easy, provided the date is available. But what happens when the bride- and groom-to-be are of different denominations? More tricky still, how is the situation handled when the couple doesn’t have any religious affiliation?
That’s when the couple needs to get together to discusses their wedding ceremony location options. There are many. Selecting the location of the ceremony should happen well in advance of the wedding date, up to 12 months if possible. If you wait too long to reserve the location, you may find it’s already booked.
Besides a house of worship, wedding ceremony locations can be practically anywhere – at home, at a country or yacht club, outdoors at a local, national or state park, on a yacht, on a tropical island, at a mountaintop retreat, in a medieval castle, at Disney World – you name it, it’s probably capable of accommodating a wedding ceremony.
Here are some great unique options:
Beach Wedding- The ocean will be your backdrop, and nature will provide all the beauty and decor you need. This is a popular choice for nature lovers, couples who are eloping, or who are having a destination wedding. Be sure to check with the City Hall to find out what type of permitting is required and all the other rules of having a beach wedding in their city.
Garden- Many cities have beautiful gardens that are available for weddings. Some of the gardens have inside areas that can be used for a reception, or a backup ceremony area in case of rain. Gardens are beautiful, but the often have restrictions on what you can do as far as decorations, and food and alchohol.
Museum- A museum is a wonderful option for a unique wedding location. Depending on where you live, there can be a wide array of museums to choose from. Ranging from antique car museums to a wax museum.
Mansion- Mansions come in many different styles, depending on your wedding theme, you may want a Victorian style, Spanish style, “South Beach” style, or the many other options. You may also want to use the backyard for a lavish outdoor ceremony.
Historic Site- A historic site is the perfect place for a vintage wedding, or anyone who wants a unique wedding venue. Historic sites may have several restrictions on what can be done to the site for your wedding. Check with the site manager way in advance to find out all of the rules and restrictions.
Yacht- A yacht is a beautiful and luxurious place for a wedding ceremony! Yachts have various packages depending on what your needs are and what your budget is. A great way to be even more unique is to have a beach wedding immediately preceding a yacht reception.
Also, before selecting a location, make sure it will accommodate your needs. Is the location large enough to accommodate all your guests? Are dressing rooms available? Are there electrical outlets for acoustics and/or music? Is the location easily accessible, especially for those with special needs? Can you find someone to officiate at the location?
The amount you’ll pay will vary from location to location. When you’re finding out the costs, be sure to ask what is included with the price. Make sure the items mentioned are written out on the contract, too. You’ll likely be asked to provide a deposit to reserve the date. This needs to be reflected on the contract as well as the balance amount and due date. Most importantly, make sure your wedding location says “you” and matches your wedding theme.
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