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For most brides, finding the perfect wedding venue is one of the most important parts of planning a wedding, but it can be difficult to find a place that meets all your needs and captures the feeling you want to evoke. No one wants a cookie-cutter wedding, so nailing down the most unique venue that also shows off the personalities of the bride and groom is essential.
Historic libraries, movie theaters, conservatories, and even your own backyard can all act as gorgeous backdrops for your big day. One of the biggest perks of having a wedding outside a traditional venue is that you’ll likely save money on decor, since many of these places offer captivating architecture and room for a dance floor or reception. Fortunately, there are several places around the U.S. that are perfect for the big day, but you just have to get a little creative in finding them.
Here are a few tips for finding the perfect spot to say, “I do”.
Start at home
If you aren’t interested in having a big wedding and want to leave it more intimate, think about having the ceremony in the backyard. This will create the perfect setting for friends and family to gather and celebrate you and your groom, and you’ll save money for the honeymoon! If your own backyard isn’t up to your standards, consider asking a family member to hold the ceremony at their house or fix up the area by planting flowers, adding paving stones, stringing up twinkle lights, and/or building an arbor or pergola. The national average cost to build a pergola is $3,501, but it’s something you can keep forever as a reminder of your perfect wedding day. For more information on pricing, read on here.
Have a destination wedding
Many couples are choosing to have a destination wedding these days, with the ceremony, reception, and honeymoon built right in. These tend to work best with smaller wedding parties (which can save you money), but if you have the means and want to fly everyone to your island celebration, by all means, do it! Just make sure you do some homework beforehand about local laws and customs, average temperature, and the weather forecast for your wedding week. Being well-informed ahead of time will help you leave all your stress behind and enjoy yourself. Keep in mind that there are ways to have that destination wedding feel without the actual destination. For example, nestled along the coast of Alabama, Little Point Clear combines Southern charm with a coastal feel. The breezy palms and view of the Mobile Bay will leave you and your guests dreaming of a tropical destination, and with the money saved, that tropical dream could be a honeymoon reality.
Look for something unique to your hometown
Depending on where you’re from, there may be tons of overlooked gems as far as wedding venues go. Get online and look up some of the famous places in your town. Also, there are several gorgeous national parks and outdoor venues to choose from in the Pacific Northwest. Go here for some ideas from around the country.
Make it about you and your partner
If you want the day to just be about the two of you, consider something as exciting and quirky as getting married in a hot-air balloon, or in a tree house. Make the day about the two of you and enjoy every minute of it. Remember that what works for one bride may not work for another, so why not challenge yourself to create a day that is as unique as you are?
Planning a wedding that isn’t like all the others doesn’t have to be filled with stress or anxiety. Sit down with your partner and talk about the things you both want to include in the big day. Brainstorm on ideas and tailor each aspect of the ceremony to your needs. Doing so will help you create the best way to express yourselves.