For most couples, the wedding day is the happiest day of their lives. It’s an opportunity to affirm their love for each other in the presence of family, friends and all the people that mean the most to them in the world. And while, traditionally, weddings have been held in churches, there is an increasing trend for couples to add their own spin to the wedding, holding it in weird and wonderful locations to make the event unique and memorable. From historic national parks to lovely backyard pergolas , here we look at five non-traditional wedding locations.
National park wedding
The world is full of beautiful national parks abounding with all sorts of trees, plants and wildlife that can provide the perfect backdrop for your special day. However, these places remain beautiful because they’re well protected, so if you wish to hold a ceremony in any national parks you’ll need to apply for a permit from the region’s national park and wildlife service. Still, if you can get that piece of paperwork out of the way, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning and memorable location — and the photos will look amazing.
If you and your partner love the sand and surf, then why not host your wedding on the place that makes you the most happy? The beach wedding is an excellent option in summer if you want a relaxed and sunny vibe for your ceremony. Some beaches require permission to use for a wedding ceremony, so if you’ve picked your spot then contact the local council to find out if it’s okay to hold your wedding there, or if you’ll need to fill in some paperwork. Most importantly, have a contingency plan in case the rain comes — you’ll be exposed to the elements with nowhere to hide!
Historic house wedding
Weddings are all about tradition and creating a sense of history, and nothing conveys that better than a building that was constructed over 100 years ago. Historic houses can be found wherever you are in the world, and many of them allow happy couples to take advantage of their grandiose design on a wedding day. If you have a spot that you find particularly appealing, contact the people or the trust that are in charge of the building and find out what is required to use the place for your happy day. If it’s a particularly popular place, you may need have others looking to book it too, so get in early.
For something really different, why not hire a boat for the day and take your guests out onto the wide open seas? Sailing weddings are great for romantic and adventurous couples, and the accompanying metaphor of setting sail in your new life together is another bonus. You can stop at wonderful tropical locations and toast with champagne as the sun sets on the horizon. Many companies offer sailboat weddings, so jump on Google and see what you can find.
If you have a pretty backyard that is big enough to hold many guests, nothing provides an intimate and homely feel to your big day like a backyard wedding. Leafy pergolas and gazebos are great backyard structures that can be taken advantage of, and verandas are a great place for guests to gather for a good old-fashioned feed after the ceremony.