The wedding industry is massive. According to the Huffington Post, it’s worth an estimated $300 billion… that’s billion with a B! Yet with all that money being spent, so many weddings end up looking generic and uninspired. People rent out the same old spaces, fill them with the same old accessories and end up posting the same old pictures on social media.
If you are recently engaged and planning your nuptials, why not think outside the box when it comes to venues? Sure, you could go the traditional route and find a nice church or a classy hotel, but a more unique venue will be an exciting change for your friends and family. Here, we’ve outlined some of our favorite ideas for wedding venues for the unconventional bride.
What’s old is new again! Throwing your wedding at an antique store is perfect for the couple who love that vintage look. Plus, antique stores are easy to find and flexible about closing down for a day as a venue. That’s what Canadian TV personality Jessica Cruickshank did. She truly ran with the shabby-chic theme complete with an Old Hollywood-inspired wedding dress, vintage matchbook escort cards, and rustic decor.
Of course, a cluttered antique store may not have ample room for a catering staff. If you are concerned with what to do about food service, take a cue from this Chicago couple and hire food trucks for an unconventional dinner that accommodates for everyone’s tastes and dietary needs. People can pick what they want and enjoy their choices in a vintage-inspired picnic setting.
Your local library may be one of the most beautiful buildings in your area. Take advantage of its stunning architecture by renting it out for your wedding venue! This is especially a great idea for the couple that loves books as much as they love each other.
This couple made a library wedding work for them and only spent a mere $500. They kept their ceremony small, and the bride wore her mother’s wedding dress. That is quite the feat. It just goes to show you that being an unconventional bride doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.
There is no place like home, especially when it comes to a wedding venue. Throwing a backyard wedding means you save big bucks that you can spend on other things and still come out under budget. The national average cost to build a pergola is $3,501. Compare that to the $14,000 most couples spend on a venue. That saves you an extra $10,000 you can put toward your honeymoon, first house or retirement.
Yacht or River Boat
If your wedding is small enough, renting a riverboat or yacht as a wedding venue guarantees fun and spectacular vistas. A river cruise is an ideal romantic location for nuptials, and you don’t even have to go all out with a nautical theme. This happy couple kept their decorations simple and classic as they held the ceremony and reception on a riverboat.
State or National Park
This idea is for the nature lovers and adventurers! When you hold your wedding in a state or national park, you are guaranteed gorgeous scenery. Plus, wide open spaces give you plenty of room to execute your vision. There are a few drawbacks, though. Having a wedding in a state or national park requires a special permit and there are various rules regarding things like trash and glass. And just like any outdoor wedding, you need a Plan B to turn to in case the weather is ugly. However, with the right planning, a state or national park wedding can be an unforgettable event.
Your wedding should be a reflection of your love and interests as a couple. While you can always go the traditional route, unconventional brides should think outside the box when it comes to choosing a venue. Options such as antique stores, libraries, backyards, boats and parks provide unforgettable experiences for friends and family.
Guest blogged by Erin Reynolds
Erin Reynolds is the creator of DIYMama.net, which provides resources to help others with home improvement projects and repairs. Keep an eye out for the DIY or Not Calculator, which will help you determine whether or not to take on a project yourself!