15 surprising alternative wedding venues #Advice#aquarium#backyard#boat#bowling alley#cave#haunted venue#loft#mountain#movie theater#renaissance#wedding venues March 2 2011 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin We know that you know about wedding venues like churches, hotels, restaurants, gardens and beaches… but have you considered having your wedding underground, or on the side of a cliff, or under a dinosaur? We've scrounged up some of our favorite alternative wedding venues from weddings past in order to give you all a little inspiration… Get married IN FUNNY SHOES Photo by Steve Koo Photography. If I ever have another wedding, I'm gonna do it up 11th birthday-style, at a Roller rink or Bowling alley! Get married IN A TREE Treehouse weddings are an amazing choice for super green couples. Get married UNDER A DINOSAUR Photo by Photography by Greg Nerds of the world, get behind this idea: have your wedding at Museums, Art Galleries orPlantariums. Besides, getting married under a dinosaur FTW! Get married WITH CARNIES Photography by Harmony Nixon The photos at amusement park weddings are always incredible. Get married WITH YOUR LAWN CHAIR For a really affordable option, you can't beat your own backyard. And there's no curfew or anyone else telling you what you can and can't do. Related Post Awesome venue idea: MOVIE THEATER So you say you don't want to get married in a church, but it's autumn so you're not doing it outside or in your backyard.... Read more Get married ON A BOAT MOTHERFUCKER Photo by Rubin Photography Boat weddings are especially good for the non-religious couple, because you can legally get married by a captain! And you can have sea turtles and whales as your bridal party. Get married LIKE A DIVA Have an authentic old Hollywood-style wedding in a movie theatre. Get married OFF THE MAP Photo by Photo courtesy of Nathan Williams Anyone can get married above ground — try doing it deep below the Earth's surface for a change in a cave wedding. Get married AT YOUR FAVORITE HOT SPOT Photos by Maxwel Lander Bar weddings are perfect if you wanted to have a kid-free wedding. Get married WITH GHOSTS Haunted venues for the ghost enthusiast, or for those of you who want to pad your guest list with the undead. Get married WITH YOUR CAMPING GEAR Photo by Andrew Bradley State parks weddings are a gorgeous and affordably option. And they're also great for weekend camping weddings. Get married IN A BLANK SLATE Lofts or warehouses are an open space just waiting for your wedding transformation… whatever form it takes. Get married IN THE SKY Mountain or cliff weddings because "I know that one day Veronica and I are gonna to get married on top of a mountain, and there's going to be flutes playing and trombones and flowers and garlands of fresh herbs. And we will dance till the sun rises." Get YE OLDE MARRIED For all you Renn Faire geeks getting married at a Renaissance Faire is WAY too perfect. Get married WITH SHARKS Photo by Benja Iglesis Underwater weddings are perfect for divers and water-lovers, and all those who want a SUPER private ceremony. 😉 Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Liz & Kevin's handmade, well-armed wedding party of adventurers NEXT I feel left behind by my engaged friends Show/Hide comments [ 70 ] Um….the get married on a boat part….did you purposefully write "motherfu****"? Really? 7 agree Reply The "on a boat motherfucker" is from an SNL skit. 57 agree Reply I see. Not everyone is going to know that. I didn't. Not professional and a tad offensive. 6 agree Reply Jean, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts about the language that appears on Offbeat Bride. The website is a partner to my 2006 book, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, which is filled with colorful language. The word "fuck" has appeared on the website many, many times since its founding in January of 2007. I absolutely respect each readers' right to find websites and reading material that feel like a good, comfortable fit with their tastes and culture. I'm afraid to say that if you find swearing offensive, Offbeat Bride may not feel like a good fit for you. 141 agree Reply Hi Ariel, Swearing itself is not offensive to me. I am shocked to see it on a professional site, however, as I've felt that presenting a professional image is important for a business. I enjoy reading about new, unique, and interesting ideas in the wedding community. 3 agree Jean, when it's a professional site dedicated to non-traditional weddings, I think non-traditional language is to be expected. If the language doesn't feel right to you, that's fine — but it doesn't make the site less professional/effective as a business, given our particular market. Just ask our advertisers. 105 agree "Not professional and a tad offensive" should be the warning tag line on every wedding, post and comment on this site. Even when it is professional and generally unoffensive, we're still just not the sort of company you'd bring to Aunt Agatha's Saturday afternoon tea. 90 agree Reply Unless it was a steampunk tea. With strippers. And cocktails. And rock climbing. And muppets. And and and… 92 agree I'M ON A BOAT, MOTHERFUCKER, DON'T YOU EVER FORGET!!! 51 agree Reply Huh. Jean, have you met the internet? Jean, Internet. Internet, Jean. 42 agree Reply I didn't know the reference, but still I wasn't shocked by the use of this word. When I come to offbeatbride I know it's like meeting great friends for an afternoon talk, so sometimes f*** words slip it's absolutely not a big deal, just like it wouldn't be "offensive" amongst friends. As for calling it "not professional" I think the successful business Ariel has created speaks for itself regarding her complete professionalism! 16 agree Reply The sort of professionalism that would never say "fuck" isn't one I value. Basically because it's about grasping class aspiration. The whole prohibition of Carlin's seven dirty words is about the middle class frantically emulating how it thinks the upper class acts. It's right there in the term "vulgar language"; vulgar means "what the commoners do". 16 agree Reply http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avaSdC0QOUM Uncensored. Awww yeah! And now I won't be able to get it out of my head all day! 8 agree Reply FLIPPY-FLOPPIES. 28 agree Reply (I totally want to wear flip flops when I get married) 1 agrees Reply I did. Basically I changed right after the ceremony and photos out of my (gorgeous) proper shoes. My pregnant shotgun wedding feet couldn't take even 1.5" heels for another. Damn. Second. So it was awesome, plus everyone got to see my blue toenail polish. 😀 It's essential to get one's swagger on. 7 agree Reply This post rocks my face times twelve. 10 agree Reply "rocks my face"…. nicely put! 2 agree Reply Love. This. Post. I can check off four out of 15 of them, so I think this is my new wedding bucket list! 3 agree Reply Ooh, I've only done three so far. Race ya? 4 agree Reply You're on! So would you count the Queen Mary count as a boat or a hotel? Cause if a dry-docked boat is still a boat, then that one will be a two-fer covering boat AND haunted! Ooooooh! 2 agree Reply OMG! It IS a two-fer! But you're still ahead of me by one. 🙂 3 agree Reply LOVE the unique wedding venue idea! We are getting married at a ZOO! Our cocktail hour is spent in one of the exhbits. In fact, we skimped on almost everything else in our wedding so we could get a cool beans venue. (Incidentally, first choice was, in fact, under a dinosaur, but that was waaaaaaay expensive). 4 agree Reply We love Zoo weddings! http://offbeatbride.com/tag/zoo-wedding 5 agree Reply Yay, thank you for including our dino wedding! =D 1 agrees Reply Celeste, yours & Jason's wedding certainly deserved its being featured! I loved working with the two of you. What a great wedding and cool venue! 3 agree Reply …"I'm on a boat and, its going fast and…I've got a nautical themed pashmina aftan…i'm the king of the world on a boat like Leo…" Yup. This post rocks, and so does that song!!! 5 agree Reply Believe me when I say I fucked a mermaid. 5 agree Reply but….how??? 😛 2 agree Reply Love this post. So many great venues! Now, how to choose… 2 agree Reply I just wanted to say, for the record, this is my favorite Offbeat Bride post. Every single part of it. All of it. ALL. 7 agree Reply Stupid landlocked wedding, I wanna get married on a boat! I am however getting married in my "flippie-floppies" irl simply because the thought of heels at my wedding makes me want to commit genocide. 7 agree Reply Second that! I started my wedding in adorable purple suede pumps, and ended my wedding in my old black El Cheapo flip flops that I wore with my sweatpants to the venue that morning. Comfort rules, so go with what will let you walk, dance, and twirl. I wanted to wear flip flops from the beginning, but was talked out of it (My friends: Flip flops? At your wedding? IN JANUARY? Are you crazy?). Looking back, I could've saved myself some cash and some pain if I'd just gone with the flip flops from the beginning like I wanted to. 2 agree Reply We were going to get married under the dino, but geez was it expensive! Then we wanted the Queen Mary, but upon Googling "Queen Mary Weddings" we wanted something with more personality… so we traded both ideas for a car museum. The mister is a mechanic and I used to restore old trucks with my grandpa. Offbeat location of perfection: secured! 4 agree Reply In my capacity as a ships hand you would be surprised how often that is the song I sing while tidying up the rigging and sail covers at the end of a voyage. It really gets across that "queen ofthe world" feeling. 2 agree Reply I love this post! So fun to see a review of the awesome venues that have been posted before in wedding profiles. I would like to comment on one thing though: Just because someone is captain of a boat does not mean they can marry you. They have to have a license to legally marry people. I believe most captains of commercial cruise ships and touristy ferry boats (like Maid of the Mist at Niagra falls)have the license anyway, but double-check before you book so you're not surprised/disappointed. 5 agree Reply Yep. My wedding is the one featured in this post, and the captain was also an ordained minister. I think the captain being allowed to marry you only applies in international waters or something weird like that. 3 agree Reply YES! I'm getting married on a BEACH motherfucker! And all my guests are poppin' on two BOATS to get there. Holla… Friggin love you offbeat megan… 2 agree Reply Our honeymoon was on a boat, motherfuckas, and the song was sung. Every. Day. 3 agree Reply i think it's safe to say, no matter where, Offbeat Brides always get married LIKE A BOSS. 18 agree Reply Just remember, a boombox is not a toy! 3 agree Reply We talked about having a boat wedding. I wanted to at least have our rehearsal dinner on a evening cruise on Town Lake here in Austin but I have this tiny little problem called motion sickness as does have half of his immediate family. haha Risking half the wedding party throwing up during dinner might not be my brightest idea. haha 2 agree Reply Yay! I got married in the woods and sort of in the air too 'cause it was on a cliff. 😀 2 agree Reply I LOVE everything about this post. Thanks for including me!! 1 agrees Reply We chose a bookstore run by a charity group! Socially-conscious nerd venue, check! 3 agree Reply That song is the reason we can't take the ferry anymore… 5 agree Reply I still JIZZ IN MY PANTS when I hear that song… don't you ever forget! 2 agree Reply I loved the one with the waterfall 1 agrees Reply This post should be the main page now. It's a perfect summary of all things OBB. 😀 As much as I love our wedding plans and our venue especially I sometimes wish we'd done something crazier. Last night we were talking about what we'd do with an infinate budget and came up with a music festival wedding. Tons of cool bands playing, food vans, carnival rides, peeps camping on site and for the headline act we get married on stage. 😀 Also I've always wondered how underwater ceremonies actually work considering you're supposed to say and write stuff to get legally married. Do they do the legal bit above the surface just before/after or is there some way to do it underwater? 1 agrees Reply http://offbeatbride.com/tag/festival-wedding 🙂 Reply I've seen underwater ceremonies where they talk underwater and where they write their "I do's" on special chalk boards. Reply Just when I think I'm done with "I'm on a boat," it returns. I remember so many of these weddings from the last few years of OBB! How many years should one wait before having a big anniversary party? These make me want to plan a fantastic party. 1 agrees Reply NONE! Our first anniversary party was probably the biggest party we've ever thrown! Now, admittedly it wasn't fancy; it was just a standard house party. The point remains, however, that while the 5s and 10s may be traditional celebration points, if you have the budget then go ahead and boogie. No one is going to complain! Reply This came at about the right time. I've been freaking out about venues all week. Reply This was just what I needed yesterday. Checking out an art gallery tonight! Reply Everytime I see that Maxwel Lander photo, with her laying on the bar, I just *swoon*, that wedding had such artistic looking photos…and on a side note, I wish I had stalked my local museum for the planetarium wedding I wanted, but they said it was a "no go"…I'm sure I could have pressured them some more….sigh…ah well, in a grove will just have to do! 😀 Reply I am getting married in September (JP style!), and having the reception at AN AMUSEMENT PARK. Skeeball, rollercoasters, hot dogs, and my brother and his pals playing bluegrass music while everyone eats and plays games FTW! 1 agrees Reply Right now we are loving a nature center (http://www.wdm-ia.com/Index.aspx?page=233) in West Des Moines. It has great views of the lake some outdoors inside which works great for me. Reply That white-haired bride is GORGE. 2 agree Reply Here's her wedding profile: http://offbeatbride.com/2010/07/california-offbeat-meets-on-wedding Reply Loved this post! It totally reminded me of something I had forgotten: REALLY really early in the planning of our wedding, my fiance had stressed that he'd always wanted his wedding to be on a raft as the raft went slowly down a river, with all the guests on the shore as we go by or on a bridge as we go under it. Apparantly he saw it in a movie, but he could never remember what it was. I never thought it was especially feasible, and we'll be getting married in a Barn at a park, but remembering how enthused he was about the idea makes me smile. Reply I looved this post, I've been searching for unique venue ideas with photos and this was great! Reply I wanted to get married in the dinosaur section of our museum, but my fiance vetoed that right quick. I'm a little more off beat than he is… Reply That cave wedding photo is stunning!!!! How fun. We are getting married in an old theater. I love these! Reply We are getting married on a 1812 privateer ship replica. We are renting the ship for 3 hours so we can do a harbor cruise, having appetizers dockside before the cruise and a nice dinner after at an awesome place right next door. Very relaxed, cruise/resort/hawaiian clothing. No suits.ties or heels allowed 🙂 1 agrees Reply i would love to read more about some of these ideas,each link i click..cave wedding…tree house wedding,etc..goes to a screen page that says Onoz, cant find your page..anyone know how to locate the content? Reply Since the post is two years old, link rot set in. We sometimes update our tag names. I've fixed the links, so click away! 🙂 2 agree Reply I wish the "favorite comment roundup" had been around when this post was published. Man. So many winners. 1 agrees Reply Great post! I love the pic of the bride bowling, lots of color. And that tree house is awesome! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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