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

Claire and BillIf 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-point-weddingTreehouse weddings are an amazing choice for super green couples.


Cake Table & T-RexNerds 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

The photos at amusement park weddings are always incredible.


DSC05019For 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.


EVERYBODY!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

Portraits at the NaroHave an authentic old Hollywood-style wedding in a movie theatre.

Get married OFF THE MAP

Stephen's Gap (Explore #5)Anyone can get married above ground — try doing it deep below the Earth's surface for a change in a cave wedding.


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.


CeremonyState parks weddings are a gorgeous and affordably option. And they're also great for weekend camping weddings.

Get married IN A BLANK SLATE

Walking down the aisleLofts or warehouses are an open space just waiting for your wedding transformation… whatever form it takes.

Get married IN THE SKY

DSCN3056Mountain 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.”


christa_chris_0511For 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. 😉

Comments on 15 surprising alternative wedding venues

  1. 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. 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.

    • 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. YES!
    I’m getting married on a BEACH motherfucker!
    And all my guests are poppin’ on two BOATS to get there.

    Friggin love you offbeat megan…

  4. i think it’s safe to say, no matter where, Offbeat Brides always get married LIKE A BOSS.

  5. 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

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