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. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. That cave wedding photo is stunning!!!! How fun. We are getting married in an old theater. I love these!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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?

    • 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! 🙂

  6. I wish the “favorite comment roundup” had been around when this post was published. Man. So many winners.

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