6 unique wedding venues that are going to make you wet your pants a little

September 9 2013 | Guest post by Tom from Lovesick

You know how we're teaming up with the Lovesick Expo to do bad-ass wedding shows next year? Today Tom from Lovesick (seen here bending over for Ariel) is showing off his six favorite wedding venues.

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Sneak a peek into Philadelphia's World Cafe Live, as well as venues in Brooklyn, Boston SF, Seattle, and Denver.

As you may have heard, the Lovesick Expo is embarking on a nationwide tour alongside our professional besties at Offbeat Bride. Our goal has always been to bring the most creative couples and wedding vendors together under one roof to show the best, most creative wedding talent in each city — beyond the Google searches and reality TV shows.

When we first dreamed up this idea back in 2010, the most important thing to us was that we could find a host venue that also celebrated the independent spirit. We wanted a space that shared our ideals revolving around music, art, and love. We wanted a space that felt a little bit punk rock, a little chill, and most importantly, doubled as a kick-ass wedding venue.

Since you may be on the venue hunt, and we've already done the legwork by scouring New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver, we thought we'd put together this little profile of six of the best venues in the nation!

Music Hall of Williamsburg — Brooklyn, NY

14LOVESICK EXPO DATE: Saturday, January 11, 2014

Four words: Williamsburg. Brooklyn. Concert. Venue. You just got hipster cred by reading that, let alone getting married there! Now the names of yours and your soon-to-betroth can share a marquee with the likes of The Pixies, Deerhunter, Icona Pop, Saves the Day… and those are just the people playing there this fall!

While the weeknights are owned by sweaty crowds reveling in free-spirited concert debauchery, the Music Hall of Williamsburg transforms into a gritty-chic New York through-and-through banquet hall for up to 150 of your friends and family. It features two bars, a huge stage with house lighting, and amazing sound. You'll have so much fun that at the end of the evening, you'll want to go back and trash your hotel room with Gun N' Roses-esque enthusiasm! And if you need more room, the owners at Bowery Events also run multiple event spaces in the city, and even North Jersey. Check out the photo gallery to see how you can make your wedding a little less tulle, and a little more Tool.

World Cafe Live — Philadelphia, PA

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World Café LiveThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them has been the home of the Lovesick Expo since the very beginning. This space may sound familiar to all you public radio nerds out there as this eclectic concert venue shares a space with WXPN radio who broadcasts the syndicated NPR show of the same name. World Cafe Live has been dedicated to attracting and inspiring live musicians in Philly for many years.

The three-tiered music hall was designed to optimize the live performance experience, from sight lines, lighting and acoustics to green rooms. There are full kitchens and bars on both levels, bar crew, and a professional waitstaff. The entire facility is wheelchair accessible, 100% smoke-free, and wired for sound and video with a state-of-the-art projection system with a 14' drop-down screen on the main stage. The music hall can easily accommodate 300, seated and expands to accommodate 650 standing. I mean, if you are going to look like a rock star on your wedding day, why not feel like a rock star, too.

EpiCenter at Artists for Humanity — Boston, MA

1LOVESICK EXPO DATE: Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lovesick Expo is all about promoting the eco-friendly. Our studio is even located in New Jersey's first LEED Silver-certified green home. So when we heard about Boston's first LEED Platinum-certified building… that happened to support community arts education for under-resourced youth… decorated partially out of recycled police cars… that serves as an amazing 5,000 square-foot wedding venue… well, we freaked out a little.

Artists for Humanity EpiCenterThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them touts the architectural details such as the vintage Crown Victoria car windshields that enclose the mezzanine. The 18-foot ceiling enhances the versatile ambiance of the gallery, and provides a great opportunity for cool décor or offbeat wedding performance art — as demonstrated by our friends at the Boston Circus Guild. A floor to ceiling "garage-style" glass door opens to a cozy courtyard that offers an additional 1,200 square feet. Not to mention, the ample on-site parking. Even the bathrooms are amazing urban art pieces, but you'll have to see that for yourself.

Like the art that adorns the walls, the EpiCenter at Artists for Humanity starts out as a cool blank canvas waiting for your creative brain, and your talented hired professionals, to impress up to 400 of your family and friends.

AXIS – Pioneer Square — Seattle, WA

696100a7-6819-4aaa-90c4-1a1a834ee579LOVESICK EXPO DATE: Sunday, January 26, 2014

On our scouting trip to Seattle, we were taken on a spirited meet and greet of the city's best and brightest vendors courtesy of the amazing Kelli Bielema of Shindig EventsThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them. Over some beers and indoor bocce ball, we met (and totally smoked at bocce ball) one of the folks from a brand-spanking new venue that was about to become the next great wedding space in the Pacific Northwest.

The geniuses behind Urban Light StudiosThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them have transformed the one-time home of the Elliott Bay Book Company into AXIS — a 6,000 square foot photo studio, event venue, and art gallery in the Globe Building in the historic heart of Seattle. The building dates back to 1890 and features 18-foot high brick arches and antique wood floors to add a sophisticated, yet industrial vibe to your party. It's also walking distance to a dozen cool photo op spots, and a few good post-wedding eateries and bars.

Terra Gallery — San Francisco, CA

terra_galleryopenbLOVESICK EXPO DATE: Sunday, February 19, 2014

The art, love, and music theme continues as we bring Lovesick to another amazing gallery in the SOMA district of San Francisco! The Terra Gallery features two unique levels featuring 24,000 square feet of space that has the option to accommodate events both large and small.

The open upper level has 5,000 square feet of Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, white gallery walls hung with art, 20-foot ceilings and a carpeted reception area with 40 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows with blackout capabilities. The lower level has inlaid glass tile serpentine bars, a contemporary receiving room, hardwood floors, a built-in oak stage with lighting and large restrooms. It features a 3,000 square-foot landscaped outdoor area, which can be tented to seat up to 300. There is also a perfect outdoor space that seems as though it was made to park a fleet of food trucks!

Mile High Station — Denver, CO

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We were Googling the Mile High Club and somehow stumbled upon this amazing wedding venue in one of the coolest, hipstery mountain towns in America. So we thought, what the hell? Let's take Lovesick to Denver! (Okay, that's not entirely how it happened.)

Mile High Station is a special events venue in Downtown Denver. This historic structure once employed hundreds of ironworkers in the form of the Midwest Steel & Ironworks building. Its rich history dates back to 1897, so much of its architectural beauty has been carefully preserved, while undergoing an expansive restoration in a "Denveresque" theme, as described by the venue's owners.

One of its new features includes an elevated mezzanine (ideal for a cocktail hour) where magnificent custom-made chandeliers underscore its urban, contemporary style. Mile High Station can accommodate events from 100 to 1,200 guests, with a total seating capacity for up to 550.

(Note: The creators of the Lovesick Expo will be coming to Denver for a vendor meet and greet on September 25, so if you want to say hi, email us for details.)

Wanna check out any of these places in real life? You should totally come to any of the Lovesick Events near you. You can buy tickets right now!

They ♥ OBB; we ♥ themThis post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides:

  1. Yesssss! You have no idea how happy I am that the Philadelphia expo is on a Sunday AND at WCL. WCL was too expensive for what we needed, but WXPN is my favorite radio station in the area (I even hold a sustaining membership to them, I love them so much!). I'll be dragging my entire family along with me to this!

  2. I can vouch for Lovesick Boston and tell you that it's just one big awesome party! I went as a guest even though I'm a wedding vendor. I wanted to meet some folks in the Northeast wedding industry. I didn't just network, I made some friends. I can't wait to go back!

  3. i love that there are so many offbeat venues in philadelphia, but i'd love to see some more offbeat jersey wedding venues.

  4. There's also World Café Live at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware (tax free whoowhoop!). It's built in the old Queen theater and is super cool! I worked at the history museum next door when they were doing the renovations. I'm not sure if they're still doing it, but they used to do ceremonies in Old Town Hall (original gov. building in Wilmington) and two doors down from the Queen and then the receptions there.

  5. I just want to point real quick that if anyone is inspired to have their wedding at gallery or museum – look into their policy about dancing. I'm not kidding. Either they have restrictions on where you can dance (ie: second floor, outside, etc.), they'll make you rent a dance floor, or they won't allow it at all.

    And yes, Philly has LOTS of offbeat venues to fit every personality or personalities. If you're looking for a contemporary, urban feel, there are several formally industrial factories and warehouses that have been rehabbed and converted into beautiful venues. Most of them have stunning original hardwood floors, high ceilings, tall windows, exposed rafters, I could go on! To name a few, I recommend looking into the Power Plant, the Skybox at 2424 Studios, Crane Arts Building, and Front and Palmer.

    If you want something more quirky and unique, stop what you're doing right now and make an appointment to see the Mask and Wig Club. My friend also got married at Mummer Museum and she loved it (also said it was inexpensive). The Mutter Museum, also known as the College of Physicians, is good for the spooky types, but the hall upstairs is also beautiful and classical, as well as the German Society.

    For those who are looking into art spaces in Philadelphia, there is quite an abundance. There is PAFA, the Print Center, Penn Museum (get married in front of a 12 ton Egyptian Sphinx, no big deal), Fleisher Art Memorial, Franklin Institute, Please Touch Museum, UArts, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and so many more. Just remember to look into their dancing policy.

    Lastly, for the history types, or for anyone who wants to get married in an old house or mansion, there are a bunch in Fairmount Park and on the Main Line. There's also the Powell House and Physick House in Society Hill and Colonial Dames in Rittenhouse.

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