Your big day is a special one and the wedding venue is more than just a place. From the theme to the decor and landscape, there’s a message. You want memorable and fabulous settings, so we’ve helped you come up with creative wedding venue ideas.
Wedding venues will normally take a chunk of your budget, but don’t worry about your heart. We’ve chosen breathtaking wedding venues that are both perfect and in different budget ranges.
1. Botanical garden
Botanical gardens are cool wedding venues for fairytale weddings. What makes them unique is their natural decor, scenery, space, and landscape. They’re very flexible and easy to design, with an effortless switch from ceremony to reception. See two beautiful wedding venues amongst many of our favorite botanical gardens.
- Jardin du Buis
Located in the heart of New Jersey, this is a unique wedding venue for the ceremony. The poolside is a perfect place for the cocktail.
- Dunaway Gardens
In Newman Georgia, this stunning wedding venue is located. Perfect for an outdoor wedding in the woods, under the historic wedding tree.
2. National park
Thinking of unconventional wedding venues that can pull off the enchanted wedding theme? Use a national park that brings you close to nature. The beautiful part is that you get permits for as low as $100 to have a fabulous wedding.
- Rocky Mountain national park
Found after a one and half miles hike in Colorado, the open meadows make it worthy. For $250, you can get a special use permit.
- Olympic national park
The Washington Hoh rain forest serves as the perfect enchanted chuppah and altar. The ferns and mosses form a canopy. Get a special permit for $50.
3. Beach wedding
Talk about unique wedding venues where you can say your vows with your feet in fine sand. You can hear the wave in the distance and your hair pays homage to the breeze. The beach is a natural relaxed ambiance that makes a wedding feel like a sweet destination vacation.
- Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, British Columbia
This is the famous seashell beach that perfectly puts a picture to the whimsical, rugged, untamed and wild.
- Belle Mer Newport, Rhode Island
This is a historic spot with beauty unrivaled. It boasts of rolling lawn, Vanderbilt lights and all-inclusive resort retreat.
4. Wedding on a boat
Looking for an open-air wedding venue where you don’t have to use flower decoration? Boats, ferries, yachts or cruises are the plug. Your photographer will thank you for such creative wedding venues. Boats make snapping of wedding pictures a delight because the background keeps changing. All-natural and untouched.
- Odyssey cruises Washington DC
This is a glass-enclosed boat that can take up to 500 guests. It has all-inclusive menu and bar packages.
- The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
Feel like enacting the Gatsby era? The Queen Mary gives you all that with its art deco states room.
Museums are alternative wedding venue ideas for the classic and conservative. Showpieces can serve as ever stunning backdrops for wedding pictures. You can also have more fun by booking a tour guide to take your guests through the museum.
- Hermitage Museum & Gardens Norfolk, Virginia
This museum sits at the Shore of Lafayette River. It features outdoor gardens and romantic grotto perfect for portraits, reception, and ceremony.
- Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
This place boasts indoor and outdoor reception spaces. It also features a terrace with a full view of the Indianapolis skyline and central canal. Guests can explore art galleries.
Is your wedding very formal and sophisticated? Have you dreamed of getting married in a ballroom or classic hall? Hotels are the way to go. Although, it may cost you a bit, but the aesthetics give you the freedom to be creative. You can manipulate the ambiance into what you want.
- Acqualina Resort and Spa
This is a hotel located right on the beach in Florida. It has an in-house wedding planner to help customize your wedding.
- The American Club, Wisconsin
Here, you don’t have to worry about anything. The in-house planner helps with all the details, from cakes to flowers, spa, etc.
7. City Park
City park gives a vibe of both indoor and outdoor weddings. It’s a cheap venue that brings you closer to nature while maintaining intimacy. At city parks, you can get affordable luxury. You get to have your dream wedding for only a token. Simply apply for a special permit.
- Vancouver parks
Make historical romance comes alive by making an entrance in a horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy the gardens, restaurants, and conservatory for indoor and outdoor weddings.
- San Diego Parks and Recreation
From meadows to Victorian gardens, gazebos, custom indoor venues. This place is perfect for formal, informal, intimate or elaborate weddings.
8. Farm wedding
Bring your rustic theme to life with farm weddings. Farms bring a country vice and the perfect backdrop for wedding pictures. They are also one of the few places that can hold a wedding at any time of the year. In summer, winter, or fall, they blend into the weather.
- Ranchos dos pueblos, California
If you’re a fan of glance, this is your perfect wedding destination. Begin your honeymoon in one of the farm tents.
- The Ashford Estate, New Jersey
Sitting on 100 acres of land, this place holds fountains, waterfall, floating gazebo, stone ruins that form stunning photo backdrops.
9. Abandoned building
Do you have a thing for history and elopement? Having a wedding in abandoned buildings gives a feel of both. Surround yourself with ruins as you say vows and feel like you’re the only one in the world. From Santa Barbara to Bermuda, see some of our favorite ruins.
- The Knapp’s castle
This spot in Santa Barbara is now a popular hiking destination. It gives a view of Lake Cachuma and Santa Ynez Valley.
- St. Pete’s church, Bermuda
This is the perfect ruins for Gothic-inspired weddings. This place was quite damaged by storms and is an important St. George’s landmark.
10. Castle wedding
If you want to be Cinderella for one day, get married in a castle. They’re historical with grand ballrooms, large windows, famous grounds and more. Found in some of the most beautiful parts of the world price, they’re quite pricey. But for a fairytale? It’s worth it.
- Chateau d’Esclimont, France
This place is well situated about an hour outside of Paris. It sits on 150 acres of land and has 52 guest rooms designed with pure romance in mind.
- Belvoir Castle, England
Want to feel like royals? Get married at Belvoir castle, with a chapel for the ceremony that can seat 120 guests.
Although an unusual wedding venue, windmills are quite symbolic. Exchange your vows in the belief that the elements will always be on your side. They will always propel you with enough energy to keep yourselves happy. Check out some windmills around the world open for wedding day celebrations.
- Wymondham windmill
This place in the United Kingdom is a pure representation of charm, beauty, and romance. The perfect backdrop for photos with its stunning landscape.
- Cley windmill, Norfolk
This is a very small wedding venue with a capacity of 22 people. It’s a perfect beauty and is great for intimate celebrations.
For couples who love animals, a zoo is a perfect place to wed. This is a very unusual wedding venue that will wow the guests. It also allows going sight-seeing even in a celebratory mood. This fills up activities for the guests and they’ll never get bored.
- San Diego zoo
A combination of adventure and romance, couples will have a swell time saying their vows here. There’s a lot to look out for with the thrilling ambiance.
- Detroit zoo
The wildlife and exotic venues make for a stunning backdrop of photographs and portraits. Everything sweet dreams are made of.
13. Balloon festival
A balloon festival is one of the most creative wedding venues any day. Couples want to have something different from the norm. But a ballot festival is as unconventional as it can get. It also doubles as an experience of a lifetime. It doesn’t get simpler than saying “I do” in the sky.
- Albuquerque international balloon festival
At the balloon festival, you get the opportunity to go up in a hot air balloon to say your vows. The balloon can accommodate 75 more people, and you’ll bring two witnesses. You can also get a package that will handle catering, photography, flowers, videos, etc.
14. Cave wedding
Are you a couple who loves to defy the norm? Get your team down the caves and say your vows. Don’t worry, shadow cat won’t come through the walls. Caves are shrouded in mystery and experience. Getting married in a cave will leave you with the memory of a lifetime.
- Jenolan caves, Australia
This cave is well buried in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. It’s a unique underground cave that leaves a beautiful and memorable experience.
- Kent’s cavern, UK
This prehistoric cave in Devon is a beauty to behold. It has a stalagmite chandelier that echoes the waves of the nearby waterfall.
15. Art gallery
From a heartfelt vow recitation to the killer dance floor with ample spaces. You’ll get all in an art museum. Romance is art, and what better way to seal your love than in a museum. More than just the perfect first date venue, it also a breathtaking place to say your vows.
- Milwaukee art museum
This place boasts an ample space that takes in the light which hits the sculptural backdrop. This forms the perfect juxtaposition for your wedding dress.
- Blanton museum of art
With 50-foot ceiling iridescent blue walls, impressive atrium, and ethereal beauty. This place can hold 150 guests.
Do you want a water-themed wedding without getting on the beach or boat? The waterfall is your perfect option. It produces a frothy white lace landing that best compliments the bride’s wedding dress. It’s also very romantic and unconventional. All over the world, we’ve picked some of the best waterfalls.
- Toccoa waterfalls
Located in the serene state of Georgia, this waterfall can take more than 100 people. And it is wheelchair accessible to guests.
- Multnomah Falls, Oregon
This is a two-tiered fall in Portland. It tumbles over sturdy granite cliffs and it’s dotted with pines all the way.
Couples who love the performing arts, music and cinema will have a swell time getting married in a grand theatre. There are so many theatres to choose from and the ample space makes it all better. Music will be the highlight of the day because your sounds will be perfect.
- Sheldon concert hall, Missouri
This spot in Missouri is unique, with its views and dramatic ambiance. The Spielberg hall can sit up to 500 people.
- Vox Theatre, Kansas
This place was a silent movie theatre in the 1920s, but now open to the public. Perfect for a vintage themed wedding.
Rooftops are memorable, chic and glamorous for weddings. They possess a flexible and versatile backdrop that makes it all perfect. This space is stripped back and you can bathe them in lanterns or string lights or leave bare to compliment the natural surrounding views. Best for evening weddings.
- Lebua Skybar, Bangkok
Famed from part 2 of “the hangover” movie, this 63rd-floor rooftop is a sensational wedding spot. It gives a stunningly breathtaking view.
- Villa la Vedetta
This venue is backed by rolling hills and gives a perfect view of river Arno. This place is perfect for a sunset wedding.
Terraces are venues of understated elegance and style. Whether a rooftop terrace, loft or raised platforms, its simplicity and beauty make it a dream wedding venue for couples. A tough one, but we searched and came up with two gorgeous terrace venues you’ll love for nuptials.
- Shoreditch club, London
This is a stylish cosmopolitan hangout for the young and wealthy. But this terrace also doubles as a wedding venue to die for.
- 620 loft and garden, Rockefeller Center, New York
One of the best unique wedding reception venues. It’s an iconic venue that overlooks the St. Patrick’s cathedral.
Disney themed wedding destination offers something romantic, unique and dreamy. The impressive resort hotels, famous theme parks, and luxury ocean liners make your wedding one of a kind. Get married in a romantic castle. For a start to the rest of your lives, you can’t have it any other way.
- Disney fairytale weddings and honeymoon, Florida
Live your dream by getting married in the charming outdoor gardens to breathtaking waterside vistas. It’s a beauty unrivaled.
- Disney fairytale weddings and honeymoons, Hawaii
For the perfect tropical wedding and retreat, have your wedding here. It offers you a view of Oceanside vistas.
From the rooftops high in the sky to the windmills and back to the grounds, find your dream venue. We’ve put together 20 wedding venue ideas that serve different purposes. From Gothic to romantic, intimate to historical, there’s something for everyone. And for budget sake, we chose across different price range to suit. So look through our list and pick your dream wedding spot.