Unusual Wedding Venues
published February 26th, 2014
If you’re planning on getting married in the foreseeable future you may be thinking about potential wedding venues. Possibly a church, chapel or registry office? If you’re feeling adventurous you may wish to consider a beach, castle or perhaps a boat? Now if these suggestions aren’t wacky or unconventional enough for you then we have some other options.
Ask any couple what married life is like and they might describe it as being a bit of a roller coaster. It’s quite normal. Some may even describe their wedding day as being a roller coaster. Metaphorically speaking of course. Well, unless you literally get married on a roller coaster, but who would actually do that?
They took the plunge at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio on the Millennium Force roller coaster on the park’s beach. Now you may be asking “How?” and “Why”… well the ceremony itself didn’t take place on the roller coaster, as it would probably be a struggle repeating the marriage vows, so the ride took place immediately after the ceremony.
“He wanted to do the coaster, and I went along for the ride.” said the bride. Well, it’s certainly something new.
Married life in the fast lane
Now you probably want your marriage to go the distance, so why not your wedding ceremony? One couple went the whole nine yards and got married on the running track where they met. Morgan Sjogren met Sergio Gonzalez on the track at Cal State San Marcos, where they were both recruited as scholarship student-athletes. They began dating and became an inseparable team, both on and off the track.
“My dad walked me down lane four to the start line, where our ceremony took place,” Morgan says. The couple’s track coach led the ceremony, with friends and family gathered on the lane lines. After their vows, husband and wife ran a lap around the track to celebrate their new married life.
That’s really going the extra mile - or lap, in this case.
If roller coasters aren’t your thing, and running just sounds too energetic then you may wish to pursue other avenues. So how about getting married in midair?
Albuquerque in New Mexico plays host to the International Balloon Fiesta, where couples can tie the knot while they’re soaring through the sky. Most of the balloon baskets hold up to 12 passengers, so the bride, the groom, and the rest of a small wedding party can fly together for the ceremony.
So if your other half says they want to plan something fun and adventurous for your wedding day then call their bluff and suggest a balloon wedding. They might just be full of hot air.
Holy bat caves!
If you suffer from agoraphobia you may wish to take a quantum leap from wide open spaces and get married in an enclosed space. Maybe an elevator? Well that’s a bit too small and would have its ups and downs, so how about a cave? Keen spelunkers (cave explorers) can book the Bridal Cave in the Ozarks of Missouri. Native American legend has it that a couple first married here in the early 1800s. More than 2,500 couples have done so since then.
Keen? Pester your other half about it. They might just cave in.
Love can build a bridge
A bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the aforementioned obstacle.
They’re also great for weddings!
Amid a lush green forest and brook in Newry, Maine, lies the Artist’s Bridge, built in 1872, which spans the Sunday River and doubles as a holy spot. One bride, Heidi Weinberg, married there as part of an epic wedding week with 25 of her closest friends and family. The beauty of the bridge and its setting “made our ceremony simply lovely,” she says.
Other bridges are available but be sure to plan ahead and close them to traffic otherwise chaos may ensue!
That really would be a bridge too far.