When choosing a wedding venue, usually the first ideas that come to mind are venues that cater primarily to weddings, such as hotels, reception halls, synagogues, golf clubs, and restaurants.
What if you want to break free from the usual and predictable wedding venues?
Where would you start to look? What is feasible? What would work and be memorable?
When you choose your venue, you want to think of places that are special and have meaning to you, or you may just want to choose a venue that is so cool that it really got your attention and stuck in your mind. It is also important, of course, that the venue is functional. That is, if you want a huge wedding, you will need a large enough space to accommodate your guest list, and if you want to bring in special aspects for your wedding, will this venue allow all this to happen logistically?
Slice.ca features many wedding-help related shows, such as Rich Bride, Poor Bride (watch David Connolly’s tips on booking venues off season). It really examines each couple’s financial, personal, and familial situations so I thought I would contribute with my help on providing some ideas for different and unusual wedding venues.
For large and spacious weddings, how about a barn? A secluded large, green meadow? A theatre? Take that huge list of guests and place them all in an oversized barn. Make it really romantic and warm by draping mini lights on the ceilings and don’t forget to have candles everywhere. This is a perfect venue for a warm, cozy and rustic wedding ambiance.
Outdoorsy type? A daytime wedding in a large secluded meadow is a wonderful surprise. Have all your guests gather at a designated place to be picked up by a specially assigned wedding bus. All they need to know is to bring sun screen and dress comfortably. The bus can drive along a gorgeous view of the mountains or woods and settle somewhere where there is a large and secluded space that you have transformed into your dream wedding venue. As a precaution, have a tent ready, just in case Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.
You want to do it big and it has to be grand? Take over a movie theater! As guests arrive and walk on the red carpet, lined by velvet rope, a marquee is brightly lit with your names to announce the big event happening that night. Have some photographers snapping away, posing as paparazzi. You may have these photos framed and given away as wedding favors later in the night as well. Have the theatre remove some seats and fill with tables for a grand banquet. On the big screen, you can have a montage of photos of you and your fiancé and your families. Even better, make the time to create a short movie presentation with the help of family and friends and a very good videographer.
Want to keep it intimate and really cozy? Find a pool in someone’s backyard or in a hotel and decorate the deck with pillar candles and tons of flowers. Float more flowers, lily pads, and small votives in the water. The reflection off the water will be magnificent and utterly romantic and warm.
For a very private wedding, with only family and very close friends, exchange your vows on a sailboat. This is intimate and definitely very special and unforgettable. With the beautiful blue water as your backdrop, you will have pictures to cherish. Later, the sailboat may send you to a special restaurant that has a private party set up just for your little group and your special day.
The possibilities are endless. If you’re searching for a unique venue choice, think of places that have a special meaning to you or places that always make you think about how lucky you are to have found your true love. If you had your first date at a hockey game, look into renting out the arena for the night. Maybe he proposed at Starbucks, where you first met. Or, your first date was on a roller coaster in an amusement park. Book lovers, what about the city’s largest library?
Wherever you choose, you’ll make it the perfect location by creating your reception with the memories and the love that has brought you to where you are today. Just be creative, have fun, and go with your heart.
Written by Rita Wong, Rita Wong Events http://www.ritawongevents.com
Rita Wong is a wedding and events planner and owner of Rita Wong Events. Based in Montreal, Rita also plans many weddings every year for brides living in Toronto and abroad. She is a dedicated follower of new trends and her goal is to give each bride a wedding that is fresh, unique, and a personal reflection of who they are. She now shares her professional insights with slice.ca.