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Unique Wedding Ceremony Site Ideas

For many couples the ceremony location is a non-decision as their place of worship cannot be replaced. In lieu of the church others are opting for a ceremony site with a bit more pizazz. Many reception sites boast beautiful ceremony settings which offer convenience and should not be overlooked. But for those still looking for a truly unique experience consider one of these alternatives.

Parks - In the right season parks offer a picturesque outdoor setting with an abundance of natural scenery which may eliminate the need for pricey decorations. Tents can be rented and the reception can also be held in the same location.

Rivers/Lakes/Beaches - Usually fairly informal, holding the nuptials on the banks of the water can add an element of romance and tranquility. Consider holding the ceremony at sunset to take advantage of the glistening water and vibrant colors.

Gardens - Garden wedding ceremonies offer fragrant flowers and a very relaxed vibe. Keep in mind this can cause discomfort for guests with allergies at certain times of the year.

Natural Wonders - Nothing will compare or signify a bigger leap into marriage like saying “I DO” from a waterfall, cliff or mountain top. Be sure to consider transportation for elderly or less mobile guests so that everyone can partake.

Government Buildings - Often these buildings offer magnificent breathtaking architectural elements. This untapped resource will make for a truly memorable ceremony.

Museums - Another great local option that offers architectural prowess and a distinctive backdrop for ceremonies, and guests can enjoy the cultural offerings on display.

Zoos - This is fun for the whole family and a perfect fit for the animal lover.

Family House or Backyard - For those with a smaller budget, consider hosting a backyard ceremony. Not only is it nicer on the pocketbook, but adds a truly personal touch.

This article was also featured in the 2009 VOW Wedding Planner. To view a PDF of this article, go to the CEREMONY & RECEPTION section of VOW.