Unusual Places to Hold Weddings

An unusual location will make your big day an event you and your guests will never forget

By Allison Boyer

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Although most people choose to hold their weddings in religious places of worship, ceremonial halls or gardens, these aren't your only options. If you and your future spouse are a little offbeat, you might want to consider an atypical place to hold your wedding. Any location can host a wedding -- from a rooftop to a cemetery. If you want your wedding to stand out, think outside the wedding halls.

Underwater Locations

If you and your fiance love the water, you might want to say your vows underwater. A number of locations around the world offer ceremonies underwater. You'll don diving gear and exchange rings and a kiss while surrounded by sea creatures and coral. Depending on your package, the cost of the dive might also include boating, a ceremony above water as well and additional dives to explore the area after you've changed out of your wet formal wear. If you don't have experience diving, you'll have to take an introductory class first so that your wedding day dive is safe.


If you don't want to dive underwater, you might instead choose to dive another way -- out of a plane. Skydive weddings are available from most skydiving companies. You can say your vows on the ground before the jump, hold the ceremony in the airplane as you climb to the jump altitude or jump into your ceremony on the ground. You can arrange the jump for just you and your future spouse or jump with the entire wedding party. Unless you're an experienced skydiver, you'll need to jump with tandem jumpers, but the experience can still be romantic.


For a rustic wedding, consider holding your ceremony on a farm. Many historical farms have barns especially for ceremonies, or you can talk to a farmer you know about using a field for the day. These country locations can include farm animals as part of the attendance, horses instead of limos and hay bales instead of chairs for the reception.

On the Roof

If you want a breathtaking view of your city, consider a wedding on a rooftop. You might need a special permit, depending on your location. Some rooftops are too dangerous for guests, so building owners won't allow access. Check a number of roofs of buildings where you can get access to find the best picture opportunities. Remember that shadows of nearby buildings can change how the landscape looks, so check out the roofs during the time of day when you plan to hold your wedding.

At Home

There's no rule that says you have to hold your wedding at a public location. If you want a small, intimate wedding, consider holding the ceremony at your home or the home of a friend or family member. Backyards make for private weddings.

About the Author

Allison Boyer has been a freelance writer for more than five years, including articles about weddings.

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