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It may sound cliché, but it’s true; lots of women dream about their wedding day. Maybe not from the time they’re little girls, but at least from the time they decide to marry their partner. Stylish dress? Check. Crew of bridesmaids in matching dresses? Check. Hot-air balloon? Zero gravity chamber? Bungee jumping? What?! Some couples ditch the church and reception hall and go for a wedding venue that they and their guests will never forget. Here are the 10 most-bizarre places people have said: “I do.”
Bizarre Wedding Venues To Say “I Do”
Denny’s Chapel. Las Vegas, Nevada. For just $199, the Denny’s wedding package includes the chapel, an officiant, a photo booth, silk bouquet and boutonniere (in red, white, pink, or yellow), a pancake cake, and two (2) wedding t-shirts. You also get two (2) coupons for an Original Grand Slam. Denny’s calls it “the best union since pancakes and syrup.” Bizarre, but very charming.
Oakland Cemetery. Atlanta, Georgia. Seems like a cemetery wedding is inviting haunting or possession into your life, but this historic cemetery has a Private Events team to help with the planning and execution of weddings.
Spacenet. Moab, Utah. A group of slack liners called the Moab Monkeys created a spider-web net 400 feet in the air, and 200 feet away from the nearest cliff in Moab. They made it for base jumping and relaxing (really?!), but in 2017, Kimberly Weglin and Ryan Jenks got married, accompanied by a crew of base jumpers and professional stunt people.
Treehouse at The Lodge. Loch Goil, Scotland. This charming tree house, right on the banks of Loch Goil in Scotland, is a memorable wedding venue for small parties of up to 24 (standing) people. It has a small wood-burning stove and Wi-Fi for uploading what promises to be stunning pics to Instagram.
Rainbow Ryders. Albuquerque, Arizona. This hot-air balloon company offers sky-high wedding venues (multiple balloons), for up to 75 people. Ceremonies can take place on the ground or in the air, but couples must bring two (2) witnesses into the balloon with them for their ceremony.
Mall of America. Minnesota. There’s a chapel on the 3rd level of the once-biggest mall in America. Over the past 22 years, 7,500 happy couples have tied the knot and then held their reception in the food court (pure conjecture). It’s a combination wedding chapel and bridal accessory boutique, so forgetful brides can grab their something-new-and-something-blue at the last minute.
Edel Haus Farm. New Jersey. Rustic barns are a surefire wedding venue, but this one is on a working alpaca farm. Handlers are available to introduce guests to the alpacas and there are adorable opportunities for unique wedding pictures, but no word if the herd may attend the wedding.
Zero-G. Worldwide. For people with a spare $165,000 to drop on their venue, they can book the G-Force One, a zero-gravity flight experience. The plane is always touring around the world, and can fit up to 34 people on a private flight. It makes 15 parabolic maneuvers to create the experience of zero gravity.
The Stanley Hotel. Estes Park, Colorado. If you want to seriously unnerve your wedding guests, recreate “The Shining” during your ceremony. There are plenty of opportunities for spooky references; Dress your flower girls as the Grady girls, or call your signature wedding cocktail ‘RedRum.’ But this is more reminiscent of popular y8 games and not what is mentioned above.
Bridal Cave. Missouri. Caves as wedding venues had a real moment in the early part of the last decade. Bridal Cave can accommodate up to 50 guests and provides pipe organ music to accompany the ceremony. The best part? The couple gets lifetime passes to the cave.
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