Looking for the perfect place for your perfect day? Thinking outside the box can make your wedding all the more special. Consider these ideas from Chicago Wedding Band for adding flair to your big event.
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Keep it homegrown. If you own your home, it could be the perfect place to get married. The money you’ll save on paying for a venue can be used to pay for your photographer, caterer, dress — or even home improvements to get your property in tip-top shape for your big day! Don’t forget about sprucing up your landscaping, especially if the ceremony is being held in the backyard, as much time will be spent outside. (This calls for checking out landscape contractors near you, as you’ll want a pro to do it right.) As a bonus, many upgrades you make to your property will increase your home’s appraisal value should you sell it in the future.
Wine country. Classic in one sense and contemporary in another, wineries and vineyards are a venue option presenting a lovely balance of old and new. As WeddingWire notes, vineyards typically offer vistas with green, rolling hills and lend themselves naturally to great catering and photos. Sonoma Valley offers the beautiful Viansa Winery, or you can get hitched at lovely Priam Vineyards in Colchester, Connecticut.
All hands on deck. If you’re heading to the beach or for a cruise, get everyone in the right mindset with a ship-themed wedding. A walk on the pier presents photo-opts aplenty, and you’ll enjoy getting creative with coordinating flowers, decorations, and stationary. Chicago’s First Lady Cruises offers six vessels that turn into a floating celebration against a backdrop of the Chicago skyline.
Looking for something a bit saltier? Consider a pirate-oriented event complete with fishing nets and a rum cake. Try The Spirit of Washington in Washington, D.C., or charter the US Potomac in San Francisco Bay.
Including your (furry) best friend. Is your beloved pooch participating in your wedding plans? Whether Fido is giving you away or bearing the ring, a dog park could be the perfect location for your big event. Not only will your dog be welcome, your guests could bring their furry friends as well.
Flights of fancy. If an aviation theme makes your heart soar, one idea is to host your event in a hangar or on a grassy runway strip. An antique airplane lends itself nicely to creative photos, and you can style invitations around the flying theme or opt for a historically inspired “ticket.” Check in with local airports for potential accommodations, or contact the Aviation Museum in Sacramento, California, or the MAPS Museum in North Canton, Ohio, both of which play host to weddings routinely.
Let’s have a parade. You can take the wedding march to a new level by turning your event into a parade. Think Mardi Gras meets Mendelssohn, hire a band and either come or go to your reception in a way that lets everyone know the fun has just begun. Be sure to pass out noisemakers and parasols so guests can participate in the festivities. Some great places that previously hosted parade-enhanced weddings include the Georgetown Ballroom in Seattle, Washington, and Parkside in Austin, Texas. A local park or sidestreet can host your big day, just make arrangements ahead of the event with area authorities.
Fairy tale. Start your new life together framed in a fairy tale. Castles can be found all over the world and they provide an oh-so-magical way to celebrate your union — everywhere from North Carolina, home to Castle Ladyhawke Estate, to Long Island’s Oheka Castle, to the Cairo Estate in San Juan. A castle backdrop lends itself naturally to fabulous photos and you can take the theme further, adding your own romantic notions or going with a gothic feel.
Down on the farm. Is the countryside where you dream to be? Offbeat Bride explains it may be the perfect place to begin your new life together. Whether you opt for elegance, overalls or your own special blend, a farm offers fabulous fodder for great photos and decor ideas. Some farms are set up for weddings with halls, gazebos and seating, or you may wish for something less formal for your special day. You could try Long Branch Saloon and Farms in Half Moon Bay, California, which offers an entire wild west-inspired town for your event. For a traditional working farmhouse styled event, opt for Farmin’ Betty’s in Columbus, Wisconsin.
Your wedding, your way. Your wedding is the first day of your new life together, so of course you want it to be extraordinary. Think about how you want to make the day your own, and be creative. It’s your special day, and the possibilities are endless!