Wedding Planning: Venue Ideas for the Non-traditional Bride

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Couples are instantly excited once they get engaged, and as they tell all of their friends and family their happy news, questions start firing at them. “Did you pick a date?” “How big will it be?” “Who will be in your wedding party?” “What venue will you chose?” These questions can quickly put out the happy, bubbly feelings surrounding planning a wedding, and any couple can find themselves overwhelmed.

However, a wedding is all about the couple – and that is important to keep in mind. If you are a not a big fan of tradition, don’t feel pressured to make your nuptials an affair that is by the book. A great way to mix it up is picking an unusual and unique wedding venue.

Mixing tradition with your personality
Saying “I do” in a chapel may seem like the most traditional wedding venue you can think of, and this may be true, but finding the perfect little chapel for an intimate affair is a fantastic idea. If you are one of those couples who does not want a big to-do, this quiet and picturesque venue is the solution.

One great way to find a unique wedding venue is to consider what you and your spouse-to-be are the most passionate about or something that symbolizes your relationship. For instance, if museums or libraries are places you love to go, do some research to see if you can exchange vows there – it may be possible in some.

Even though it is impossible to control Mother Nature, there truly isn’t anything as magical as a simple outdoor wedding. Public or private parks or the beach are perfect locals for this, you just have to get permission.

Venues where A-list celebrities exchanged vows
Since most celebrities are focused on keeping their weddings hush-hush, where some of these A-list starlets get hitched may be some good inspiration. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green said “I do” while on the beach in Hawaii, with only Green’s son as a guest, The Huffington Post reports. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin decided to have no guests and got hitched on a ranch in California.

Regardless of where you decide to exchange vows, make sure it fits in with your budget and you do your research first to make your big day extra special.

Got more ideas for non-traditional wedding venues? Leave a comment for us here at the wedding blog!

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