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Are your travelers looking for somewhere special to say, “I do?” Whether they’re on the hunt for the ultimate domestic venue with something a little different or are searching for a far-flung location that wows, these unforgettable spots provide the perfect backdrop for a one-of-a-kind celebration.

The Queen Mary (Photo courtesy of The Knot)

On a Ship

For a ceremony overlooking the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, couples can celebrate their big day aboard the Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner perpetually docked in sunny Long Beach, California. Here, art deco decor, swanky onyx fireplaces and dramatic wood paneling set the scene as the newlyweds party with up to 800 of their closest family and friends.

And, when it comes time to spend the night, couples can check out the ship’s haunted digs.

Iolani Palace (Photo courtesy of Hotels.com)

In a Castle

As the only official royal residence in the United States, Honolulu’s Iolani Palace acts as a majestic setting for love birds looking to tie the knot. Able to accommodate up to 8,000 guests, couples can follow in the footsteps of Hawaii’s kings and queens with four onsite venues that act as the perfect place for a noble ceremony or grand reception.

Milstein Hall of Ocean Life (Photo courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History)

At the Museum

A place where a feeling of magic fills the air when the lights go down and the party begins, New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is one of the nation’s most unique wedding venues. Here, couples and their guests can dine beneath a 94-foot blue whale, mingle amongst ancient dinosaurs and sip cocktails in the presence of the mysteries of the universe. 

The Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse (Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse)

In a Treehouse

Hidden within a forest of towering bamboo shoots and lush greenery, the Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse transports visitors to a tropical state of mind without ever leaving the big city. And, with its twinkling fairy lights and carefully chosen decor, this fairytale-like venue is a unique setting for one of life’s biggest celebrations.  

An elopement ceremony in Alaska (Photo by The Foxes Photography courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler)

On a Glacier

A great love deserves a great celebration. And, in Alaska, couples can pledge their devotion to each other in a grand fashion: atop one of the region’s magnificent glaciers, many of which were formed millions of years ago.

One of the venues available for events at Paramount Pictures (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

In Hollywood

For a romantic day as iconic as Hollywood’s brightest stars, lovebirds can host their wedding festivities at one of the City of Angels’ most famed sights: the Studios at Paramount Pictures. As the oldest working studio in Hollywood, newlyweds and their guests will have an unforgettable time as they dance, toast and mingle in the studio’s familiar settings.

A bride and groom at Sweden’s Icehotel (Photo by Asaf Kliger courtesy of Icehotel)

At an Ice Hotel

Each year, as the temperatures begin to drop and the river starts to freeze, a group of passionate artists gather in Jukkasjäarvi, Sweden to craft the latest rendition of Icehotel, a one-of-a-kind hotel made entirely of ice. Couples with their sights set on a winter wedding can take advantage of the chilly complex’s Ceremony Hall which features a new, custom design each year and can accommodate up to 40 guests.

The historic caves at Milwaukee’s Miller Valley (Photo courtesy of Miller Brewing Co.)

Beneath the Earth

The very same caverns where beer baron Fredrick J. Miller stored the earliest of his iconic brews, Milwaukee’s Historic Miller Caves make for a cozy venue with their warm drop lighting and traditional German beer hall-like ambiance. A fitting choice for pint-loving couples, the caves can seat up to 40 guests.

A couple poses in front of an active Fagradalsfjall (Photo by Tour Adventure Wedding courtesy of Iceland Wedding Planner)

Beside an Active Volcano

For a venue that burns as brightly as their love, destination wedding clients can head to the Land of Fire and Ice where they can tie the knot beside Fagradalsfjall, a multi-million-year-old active volcano. The Icelandic natural wonder last erupted in August 2022 when it caught the eyes of couples around the world as incredible wedding photos flooded the internet.  

A couple poses inside a hot air balloon (Photo courtesy of Hot Air Expeditions)

In a Hot Air Balloon

Floating high among the clouds, couples’ hearts will flutter as they soar above the Sonoran Desert from the comfort of a private hot air balloon. An intimate ceremony for two, Phoenix’s Hot Air Expeditions has everything lovebirds need to take their relationship to new heights (literally) with custom hot air balloon wedding packages. 

A couple poses in Raleigh Union Station (Photo by Richard Barlow Photography courtesy of Heart of NC Weddings)

At a Train Station

Couples can book their ticket to everlasting love when they choose Raleigh Union Station as the venue for their big day. Boasting floor-to-ceiling glass windows, cozy, yet minimalistic design choices and panoramic views of the Raleigh skyline, this unique location is the perfect place to say, “I do.” And, if they’re felling extra spontaneous, newlyweds might consider catching a train to their honeymoon. 

Pacific Park ready for a big event (Photo courtesy of Pacific Park Santa Monica Pier)

At a Theme Park 

Weddings can be an emotional rollercoaster. Thrill-seeking couples can embrace the ups and downs that come with their big day when they host their nuptials at Pacific Park, a fully equipped theme park on the historic Santa Monica Pier. And if the unique location isn’t convincing enough, lovebirds will have no shortage of epic photo ops thanks to an onsite Ferris wheel, coasters, classic carnival games and the Santa Monica Beach which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

A couple stands outside Saint Amour Chapel (Photo courtesy of Conrad Bora Bora Nui)

In a Hilltop Chapel

Far, far away in tranquil French Polynesia, wedding bells are ringing at Conrad Bora Bora Nui’s Saint Amour Chapel. A cozy little spot that overlooks the bluer-than-blue ocean and swaying palm trees, island-loving partners will find this historic chapel to be the perfect place to get hitched. 

El Dorado Royale’s Aqua Terrace wedding venue (Photo courtesy of Karisma Hotels & Resorts)

Above Sparkling Blue Waters

The typical resort wedding is taken to the next level at Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ El Dorado Royale where lovestruck twosomes will appear as if they’re walking on water as they host their ceremony at Aqua Terrace, a series of picture-perfect acrylic platforms perched above the sea.

Chapel of Our Lady Guadalupe at Xcaret Park (Photo by Del Sol Photography)

In a Cave

In sunny Mexico, couples can take their love to new depths when they tie the knot at Xcaret Park’s Chapel of Our Lady Guadalupe. Built atop an ancient cenote, this one-of-a-kind chapel features a subterranean waterfront altar that sits beneath a 39-foot-tall hand carved sculpture of the Virgin Mary.

Originally Source from The Compass – Jeanna Buege

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