Oh, hi there! Let’s talk venues… but not your average wedding venue. If you’re looking for out of the box ideas on where to host your big day, you’re in the right place! And of course, we can’t forget the photography component when booking any wedding venue.
Lately, I’ve gotten to capture more intimate weddings. Many of the couples have been together for a long time and are just excited to get married! Choosing to marry the love of your life in front of your closest friends and family is such a beautiful way to celebrate your new marriage. These tight knit weddings lay the perfect groundwork for creative and unique venues!
Take Jennifer and Ryan for example. They celebrated their marriage in the most adorable bistro in Roswell, GA! You may not typically think about hosting a wedding in a bistro, but that’s exactly what the goal of this blog is; seeing things through a different perspective.
1. Take in the view
What do you want as the backdrop in your photos? There are no rules when it comes to wedding planning, so if saying your vows in a church or park isn’t your vibe, do something different! And remember, you don’t have to host your reception at the same venue as your ceremony. While you can always use tables, chairs, and a dance floor to bring the party to you, celebrating elsewhere is always an option.
2. Get sentimental
Having your wedding in a location that is special to you, is always a good idea. You can get married on top of a hill on your grandparents property or right along the beach of a family lake home. Not only will that day feel extra magical, but you will likely love your wedding photos that much more. Think about locations that are meaningful to your relationship, to your significant other, to your proposal. Dare to use some imagination and go for your vision.
3. Less is more
Now, I know this is going to sound backwards from my last piece of advice, but bear with me. If decorating or dragging along a bunch of things to make a location work for you doesn’t sound up your alley, try to pick a location that really doesn’t need any decor or work! With this tip, I want you to think about locations that are going to be beautiful wedding backdrops all on their own. You could add some simple touches, like flowers or candles, but that’s really all you’d need. Some great examples would be a garden with a tented reception, an oceanside Airbnb, or a winery with a gorgeous view!
4. Think destination
My last tip is to think about a destination wedding! There are venues worldwide, but if you want to get married in a destination location, you really don’t need to have a traditional wedding venue! Again, pick a gorgeous rental in Italy, Greece, or maybe even California! You could base your location on where you find a place you love. Invite your closest family and friends, have a private chef or even pizzas delivered, and dance the night away in the backyard of your rental.
Above all, just know that you can truly have a magical wedding in any location. Thinking outside of the traditional wedding venue norms can give you a unique backdrop that you’ll love for years to come!