Hopefully, a day that you will happily remember for the rest of your life, in theory, it shouldn’t matter in the least where you get married as long as your partner is somebody you adore. Of course, the reality is an entirely different thing. After all, wonderful events in your life like can actually be taken to another level if they take place in a locale that is worthy of remembering forever.
A gigantic industry that rakes in cash hand over fist, people spend so much money on their weddings that in most major cities, there are many wedding venues that get booked every weekend. Fortunately for everyone involved in those lovely events, in all likelihood, there are some pretty gorgeous and affordable places to walk down the aisle in your area. That said, there is absolutely no doubt that there are some venues that are so amazing that they are pretty much breathtaking. Realizing that inspired us to put together this list of 20 wedding venues from around the world that will amaze you.
In order for a wedding venue to be considered for possible inclusion on this list, it first and foremost needs to be available for the public to book their nuptials there. For the purpose of this list, it makes absolutely no difference how costly it is to book for either a wedding, reception, or both. Additionally, no matter what country or area of the world in which the venue exists we are judging it on what makes it so remarkable.
20 Hertiage Park Museum - Calgary, Alberta
The first of several venues from the Great White North to appear on this list, getting married in the Heritage Park Museum’s Gasoline Alley hall could be a dream come true for some people.
Choked full of “vintage vehicles, antique gas pumps and colorful automotive memorabilia”, all of those things could make for some fantastic photo opportunities for guests.
The only downside, in order to book this location there is a 250 guest minimum but along with your package, you gain access to the upper-level mezzanine as well so that is nice.
19 620 Loft - Rockefeller Centre, New York
One of the most famous buildings in all of New York City, the 620 Loft and Garden is open for weddings in various indoor and outdoor spaces alike. Without a doubt, our favorite of the group, however, the rooftop garden is absolutely gorgeous in part because it includes a reflective pool and fountain. That said, if you ask us it is the view it provides that is the real highlight. After all, you’ll be able to see Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick's Cathedral and depending on the time of year and weather you may be able to see the famous Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree and skating rink.
18 Cairngorm Mountain Resort – Aviemore, Scotland
A venue that will make every aspect of your wedding memorable, taking a funicular railway up the side of a mountain to arrive on the day will be a marvelous start to the experience for everyone. Absolutely necessary since the terrace where weddings are held is situated 3,600 feet above sea level, you’ll need to get used to the air being thin but it definitely seems worth it. We say that because the view is so incredible that it will feel like you are looking down on the world during one of the best days of your life.
17 Chateaux Vaux-le-Vicomte - Maincy, France
Considered by many people to be the most romantic country in the world, France has been the home to many legendary love stories. That alone could make getting married there attractive to outsiders but holding your ceremony at the Chateaux Vaux-le-Vicomte could really take things to another level. A famous palace that at one time could have been the home to many historical figures, like Marie Antoinette, we can imagine getting married there feeling even more significant. On top of that, the building sits on a beautifully landscaped property that is 1,200 acres in size and its ballroom overlooks a magnificent garden.
16 Oberoi Udaivilas - Udaipur, India
A 5-star resort that has been named the top hotel in all of India and Asia, the Oberoi Udaivilas would not only be a marvelous place to get married, but you could have a great honeymoon there too. Overlooking Lake Pichola, which you can also take a private boat tour on, not only is the view incredible, but the resort itself looks incredible too. We say that because it is made up of 450 hand-stone columns, white marble, and several domes made out of gold. Spending your wedding day surrounded by such opulence, as long as you can afford the expense, there are few better places to be wed.
15 Taronga Centre – Sydney, Australia
The most populated city in all of Australia, not only is Sydney, Australia home to many people, but it also contains several world-famous buildings and landmarks. Fortunately, if you choose to get married at the city’s Taronga Centre, you will be able to see many of them on your wedding day. For instance, you’ll be able to look out on the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, and the Royal Botanic Garden, all of which will only add to your day. On top of that, you could also easily include experiences like taking part in the Wil Rope Challenge or taking a ride on the Sky Safari Cable Car once your ceremony is complete.
14 Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Al Ain Hotel - Al Ain, Emirate of Abu Dhabi
The second venue on this list that exists near the top of a peak, the Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Al Ain Hotel is 3,000 feet above sea level which is quite high in the sky. On top of the Jebel Hafeet Mountain, they’ve managed to put together some amazing amenities all the way up there. We say that because you can enjoy things like their pool, free waterpark that includes some mind blowing waterslides, a health club, a children’s club, and so much more. Of course, it is the location where you commit to your spouse to be that matters most and they are said to be able to customize things to your liking to a large degree.
13 Anantara Kihavah Maldives - Baa Atoll, Maldives
Said to be so incredible that it exceeds the hype, the Anantara Kihavah Maldives in Baa Atoll is a great place to get married. An oceanfront resort that you can enjoy in many different ways, you can get married there in several different locations, including on their pristine beach and inside their underwater restaurant. On top of that, if you are feeling especially adventurous you can throw on some gear and get hitched to one another while scuba diving with a select number of guests. Clearly a resort that has really thought things through, if you get married under the water they provide seashells for you to keep your rings in until the moment of truth.
12 The Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, Colorado
One of the most historic hotels in all of the United States, the Stanley Hotel is well known but for some pretty unique reasons. Cited by the famed author Stephen King as partially inspiring one of his best works, The Shining, since the publication of that book there have been reports of ghosts haunting its rooms. While we find that hard to swallow, since these reports only began after people read the book, we still have to admit that even being able to discuss your wedding being haunted could be fun. On top of that, several wedding parties have enjoyed taking Shining-inspired wedding photos there and we would too.
11 Doune Castle – Stirling, Scotland
A castle that dates back to medieval times, Doune Castle was built in the 13th century and was damaged during the Wars of Scottish Independence. Formerly the home to various royals, these days it is owned by the state and is maintained by the Historic Environment Scotland which is why it can be booked for weddings. While it is cool enough to be able to say you are getting married in a castle, this one, in particular, has more going for it if you are a film and TV fan. That’s because several productions have shot there, including Game of Thrones, Outlander, and most notable in our opinion, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
10 The Long Island Aquarium - Riverhead, Long Island
The second venue on this list that provides the opportunity to get married while in the midst of a scuba dive, The Long Island Aquarium has one other major thing going for it.
That is because if you so choose, it is possible for the happy couple to climb into a shark cage along with their officiant and trade vows through communication devices near 10 sharks.
On top of that, if you are comfortable following the example led by a previous couple that was married there, you too could have the bride dressed in a white wet suit and the groom in a black one.
9 Tall Ship Silva - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Have you ever dreamed of getting married on the high seas? Does it seem fun to have your wedding ceremony on a ship? Do you want to feel like you are in the midst of a swashbuckling adventure on your big day? If so, you can do all of that if you decide to get married on the Tall Ship Silva. A schooner that is quite large at 130 feet, if you got married on it, you could even play into it with a pirate theme if you want. Either way, it seems certain that the happy couple and as many as their 150 guests will talk about a wedding on this ship for the rest of their lives.
8 Roman Baths and Pump Room - Somerset, England
A major tourist attraction that receives more than 1 million visitors a year, the Roman Baths are such an incredible sight to behold that people travel the world to see them. If you are like us and would be delighted to see the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the museum, and Bath House, then you might be able to do so by getting married there.
If you make that decision then you can enjoy a combination of the old and the new since the venue is more than 2,000 years old
but in various areas of the building you can actually enjoy WiFi access.
7 Cinderella’s Castle - Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Beloved by generations of people, Disney’s Cinderella came out in 1950 and since then, the castle at the heart of it has found a special place in people’s hearts. Often used as a symbol of the company and the magical way in which they tell stories, a recreation of the castle has been at Disney World for decades at this point.
If you are among their fans that have dreamt of feeling like royalty on your day, then it is now possible to get married in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World.
On top of that, if the price is right you can add things like fireworks and a ride in Cinderella’s coach to your day.
6 Hôtel de Glace - Charlesbourg, Quebec City
The kind of hotel that you might expect to exist in Canada, the Hôtel de Glace is exactly what it sounds like, a hotel made of ice. Initially created in Quebec City, Quebec, it is still in that province but has since moved to Charlesbourg where it must be rebuilt every December so it can open in January and stay open for 3 months.
As such, you need to be willing to get married in the winter months, but they are fully prepared for weddings.
In fact, they even had a designer named Corinne Markey put together custom dresses for the venue that come with a “fuzzy lining, fur-trimmed hoods, and thick white capes”.
5 Rovos Rail – Pretoria, South Africa
Oftentimes seen as a means to an end or an old-school way of traveling, in reality, taking a trip by train can be great. For instance, recently, there has been an increasing move towards luxury trains that allow you to travel the world in style. Despite that, it never even occurred to us that you could get married on a train but that is very much the case in Pretoria, South Africa.
That is because Rovos Rail puts on ceremonies on their trains and can accommodate as much as 120 guests.
Not only can you exchange vows on the rails but they can also put on receptions and offer up four-course meal during a three-hour trip.
4 Spitbank Fort - Hampshire, England
Built off of Portsmith Harbour on behalf of the English Royal Commission in 1859, Spitbank Fort was intended to aid in defence but since then has been converted into a high-end hotel. Combining the feel of a private island with the amenities of a luxury hotel, Spitbank Fort is a unique and wonderful place to stay, let alone get married at. Made all the better by the fact that they can accommodate things like arrival by speed boat or helicopter, it may wreak havoc on your hair but it would be one heck of an entrance.
3 Aurora Village Lodge - Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
One of the most astonishing natural phenomenons that you can see with the naked eye on Earth, the northern lights is a magnificent show that takes place in the sky. Sadly, they are only visible in a finite area which means that relatively few people have gotten to take them in person instead of on screens. Despite that, if you ask us, they probably should be on the bucket list of pretty much everyone since, at least in our opinion. One way of taking them in, people have gotten married at Yellowknife’s Aurora Village Lodge which offers up both indoor and outdoor spaces and dwellings for a price.
2 The Island – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
An area of the world that is known to be the home of many people that are quite wealthy, it should come as a surprise to nobody that Dubai has some mind-blowing locales. However, we’re sure that some people think it is all desert so they would be astonished to learn about the country’s wedding venue known as The Island. Exactly what it sounds like, it is a tract of land that is surrounded by a body of pristine water. Available for weddings, if you want privacy during your moment, you can even rent out the entire resort for you and your guests if you pay enough.
1 Bran Castle – Bran, Romania
Often said to be the home of Count Dracula, in reality, vampires have never lived at Bran Castle but there is still a connection to the most famous of them all. That is because this medieval castle has been cited as the home of the title character in the legendary horror novel Bram Stoker's Dracula although that is very much in dispute. Either way, the fact that this castle has even fleeting associations with Dracula and the real-life person that inspired him, Vlad the Impaler who passed through the area several times, will excite horror buffs. For that reason, we see the fact that this venue is available for weddings as simply amazing.
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