A micro-wedding is a perfect excuse to hold your nuptials in a non-traditional and totally unexpected location. Many of us have had it with the backyard weddings, gardens, churches, and other commonplace venues that bring nothing new to the table.
If you’re tired of typical venues couples use for their wedding, here are some creative and non-traditional venue ideas for your upcoming nuptials to make your micro-wedding stand out from the rest.
Is there anything more romantic than a glasshouse filled with verdant and vibrant greenery, stunning flowers, and warm-toned string lights? Glasshouse conservatories are often associated with home pavilions and greenhouses, but did you know that they can also be the wedding venue of your dreams? Consider looking for venues that offer this type of design, or you can even have one built for the special occasion! There is something incredibly magical and romantic about holding your special day in a location that lets natural light in and offers a stunning view of nature and trees.
Speaking of nature, why not hold your micro-wedding in a venue where people would need to hike a bit? Some examples include mountaintops, lakes, and even somewhere like the Scottish moors. Instead of opting for a traditional garden party, doing your wedding in a forest or a clearing will add a touch of whimsy to your special day, and styling the venue will be much easier since Mother Nature already won half the battle for you. But when opting for this type of micro-wedding venue, make sure to only invite guests who are physically capable and healthy enough to do some light trekking in semi-formal clothes.
If you and your betrothed have a passion for art, photography, or any beauty that’s usually displayed in exhibitions, consider booking a museum for your micro-wedding. Since the whole world has been on lockdown for a year and a half now, it might be easy to find museums willing to rent out their venues for special events since they also have to pivot and find ways to survive these trying times. Find museums that display your favorite pieces or even one with natural architecture that you and your betrothed find stunning.
Another non-traditional venue that you and your fiancé can consider is a theater, especially if you both love movies or live theater. It’s also easy to create a theme around this kind of venue—you can roll out a red carpet event for you and your guests and use a concept like Old Hollywood glamour. For live theater enthusiasts, you can also have special intermission numbers of songs from your favorite Broadway musicals. You can also have popcorn stands and other traditional movie snacks instead of hors d’oeuvres for your appetizer.
If you and your fiancé are movie lovers who want to take this concept a step further, you can also opt to have your wedding in a drive-in theater to enforce social distancing and because experts say it’s safer to gather outdoors.
If you and your fiancé have a penchant for history and find Old World architecture stunning and incredibly romantic, consider looking for a location that features old buildings or even ones that have already been worn out by war and time. One example of this is old French chateaus or ancient chapels in ruins because they have been neglected by time and the government just decided not to restore and maintain them. With enough fairy lights, flowers, candles, and white silk, any old building can look straight out of a fairy tale. When it comes to our micro-weddings, styling is everything.
There are also plenty of non-conventional Airbnbs that you can consider; you need to know where to look and choose the right keywords when searching. There are nature lodges for those who want an eco-friendly wedding, luxurious farmhouses that evoke a feeling of homeyness but still look and feel elegant, smaller romantic locations for those who want a low-key Bohemian-themed wedding and even vibrant villas for eclectic couples. Opting for an Airbnb might make the booking process simpler, and it might help you save some money, too.
The Bottom Line
Your wedding should be a reflection of you and your future spouse’s personalities and unique love story. Now that you might have a smaller guest list of people who won’t mind going to a non-conventional location, take this opportunity to make your wedding stand out from the rest by going for venues that not a lot of couples might choose. Congratulations and best wishes!