Top 25 Unconventional Wedding Venues

So, of course you know by now (because you faithfully read every post), that we had our wedding reception at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History.

What you may not have known is that there was another wedding within arms reach that night at the Detroit Science Center.

I kind of knew from the start that I didn’t want our wedding to be at a banquet hall. But in the interest of leaving no stone unturned, I did place inquiry calls to a few halls. I found after talking to several banquet halls that they could’ve easily been called “wedding factories”.

Brides and grooms were ushered in one end of the machine. A little “we always do it this way” and a lot of “we have standard procedures for that” later and Voila!, you’ve got yourself a complete wedding and reception in a box.

No thanks. I’m all set – and you should be too.

I mean, if you really put effort into finding an alternative venue, and you don’t find a place that suits you, then go with the banquet hall, because in the end, yes, you will be married. And that is what matters above all else.

But trust me on this one, it’ll be well worth your time and effort if you find a different locale.

Hosting your wedding reception at location other than a banquet hall creates a unique environment for your guests. It could be a place that reflects your personality as a couple, honors your culture, or is a nod to your alma mater.

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Los Angeles Country Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Cobblestone Farm in Ann Arbor, MI

Either way, finding a venue outside of a banquet hall will make your wedding unique and often give you more flexibility. It can be as casual or as formal as you’d like.

Consider one of these perhaps:

  1. Library
  2. Museum
  3. Cultural Center
  4. Barn
  5. Art Gallery
  6. Theatre
  7. Botanical Garden
  8. Loft
  9. Yacht Club
  10. Backyard
  11. Historic Home
  12. Historic Building
  13. Rooftops
  14. Building Atriums
  15. Zoo
  16. Neighborhood Block
  17. Ski Lodge
  18. Beach
  19. Sports Venue
  20. Boat
  21. Bed and Breakfast
  22. Bowling Alley
  23. Arcade
  24. Private Club
  25. Park

All I’m suggesting is that you not box yourself in when deciding where to hold your reception.

The Quixotic World

The Quixotic World Theatre House

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

If I missed anything, feel free to add it in the comments.

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Great ideas!
Thanks my brother was trying to find some ideas for his reception/after wedding party.
I will tell him about your blog.
thanks

Good ideas. Great blog. Thank you

Love the unique tips. I also thought the theater was an intersting idea but would provide a great venue with a stage and seating for guests!

Love it. My favourites the Zoo! For info.. you can also get married in Oxford Prison (in the UK).

This is a great list you have come up with. My friend was trying to figure out where to have her wedding ceremony and was looking for some suggestions.I will definitely recommend your blog to her since it’s very informative.Great post!

Love the unique tips. I also thought the theater was an intersting idea but would provide a great venue with a stage and seating for guests!

I will definitely recommend your blog to her since it’s very informative.Great post!

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