A traditional church ceremony followed by a three-course wedding breakfast and party at your local town hall or stately home is a great way to celebrate your big day, but why not push the boat out and try something a little alternative?
We’re not talking about jumping out of a plane and saying your vows on the way down, or hopping on a plane to somewhere completely exotic, but a different venue can create an incredible atmosphere and a wedding that your guests talk about for years to come.
It’s inspiration time and, like the folks at Bride Online, we have come up with some amazing ideas for your special day, find our top five list of the most amazing alternative wedding venues below…
5. Wolgan Valley resort
Breathtaking scenery in a stunning location set this potential wedding venue apart from all the others. Nestled in a secluded valley, within the Blue Mountains Reserve the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is a tranquil and moving location, situated just a three-mile drive from Sydney.
There are 4000 acres of property to take advantage of and you can choose from a variety of romantic locations for your ceremony. Just imagine the stunning wedding photos of you and your new partner with the incredible mountains as the backdrop followed by a beautiful gala dinner under the stars with everyone you know and love.
4. Boomerang Farm
Boomerang Farm is a privately owned wedding venue, set in a beautiful tropical forest location, so you can customise the location and have pretty much any theme you desire throughout your ceremony and reception. Many people choose for their ceremony to take place in the Rainforest Chapel and then hold the reception in the venue’s historic barn, which features spacious ceilings, farmhouse dining tables and a dance floor.
3. Mandurah cruises
Imagine a golden sunset as you and your wedding party coasts across the rippling water of the Mandurah waterway on your very own private cruise. Everything is taken care of, including decoration and food, and you also get your own wedding coordinator and a red carpet gangway. Very posh! The whole wedding day takes place on the boat but you can also arrange a cocktail party the night before the wedding and breakfast the next morning while you open gifts and say goodbye to your friends.
2. Red Hill Vineyard
A gorgeous ceremony set in a stunning vineyard location, basking in the rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula, will create the most sophisticated wedding. With a tailor-made reception, featuring estate-grown wines and personalised service, this is the wedding venue dreams are made of.
1. Sydney Harbour Wedding Climb
If you and your fiancé are adventurous types then why not take your guests up to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge? They’ll have to climb up there, of course, using stairs and catwalks never previously opened to the public. There are two packages available, the bride and groom plus four guests or the bride and groom plus 10 guests.
Once you reach the top you will enjoy absolutely breathtaking views of Sydney that only a very few will ever get the chance to experience and have your ceremony take place on the specially built platform called the Sundeck.
The climb takes four hours and a guide will also give you the history of the bridge as you go. The Wedding Climb includes preparation, guided experience and finally the ceremony. It is a truly unique experience for everyone. You might not be able to wear a fancy gown for the ceremony, but you can soon change into one and hold a big party later on with the rest of your friends and family.
So whether you’re after a laid-back, tropical affair or an ambitious ceremony involving a certain level of fitness there are plenty of alternative venues out there for you to choose from.