This blog post originally appeared on Caitlin Crowe's website.
When one thinks of a non-traditional wedding venue, rustic barns and childhood backyards often come to mind. These locations do not necessarily match the dreams or expectations of every newly-engaged couple, though. As we see the number of traditional weddings continue to decrease, unique venue options have emerged and are becoming highly sought after, giving every couple the ability to fully capture their personalities on the big day.
With that in mind, let us explore a few non-traditional wedding venue options for various aesthetic preferences and themes.
If you and your soon-to-be-spouse are plant lovers, consider holding your wedding at a local botanical garden. There is little need to decorate the space, as the luscious plant life provides the perfect backdrop for any themed wedding — from clean and classic to bohemian chic.
Additionally, since botanical gardens are often owned by the city and considered public land, rental costs will be much lower than a traditional venue.
Public and/or historical buildings
Are you and your soon-to-be-spouse history buffs? Saying “I do” symbolizes a new personal historic era. Why not pick a venue steeped in history to tie everything together? Historical venues offer unmatched charm and significance, serving as an ideal backdrop for your wedding. Similar to botanical gardens, such spaces are inexpensive to secure, and often require little decorating due to their ornate architecture.
If you have an affinity for the outdoors, but do not want to host guests on a working farm, consider researching orchards during your venue hunt! Orchards are especially beautiful in the spring when in full blossom and also in early-to-mid-Fall when the trees are full of apples. An orchard venue allows a couple to encompass a rustic and vintage vibe while enjoying the beauty of the surroundings with friends and family.
Retreats and summer camps
If your guests are coming from far and wide to witness your special day, consider hosting them on a private, rented property. You may even be able to house your guests in one space eliminating the need for transportation to and from a venue and hotel.
Additionally, holding your wedding at a retreat or summer camp offers a unique experience to enjoy the great outdoors, explore the surrounding area, and unwind once the festivities have come to a close.
If you are interested in booking a non-traditional wedding venue — specifically, a retreat or summer camp — consider reaching out to Caitlin Crowe, co-founder of the wellness retreat Topo Pino, which recently partnered with Tentrr and Mayflower Venues!