Valentine’s Day will no doubt see many couples preparing to make that ultimate commitment and become engaged. While many opt for the traditional white wedding, others lust for something a bit more unique – that’ll have their guests talking for months to come.
Wedding site marryabroad.co.uk has put forward their top five most unusual wedding venues around the world, which offer married couples-to-be the “wow” factor and more.
Couples can say ‘I do’ flying in a hot air balloon over Florida
For brides wanting to be quite literally whisked off their feet, Walt Disney World in Florida offers a “Characters in Flight” package. Couples can have their ceremony take place 400ft in the air – travelling inside one of the largest helium balloons in the world – and soak up the views of all four Disney parks and the surrounding area. A ceremony costs from £1,000 with Elegant Weddings Orlando, and return flights from the UK to Orlando start from £450 booking with monondo.co.uk.
The bride and groom can hold their ceremony in an underground cave in Croatia
Travelling to the other side of the US coast, Western film buffs can marry in a real mine location at the El Dorado ghost town, also known as Nelson’s Landing. The rustic deserted town in Nevada, just an hour away from Las Vegas, gives couples the option to marry inside the mine or just outside surrounded by antiques and desert scenery.
The sparse, barren scene is the perfect blank canvas to add props to your wedding set – be it antique cars, rusted buses, gas pumps and even a crashed place, as seen in the film 3,000 Miles to Graceland. Ceremonies cost from £800, including a tour of the ghost town, and return flights to Nevada with monondo.co.uk start from £500.
For couples who want a raucous Las Vegas wedding, consider the roller coaster at the New York New York hotel. Thrill-seekers can say “I do” in an NYC taxi cab-themed carriage, as the ride lifts them up 203ft and down 144, with views of the glittering Strip below. Ceremonies organised by The LV Wedding Connection cost from £500.
Sports fans can exchange vows in the FC Barcelona football stadium
Looking at wedding venues closer to home in Europe – two options call to mind. Marine-loving couples can venture deep down under a hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia and have a ceremony in a cave with a glass floor overlooking the ocean. Significantly, the name of the resort is More, which translates to “Hotel Sea”. Weddings cost from £4,000 with Yes I Du, while return flights through momondo.co.uk start from £180.
Sports fans may be drawn to the Barca football stadium in Barcelona, Spain, where the “Back of the net” package offered by Catalonia Weddings Boutique is proving highly popular. With football-related, wedding photo-opportunities galore – from goalie shots to trophy pictures – this is one venue for true fans of the sporting giants FC Barcelona.