So, we’ve established what exactly a marriage is, but we haven’t looked at the wedding ceremony itself. For many people, the day they marry their spouse is one of the happiest, most exciting and most extravagant days of their lives. The average wedding in the USA costs a whopping $30 000, with celebrations in many other countries around the world maxing out at around the same price or even going higher. But what exactly is all this money spent on? The day is just supposed to be about coming together with friends and family to celebrate your love publicly, right? Well, yes, but it can be about so much more than that too.
A wedding is a great excuse to throw a lavish party, to treat your loved ones, to create an extravagant festival-like atmosphere as you embark on married life together. And that’s before you even get to the honeymoon! It is as much about the day itself as it is about the married life afterwards. With this in mind, over the years people have gone to greater and greater lengths in order to make their ceremony one to remember. One of the easiest ways to make a lasting impression is to hold your wedding in an unusual or outrageous location. So, here are some great ideas to get you thinking.
Viva Las Vegas
Las Vegas is Sin City, the Entertainment Capital of the World, America’s Playground… and also sometimes called the Marriage Capital of the World. The tacky, kitsch vibe unique to Vegas is charming to some people and a big part of this is the proliferation of ‘little wedding chapels’ around the city. You might remember Ross and Rachel’s impromptu wedding in the 90s show Friends, or you may have noticed popstar Lily Allen’s recent marriage to actor David Harbour at a classic Vegas wedding chapel in 2020; the Vegas wedding is still a mainstay of pop culture and many people make the choice to marry there every year.
One of the most appealing aspects of a Vegas wedding is the relatively small size of both the wedding party and the entire ceremony. The lucky couple can be in and out within minutes, leaving them with plenty of time to hit the Strip or even just head back to their hotel for a quiet night in. Vegas is a hi-tech, well connected city, with WiFi as standard in most hotel suites and plenty of entertainment on offer that doesn’t even require leaving the hotel room. Whether the newly-weds want to catch a live streamed show from the famous Bellagio Fountains, try their hand at a whole host of table games with Poker Casino, or snuggle up to watch the Cirque du Soleil on YouTube, they can just sit back, relax and enjoy. This may be one of the easiest and least stressful ways to get married!
The Sky’s the Limit
If you and your significant other are feeling more daring than that, however, then it is actually possible to get married 16 000ft in the air. That’s right, skydiving weddings are currently all the rage, with couples ensuring that their nuptials will be remembered forever by nervous loved ones watching from the ground. The only difficulty is finding a qualified celebrant who is willing to risk life and limb in order to formally conduct the marriage!
Typically (yes, that’s right, this has happened more than once), the actual ceremony will take place on the plane before the sky dive happens. Presumably this is to ensure that everybody is still conscious and aware of what’s going on; there also might be some difficulty with conducting a ceremony mid-flight, as the rushing winds of a 120mph drop could interfere with the vows. Strangely enough, one of the most popular places for this type of wedding is Las Vegas, although other well-loved locations include San Diego, Washington, Portugal, Dubai and Brazil. There is nothing like the thrill of embarking on married life together with your loved one, so it makes sense that your first action as a lawfully wedded couple should be something so bold, exciting and scandalous.
King or Queen of the Castle
If Vegas feels too tacky and skydiving feels too scary, then how about tying the knot in a bonafide castle? This is an option available in many countries around the world, though some of the most beautiful locations are in the UK, France and Germany. Couples can go all out with a royal theme, dressing the castle’s interior as though welcoming true royalty and having a banquet on offer for guests to enjoy. If you are after a real life fairytale, then surely this is the only way to do it in style. Your wedding day should feel like a celebration and something completely out of the ordinary; surveying your wedding guests from the top of the castle’s ramparts, or listening to the speeches in an opulent great hall, is sure to add that extra sparkle to the day that no other venue could achieve.