The church and a nearby reception hall. These are the ancient old traditional places to host a wedding ceremony and reception. And traditional can definitely be good, especially if you are an active member of your church or synagogue or if you or your fiancé are particularly keen on sticking to your religious beliefs about marriage.
Many people, though, in this day and age are approaching their wedding and their wedding planning process with a desire to really flaunt their individual styles and personalities as a couple. And for a lot of people a church or synagogue tends to be a bit too restricting to fully do so.
While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that a church wedding ceremony and reception hall for reception location are out of date or old fashioned in a bad way, it seems to have become less appealing as an option for couples who consider themselves to be so to speak less traditional or conservative in nature. The alternatives to church weddings or nontraditional wedding venues many times turn out to be more suitable.
And with that, the overall standards people (meaning relatives) used to hold around wedding ceremonies, the proclamation of vows and other traditions that were expected to be strictly followed once upon a time are becoming more lax in our society as a whole in general, and alternatives to religious weddings are much more accepted.
Making a stray from the traditional conservative religious wedding location to the nontraditional wedding venue has several benefits. Aside from variations in décor and music, a more casual setting often, if only even subconsciously, puts everyone at ease.
Perhaps you have thought about a unique wedding venue as a nontraditional wedding ceremony and reception location but are unaware of your options. Depending on the city or town in which you wedding is to take place, there are surely an abundance of locations for both wedding ceremony and reception alike to choose from. Your best bet would be to ask around. Solicit ideas from your friends who were married in the same area. Get advice from the various caterers or DJs you consult with. Surely if anyone would be familiar with church wedding alternatives or nontraditional wedding venues it would be them.
Another good idea to find alternatives to church wedding locations and reception spots or unique wedding venues is to ask yourself where you might host a private event for say, 125 (more or less) professionals in your business industry. Restaurants, bars or nightclubs are in one category of alternatives to church or nontraditional wedding locations particularly that offer a lot of fun and require little extra setup. Look in your phone book. Chances are these places near you are very open to closing down their doors to the public on certain days if you so desired to rent the entire room. This is just one type of unique wedding venue.
The number of unique venues for wedding events in your wedding city can be explored as far as your imagination. Some big cities, especially where the architecture is highly valued and notable may have some exquisitely designed buildings that fit your personality and wedding needs perfectly. Gothic castles, rooms that exist within the grounds of an art or science museum of some sort or even some hotels might be interesting. And of course if the weather or location permits there is always the beach, a garden or other outdoor wedding spot you can make happen. The possibilities do not end.