These days I feel like couples are trying to out do one another with their weddings. If this couple spent $30,000 on their wedding, we have to spend $40,000. If they got married here, we have to get married somewhere else. It seems like everyone is in competition with each other. To me, yes, you want to have the most beautiful, spectacular, extravagant wedding ever, but it's not about other people. It's about you and your groom/bride-to-be. If you want to get married in a church, a synagogue, on a boat, or in a Wal-Mart, that's up to you. There are tons of ways to make your wedding unique without breaking the bank; one way is to choose a cool venue. I've found 4 awesome places to get married that will definitely leave a lasting impression on your guests.
1. A vineyard
So romantic and picturesque, vineyards are amazing wedding venues. You may even be able to work out a deal on a great vintage wine with the venue. Vineyards provide great photo opportunities, as well as awesome dinner conversation.
2. A Museum
What a fun, creative venue for a wedding. This is actually something that I've considered for my own wedding. Philadelphia has so many great museums, it would be a shame not to consider them. Another advantage of a museum wedding is that you can save on reception decorations, since the the exhibits serve as décor.
(These pictures are from a wedding at the Please Touch Museum here in Philadelphia)
3. At the Park
If you want an outdoor wedding, parks are a great idea. Most permit and location prices are reasonable. One downside: preparing for any type of weather. If you're not prepared for rain, strong winds, or insects, your big day may turn out to be a nightmare.
4. Mansion or Historical Building
This could be a great alternative to a museum. There are tons of historical buildings and mansions around Philadelphia that most people don't know about. A lot of them offer better rental rates than a hotel or ballroom, and most (if not all) of them have stunning features that will make for awesome photo opportunities. Many of them have amazing stories behind them that will make for great dinner conversation.