the top 10 destination wedding locations that are unexpected and unique

When looking into locations or possible destination wedding venues, there is an overwhelming amount of options. 

But just maybe you are looking for a destination wedding location that is unique, and not only is it a destination you have been dreaming of, but it is a location that is absolutely out of the box and stellar that you are looking for.  Something that goes beyond the normal.  

Here are my top 10 unique destination wedding locations for you to dive into 🙂 

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Your Destination Wedding Guide

Please keep in mind that although I list a few options for each idea, there are many others out there to consider. 

While I am happy to help start your journey here, I am beyond ecstatic to have you hire me as your photographer and then I can help even more as you decide the perfect place for your destination wedding. 

Also feel free to snag my planning a destination wedding guide here!

Hawaii Greenhouse Destination wedding

greenhouse destination wedding

All about your gardens? Then I would suggest a greenhouse destination wedding, especially some of the beautiful options listed below which range from upscale, to desert vibes, to glorious architecture driven greenhouses. 

Jewel Box, Missouri

Greenhouse at Driftwood, Texas

Grass Room, California

Chihuly Garden + Glass, Washington

Babylonstoren, South Africa 

Garfield Park Conservatory, Illinois

Hivernacle, Spain

The Palm House at the Botanic Gardens, Ireland

Royal Botanic Garden, Australia


ruines destination wedding

Something a little more moody and absolutely storytelling, are destination weddings at places like ruins of buildings.  The mix of time and wear next to the elegance of a wedding celebration is stunning. Consider something like the Sugar Mill Ruins in Puerto Rico, or that location in general like you can read about here

Playa Grande Sugar Mill Ruins, Puerto Rico

The Abbey Phoenix, Arizona

Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay, France 

Finca Es Cabas, Mallorca

Colonia Rusinol, Spain

Tenuta Bichi Borghesi, Italy

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Iceland Destination Wedding and Elopement

library destination wedding

For those who love the idea of getting lost in a good book at their destination wedding ( or lets be real, have always dreamed of owning Belle’s library from Beauty and the Beast), there are actually some libraries that you can have your destination wedding at. 

As always, it is best to check if that has changed at all, but please take a peek at these beauts for consideration.

George Peabody Library, Maryland

Boston Public Library, Massachusetts

Abbey Library of Saint Gall, Switzerland

Admont Abbey Library, Austria

Trinity College Library, Ireland

Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading, Brazil

New York Public Library, NY

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Cave wedding destination

Maybe not the first destination wedding location that came to mind when I said unique, there are some stellar and amazing cave, or cavern like options that are out there for destination weddings.  

From Ice caves, to natural caves on beaches, to caverns turned into restaurants and hotels, take a gander at these destination locations sure to make you gasp in awe. 

Ash Cave, Ohio

Rayavadee Krabi, Thailand

Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat, Australia

Adrere Amellal, Egypt

Ice Caves as well as Natural Caves, Iceland

Benagil Sea Cave, Portugal

Amangiri, Utah

Italy Grotto Destination Wedding

elevating your destination wedding

Curious about how some of these work? Yes, some options would require a little more planning as they are not a tradition wedding venue.  This is where you can use my expertise, or a planner’s, to gather the details to make sure your destination wedding is perfect.  

ice plant building garage destination wedding

parking garage destination wedding

Yes, you heard right. First inspired by this amazing Parking Garage Wedding, here are some ideas that either boast a parking garage or warehouse feel for those who love architecture and a good wow factor for their destination wedding location. 

1111 Lincoln Road, Florida

The Ice Plant Building, Texas

Garage B, Massachusetts 

Honeypot, California

Basilica Hudson, NY

Tonnara di Marzamemi, Sicily

train station destination wedding

You might not exactly be thinking that train stations are your thing for destination weddings, but just wait until you see some of these buildings. 

Ranging from marbeled and stately, to cozy storybook feel, one of these destination locations might make you think again about trains. 

Union Station, Washington D.C.

Nakladove Nadrazi Zizkov, Prague

Essex Steam Train Yard, CT

Pickering Train Station, England

Kings Cross St Pancras Train Station, London

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Pospect House Texas, Airplane Hangar Destination Wedding

airplane hangar destination wedding

Another idea? How about an Airplane Hangar for your destination wedding? 

The hangars can be historic and some even include planes.  Want a more modern twist? Take a look at the hotel listed, which captures all the fun and colorful vibes of an time when flying was all about the vibes. 

TWA Hotel, NY

Commemorative Air Force SoCal Hangar, California

Hanger 9, Texas

Jimbour Estate, Australia

It is all about creating an experience

The beauty of some of these ideas, are that not only are you celebrating a unique location, but possibly something that ties into your own story.  Or holds a special memory in your heart. 

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Museum Destination wedding

From dinosaurs, to statues, to art pieces, to… neon? Yes, if you can think of a museum, you can sometimes also find a way to get married there. And these are some outer worldly destination wedding locations. 

Neon Museum, Nevada

Mill City Museum, Minnesota

American Museum of Natural History, NY

The Ringling, Forida

Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Georgia

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Puglia Italy Boat Destination Wedding on Sailboat in Meditteranean

sailboat destination wedding

For those who love to take in the waves, you can have your destination wedding on a boat.  From riverboats, to sailboats, even ones that look like the Titanic you can plan a gorgeous intimate wedding  ( or an elopement like these two here on a boat in Italy ) to create a memorable destination wedding. 

1877 Tall Ship Elissa, Texas

Savannah Riverboat Cruises, Georgia

Pilot, NY

Polaris Split Boat Excursions, Croatia

The Queen Mary, California 

MK Skansonia, Washington

campground destination wedding

Maybe when you think of camping you think of fabric tents, and mosquitoes, but these ideas are nothing like that. Well, do still bring bug spray. 

You and your guests can fully embrace your location either with glamping or cabins, or heck even a bespoke camping stay in the Sahara like here.

Nevertheless, you and your guests with never run out of fun things to do with these campground destination wedding locations.

The Red Earth Venue, Utah

Yonder Escalante, Utah

Cedar Lakes Estate, NY 

Tree House Point, Washington

Camp Wandawega, Wisconsin

Under Canvas Grand Canyon, Arizona 

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colorful destination wedding

One of my top things I tell couples when they start to look for their destination wedding location or destination wedding venue, is think about what you want the location to bring to the table. 

In this way, if you are so enamored with the architecture, the landscape, or in this case the colors, you will feel less of a need to add to it and let the location speak into your design. 

Fronteira Palace, Portugal

Hotel Condesa DF, Mexico

The Saguaro – California + Arizona Locations

have the best freaking day of your life

At the end of the day, it is fun to see what other’s are dreaming up, but the best advice I can ever give is to make the day what you would like.  If any of these ideas sound amazing to you, go for it, if not, let me know and I can help you dream up something else. 

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