Strange Places to Get Married

Posted Jul 12th 2010 12:33 PMUpdated Jul 12th 2010 02:23 PM


Some people just aren't satisfied with the usual when it comes to a place to tie the knot.

In fact, odd wedding venues are all the rage, says Travel + Leisure, which has come out with a list of the "World's Strangest Places to Get Married." The venues range from the bizarre to the extreme, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

"People don't want their big day to be cookie-cutter," Anja Winikka, editor of, a wedding planning site, tells the magazine. She says destination weddings have proven popular, but "For many couples, I think, it's the weirder the better."

Among T+L's picks are a NASCAR-themed wedding at the Daytona International Speedway, where $1,000 will rent you the track's Victory Lane. Floating in mid-air is another whacky choice, as available from a British firm called Marriage in the Sky, which offers a 20-seat platform that can be hoisted 164 feet in the air, for $18,340.

For an airborne experience of a different sort, some couples choose to get married on a roller coaster such as the historic Cyclone at New York's Coney Island. Says T+L, "Each year, a handful of nostalgic New Yorkers and/or coaster enthusiasts get hitched on this scream-inducing, knee-knocking ride." The ceremony ($8 per attendee) is conducted on the boarding platform.

Sharks can be part of your wedding party at Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, Long Island, where the aquarium's 120,000-gallon shark tank is "a common spot for local weddings," according to T+L. The price tag is $600.

Quebec's sublime but freezing Hotel de Glace ice hotel suggests you wear fur over your wedding dress -- the temperature at the property is always about 25 degrees (weddings $2,199 to $6,199). Or take the opposite approach and marry in the buff at a nudist colony such as Cypress Cove Nudist Resort & Spa, in Kissimmee, Fla. (facilities free with $119 membership).

Couples do weddings with a Titanic theme at the Titanic Museum at Dollywood in Tennessee, in what T+L describes as a "Disneyesque reproduction of one-half of the 1912 liner," with unions conducted "on an exact replica of the gorgeous Grand Staircase, under a 25-foot glass dome," for $1,500 to $20,000.

Decisively less stressful on the pocketbook is a wedding at a Dollar Store. On Sept. 9, 2009, the owners of 99 Cents Only Stores in Los Angeles provided ceremonies and all the trimmings for nine couples who entered a contest. The price: 99 cents.

Fast food also fits into some couples' plans for the big day. T+L says Portland, Oregon's popular Voodoo Doughnut doubles as a wedding venue offering both nonbinding "intentional commitment" ceremonies and the "Whole Shebang," with coffee and doughnuts included ($25 to $4,500).

Or start your wedding off on a spicy note like one couple did at a Taco Bell in Illinois, free but you have to pay for what you eat.

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Nude weddings growing in popularity

Nude vacations are one of the fastest growing trends in the travel industry. AOL just this week covered the Guinness World Record skinny dip on their home page by showing a CNN video taken at The Terra Cotta Inn clothing optional resort and spa in sunny Palm Springs, CA.
Here's the CNN link:

Many modern Nudist resorts are no longer like the nudist colonies of old. Many also do not have membership fees.

So if you are looking for a fun wedding destination or a nice romantic honeymoon, try a fun nudist resort, you'll be glad you did.

July 17 2010 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jonathan Alexander

What about a mourge wedding

July 13 2010 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We're getting married at the Rennaisance Festival in Colorado next year

July 13 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My brother got married at McDonalds drive thru window on a motorcycle. His order was for a bride. After we threw french fries and his wedding cake was made with apple pies.

July 13 2010 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think I'd want to get married on a Titanic reproduction. We all know how THAT story ended! But I guess, to each his own. Sharks, parachutes, igloos, the Dollar General and Mickey Dee's? I'd rather stay single.

July 13 2010 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I got married on the bridge from Spider Man 3 in Central Park. Not too weird. The pics came out beautiful.

July 12 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One night working at taco bell, a man in a tuxedo came in and picked up an order of 125 hard shell tacos, 125 soft shells and 50 volcano tacos.
My boss gave him a $25 discount.
It was for a wedding

July 12 2010 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to CB's comment

That was nice of your boss. I wondered if it was my son-in-law in the tux! lol he loves taco hell (as he calls it) I can see him wanting it for their wedding.

July 12 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David S.

I just don't get why anyone gets married in the first place. Legalized slavery....

July 12 2010 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to David S.'s comment

can certainly be especially with the ignorance of old fashioned ideas about the HUSBANDS role and THe WIVES roles according to tradition Tradition no longer applies

July 12 2010 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

guess that means you would be the slave,,that is such a pigheaded remark, whats the matter you cant find anyone willing to marry you with your attitude

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Hey, we're using The Tarpon Lodge (a high end fish camp) for our August 14th sunset wedding. It's awesome!

July 12 2010 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, I plan on joining the ranks of weird wedding venues next year. I asked my FI where he wanted to get married and we're gettting married in the bay at one of the firehouses he works at. Complete with trucks etc (And it happens to be on the top busiest stations in the nation so we are guaranteed for the bells and whistles to go off at some point).

It's not what i pictured but its definately more entertaining than when I got married at a registry office before!

July 12 2010 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply