Weddings with a difference

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. You want it to be a day to remember for not only yourselves, but also your guests. However, if the talk of classic churches, canapés and champagne is starting to make you yawn a little, why not give your wedding a 21st century shake up?

Start planning outside of the box, and take your wedding to the extreme for an unforgettable day. Don’t ditch the white dress and bridesmaids quite yet, instead think of how you can re-locate and combine the wedding into a multi centre holiday of a lifetime. Why not get married at the dizzying heights of the Sydney Great Harbour Bridge, or perhaps in the teeth chattering sub zero temperatures of an ice hotel in Sweden? Whether you are an adrenaline seeking couple or want the most impressive photos imaginable, read on for some extraordinary wedding venues to help you start planning a wedding that is quite simply out of this world…

Ice hotel

Pack your thermals for this teeth chattering wedding option. Set in the heart of Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, the Icehotel is carved completely out of ice and snow each year to create a breathtaking hotel. Existing only between December and April, the impressive structure is created by a team of artists who carve not only the hotel, but the sculptures, chandeliers and even the glasses in the bar out of ice. For couples wanting to get married in the arctic conditions, there is a stunning chapel with pillars, a clear ice alter, and seating covered in reindeer skins to keep you warm. Despite reaching the sub zero temperatures of -5 degrees, the bedrooms are also impressive, and booking your wedding night here is definitely a unique experience. Plus, after the service you can confidently say you have got married in literally one of the coolest places in the world.

 Icehotel Wedding, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Icehotel Wedding, Jukkasjarvi, SwedenPaul Mannix / Foter / CC BY

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Swapping the traditional wedding dress for a grey and blue jumpsuit isn’t the usual decision for many brides. However, with the chance to get married at the top of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is no surprise that a few adrenaline-seeking couples have endured the climb with heady heights over the city. Reaching the summit is a breathtaking experience, and once you are surrounded by the uninterrupted views of Sydney, a ceremony at the summit of one of Australia’s most iconic structures makes for a magical moment in any couple’s life. The private climb is available for couples and their guests and the ceremony takes place at the very top of the bridge on a specially designed sundeck. For the most impressive wedding photographs, plan your climb at dusk when the sun is setting and casts striking colours across the sky as the lights below begin to twinkle. Simply a magical experience, and well worth sacrificing the wedding dress for!

Grand Canyon

If you want a quiet, intimate wedding with a difference then head to the Grand Canyon in the United States. Attracting thousands of tourists each year, it seems an unusual spot to tie the knot, however if you swap the wedding heels for hiking shoes, then you can get married at the highest point in the National Park, Point Imperial. At an impressive 8,800ft high, and located 11 miles from the developed area of North Rim, the point only holds 10 people – so choose your wedding guests wisely! As with all weddings in the National Park, you will need to apply for a permit, however it is well worth the paper work for the jaw dropping vistas and memorable venue. At the end of the wedding, why not swap a horse and carriage ride for a helicopter ride over the Canyon for incredible? And whatever you do, don’t forget the camera.

Underwater in the Maldives

If you have ever wanted to tie the knot underwater but don’t want to get wet, then head to the secluded islands of the Maldives for a magical wedding in the ultimate watery venue. The world’s only underwater chapel is submerged five metres in the Indian Ocean, and allows you to get married amongst tropical fish and colourful coral reefs without the need of a snorkel. As part of the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa, Ithaa, meaning ‘mother of pearl, has 180 degree views of turquoise waters bursting with marine life that serves as the perfect setting for an exclusive wedding with a difference. After the ceremony, the couple can enjoy a private boat ride on a small ‘dhoni’ around the islands accompanied by a chilled bottle of sparkling wine – perfect.

Jess is a blogger and photographer who specialises in travel and culture. She recommends booking multi centre holidays so you can combine different destinations to make an unforgettable your wedding adventure. Her favourite idea is to married underwater in the Maldives before jetting off to Dubai to celebrate in true style.

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