Strange Places to Get Married
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 TheKnot.com, 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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