Travel insights from Jenna Buege, contributing editor of The Compass

Ditch the Traditional Destination Wedding

Looking for a nontraditional destination wedding experience? Couples can expect the unexpected when they decide to tie the knot at one of these unconventional destination wedding venues.

Aboard a Cruise Ship

Help travelers take their love to the seven seas with a cruise destination wedding. Not only do cruise ship weddings come with the perk of a built-in honeymoon, they’re usually significantly cheaper than the average destination wedding, too. Couples can wed in a port city, onboard or at an island destination somewhere across the world; the options are nearly endless. Many cruise lines offer completely customizable wedding packages so couples can chose their perfect menu, photographer and music for their special day. Don’t want to deal with the stress of planning? Some ships have wedding planners and day-of coordinators on-staff to ensure everything goes smoothly before and after the vows are exchanged and the party starts bumpin’.

At a Theme Park

Help thrill-seekers embrace the high of being newly married with a theme park destination wedding. Theme parks are the perfect venue for those who want to say “I do” in an unforgettable location. Couples can live their own fairy tale with a ceremony alongside Disney’s Magic Kingdom, have wild encounters with dolphins and exotic birds at Discovery Cove or plunge into married life on one of Six Flags’ many scream-inducing rollercoasters. Prices for theme park weddings vary depending on the couple’s park of choice. However, many parks do offer the assistance of an on-site wedding coordinator, park photographer and food and beverage services.   

Make it Multicultural in a Destination

Couples planning a multicultural wedding can still have a destination wedding. Because no matter one’s culture or religious beliefs, weddings are always a cherished event. Multicultural weddings are designed to embrace and honor the traditions of both parties when people of different backgrounds come together in marriage, and adding a beautiful destination as your backdrop makes it even more special. A multicultural ceremony is perfect for couples who want to begin their life with one another by fusing cultures and building their own traditions, and they’re easy to pull off in-destination. The ability to open one’s mind and encourage acceptance makes multicultural weddings a favorite of wedding guests. Not to mention, every culture has mastered the art of throwing a killer party.

In a National Park

Destination wedding locations don’t have to be all sun and sand, in fact, national parks make for great wedding venues that won’t break the bank. From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Florida Everglades, national parks offer the perfect backdrop with their panoramic views and seasonal splendor. Nature-lovers can inquire about hosting a wedding on park grounds by reaching out to the park they’re interested in directly. While there can be some restrictions on the number of guests and the kinds of equipment allowed, national parks are a wonderful option for an intimate wedding experience.

Anywhere Beyond the Chapel

Location, location, location. These days couples can get married almost anywhere, we’re talking on a bridge, in an overwater bungalow, under water, in a luxury ice hotel, aloft in a hot air balloon, and even in an historical castle. When your couples are looking for ways to ditch the traditional destination wedding encourage them to think outside the box and look into unique and sometimes bizarre venue locations.

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