15 Crazy Wedding Venues for the Adventurous Couple
We love weddings. And we really love unique weddings, with their fab DIY elements and personalized touches that perfectly represent the couple they’re uniting. One way to make sure everyone remembers your nuptials? A truly one-of-a-kind, maybe a little crazy, location. We’ve collected 15 spots that fit the bill, some perfect for a destination wedding and some you can find wherever you’re planning your big day — all, for the adventurous twosome tying the knot!
1. Dracula’s Castle: That’s right, you can get married at Bran Castle, the former dwelling of real-life Dracula inspo, Vlad the Impaler. Just be prepared to shell out some big bucks, and watch for bats. (via Bran Castle)
2. Roller Coaster: Skip the creepy and go for exhilarating with a mid-roller coaster ride wedding. You can hit up this one in Las Vegas, or convince a daring officiant to hit up the local amusement park with you. (via NY NY Hotel + Casino)
3. Donut Shop: Voodoo Donut Shop in Portland, OR advertises a variety of wedding packages to choose from. But if you’re going for a more low-budget deal, Dunkin Donuts is a pretty crazy option, too. (via Snippet + Ink)
4. Under Water: We’ve heard of trashing the dress after the wedding, but before you’ve even said, “I do?” Well, it is a pretty good excuse for why you need a reception dress, too. (via True Photography)
6. Hogwarts’ Infirmary: For realsies, this is the Divinity School at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. But for the diehard Potterhead, it’s a wedding locale dream-come-true. A less crazy option would be the library of your alma mater. Who needs decor when you have a million books as a backdrop? (via Kate Hopewell-Smith)
7. Your Fave Museum: Who wouldn’t want a dinosaur at their wedding?! This beautiful beast is Sue the T-Rex at Chicago‘s Field Museum, but feel free to sub in a local museum with killer scenery. (via The Field Museum)
8. A Cave: We knew making our parents take us spelunking would pay off some day. This is sort of a best of all world’s scenario — gorgeous natural scenery and no worrying about weather complications. (via Olivera Rusu)
9. Stonehenge: In the interest of full disclosure, this pic isn’t really Stonehenge, at least not the one in Wiltshire. It’s a Stonehenge memorial in Washington State. You can hit up the real deal on a solstice or equinox, or pick another mysterious monument. (via Sweet Violet Bride)
10. Burned-Out Flour Mill: Minneapolis’s Mill City Museum offers up a stunning and unique locale, a former flour mill that exploded in the 19th century. If you’re from the Twin Cities, hit this place up. If not, track down some local ruins of your own for a crazy cool wedding venue. (via The Knot)
11. Bolivian Salt Flat: When most people think destination wedding they think warm and tropical, like Costa Rica, or romantic, like Tuscany. Not you, though. You thought Patagonia. It is sure to be a truly one-of-a-kind wedding experience. (photo via Fraser Coast Chronicle)
12. Your Team’s Stadium: Come a gorgeous summer afternoon, we’d all rather be at the ball park with a hot dog and beer than sweltering in the office. For the über-fan couple, there’s no better wedding venue than your fave team’s stadium. (via Wedding Paper Divas)
13. The Desert: Alright, so it may be a trend, but it’s a pretty darn hot one. The potential for dehydration and heat stroke in the middle of the reception totally makes this a crazy, but gorgeous, choice. (via Ruffled)
14. The Hotel that Inspired The Shining: The horror movie aficionado may appreciate a haunted wedding venue. This hotel in Estes Park, CO inspired King’s novel, and still boasts a couple of resident ghosts. (via The Stanley Hotel)
15. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: A hot air balloon is a super cute place to pop the question, so a giant hot air balloon festival must be an even cuter place to answer it. Plus you can enjoy gorgeous summer temps while taking full advantage of autumnal wedding inspo. (via New Mexico Wedding Magazine)
Is your bridal style traditional or are you super excited to book your nuptials at one of these crazy locations? Tweet us your craziest wedding venues at @BritandCo!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)