10 Offbeat Wedding Venues for the Quirky Bride

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Desert Botanical Garden
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Desert Botanical Garden: Phoenix, Arizona

At Desert Botanical Garden cacti and succulents provide a stunning backdrop at sunset for an evening wedding. After the ceremony, guests can explore the desert landscape and trails rife with more than 21,000 native plants. 

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A bride and bridesmaids walk past a grazing deer in Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite has at least a different dozen venues perfect for the special day including the scenic Swinging Bridge, Bridalveil Falls and several lake beaches that make stunning backdrops. 

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Interior of Sunday River Covered Bridge
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Sunday River Covered Bridge: Newry, Maine

Say "I do" at the Sunday River Covered Bridge: the historic, public bridge was built in 1811 and is no longer used by vehicles. Even more of a draw, hosting events on the bridge is free. 

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A bride and bridesmaids on simulated racehorses at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
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Kentucky Derby Museum

After the wedding ceremony at Kentucky Derby Museum, new spouses can race each other in a simulated Derby race or play jockey in one of the museum's interactive exhibits. Have the reception on the Oaks Garden Terrace so Winston, the resident miniature horse, and the current resident thoroughbred can attend. 

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Bride throws a bouquet in the Richard Nixon Presidential Library
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Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is a beautiful—and historic—place to get married. The museum has a replica of the White House East Room—complete with crystal chandeliers, Italian silk draperies and marble fireplaces—while the lawn is an option for a garden ceremony. 

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Bride and groom toast on a glacier
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Herbert or Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa in Juneau, Alaska, flies the bride, groom and wedding party via helicopter to Herbert or Mendenhall glacier. After vows, the pilot hosts on a sightseeing flight before taking everyone back to warmth at the resort. 

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Treehouse in TreeHouse Point
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TreeHouse Point: Fall City, Washington

At TreeHouse Point you can get married in the treetops. The rustic property offers six distinctive tree houses and several wedding options, most including at least a two-night stay. If you book a destination wedding, the entire four-acre property is exclusively yours for 22 hours. 

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The Power House at Bolt Castle
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Boldt Castle: Heart Island, New York

Millionaire George Boldt built a castle for his love and wife, Louise, on the aptly-named Heart Island in the Saint Lawrence River. She died unexpectedly in 1904 and he never returned. The castle he left—Boldt Castle—has been restored and is the perfect fairy tale venue for a princess to wed her prince. 

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The American Theater
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American Theater: Charleston, South Carolina

The American Theater opened in 1942 and remains a bit of Art Deco elegance steeped in Hollywood glamor. Dance as newlyweds under handmade milk glass chandeliers while the marquee outside announces the new Mr. and Mrs.

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Ocean Voyager Exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium
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Georgia Aquarium: Atlanta

Many aquariums offer beautiful event spaces where even the fish can witness the nuptials. The Georgia Aquarium took it a step further when a couple donned scuba gear and married in the Ocean Voyager exhibit. 

By Lisa Kaylor on 06/06/2017

Midsummer is prime-time wedding season, so as temperatures heat up, wedding bells fill the air.

For some brides, traditional just won't do. They want a wedding experience as unique as they are, and there is no shortage of venues waiting for them. Here are 10 of our favorite destination wedding venues for the bride and groom that want a bespoke experience all their own.