When planning the details of your wedding celebration, one of the main choices you'll make is deciding on a ceremony venue. Some couples have always wanted to get married at their family's church, a ballroom of a hotel they've visited since they were children, or even their own backyard. For those who want to make the ceremony venue the focal point of the celebration, however, it's important to choose a locale with an impressive backdrop or jaw-dropping view. Hosting a ceremony in a location with these attributes will also mean you'll need less décor for the first part of your celebration, as the space itself will exude beauty.
Depending on where you live or where you're planning on tying the knot, the venues that require minimal decoration will vary. We've gathered some examples, below, to help guide and inspire you. If you've always wanted to get married in a church or temple, choose a house of worship that's meaningful to you, but also has beautiful architecture, a picturesque altar, or impressive stained-glass windows. If you have your heart set on an alfresco ceremony, you're in luck: there are a number of spectacular ceremony sites with such lovely surroundings that you won't need to have hundreds of flowers or a towering embellished arbor. Instead, the sparkling sea, a sprawling vineyard, or even the countryside can serve as most of your décor, leaving more of your allocated budget to the reception fare, tablescapes, and entertainment.
From gorgeous mountain and ocean views, to historic sites and estates, to vineyards and gardens, be inspired by the 10 ceremonies, below! To learn more about each celebration, click on your favorite photos!
Photo by Karlisch Photography
Photo by Matt Kennedy Photography; Bridal Salon: Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Photo by Trevor Dayley; Bridal Gown by Liancarlo
Photo by Sylvie Gil; Bridal Gown by Anne Barge