Maybe you do, but I don't! Unusual wedding venues explored.
Valentine's Day may start out with chocolates and roses, but most romantics hope it will end with a walk down the wedding aisle. While many couples long for a traditional white wedding, with so many unique and tantalising options available around the world, more and more couples are eager to skip the fuss and jump right into the fun. So if you're looking for somewhere truly memorable to get married, here are a few of our favourites.
At the top of the Empire State
Take your love to new heights and say "I do" at the top of New York
's proudest symbol the Empire State Building
. Each year on Valentine's Day 14 lucky couples are married on the 80th floor of this world famous landmark, each automatically become members of the Empire State Wedding Club, with free entry every Valentine's Day. Since 1994 some 200 love-struck couples have made their union an 'affair to remember' by making their wedding vows on Valentine's Day at the Empire State. If you want to be in the running next year, you need to apply in writing by November 30.
A reindeer farm in Lapland
If celebrating your nuptials in the middle of an Arctic winter surrounded by Santa's reindeer sounds appealing, then head to Hotel Kakslauttanen
in Finnish Lapland where you'll be whisked through a snow-covered forest by a team of huskies to a special service on a reindeer farm. Afterwards, you can get up-close-and-personal with the reindeer or kick-start newlywed life by taking another plunge this time into the icy cold waters of the lake at the nearby Igloo Village. It's then a brief dash to the smoked sauna to warm up before slipping into an arctic-ready sleeping bag in your honeymoon snow igloo.
Underwater on the Great Barrier Reef
How deep is your love? On Australia's magnificent Great Barrier Reef
happy couples are lining up to dive in and answer this question with an underwater wedding. The whole wedding, from the exchanging of rings and vows (said with the aid of a special underwater communication device) to the signing of a waterproof marriage certificate, is all performed underwater amid a wonderland of breathtakingly beautiful coral reefs. With schools of tropical fish as your guests, this is one wedding that certainly brings new meaning to taking the plunge.
Swimming with dolphins in the Bahamas
With its pristine white beaches and stunning turquoise waters, the Bahamas has long been a popular choice for weddings. But if you don't mind getting wet, skip the idyllic beach setting and share your love and kisses with the dolphins. While the ceremony takes place on a floating platform, the highlight is the presentation of the rings by the dolphins. Afterwards, the entire life-jacketed bridal party is then invited to join you as you celebrate your betrothal by swimming with the dolphins
In an Inca chapel in Ecuador
For an off-the-beaten-track wedding, you can't beat the Inca chapel at the Hacienda San Agustin de Callo in Ecuador
. Located in the foothills of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, San Agustin offers one of the most unusual and spectacular settings for a wedding. Built on the site of an ancient Inca Palace, this one-time Augustinian convent was once owned by former Ecuadorian president General Leonidas Plaza Gutierrez. Surrounded by the perfectly carved Inca volcanic stone walls of the chapel you can declare your love then spend your first matrimonial night together in Inca House, with its Spanish courtyard and warm, romantic atmosphere.
Atop an elephant in Bali
From a traditional Balinese wedding to getting hitched on a yacht there are number of unique wedding options available in Bali
. The most fantastic option, however, would have to be exchanging your vows atop an elaborately decorated Sumatran elephant at the Elephant Safari Park
in Taro. After the ceremony, the newlywed couple, dressed in full ceremonial attire, are escorted on a 20-minute elephant ride around the park by four Balinese flower girls and two umbrella boys while Rindik musicians play.
Floating in a balloon in New Zealand
Just imagine it's sunrise and you're wafting peacefully through the clouds in a hot-air balloon toasting the dawn of your new life together by saying "I do" 30,000 feet
above the earth's surface. If you're looking for somewhere unusual to set your love afloat, Canterbury on the south island of New Zealand is guaranteed to fulfil your wedding dreams. There is no other place in the world where it is possible to fly from the centre of the city toward snow-capped mountains all within view of the early morning sun as slowly it inches its way above the ocean's horizon. It's an experience that'll be forever ingrained in your memory.
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