5 of the world’s most stylish and unusual wedding venues to consider for 2019

When you think about it, it’s quite incredible how much thought and effort we invest in choosing the perfect wedding venue… yet, such careful deliberation also makes the utmost sense. After all, your venue won’t merely be the setting in which you say ‘I do’ – it’ll also be immortalised in photos, video footage and the memories of you, your beloved and loved ones for a lifetime to come.

If, though, you would prefer to sidestep the traditional wedding-venue expectations during 2019 and instead select somewhere that is utterly and adorably quirky or stylish, you have plenty of options. Below are just a few that you may contemplate.

New York Public Library (NYPL), United States

Bookish Americophile couples can surely make no finer choice of wedding venue than this instantly recognisable Manhattan landmark, which opened in 1911 and holds about 53 million items.

As outlined by Business Insider, conditions that you must fulfil to get married in this breathtaking, albeit bookworm-friendly location include providing NYPL with a written description of what you have planned for your wedding ceremony, as well as verification that a government official will be performing the ceremony.

The Station Kitchen, United Kingdom

West Bay in Dorset is a tourist magnet regardless, but one of the locality’s finest assets of recent years has unquestionably been this converted century-old train carriage that was used during the Battle of the Somme.

You’ll find the beautifully restored carriage – which is capable of seating as many as 55 guests, together with the station house’s 25-strong capacity – on the old platform of the long-disused West Bay railway station, where the opportunity of a few pre-dinner cocktails in the sun may prove just too much of a temptation.

Château Bouffémont, France  

On the subject of temptations, there is many a continental wedding venue that you may struggle to resist – not least the noble 19th-century-built Château Bouffémont in France.   

However, while this splendid former residence of the Marquise of Preignes and Baron Empain looks every inch the fairytale venue, it also represents a pragmatic choice, not least with any accompanying honeymoon in mind.

That’s because this monumental property is situated in the heart of the peaceful Montmorency Forest, yet is also a mere 30 kilometres from the centre of Paris, as well as 20 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport for the convenience of your guests visiting from overseas.

Burj Al Arab, United Arab Emirates

Wedding venues don’t come much more spectacular than one of the world’s tallest hotels! Dubai’s Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island a few hundred metres from Jumeirah Beach, and is designed to resemble a ship’s sail. Construction was completed in 1999 of this structure towering some 321 metres (1,053 feet) towards the heavens.

The opulent Al Falak Ballroom is home to the world’s largest Swarovski chandelier, with couples routinely arriving here by Rolls Royce or helicopter – making the most of the hotel’s helipad some 210 metres (689 feet) above the ground – to tie the knot.

ICEHOTEL, Sweden

This stunning combined hotel and art exhibition certainly lives up to its name – it really is made of ice and snow, which shouldn’t be a great surprise to you, given its location in the village of Jukkasjärvi, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.

The Ice Ceremony Hall and ICEHOTEL’s majestic main hall are both ephemeral in nature, being reincarnated in a different fashion each winter. The knowledge that your wedding venue effectively turned into water the following spring will certainly lend an even greater poignancy to those glances at your wedding photos in years to come, depicting moments that can never be recreated.

Which of the above venues most pique your interest for your own upcoming ceremony? Are there any other favourites that you would like to cite? If so, feel free to do so in the comments section below.  

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