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5 Wedding Venue Ideas For The Non-Traditional Couple

For some couples, getting married in the church they belong to is their lifelong dream. They have imagined their ceremony and walking down the aisle for years. But for others, the last thing they want is a traditional ceremony, especially if they are a non-traditional couple. Here are five options for those couples who don't want a church wedding.


Every state in the Union, even Alaska, has a winery. Vineyards are not only usually beautiful, with scenic lush green fields, but many of them also have outdoor pavilions as well as indoor gathering spaces. If you and your betrothed are also wine connoisseurs, this is a perfect location for a theme wedding. Celebrating your special day together with your friends and family at a vineyard will be unforgettable. Consider having a wine and food pairing for your reception meal.

The Beach

Whether it's on a beach in Maui, the dazzling white sands or Florida, or on the gusty shores of Lake Superior, a beach wedding is perfect for that non-traditional couple who want to have a laidback, casual affair everyone will enjoy. Set up a tent to provide safe haven from the sun, and let the party begin. Whether you decide on the quintessential American barbecue with grilled burgers and hot dogs, a clambake, or a Hawaiian luau, your guests will have as much fun as you do.

Private Homes

Is your dream to be married at a luxury home most people only fantasize of living in? If your perfect idea of a wedding is in the backyard of a millionaire's mansion, you're in luck. Many private estates are available to rent as a wedding venue. Some even serve as a bed and breakfast, housing the bridal party and their guests. Most also have stunning amenities, such as a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, firepits, and room to play. Private home venues are best-suited for small to medium weddings. Consider having tray-passed hors d'oeuvres during your cocktail hour followed by a fine-dining inspired dinner menu.


If your vision is a rustic hoedown, consider a barn for your wedding venue. As small family farms become less common, many are converting their antiquated barns to delightful venues perfect for the non-traditional couple who wants a shabby chic, rustic theme. If a pig roast, cowboy boots, beer, and having a good time is your goal, a restored barn is perfect for you.


Many smaller churches are being converted into non-denominational wedding venues, either due to attrition or the former church growing and moving to a larger space. Having a chapel wedding ceremony that is in a church-like building is the best of both worlds, providing a traditional space without limitations. Some churches also have basements or other spaces suitable for the reception area.

Look into options, like Pristine Chapel Lakeside, to find the perfect place.