Post # 32
the Botanical GArdens in Chicago rock! Or a House Museum there…the Glessner House, Clark House. the Field Museum, Mus of Sci and Industry—CHicago has a wealth of great musuems and historic places. After-hours events are how many smaller musuems make ends meet, and are often more lenient wiht what caterers you can choose etc. I am doing my wedding at the Villa Kathrine down-state and the rental for the nite is wonderfully inexpensive for an incredible setting! good luck…
Post # 33
My FH and I are having a City Hall ceremony and then having our reception at a speakeasy bar in SF: http://www.bourbonandbranch.com/
Post # 34
A history museum – not totally unique but not a hotel ballroom either… 🙂
Post # 35
Maybe not the most unique but certainly not the most common… my venue is a baseball park, CitiField to be exact. It was just finished in 2009 so all the decor is really modern and nice. The majority of our guests will probably have never been there before our wedding and i’d say 99% will not have been in the club we are using. What I’m looking forward to most is the reaction people have when they see it, looks nothing like what most people would expect at a ballpark.
Post # 36
On top of a ski mountain during the summer! …as long as you can get the mountain staff to turn one of the ski lifts on for you. Then you can take the lift up, have your ceremony, and then take the lift back down. …which also makes for some amazing pictures! One of my friends did this.
Also, if you’re more adventurous, you can have your wedding on top of a non-ski mountain, but it might involve some hiking for your guests. 🙂
Post # 37
my avatar is my venue, it is a marble observatory in the columbia river gorge.
Ity is really small (44 feet across) and it will barely hold all of our guests but when I was little I used to want to live there.
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Post # 38
Chicago has so many fun venues if you can afford them –
Architectural artifacts, where your guests get the run of the whole place (they have rooms and rooms of cool, crazy artifacts: http://www.architecturalartifacts.com
The Lincoln Park Zoo offers weddings, both in the animal houses and in the beautiful Cafe Brauer.
We’re leaning towards the Newberry Library for our ceremony, a gorgeous old privately owned library that still runs 6 days a week and has rare manuscripts and other books.
There are also a lot of art galleries around here that do intimate weddings, as well as a floral shop with a courtyard, and an old billboard-making factory.
Architectural Artifacts, as photographed by the divine Olivia Leigh:
Post # 39
A friend of mine is having their reception at an old mental asylum.
The Zoo in St Louis hots a ton of weddings, which I think is a ton of fun. There’s some fab art galleries and breweries that have event space too. One of my fave’s is Grant’s Farm, where Anheuser Busch keeps their Clydesdales.