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Marrying amid art or history can be uniquely beautiful. Keep things simple, since many museums won’t let you set up until about an hour before closing, says Birch.
Ideal if you (and your guests) are adventurous—and fans of breathtaking views. Fried suggests trying a ski mountain in the off-season, since there are chair lifts to transport guests.
Some architecturally stunning venues allow weddings in slow-traffic times. While they’re open to the public, notes Birch, you may be allowed to cordon off areas.
Big baseball or football fans? Contact the marketing folks at arenas—many rent out facilities during nongame hours for private events.
Book lovers will swoon over a wedding in the stacks. Just remember: The safety of the collection trumps romantic ambience: No candles allowed!