We like these less-ex­pected lo­cales.

Martha Stewart Weddings - - THE PLANNER -


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.

Train Sta­tions

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.

Sports Sta­di­ums

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!

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