Location, location, location!
There are SO many places you could choose to be married! Of course, there are churches and temples; reception halls and fire houses, but if you have an intimate group of guests, you can get married almost anywhere! Here are some ideas to get you started!
Sports Stadiums; I did numerous weddings at Yankee Stadium last summer (okay, okay, we snuck in…) What a perfect backdrop for a true sports fan, one that will provide your officiant with great metaphors for your ceremony script! Some of your more local stadiums may think this is just a wonderful publicity idea for them (and if you both wear team jerseys, think of the savings on wardrobe?)
Retirement Homes/Assisted Living Facilities; many of these have beautiful party rooms or outdoor gardens, and you couldn’t have a more delighted if spontaneous audience!
Museums and gallery spaces; if you have a small group on a weekday, this could be the perfect path for you. A small donation would be in order for a non profit, maybe a goodie gift of chocolate or great stylish cookies for the staff in a gallery. Check your local art schools and colleges too; they may have quirky fun studio or exhibition spaces.
Libraries; public and college libraries very often have private rooms or collections, which may be the perfect backdrop for a literary couple.
College greenhouses; my alma mater has a wonderful little greenhouse that would be just perfect! (Note to self…make call…)
Local parks, gardens, zoos, skating rinks, ball fields; if you have a little group, a short ceremony and no amplified music, this shouldn’t be a problem, but you might call the parks department to ask about a permit. While being arrested at your own wedding might be a great photo op, it might not be the way you want to start your life together.
A box seat at the opera!
Observations decks on giant buildings. Best to call about this one! Probably have to buy tickets, but what the heck! (And no, the Empire State Building will not let you do this except on Valentines’ day. If you’re thinking of a ceremony in say, 2015, you might have time to apply.
Ferries and water taxis; how fun is this one! Have your officiant check on the legality of being married on the water, or do a quick vow on the dock.
Do you have a friend or family member with a wonderful garden? Beautiful library? Gorgeous living room? I bet they would love to have you! Again, a sweet little present would be a great gesture of thanks.
If you met somewhere interesting; that might be a thought; I’ve done weddings next to the bears at Bear Mountain, on a pier in Wildwood, in a swamp in northern NJ. If the spot is sentimental, that’s really all you need. Well, that and maybe a permit; it never hurts to check.