8 Wedding Locations You’ve Never Thought of (& Neither Have Your Guests)

Let’s set the record straight. Nothing is off limits these days. There isn’t a thing money can’t buy, and guests will travel. Our constantly changing world is always looking for the new, and friends and family LOVE getting their socks blown off with whiz bang wedding locations when they read the ‘save the date’ in the snail mail.

Your big day is going to be the best it can be if you start with getting the venue right. If you put a huge tick in that box, come the big day, you’ll feel right at home and as comfortable as you do in your own powder room.

Like most you want to capture plenty of picture-perfect moments, so choosing photo-friendly wedding locations has a huge role to play in getting that right! If you’re looking for something a bit daring or different you’re in the right place. Read on for our wrap up of ideas that you might’ve skipped over, but might make your heart skip that extra beat.

  1. Salt of the Earth Wedding Locations

Tying the knot in the tropics never gets old. Where there is a promise of sunshine, crystal clear water and cocktails, guests will follow. Fact. Who isn’t secretly waiting in the wings for you to announce a reason to travel to Bali, Thailand or Hawaii these days for a cheeky (extra-long) weekender?

If you want to impress guests, consider an ankle-deep ceremony at exotic Exmouth in WA. There are plenty of places around Australia that boast crystal clear waters and clean sandy beaches. They all lend themselves to water crashing at your heels and sand between your toes, but this place is the stuff dreams are made of. Most protected beaches around this coral coast would suffice, just check the weather and choose your season wisely. Pick a month that’s warm enough to withstand some water, because it’s so inviting it’ll have all your guests kicking off their heels to get in.

  1. Dare to Be Different in… Did You Say Dubbo?

We’ve all heard of Twilight at Taronga. Getting married with your furry friends, and under the stars may sound like a dream to some, and it’s a decent option for Sydney locals. We’re daring you to be different and exchange I do’s in Dubbo! Many don’t know that Taronga has a full open zoo out west. No glass walls here folks, get up close and profess your undying love with the lions. They don’t call it the Wild Wild West for nothing.

  1. Move over Melbourne Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales

You’ll get a resounding response from inviting your guests to MONA in Tasmania. The Museum of Old and New Art has its very own private ferry from Hobart which is easy enough to get to from any capital city. It’s an incredible cultural space, with an impressive winery and grounds to match the equally blow-your-mind building, filled with user friendly fun art inside. If you book well in advance you can stay on site at the limited MONA Pavilions Accommodation too.

  1. Japow-Wedding Locations

While MONA is a local treat for the true blue in you, Benesse Art Site in Naoshima, Japan is next level if you’re looking at a similar experience but really willing to splash out. It does take a few modes of transport to get to, but it’s worth every plane, train, bus and ferry. Perhaps suited to an elopement or small gathering, splurge the extra and stay onsite at the Benesse House for a truly unforgettable and extra spectacular stay and soiree. Visitors to the Museum are limited to House guests only during evenings, so you really will feel like a star in a Night at the Museum.

  1. Mid-Century Modern Wedding Locations Are Where It’s at

Think you were born in the wrong era and want to throw back to the 50’s for your big day? If you’re travelling all the way near LA, rent a home or hotel somewhere between Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. It’s where you’ll get some killer pics and feel like a dead set movie star.

Coincide your dates so your party revellers can pick up a ticket to party after at Coachella too! Locally here is Australia, bring mid-century modern to full swing with dress ups and a ceremony at Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga Sydney.

  1. Married in a Maze

You’ve found the one. Almost. Isn’t there something so mysterious about hiding away from the world in the middle of the maze right before you say I do? Everything yonder the manicured hedge is forgotten for just a moment. All is still and quiet. (Apart from your heart beating out of your chest, and the bullets of sweat dripping from your palms). *GULP*

Victoria has some of Australia’s most desired mazes. You don’t have to be a horticulturist to appreciate the beauty of a hedge here. Check out High Country Garden Maze as well as Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens. They’re both based in Victoria with plenty more magical maze wedding locations dotted around Australia to choose from.

  1. Top City Pick

You’re a green thumb or just love the idea of bringing the outdoors in? Perhaps you’re a little risk averse and on your special day just want to know some things are going to plan. You want an outdoor wedding but you’ll take it with a roof thanks. The Glasshaus Inside located in down-town Melbourne, is a hit with young modern couples. The juxtaposition of industrial chic and wall to wall greenery is tre fashion right now darlings.

  1. Getaway Gem

Byron Bay might just be Australia’s wedding capital, and with that comes plenty of refurbished venues painted every shade of beige we can endure. Hell no! We don’t want the bride to blend in. Thankfully Villa Rustica does things a little different. It’s discreet and perfect for a quaint elopement. Set back from the busyness of Byron Central, this wedding location is more about rolling hills, time warn arches, rustic facades and stepping back in Moroccan time. Move over sandy beaches, six-star bungalows and sunset soirees. There’s a new kid in town.

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