8 alternative wedding ceremonies

8 alternative wedding ceremonies

For a unique wedding, combined with a unique honeymoon, try one of these unusual ceremonies to say ‘I do’

1. Underwater wedding in the Cayman Islands

What could be more perfect for diving enthusiasts than exchanging your vows under the crystal clear waters of the Cayman Islands? There are many locations for your underwater wedding, including Stingray City, and an official diving minister will conduct the ceremony.

Couples wanting a more surreal experience can add swashbuckle to the occasion: Pirate Week is held on the islands every October.

2. How deep is your love? Marry in a Cornish mine

Poldark, an historic tin mine in Cornwall, is an atmospheric and unique setting for an intimate wedding.  It was the scene of tin production, both above and below ground for thousands of years and is now the heart of Cornish mining heritage.

It even starred in the famous BBC costume drama Poldark from the 1970's. Have your candlelit ceremony in the Holman Chamber.

3. Love boat: A traditional Turkish gulet

If you love the idea of sparkling waters, undiscovered coves and sunset cruises, why not get married aboard a gulet, a traditional Turkish wooden sailing boat? Marmaris and Bodrum are particularly picturesque, and suitable for civil ceremonies, blessings, and renewing your vows.

4. A mystical union at Machu Picchu

Be married by an Andean shaman overlooking iconic Machu Picchu. To make things easy for loved-up couples The Sanctuary Lodge offer a complete package, although entry into the citadel itself is not included. It is also possible to arrange blessings in Machu Picchu itself for an extra special spiritual connection between you and Pachamama (Mother Earth).

5. Love in a cold climate - Iceland

For a wedding that combines rugged and romantic, say 'I do' in Iceland. Reykjavik's Hallgrímskirkja is Iceland's largest church, designed to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland's landscape.

Couples can also head out into the wilds to wed by Skogafoss waterfall or surrounded by mountains and glaciers at Thingvellir National Park. Only religious ceremonies can be held in a church or chapel. Civil ceremonies (with a District Commissioner) can be held at a wider choice of locations, both inside and outside. Discover the World can help you make all the arrangements.

6. On top of the world in Kenya

If love lifts you up, up and away, then an intimate ceremony in a hot air balloon over the Maasai Mara will put you on top of the world, quite literally! Governor's Camp in Kenya can organise this, plus romantic surprises for your other half. Safaris make for great honeymoons - check out our Safari Q&A for tips and recommendations.

7. Surf wedding in Bali

For a beach wedding with a difference, ride the waves instead of a horse and carriage. Surfer's paradise Bali boasts over 20 top quality breaks on the south-west and south-east coasts of the island and around the Bukit (Uluwatu) Peninsula. Some of these, like Padang Padang and Uluwatu, are world class barrelling reef-breaks but there's plenty of beginner waves too. You'll also find fishing villages, markets and temples.

8. Turn up the romance with a festival wedding in the UK

If a wedding overseas isn't practical and traditional venues aren't setting your heart a-flutter, turn your wedding day into a sexy stay-cation with a festival style wedding. Blogs like Festival Brides have tips and inspiration for doing it independently; boutique glamping site Canopy and Stars are launching a new wedding service if you need a helping hand.

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