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Sure, hosting your wedding at a statement wedding venue may be a beautiful way to begin your marriage, but a more modern and cost-effective way to create an unforgettable experience is to choose a space that's a blank canvas and make it your own. Unlike hotel rooftops, towering cathedrals, or quaint countryside inns, sparse spaces offer infinite options for customization, which means you get to architect your very own dream day and make it come to life from scratch! But finding ideal convertible space for your celebration can be a formidable task. Event designer and bridal mastermind David Tutera lends his expertise for to best, most unexpected way to turn a blank canvas space into an incredible venue. Explains Tutera, "Not only does an out-of-the-box blank space allow you carte blanche creativity to build the event of your dreams, but it also offers up an opportunity to add in a nod to your personality as a couple."
1. Airplane Hangar
You may not have previously considered an airplane hanger the most alluring space for a romantic occasion, but Tutera insists that a hangar provides both the space and architectural freedom necessary for an outstanding wedding. A spacious airplane hanger can be an especially fitting venue for jetsetting duos, as were two of Tutera's recent clients. "I did a wedding in an airport hangar a few years ago for a couple who loved to travel together," Tutera explains. "Each table at their reception was designed around a different country they had gone to together. I wouldn't have been able to bring in such varying and detailed decor to any other space without it clashing with the venue. We even had an air show during their ceremony!"
2. Television Backlot
Tutera also encourages couples to think of outdoor television backlots as a modifiable option for their wedding celebration. "There are some great themed options, like a Western set or a 1950s street, that can provide a fun canvas," Tutera proposes.
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3. Film Sets
Film buffs and media mavens may be delighted to learn that movie sets are another preferred locale for Tutera's most novel nuptials. "I once did a Mad Men-themed wedding in the lobby of the office building set where they actually film the show," the event designer revealed.
4. Photography Studios
Tutera also recommends selecting a simple photography studio for wedding festivities. "I love to either drape the walls with stunning fabric or fill them with bright colored lighting to help create an environment for an event," says Tutera.
5. Loft Space
When searching for your own blank canvas venue, Tutera suggests looking for locations with minimal color or clutter. One such setting is a loft with an open floor plan, which happens to be a favorite of Tutera's for nuptials. "These spaces all tend to be very white, modern, and open, allowing you to bring in almost any style décor," Tutera affirms.