The reception is where the party’s at, but the wedding ceremony is where all the feels are. As such, you need a space that stuns and complements you as a couple when you finally tie the knot. And as the first event to kick off your new union, your wedding ceremony will set the tone for the rest of the big day. It’s the chance to wow guests with the unexpected, establish your wedding theme or style, and give a hint at what’s to follow at the reception—making finding the perfect wedding ceremony venue all the more important.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from gazing at wedding after wedding each day, it’s that there are a ton of beautiful places to say “I do,” from rustic barns in the Catskills and vineyards in California to beaches in Bali and rustic chapels in France. And that’s not to mention backyard weddings and garden nuptials! But the real beauty of your wedding ceremony venue lies in what you do with it.
Wedding ceremonies can get really creative, after all. Sure, wedding receptions can too, but guests generally have some idea of what to expect—tables and a dance floor; it’s mainly the decor that leaves room for a surprise. But as the first event of your nuptial celebrations, your wedding ceremony is really what establishes the tone for the rest of the festivities—so don't be afraid to get creative with it! If it’s in an epic spot outdoors with panoramic mountain views or stunning seaside scenery, let nature do most of the work and keep the decor simple. On the other hand, certain outdoor settings like a garden or grove get even more beautiful when you amplify their enchanting effects with additional flowers and greenery. And no matter your style, you can perfect an indoor wedding ceremony by filling the space with decor and glowing lighting to set the ambiance. But if your indoor wedding ceremony venue has historic character or a striking look, sometimes a minimalist touch is the best complement to let it shine—less can be more, after all.
And no matter where you hold your ceremony, don’t forget the aisle and the altar or chuppah. You can get super creative with either to make a statement or forgo both so that your surroundings take center stage.
From fairytale woodlands and castle courtyards to desert landscapes and traditional churches, you’ll be saying yes to these beautiful wedding ceremony ideas.