When it comes to the big reveal, how you make your wedding entrance is just as important as the dress you don for your walk down the aisle. Brides these days don't have to think too far outside the box, though, when it comes to leaving a lasting impression. Hotels are stepping up their game, bringing movie-like scenarios to life so brides can whisk in on their transport of choice—from yacht to parachute or private seaplane—surprising everyone with more than just their dress design. Here are a few of our favorite over-the-top ways to make a grand entrance down the aisle.
1. Parachute to the Party
Your wedding itself is enough of a rush, but to really get your adrenaline going, make the plunge after arriving by parachute. Just think about how great the photos will be if you surprise both your husband-to-be and your guests by cruising over the water and touching down in your dress in a scenic spot along the Mexican Riviera or Caribbean coastline.
2. Scuba Dive to the Ceremony
If you're looking for a way to really wow your guests, tie the knot 40 feet below sea level at an underwater ceremony that's sure to keep everyone entertained. If this isn't glamorous enough, throw in a locale that's just as showstopping—say, Monte Carlo. The Hôtel Metropole can set up a ceremony for up to 22 guests at Monaco's Larvotto Beach, arranging everything from boat transfers and the dive site to just the right officiant, free-diving champ Pierre Frolla. Rather keep your dress dry? Arrive at the ceremony in one of the most fashionable ways possible: by luxury yacht.
3. Hit the Hay
Going for a rustic-chic vibe on your wedding day? If you're tying the knot in a barnyard setting, go all out with the farm theme by arriving at the ceremony in a romantic version of a horse-drawn hayride. Not only will you make quite the entrance, but your bridesmaids can also climb aboard for photos after the ceremony.
4. Show up on Horseback
Island weddings are already picturesque enough, but throw in a bohemian element like arriving via horseback and you've got a scene stunning enough for a film. One New York bride brought this fairy tale to life at the W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island, eight miles off Puerto Rico's coast, donning an Oscar de la Renta gown while riding into the fire-pit ceremony on the back of a spotted Appaloosa horse for a mainstream take on Hindu tradition. Of course, if you would rather make a grand entrance on the back of an elephant, this can be arranged in other locales.
5. Take a Cue From Venice
Gondolas may have originated in Venice, but you can capture this romantic notion stateside, arriving at your ceremony along a canal or river on one of these flat-bottomed boats. If you really want to embrace the Venetian theme, get the next best thing at the Venetian Las Vegas, cruising along the Grand Canal in your very own wedding white gondola, complete with a serenading gondolier.
6. Take to the Skies
Couples tying the knot in Florida at the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village can start the ceremony by taking in sweeping views of the coast from above. Couples kick off their nuptials with a romantic helicopter ride for two, landing on the hotel's exclusive helipad, where they can greet guests at their ceremony for up to 100. In the Florida Keys, meanwhile, you can hit the skies by another mode of aerial transport—seaplane—landing for a waterfront ceremony at one of the seaside hotel piers, like Key West's Casa Marina.