Updated: Oct 14, 2021
There are many elements that guests expect to find at a wedding ceremony and reception: centerpieces, a DJ or band, a guestbook, the “Electric Slide”—but celebrating your big day in a setting that’s unexpected can be the ultimate treat for you and your guests. Not only is an unexpected setting one of the hot trends of 2017, but the joy you’ll get from seeing the smiles of surprise on your guests’ faces will make your special day that much more so.
But how can you find an unconventional setting while still keeping your wedding day special? The wedding planning experts at Long Island’s Crest Hollow Country Club have come up with a variety of not-the-norm settings for your ceremony and reception, so your big day will be an unforgettable one for you and your guests.
Bring a faraway destination local.
Just because you choose to have your wedding locally rather than at a far-flung locale doesn’t mean you can’t transport your guests to a venue that feels like it’s straight out of a European city. For the rustic, romantic vibes of Tuscany, look for a venue that features rustic walkways, elegant waterfalls or bistro-seating. Guests will immediately feel transported to Italy—talk about a surprise.
Make nature your stunning backdrop.
For an ethereal setting that will drop guests’ jaws on the floor, celebrate your big day in a botanical garden, conservatory or horticultural center. For a more refined yet still magical venue, opt for a breathtaking garden that is situated on the acres of a romantic estate. Outdoor settings like this can range from the well-manicured gardens reminiscent of French aristocracy to a quaint English garden for a boho feel.
Surround guests with a fiery setting.
When guests walk into a wedding, they expect to see flowers, tables and a dance floor, but even in New York, it’s possible to find a venue that has tropical aspects like palm trees or show-stopping touches such as