Some couples marry in small ceremonies in a backyard or courthouse, while others choose to do something more grand. For ambitious affianced partners, their wedding is an opportunity to go big and go wild, go extreme, or just be bizarre.
There’s no end to the strange destinations and ceremonies that the betrothed have planned for themselves and forced their loved ones to endure in many cases. Of strange wedding destinations, we’d say the sky is the limit, but our number one entry proves even that barrier can be breached.
This list includes ten of the strangest, most extreme, and most unusual destination weddings ever recorded. These entries will appeal to your tastes. If you’re planning anything, make sure you choose wisely.
10 Hanging from a Crane
Dinner in the Sky has established a global network of restaurants that offer unique dining experiences. Dinner in the Sky then lifts diners and their food up to the sky using a huge crane. The concept has been successful enough to warrant spin-offs: Concert in the Sky, Movie in the Sky, Santa in the Sky, and- you guessed it— Marriage in the Sky.
As Marriage in the Sky puts it, “Marriage in the Sky offers couples the opportunity to get married just as they would in church with a priest, witnesses, family members and friends, an organ, but in the clouds, among the angels and at 50 meters [165 feet] above the ground.” Are you not afraid of heights? Are you afraid of heights? The sky may be your ideal location for your wedding.
There is nothing that says romance more than endless expanses and depths of ice, deadly glacial collisions, and unfathomably deep, impenetrably black, and fatally cold water. That is precisely why Antarctica—the one continent with no permanent human settlement and officially ranked the largest desert in the world has become a popular destination wedding spot.
Your Adventure Wedding offers a variety packages for couples who want to experience the serenity and majesty of the Antarctic environment. You can even row your raft together into the frigid ocean in your tuxedos and dresses to exchange vows in peace. Disclaimer: the peace will abruptly end if either of you falls in, as hypothermia will take your life in less than half an hour, assuming an enterprising orca doesn’t drag you under first.
8 on a Rollercoaster
Let’s face it: Any couple willing to barf before, after, and possibly even during their vows is guaranteed to be open and tolerant of each other. If a wife can wipe her husband’s vomit from her dress and still say, “I do,” we’re willing to bet that they’re meant to be. That’s precisely the promise of weddings on functioning rollercoasters, which have happened surprisingly often.
Take Ashley and Thom Marchetti, who chose to wed on Six Flags New England’s Superman rollercoaster. The couple, dressed in a tuxedo and gown, took the front seats on the ride with their officiant. As planned, the ceremony climaxed with the couple saying (in reality, screaming) their “I do’s” just as the coaster reached the very top of its 200-plus-foot peak. As Thom told TODAY, “We screamed “I do!” right as our stomachs dropped.”
7 The Führerbunker
There’s good strange, and then there’s bad strange. You can assume when Adolph Hitler is the topic at hand, even in the context of his wedding, that we’re venturing deep into bad strange territory. Yes, the mustached menace couldn’t even marry his true love without prompting contempt and revulsion. The location of the nuptials was perhaps the most odd aspect.
In the early morning of April 29, 1945, Hitler married his longtime love, Eva Braun, about 30 feet underground in an air raid shelter known as the Führerbunker. Hitler accepted his defeat as Allied troops began to take over Berlin. Hitler and Braun had a quick wedding deep within the bunker’s reinforced concrete walls. Between the claustrophobia, chronic dampness, and constant sounds of battle overhead (not to mention the certainty of impending execution for all inside), the Führerbunker may be the single worst wedding destination ever.
6 The TJ Maxx Shoe Aisle
Lisa Satayut is obsessed with department store TJ Maxx, so much so that she calls herself a “Maxxinista.” That’s why she chose to marry fiancé Drew Ellis in a TJ Maxx. One of its shoe aisles was the most memorable.
The ceremony was elegant and beautiful. The aisle in the store was widened to accommodate the arch-shaped rose-adorned arch. There was also a red carpet and plenty of rose petals. The couple wore smart suits and walked down the aisle to traditional string music. Although it was one the most bizarre destination weddings, the couple managed to make it one of their most elegant and classy.
5 Under the Sea
It’s true: you can arrange an entire wedding ceremony beneath the sea, with full scuba gear atop your suit and gown.
Many companies offer underwater marriages in beautiful marine settings, including the Bahamas, Thailand and Bali, Hawaii, the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii, and many other countries. While they can be held standing or standing, most couples prefer to kneel on the seafloor. The only downside to this unique and magical experience is that you can’t hear or speak underwater. Therefore, ceremonies are usually conducted using a series pre-written cue cards. And the first time they kiss each other? They will have to wait until they’re on dry ground before they can do that.
4 Dracula’s Castle
A true fairytale wedding is possible, as long as the fairytale you’re thinking of involves vampires.
Bran Castle, widely known as Dracula’s Castle, is the perfect wedding venue for couples looking to conduct their nuptials in a historic, imposing castle. Although Dracula was not real, and Vlad the Impaler, his real-life inspiration, may not have lived in Bran Castle at all, the site has maintained a strong association with vampiric art over the centuries. Regardless of its historical authenticity, both the castle’s interior and exterior look the eerie part and then some.
3 Dolphin Reef, to a Dolphin
Sharon Tendler’s wedding is one of the strangest. She married on a dock at Israel’s Dolphin Reef, which in and of itself is a gorgeous destination. The strange thing about the wedding was that Tendler sat on the dock while the groom spent the entire ceremony in water alongside her. He had to because he was a dolphin.
Sharon defended her choice in grooms, stating, “It’s not a perverted thing. I love this dolphin. He’s the love of my life… It’s not a bad thing. It’s just something that we did because I love him, but not in the way that you love a man. It’s just a pure love that I have for this animal.”
2 Mount Everest
It’s important to note that there have been several weddings at Mount Everest, and they fall into two very different categories: weddings at base camp and weddings at the summit. While several adventurous pairs have joined in matrimony at one of Everest’s base camps- which are already no small feat to access—one couple went a step further. They took it a thousand steps further when they tied the knot at Mount Everest.
Nepalese couple Moni Mulepati and Pem Dorjee exchanged vows at Everest’s peak, more than 29,000 feet in the air. The entire ceremony took less than ten minutes due to the lack of oxygen and cold. The two men quickly removed their oxygen masks and donned their plastic garlands. They then began their descent down Mount Everest.
As strange as it may sound, there have been several engagements and even weddings held in outer space. Even stranger is the fact that there are likely to be a few more astral marriages in the near future. Participants must be professional astronauts or pay a few hundred thousand dollars.
There have been many different space weddings. Ekaterina Dimitriev married Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. Dmitriev said “I do” to a cardboard cutout of Malenchenko while he videoed conferenced in from the International Space Station.
You can also book dozens space weddings with private aerospace companies, such as First Advantage or Space Perspective, for a traditional (I guess) approach. The ceremony costs will range from $125,000 up to $2.3million, but the couples are statistically guaranteed to have a good time.