Event Venues

2 Wedding Venues We’ll See a Lot More of in 2017

November 3, 2016

We don’t often see new types of wedding venues, but with inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram, and wedding forums, couples have been exploring new, unconventional wedding venues and loving them.

Two venues, in particular, have stood out, offering couples unique and unexpected scenery while also being easy to turn into their dream wedding. Here are the two unconventional wedding venues that we will see a whole lot more of in 2017:

1. Summer Camps

summer camp

A Summer Camp Wedding may not be the wedding you dreamed of growing up as a child, but you’ll fall in love with their whimsical style, fun activities, intimate feel, and scenic location.

Summer camp weddings can’t be thrown in the summer (since the camp is being used during that time), but they make an affordable choice for couples looking to wed during the fall, winter or spring.

One of the best parts about summer camp weddings is their unique blend of destination wedding like activities, accommodations, and scenery with an intimate feel. From canoeing on the lake, hiking, volleyball, and other outdoor activities, there is plenty of fun to be had for you and your guests. The camp can also provide overnight accommodations for guests and serve as a honeymoon destination for the couple.

Just like other venues with rustic charm, these venues can be dressed up to provide a charming atmosphere for your wedding worthy of Pinterest and Instagram fame.

Summer Camp Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Rustic, charming, intimate
  • Lots of fun activities
  • Accommodations for guests
  • Can also serve as your honeymoon destination
  • Beautiful surroundings, especially in fall and spring

Summer Camp Cons:

  • Not available in summer and not recommended in winter since the buildings are often poorly insulated

2. Barns


Barns are quickly becoming a favorite wedding venue for couples. According to VenueCenter’s Wedding Venue Trends Report , they are set to become the most popular wedding venue by 2020.

Many of you are likely already familiar with barn weddings as they’ve exploded on Pinterest and wedding forums, and with good reason. Their unique combination of rustic charm with a wide open layout create a versatile wedding venue that’s suited to almost every style of wedding.

They look great year round and if you find an authentic barn (rather than a venue) you may find a great rate. (Note: If you’re willing to pay the extra for a barn turned wedding venue you’ll find much greater convenience! For example, a professionally run barn wedding venue will likely have all electrical outlets set up for you where a regular barn may not.)

Barn Pros:

  • Large open space that has a similar versatility to a marquee wedding
  • Rustic, country charm
  • Often surrounded by a picturesque countryside
  • Perfect for large weddings while still retaining an intimate feel
  • Affordable
  • Great year round venue

Barn Cons:

  • If you choose an authentic barn, rather than a barn already converted to a wedding venue, you’ll have a lot of work on your hands preparing the space

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