27 awe-inspiring photos of unconventional weddings from around the world

One couple was married in a Boeing 727 as it flew over the Gulf of Mexico.

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One couple was married in a Boeing 727 as it flew over the Gulf of Mexico.
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  • Adventurous couples from all over the world have wed in unique places, like in a hot-air balloon or underwater.
  • Others have held their wedding ceremonies at the top of glaciers or inside cold ice chapels.
  • Some couples have also tied the knot in unexpected locations, including fast-food chains, art festivals, and amusement parks.
  • INSIDER rounded up 27 awe-inspiring photos of unconventional weddings from couples from have thought outside the box.

If you’re looking for ways to make your wedding unique, try adding personalized touches in your decor or serving custom edible treats.

Those who are particularly adventurous may also consider tying the knot somewhere unexpected, like at the top of a glacier or inside a chapel made of ice.

Below, we rounded up 27 photos of couples who have turned their weddings into one-of-a-kind experiences, from getting married underwater to saying, “I do,” while riding a rollercoaster.


On Valentine’s Day in 2011, aquarists Kathryn O’Connor and James Oliver got married while swimming underwater.

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O’Connor and Oliver tied the knot in a giant fish tank.
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The couple wed inside a large tank at the London Aquarium in London, UK, while sea turtles, cownose rays, and various types of fish swam past them.


However, their officiant didn’t join them underwater.

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A photo of the couple’s officiant standing outside the tank.
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Instead, he stood just outside the tank, allowing the couple to read his cue cards which said things like, “You may exchange rings.”


The underwater wedding still featured some traditional elements.

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The couple had their first kiss as newlyweds while underwater.
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Oliver and O’Connor both wore pretty traditional attire. The groom donned a suit, albeit sans blazer, while the bride wore a wedding gown underneath her diving gear.


In November 2017, another thrill-seeking couple took their wedding to new heights.

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The wedding ceremony essentially took place mid-air.
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The Hearnes

Kimberly Weglin and Ryan Jenks, who are both members of the extreme sports agency Slacklife Global, tied the knot while standing on a net suspended 400 feet over a canyon in Moab, Utah.

Weglin previously told INSIDER that the net was “extremely strong and dense” and had a breaking weight of 33,000 pounds.

Photographers Abbi and Callen Hearne were there to capture the entire event, which quickly went viral in early 2018.


The bride wore a gown with a long train as she walked down the aisle, which was also suspended over the canyon.

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The bride’s father escorted her partway down the aisle.
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The Hearnes

According to Weglin, when it came time for her father to walk her down the aisle, they only made it about halfway across.

Speaking to Green Wedding Shoes, the bride said that the aisle, which was made specifically for the couple’s nuptials, was only wide enough for one person.


Weglin and Jenks also put a unique twist on every wedding tradition they included.

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The couple’s wedding was truly one-of-a-kind.
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The Hearnes

For example, rather than having flower girls walk down the aisle, the couple had 10 BASE jumpers propel off the sides of the canyon. According to the Hearnes’ blog post, the BASE jumpers threw a total of 5,000 flower petals into the air.

And instead of saying, “I do,” at the end of their wedding ceremony, Weglin and Jenks opted to say, “Hell yeah.” The two also exchanged soft shackle rings instead of their actual wedding bands to avoid the risk of dropping them in the canyon.


Marisela Matienzo and Carlos Munoz got married inside their local McDonald’s in November 2010.

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The McDonald’s was located in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico.
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According to Reuters, their wedding at the fast-food chain was the first of its kind to take place in Latin America.


The couple didn’t need traditional caterers for their reception.

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The two had personalized Happy Meal boxes at their reception.
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Tomas Bravo/Reuters

Instead, Matienzo and Munoz provided their guests with Happy Meals. The food was packaged in custom-made boxes covered with photos of the couple on the sides.


Guests were also served Coca-Cola and Sprite in tall Champagne flutes.

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A whimsical take on a classic wedding drink.
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Employees even used McDonald’s trays to carry and serve the refreshments.


That same year, one couple chose to get married in one of the busiest locations in the world: Times Square in New York City.

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Camera crews were wedged into the crowd to film the marriage.
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Rick Clark and Melessa Ellis exchanged their vows during the city’s famous New Year’s Eve celebration.


Cars can’t drive through much of Times Square, so the couple took creative measures to share the news of their marriage.

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The bride wore a traditional veil but kept warm in a winter coat.
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During many traditional weddings, newlyweds will write “Just Married” on the back of the vehicle they leave in. But for Clark and Ellis, the couple simply taped the signs to their back as they walked through the city.

Following tradition, some newlyweds leave their weddings in vehicles with the words “Just Married” written on the back. Clark and Ellis taped signs with the same message onto their backs as they walked through New York City after their ceremony.


In October 2015, Berta and Jose Fernandez traveled from Spain to New York City to take their wedding photos in Times Square.

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The two wore traditional wedding attire.
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One of the couple’s photos placed them right next to someone dressed as Winnie the Pooh.


Some couples have tied the knot at Burning Man.

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A couple weds in front of an art installation at Burning Man in 2015.
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The annual nine-day gathering is known for its wild costumes, parties, unexpected musical guests, and larger-than-life art installations.

But it’s also common to see attendees getting married while you’re there, as Aly Weisman, a senior correspondent for INSIDER, reported when she attended Burning Man in both 2015 and 2016.


For example, Shandi Trolson and Jordan Lenaburg held a colorful wedding ceremony at the annual gathering in September 2015.

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The couple was surrounded by onlookers who photographed the ceremony.
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The theme for that year’s Burning Man was “Carnival of Mirrors,” which celebrated “mirrors and masks” as well as “mazes and merger.”


In August 2017, one couple found a way to make their Burning Man wedding even more unique.

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The couple took photos from inside a giant owl-shaped installation.
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Jim Bourg/Reuters

According to Reuters, Lauren Rock and Bob Peterson climbed into the art installation they created with artist Nino Alicea – a giant owl called “Mucaro – after they tied the knot at Burning Man.

As captured in several photos, Rock threw her bouquet out to a crowd standing below her while standing inside the head of the owl installation.


In June 2009, Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan exchanged vows aboard a specially-equipped Boeing 727 plane known as G-Force One.

One couple was married in a Boeing 727 as it flew over the Gulf of Mexico.

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The couple literally defied gravity during their wedding.
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Phelan Ebenehack/Reuters

Their unique ceremony was captured by Reuters photographer Phelan Ebenehack.


The couple flew from Florida to the Gulf of Mexico during their “weightless wedding,” the first of its kind in history, according to Reuters.

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The couple appears to have needed help when exchanging wedding rings.
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Both Fulmor and Finnegan are both “self-professed space fanatics” who grew up wanting to be astronauts, New Scientist reported in 2009.


The couple even planned to have their first kiss as newlyweds while upside down.

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The couple was helped by professionals throughout the entire wedding.
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Phelan Ebenehack/Reuters

According to New Scientist, the pilot of the plane used 15 “parabolic” maneuvers to render everyone aboard G-Force One weightless for 30-second intervals.


On Valentine’s Day in 2016, 50 couples in Jēkabpils, Latvia, wed while riding hot-air balloons.

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The event was called the Love Cup festival.
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Ints Kalnins/Reuters

The participating couples were attempting to set a world record for most simultaneous weddings while floating in hot-air balloons, according to NPR.


During the festival in Latvia, each hot-air balloon was tied to a car to prevent it from soaring too high.

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The photos of their unique weddings are awe-inspiring.
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Ints Kalnins/Reuters

One year later, in November 2017, 100 Chinese couples tied the knot while riding hot-air balloons. However, Guinness World Records told GBTimes at the time that it was not “an officially sanctioned world record attempt.”


Even snowfall didn’t stop couples from attending the momentous event.

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Couples also wore traditional wedding attire.
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Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Attendees kept warm in coats, scarves, and gloves.


Some couples have intentionally braved freezing cold temperatures during their weddings.

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This couple wed in an ice chapel in Shimukappu, Japan, in February 2008.
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Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

The iconic ice chapel at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, previously known as Alpha Resort Tomamu, in Shimukappu, Japan, hosts many weddings every year.


Many of these couples have to accessorize their wedding attire with winter jackets, gloves, hats, and more.

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A couple marries in Hokkaido, Japan, on Valentine’s Day in 2007.
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Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

After tying the knot at Lake Shikaribetsu’s Igloo Village in Hokkaido, Japan, newlyweds Akemi and Hiroshi Matsuoka (pictured above) walked through the snow.


Other couples have exchanged their vows on top of a glacier.

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Expect your wedding photos to look out of this world.
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Depending on which glacier you’re eyeing for your wedding, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to obtain a permit from local park services.


Some couples have taken their wedding photos at museums.

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Newlyweds pose at the Natural History Museum in London, UK, in 2016.
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This type of venue is great if you and your partner have a shared love of museums.


Zoos across the world also allow couples to get married on their property.

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Animal lovers may want to consider this unconventional option.
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One example is the Bronx Zoo in New York City, where couples can opt to have either an indoor or outdoor reception and ceremony.


In May 2003, one couple in Vancouver, British Columbia, saved their most innovative idea for the very end of their wedding.

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A unique idea for thrill-seekers.
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Moments after Alicia Wood and John Gereighty were married, the two boarded a roller coaster alongside family and friends, according to Reuters.