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Quirky Wedding Destinations: The Perfect 10

04/08/2014 16:38 | Updated 22 May 2015

It'll be the most memorable day of your life anyway, but if you'd rather a wedding that's utterly out of the ordinary, you needn't stick to saying 'I do' at a church or a register office.

So swap getting married at a traditional location like a country house for a wedding venue that's somewhere a little bit different...

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Quirky wedding destinations

If you've ever fancied yourself as an ice Queen at the perfect winter wedding, head to a chapel with a difference at the Hotel de Glace in Quebec. Built from 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice, it takes one month to create before its opening in January each year – until the warmer weather closes it around the end of March.

Quirky wedding destinations

Set in one of the Canadian city's parks, it has its own crystal ice chapel and you can arrive by horse-drawn carriage, toast your wedding in ice glasses and stay in a fairytale ice room. Packages cost from around £1,450 including use of the chapel, time with a wedding specialist, ice cider and ice glasses and a civil celebrant to perform the ceremony.

Quirky wedding destinations

Who needs confetti when you can watch rainforest butterflies dance over giant palm leaves as you marry in the tropical rainforests in Cairns, Australia? Heading back to nature doesn't mean you need to opt for something completely rustic either – unless you want to – with packages including music, champagne, wedding cake, red carpet and a chauffeur-driven wedding sedan, as well as flowers, so there's no temptation to pick your own.

Quirky wedding destinations

Australian Dream Wedding offers packages tailored to couples coming from outside the country, including the venue, minister or celebrant, wedding co-ordination, and even an attendant and witness on the day, as well as all the trimmings mentioned above, for around £1,500 including tax. Austravel offers flights to Australia from £699 per person, as well as holiday packages to Cairns from £1,095 per person for eight days, including accommodation and flights departing May 26.

Quirky wedding destinations

It might not quite be seventh heaven, but getting married at the top of the London Eye, 135m above the capital, isn't far off. You get your own private capsule decorated with flowers, exchanging your vows at the top of the wheel's rotation surrounded by up to 19 guests, before signing the register and opening the champagne on the way down. The ceremony includes a second rotation of the wheel for photos against the background of the Thames and the city, as well as more celebrating – taking around an hour in total.

Quirky wedding destinations

The Eye is licensed for civil partnerships as well as weddings, and you'll need to meet representatives from Lambeth Register office for a pre-ceremony interview. Prices start from £2,700 for the Classical package or you can add extra guest capsules for up to 25 guests each for £460, as well as options to have food, drink, accommodation, flowers, spa treatments and a first anniversary Cupid's Capsule. Call 0871 222 4002 or email weddings@londoneye.com for more information.

Quirky wedding destinations

When you're in Bermuda, with its famous pink sand beaches, it might seem contradictory to head underground for your wedding. But the spectacular caves at Grotto Bay are more otherworldly fairytale with their stalactites and turquoise lake, than dark hole in the ground. Still not convinced? One cave even has a spa in it.

And once you've said your vows, you can head outdoors to relax in the Caribbean sunshine. A wedding package at Grotto Bay costs from £569 for two people including taxes, ceremony by a local minister and wedding cake. Purely Bermuda offers a three night stay at Grotto Bay in an Ocean View Superior room from £793 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights departing in February.

Quirky wedding destinations

You can't quite climb in with the tigers, but if you've always loved animals, Chester Zoo is the perfect place to get married. With over 400 different species and 7,000 animals, you can even arrange a safari for you and your guests afterwards.

Quirky wedding destinations

As UK weddings have to be in a fixed location, the ceremony itself takes place in Oakfield Manor in the heart of the 110-acre zoo, with views out over the gardens and to the exotic beasts. There's room for up to 140 guests, and the zoo's experts can help you tailor-make your wedding package. Prices start from £4,500 and proceeds go towards conservation projects across the world and helping animals at the zoo.

For information on nearby accommodation, go to Cheshire.com.

Quirky wedding destinations

The castle is open between March and October, and is available for weddings when it's closed to the public – most Mondays and some mornings, dependent on tides. The castle can also help advise on hotels on the island and mainland for receptions. To book Lindisfarne Castle, contact the National Trust.

Quirky wedding destinations

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