Exotic I Do’s: Wacky Places to Tie the Knot

Juliana Franco, Staff Reporter

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Commonly viewed as one of the best days of everyone’s life, a wedding day is meant to be exciting, over the top, and nothing less than an amazing. Although some people prefer to go the traditional route and get married in a church, a hotel ballroom, or an elegant event space, some opt for an exotic experience. Couples are taking their big day to the next level by tying the knot in the wildest locations.

Weddings are not easy. We all know this. Relatives might overindulge and make an uncomfortably revealing toast; the DJ could be a freak folk fan; the ring-bearer may break down in tears before he gets to the altar. At least if someone gets married 900 feet above the ground their guests will be left with awe-inspiring views but only if they make it up there. Now, if the goal of a couple is to awe their guests with food, the best place to get married is a fast food restaurant, because nothing says “lifetime of happiness” like a nacho-cheese chalupa. If a restaurant buyout is out of a couple’s budget, then why not tie the knot at a dollar store? Senior Madison Black said, “Honestly, I wouldn’t mind a wedding at a restaurant. As long as they have good food and it’s private.”

In 2009, the owners of the Los Angeles based 99 Cents Only Stores went all out and picked nine lucky engaged couples to get married in aisle 9 of their Hollywood branch. Now, if couples are going for a total once in a lifetime experience, then The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, Long Island is the place to say I do.  This common spot for local weddings takes an uncommon couple to opt for the aquarium’s 120,000-gallon shark tank. Before heading underwater, the couple must become scuba dive certified.

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