It’s your wedding day! You’ve waited your whole life for this moment and can finally have the day of your dreams. You have the dress, the caterer and the groom, but you still need to figure out how you’re going to get your guests to the top of Everest. Or into a shark tank. Or to the cemetery of Hell.
These locales eschew the traditional church vows and bed and breakfast garden reception in favour of more...unique venues.
Top of Everest
In 2005, a Nepalese couple became the first people ever to marry on top of the world. Moni Mule Pati and Pem Dorjee Sherpa spent a mere 10 minutes on the summit—just long enough to perform the ceremony and take some photos. They were part of the Rotary Centennial Everest Expedition and scaled the peak with 45 other climbers, but they managed to keep the wedding secret as there was no guarantee they would safely reach the top together.
A Swedish woman not only got married at the Berlin Wall, but she actually married the Berlin Wall. Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer (who last name means Berlin Wall in German), married the wall in 1979, and when it fell she accused Germany of mutilating her husband.
A Long Island couple took the plunge—literally—when they exchanged vows in a 120,000 gallon shark tank. April Pignataro and Michael Curry were experienced divers and the concept of a shark tank wedding both thrilled and excited them. Surrounded by sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, moray eels and a massive Queensland grouper, the couple said “I Do” via radio headgear that transmitted to a minister outside the tank. About 75 guests watched from behind glass.
On July 20, 2009, Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan became the first couple to wed in microgravity. The pair hopped aboard G-Force One, a modified 727 similar to the Air Force's "Vomit Comet" which can provide periods of weightlessness lasting several minutes, and exchanged vows in front of 10 guests. They had originally wanted to get married in space, but instead went with the next best thing (which still cost them over $15,000).
Okay, so it’s not actually Hell, but it’s pretty darn close. Tina Milhoane and Robert Seifer married in the cemetery of 7 Floors of Hell, a haunted house in Cleveland. The groom made his entrance in a hearse, even popping out of a coffin to meet his beloved bride. The bride wore white with a slash of red, and the minister also played the part in a Grim Reaper costume.
Sandra Eens and Jeroen Kippers took a leap of faith when they plunged 150 feet after saying “I Do.” Dressed in full wedding regalia, the couple said their vows in front of a minister then jumped off the specially-designed platform, kissing upside down at the bottom of the vertiginous drop. They paid over $10,000 for the privilege of being the first customers of new company Weddings In the Sky.