A big fancy hotel wedding, a small intimate affair or a vibrant celebration by the beach? This is a dilemma that most couples tying the knot go through. Picking a wedding venue can be a daunting task – especially when you consider the other, many daunting tasks tied up to a wedding.
Be it the couple who loves the outdoors, the ones who want the simple cosy setting or the ones yearning the crazy beach wedding away from all hustle and bustle, we've compiled a list of 10 non-traditional wedding venues that are sure to make a wedding not only stand-out, but stand-out in style...
If you are seeking a royal themed wedding amidst genuine majestic architecture, then what better place to do it than on actual royal grounds? Re-opened after 10 years of restoration, Manial Palace and museum, originally, built by Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik is the perfect choice for couples who want to feel like royalty.
If your heart is set on a beach wedding, Matarma Bay, located in Ras Sidr, is one location that should be in the mix. Think a perfectly romantic ambiance amidst the refreshing summer breeze, the sea waves, watching the beautiful sunset with your significant other and your loved ones. Clichéd? Maybe, but undoubtedly memorable.
As a two-deck yacht that can fit up to 80 people, Cupid Yacht is a good choice for an affordable, cosy and upbeat wedding in the middle of the Nile. Cupid Yacht provides everything from fully equipped kitchen and a spacious dance floor, to video photography services.
It may not be the first place to come to mind when picking a wedding venue, but Mansoureya Park is definitely one of good alternate venues for a green outdoor wedding surrounded by natural beauty and charm.
Baron Empain Palace
Heliopolis Indian-inspired palace and one of Egypt's most remarkable historic landmarks has been, for many years, one of the most popular venues for a wedding – or any other event for that matter. While weddings cannot be held inside the palace itself, you can still enjoy a chic party in the garden with the exquisite backdrop of the palace.
The Smokery Beach in El Gouna is another mesmerising venue for a spectacular beach wedding. The gastronomic specialist that is the Smokery doesn't only provide spectacular settings directly overlooking the sea, but also promises delicious catering.
A group of small islands connected to each other through bridges, Al Maadi Island is a large park in the middle of the Nile which has several artificial lakes and vast green landscapes, making it a perfect spot for an out-of-the-box wedding. You can either book the entire island or book the special wedding hall alone.
Citadel of Qaitbay, Alexandria
Alexandria is an eclectic city that never ceases to surprise – case in point being the Citadel of Qaitbay. A marvel of a historical sight in itself, it has also emerged as a top wedding venue in recent times. Located at the mouth of the Eastern Harbour, the 15th century fortress can serve as a perfect backdrop.
Following the success of Ramadan series, Grand Hotel, the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract in Aswan has been enjoying renewed popularity. Blending Pharaonic treasures with French art, the hotel provides a unique wedding backdrop, while their royal suites are exquisite.
Dahab has always been the perfect getaway for a chilling and relaxing holiday – now imagine having your own wedding there. Located in the heart of Sinai Mountains, Dahab Paradise hotel hosts unique weddings amidst some of the most compelling scenery you'll find in Egypt.