Unique Wedding Ideas: Top 5 Aquarium Wedding Venues

Unique Wedding Ideas: Top 5 Aquarium Wedding Venues

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Whether you’re a couple of biology nerds or simply in search of a magical venue, you can whet your palette with these unique wedding ideas for an aquarium ceremony.

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Wedding ring perched upon the bottom of a wine glass at the Seattle Aquarium. Photo taken by Kevin Wrenn Photography.

Aquarium Wedding Venues

Aquariums make wonderful wedding venues for many reasons.

Their placid blue exhibits filled with exotic fish and marine life will make your wedding photos look out-of-this-word, many offer plenty of event space, and best of all — some will take care of decorating, food, and setup.

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Bride and Groom sharing a kiss in the Seattle Aquarium’s underwater dome. Photo taken by Kevin Wrenn Photography.

On top of all this, you and your fiance can feel good about pouring your money into a good cause. Most aquariums will donate a portion of what you pay to improving environmental conservation efforts and education.

Here are some of our favorite venues for aquarium weddings.

Florida Aquarium:

Hold your wedding among more than 2,000 coral reef fish and sea critters in the Florida Aquarium’s coral reef gallery.

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The 500,000 gallon exhibit showcases one of the most beautiful and diverse eco-systems in the world.

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Dining area at the Florida Aquarium. Photo taken by Carrie Wildes Photograpahy.

The colorful array of sea life will not only leave guests enchanted and entertained throughout your ceremony and reception, but the vast exhibit will add magic, color, and depth to you wedding photos as well.

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Gorgeous wedding at the Florida Aquarium. Photo taken by Carrie Wildes Photography.

The aquarium offers a generous wedding package that will make planning for your big day seamless, with decorations, table linens, an event coordinator, food and beverage service, and more included.

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Penguin at a Florida Aquarium wedding. Photo taken by Carrie Wildes Photography.

You can keep your event a formal sit-down affair or keep guests moving with a strolling reception through many of the aquarium’s in-depth exhibits.

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Florida Aquarium wedding photo taken by Carrie Wildes Photography.

The aquarium also features interactive opportunities, like diving with sharks, swimming with fish in the aquarium’s coral reef exhibit, and a relaxing dolphin cruise on Tampa Bay.

Learn more about this one-of-a-kind wedding venue on Flaquarium.org and find more stunning photos of Florida Aquarium weddings on CarrieWildes.com.

Seattle Aquarium: 

A dining hall looking into Washington Waters, a 120,000 gallon exhibit housing more than 800 fish and invertebrates native to the Pacific Northwest’s waters, (via a 20′ by 40′ window) will be sure to impress, while the Seattle Aquarium’s accommodating full-service wedding option makes planning for your big day a breeze.

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Beautiful bride and groom embracing in front of “Wave” (a wall sculpture by local artist Susan Zoccola). Photo taken by Kevin Wrenn.

You and your guests will love the engaging environment. With Aquarium interpreters on hand to answer questions and wow guests with fascinating facts about the aquarium’s critters and marine life and an exclusive mammal feeding show included in your wedding package, you and your guests will surely be entertained, while learning a few new things about the environment.

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Bride wearing pretty blue shoes at her Seattle Aquarium wedding. Photo taken by Kevin Wrenn.

Learn more about this beautiful aquarium wedding venue on SeattleAquarium.org. And, find more gorgeous Seattle Aquarium wedding photos on KevinWrenn.com.

Baltimore National Aquarium:

With five levels of award-winning exhibits, picturesque harbor views, more than 17,000 animals, and ample space for events, the Baltimore National Aquarium is spilling over with captivating exhibits and beautiful spots for your wedding.

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The Legg Mason Building and National Aquarium at night, in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland.

The Harbor View room and the underwater viewing area, which features a 12′ by 60′ observation window looking into the dolphin tank, are perfect for intimate weddings with guests that number between 50 and 150.

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Bride and groom embracing in front of the harbor. Photo taken by Juno Studios.

For larger affairs, couples can reserve the aquarium’s spacious atrium or choose to hold their wedding outdoors on the pier in the seasonal Harborside Tent.

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Beautiful wedding at the Baltimore Aquarium. Photo taken by Juno Studios.

Guest will be wowed by the aquariums distinct architecture, vast exhibits, and in-depth presentations and demonstrations, which include shark lectures, tropical fish feeding demonstrations, and a Sea Cliff Puffin demonstration and talk — all of which can be paid for in advance for your wedding.

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Baltimore Aquarium wedding photo taken by Juno Studios.

Make sure to check out the aquarium’s newest exhibit, The Black Tip Reef — a massive tank featuring 20 blacktip reef sharks, green sea turtles, zebra sharks, and more than 700 other animals.

To learn more about this enticing wedding venue, check out Aaqua.org. Find more dazzling Baltimore Aquarium wedding photos on StudioJuno.com.

John G. Shedd Aquarium:

Between the beautiful Beaux Arts architecture and diverse array of exhibits, Chicago’s John Shedd Aquarium will help make your wedding day unforgettable.

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Bride and groom dancing at John G. Shedd Aquarium. Photo taken by WASIO Photography.

The building itself is a Beaux Arts masterpiece. Its eye-popping architecture (and ripe age of 84) has earned the aquarium a National Historic Landmark designation.

Some of its most notable features being the bronze (cast) main doors, which feature intricate sea-inspired designs, and the building’s rooftop, which boasts beautiful wave designs and a breathtaking glass dome.

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John G. Shedd Aquarium wedding. Photo taken by WASIO Photography.

The interior offers dazzling decor, such as animal printed chandeliers, bronze skate sconces with shell shades, and a charming marine inspired clock (in the rotunda).

Beyond gorgeous design elements, the Shedd Aquarium is rich with marine exhibits. It is home to the most diverse collection of animals in the world, which includes a pod of beluga whales, dolphins, and a colorful array of jellies.

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Ceremony at John G. Shedd Aquarium’s Abbott Oceanarium, with beluga whales swimming in the background. Photo taken by WASIO Photography.

Learn more about the Shedd Aquarium, and the event spaces it has to offer, on SheddAquarium.org.

Find more great shots of Shedd Aquarium weddings on WASIOPhotography.com.

Georgia Aquarium:

With three separate ballrooms and four galleries available for events, the Georgia Aquarium leaves it up to you to choose which exotic inhabitant you’d like to celebrate among.

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Bride and groom in front of the Georgia Aquarium’s jellyfish tank. Photo taken by Robin Gaucher.

Each room and gallery features a special peak through an observation window into the lives of the aquarium’s majestic animals, which includes beluga whales, whale sharks, and dolphins.

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Bride standing in front of an observation window at the Georgia Aquarium. Photo taken by Robin Gaucher.

The Georgia Aquarium also offers onsite catering by Wolfgang Puck and plenty of amenities that will keep your guests happily entertained.

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Georgia Aquarium wedding photo taken by Robin Gaucher.

Learn more about this unique wedding venue on GeorgiaAquarium.org. Explore more breathtaking Georgia Aquarium wedding photos on RobinGaucher.com.

Aquatic Wedding Stationery

Whichever one of the five extraordinary aquariums above you choose for your wedding, you’ll want to introduce your aquatic venue and theme to friends and family with beautiful marine inspired wedding stationery.

Consider going with one of WeddingPaperie’s custom beach theme wedding invitations into your big day.

Hopefully these unique wedding ideas have left you feeling inspired. Good luck planning for your big day and make sure to check out the rest of our wedding tips for more inspiration and advice.