When considering a wedding in Poland, you probably think affordable, good locally sourced food, (lots of) vodka and generally, that you can have your dream wedding without breaking the bank. But should weddings be only about budget?
Most, if not all, brides want their wedding to be special, different, memorable (only for the good things of course) and to provide the ‘wow factor’ that will be indelibly linked to your big day.
Couples hope for the “this has been the best wedding I have ever been to” reaction and only by doing something different, going that extra mile and pushing some boundaries, will you be able to achieve this.
A major part of the above is the venue, and you could be forgiven for not necessarily associating Poland with those types of venues, but if unexpected and original are what you are after, then trust us, you are in for a treat!
Here is just a small sample of unique locations and innovative venues that Poland has to offer:
1. Here is something for all the enthusiasts of rural weddings, in love with perfect American style barns: a picture perfect, rustic venue in the heart of Poland with enough charm and beauty to make you fall in love with it in seconds. Here you will experience everything you associate with an ideal country-style wedding: a fairytale barn, apple orchard and incredible hospitality of the owners. A place for those who love the arts and crafts movement to eco-friendly couples. The barn, that is the centerpiece of this ever so charming estate, can fit up to 200 guests, serves locally sourced and home made food and there are even some rooms to rent.
2. A wedding on an island? Unfortunately, not a tropical one (as the Polish weather won’t really allow us to spin it that far!), but one set upon a beautiful lake in the Pomerania region, only 50 km away from the Baltic Sea coast. Tucked away from the urban hustle and bustle, surrounded by forested hills and inviting lakes, sits an unique venue, a house on an island, as romantic as you can only imagine it to be. You access it by a short wooden bridge and immediately you feel like you have entered a fairytale setting. A venue that is ideal for weddings for around 100 guests complete with access to nearby accommodation. It is also possible to organize a registry office ceremony on the island’s picturesque pier.
3. Garden Weddings are not really that unusual anymore, perhaps not traditional but certainly popular, especially if we are talking about a marquee as a venue. Our next option is more unique than that: it’s a venue created from the ruins of an old green house, located in an English country-style garden and situated amongst incredibly romantic scenery, full of flowers and wildlife. It is literally a garden under a roof, with all the elements of the interior décor made with the use of warm and natural materials, such as clay and wood. They all have a soul, from lamps to tables and seats and all have been made by hand especially for that space. It is a place with a relaxing atmosphere where original events for around 100 guests could be organised.
4. Fancy doing it underground – in a historic salt mine? Only possible in Poland, in a one of a kind location that is this 700 years old, and still operating, salt mine. There are 7 unique, man carved chambers, of different sizes and designs that could accommodate weddings from 30 to 300 guests. You could also get married in one of the three extremely romantic chapels. The mine makes an enormous impression on the visitors and has vast experience in organizing all sorts of events. And while you there, they will offer you and your guest a private tour so no need for additional entertainment.
5. From underground to the top of a mountain, our next venue is located almost 1200m above sea level, in a picturesque valley besides a lake. It doesn’t have the facilities of a 5* hotel but benefits from the most beautiful surroundings, bags of charm and the unique character of this mountain shelter will compensate for any (slight) discomfort of your guests. An outdoors chapel with fantastic views of the mountains is very often used for weddings and the cozy interiors take full advantage of the idyllic scenery for your reception. Basic but extremely romantic: this is the best way to describe it.
6. Our last suggestion may be the most conventional one, but due to its location and unusual wedding reception ‘hall’ it demanded to be included in our list! The venue itself is a lake house that is over 100 years old, recently tastefully decorated to a very high standard, but it’s the restaurant (where weddings take place) that’s worth mentioning. It is located on a covered, 400m2 floating platform that is moored to the shore. It operates only during the summer months and provides a very unique setting for a wedding. The lake and surrounding (beautiful) forest complete this picture perfect location.