Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
Courtesy Mall of America
Time really flies when it comes to Mall of America (MOA), which seems like it opened just a few years ago, as the largest shopping mall in the Western Hemisphere. Well, it has been 25 years since its emergence on the world-shopping scene and in that time, nearly 8,000 couples have been married at the mall—in its chapel and at unique venues such as on the mall’s roller coaster. You can even be married under water in full scuba gear in the Mall’s Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium or in a structure made entirely of ice. If you’d like for you and your wedding party to arrive at the ‘altar’ via the longest indoor zip line in the world, well, that can be arranged. Let your imagination run wild at MOA. (Read on for marriage advice even happy couples could use.)
Edgar Allan Poe House, Baltimore
It’s always time for raven mania in Baltimore, thanks to Edgar Allan Poe who began his illustrious career in the city as one of America’s most revered authors. The city’s NFL team, the Baltimore Ravens, takes its name from Poe’s poem “The Raven” and the home where he wrote some of his earliest works is now a museum, which is suitable for small weddings. It’s closed during the winter so if you are really set on a Poe -themed wedding you can always get married at Westminster Hall Burying Ground and Catacombs—Poe’s final resting place. This architectural gem is perfect for weddings and receptions—located in downtown Baltimore. And, depending on your budget, you can also check out the wedding venues at M&T Bank Stadium—home of the Baltimore Ravens. In a skybox there, you can get a bird’s eye view of any real ravens that may be flying by or playing on the field. Wherever you decide to get married, don’t register for these impractical gifts.