Make your wedding an adventure

Juris Graney and bride Emma gave the thumbs up to their wedding day held at Portland's Voodoo Doughnut shop.
Juris Graney and bride Emma gave the thumbs up to their wedding day held at Portland's Voodoo Doughnut shop.

IT'S that time of year when cupid's arrow seems to find a straight trajectory to the heartstrings.

There are some great places in Australia and around the world which offer a truly romantic setting.

Whether it's for a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or simply a long-overdue getaway to recharge the your love meter, now is the perfect time to start planning that special escape to somewhere totally dripping in romance.

Juris Graney gets the ball rolling by sharing his special wedding day with us - and it really takes the cake...

Not long after Here Comes The Bride quacked from the kazoo during our wedding ceremony, Kenny Rogers' undead spirit was summoned to preside over and give his blessing to our special union.

Then only minutes after we were declared husband and wife, our guests tucked into the best doughnuts the United States has to offer while playing pinball and sipping cheap, yet delightfully aromatic coffee.

I've joined the parade of newlyweds by declaring that our wedding was the most memorable - but, unlike many, I have a box of doughnuts that says, “The magic is in the hole” to prove it.

In just over four minutes our celebrant Kenneth 'Cat Daddy' Pogson, also part owner of Voodoo Doughnuts - an aptly named store in Portland, Oregon - had performed the perfect ceremony.

Our doughnut shop wedding was a stress-free and fun environment, enabling us and our guests to have a relaxing afternoon filled with declarations of love, sweet treats and good times.

And we didn't have to remortgage the house to do it. Our ceremony also included a heart-shaped wedding cake - a 'voodoo' bride and groom complete with blood-red jam filling that emerged when you bit their heads off, and 24 of the most sublime tasting doughnuts.

Voodoo Doughnuts is probably the most unique bakery in the world. The independent store offers a wide selection of combos unheard of at your regular chains, such as Bacon and Maple bars (yep, they come with real strips of bacon), and a doughnut complete with chocolate frosting, crushed Oreo biscuits and drizzled with peanut butter. But it is the fact they have performed about 100 weddings since 2003 that makes this place truly unique.

According to Cat Daddy and business partner Tres Shannon, ours was the best-dressed yet.

(After all, why skimp on the attire when your entire ceremony costs US$200?)

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Take your vows in style

If you are considering a wedding and doughnuts are not your thing, there are plenty of other options around the world.

For instance, Britain's iconic London Eye is a fully licensed wedding venue that allows the bride and groom and some very special guests to get hitched 450ft above the Thames.

If you are feeling really adventurous, you can always do what Moni Mule Pati and Pem Dorjee Sherpa did in 2005 and get married on top of Mount Everest. Or those looking for mystery need look no further than the gravity defying Mystery Hole in West Virginia (

If you want a wedding venue that can be seen from space, the Great Wall of China is now an option. About 50km from the outskirts of Beijing is a commune where you can exchange vows.

Quebec is home to the Hotel de Glace or the Ice Hotel. As exotic as it is frosty, the Ice Hotel is perfect for that wedding couple who want to snuggle up nice and close on their wedding night.

They offer their ice chapel for your service and can customise your wedding with arrival at the chapel in a horse-drawn carriage, a handmade ice glass for every guest and even fireworks.

Of course, if you want to have a really traditional wedding, why not head to Las Vegas where Elvis still reigns supreme?

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