Looking to get married in Orlando? A soon-to-open attraction on International Drive is offering a free wedding, no “bones” about it. Well, actually there are a lot of bones about it.
For a truly unique wedding venue, Skeletons: Animals Unveiled is offering an engaged couple the opportunity to be wedded this spring among 400 real animal and human skeletons. The cost of the venue will be free for up to 50 guests, plus a complimentary officiant from Sensational Weddings, and a champagne or sparkling juice toast.
The bride may be in a bone-white dress to match the rhino, giraffe, manatee, elephant and human skeletons who will act as silent witnesses of the ceremony. The wedding couple agrees to let Skeletons use their images for publicity, and acknowledge that media will be invited to record the ceremony. Skeletons will be part of the new I-Drive 360 Complex which includes the new 400 ft Orlando Eye Observation Wheel. The bones attraction is scheduled to open in March.
Skeletons: Animals Unveiled is owned and operated by the Villemarette Family of Oklahoma City. Company president, Jay Villemarette, Sr. began collecting skulls as a youth and grew his hobby into a successful, worldwide catalog/website business called Skulls Unlimited International, Inc. In 2010, he, his wife and four children opened The Museum Of Osteology in Oklahoma City.
“We have not had a wedding at our Oklahoma Museum, but in Orlando there have been so many unusual wedding settings, we wanted to show that there is beauty in the science of osteology. Sometimes beauty is more than skin deep.” said Villemarette.
Mark Brisson, executive director for Skeletons added, “I have coordinated weddings in Orlando on go-karts, sky-diving rides and arcades. While those were fun, getting married among these animals adds a beauty, uniqueness and natural element that will be truly memorable.”
For couples who would like to accept this offer, please contact Mark Brisson at [email protected] Ideally, the special day should be a spring wedding, occurring in April or May.
“I want to make sure people know that this is a place of science and not a haunted house or a location for a Goth wedding,” stated Brisson. “We may be working with a skeleton crew, but giving away a wedding for free is a good marketing tool. We want people to know it is “bone-fied” offer. We are seeking to be quirky and not scary. For a couple on a bare-bones budget, we are truly providing a free wedding. We only ask that we can share the info with others.”
Skeletons is located at I-Drive 360 on International Drive. Hours will be 9 a.m. to Midnight seven days a week. The 7,700 square foot attraction is expected to open March 2015. Adult admission will be $19.99, and Youth (3-11) is $12.99. Additional information can be found at skeletonmuseum.com.