Searching for a location for your next event can be a touch decision, especially, when you want to stay within budget. The location defines your event and sets the tone. The best way to find a unique location is to use the internet. My favorite search engine is Google. It helps me find what is available in my city, which may not be listed in the online wedding directory.
Look for these alternatives to the typical church and boring country club wedding/event location.
Art and photo galleries
Colleges and Universities
Corn Field clearings
Historical houses (check the National Register of Historic Places)
Local Farms and gardens
Lighthouses & Beaches
Museums (Art, Aviation, Science, Technology etc)
Parks (usually public parks also have large spaces for meetings)
Rooftop of a tall building
Theaters and local stages