They say love never dies but newlyweds in the US might be taking it a little too far with a growing trend of using cemeteries and funeral homes as their wedding venues.
The spacious and peaceful and some say, sentimental, appeal of the grounds at cemeteries has won many a city couple over who have previously struggled to find a venue that suits their pockets and vision of their wedding day.
The New York Marble cemetery has reportedly seen a boom in bookings by couples hoping to tie the knot and charges $2500 for couples to say "I do" on their grounds.
Garth Johnston, a New York City groom-to-be, explained that aside from the space being affordable and large - something that's hard to come by in a built-up city like New York - there's a sentimental value to the decision. "I actually grew up in a house that overlooks it. So yeah, not worried about the deceased," he explained to the Daily Mail.
The cemetery has recently gained popularity as a venue for other purposes too. It has been the setting for several TV shows and movies, hosted a Vogue photo shoot and even a Stella McCartney fashion event.
In this case, the acre of greenery is uninterrupted by tombstones. Instead, the dead rest 10 feet below in 156 vaulted crypts.
In Indianapolis, 100 weddings are booked for the Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers this year, while a memorial park in Wisconsin has recently expanded its repertoire to cater for weddings. With five chapels, a reception hall and a kitchen, who could blame them?
The decision by cemeteries to allow events may simply be down to the need for extra funds to maintain their grounds but for those couples choosing to get married near the dead, the reason may be more complex.
Some may find it romantic to take their vows near husbands and wives long buried alongside one another, others might just enjoy the novelty factor. Whatever their reasons, graveyards in the USA are rapidly losing their "scary" reputation.