Maybe you’re horrified by the idea of getting married or having your family reunion inside a mall, but the huge spaces left vacant by the recent spate of store closures may just be the perfect venue for your next big party.

After all, there are positives to hosting a big event at the local mall. There should be ample parking (especially near Sears), and it’s a lot easier to give out-of-town visitors directions to a huge mall than it is to point them to a rented venue on a private road somewhere.

Some mall operators are aleady beginning to cash in on their unoccupied retail spaces. The Dallas Morning News points to a handful of area spots –– like a former Pier One, an empty restaurant, and a movie theater that hasn’t shown a film in ages –– that…