How To Choose Your Dream Winter Wedding Location

You’ve decided that you want to have a winter wedding, and now the search is on to find the perfect winter wedding location. You might already have somewhere in mind, or perhaps you just have a vision in your mind of your perfect day and now the challenge is on to find a location that matches your vision.

The most popular winter wedding destinations in Europe into in to two main categories:

Alpine Regions

For example Austria, Switzerland, Italy or France

Mayrhofen mountain winter wedding in Austria couple leaning against a rock and kissing with mountains in the background by wild connections photography

Scandinavian Regions

Lapland (northern Norway, Finland & Sweden) and Iceland

Reindeer Safari Levi Lapland close up picture of a reindeer with a harness by wild connections photography

 

 

Wherever you’ve got in mind, asking yourselves the following questions will help you to find that dream winter wedding location for the most unforgettable day ever:

The Overall Vibe and Setting You Have In Mind

Do you dream of snow-capped mountain peaks, skiing down the pistes in your wedding gear, and having a good old apres-ski style knees up in a ski chalet? Or is your dream to travel to your wedding by husky sleigh and watch the northern lights under the frozen arctic skies and sleeping in an igloo on your wedding night?

Bec and Dan skiing down the slope on the Ahorn in Mayrhofen in the wedding outfits

The Time Of Year You Want To Marry & The Climate

If you’ve decided on a winter wedding, you probably want a snowy winter wonderland. December to March are the best months for winter wedding locations in the northern hemisphere, as they usually receive the most snowfall, but due to climate change, the winters are becoming a lot more unpredictable. Many regions in the alps haven’t had significant snowfalls before January in the last few years.

The next thing to think about is the number of daylight hours. In winter the days are shorter, and the further north you travel, the shorter the days become. Lapland is beautiful in the winter time but in December and January but you may only have 3-4 hours of daylight, compared to around 7-8 hours in the month of February.

Also look at the average weather and temperatures for the winter months in the different destinations. If you want to experience the snow but not sub-freezing temperatures, early springtime might be better than mid-winter. It’s not unusual for example, to still have plenty of snow on the mountains in the alps in March and have temperatures of around 15-20°C in the sunshine.

The Experience You Want

Similar to thinking about the overall vibe, think about the experience that you want your guests to have. For winter wedding locations in the alps you’ve got options such as skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing. In the northern regions you’ve got reindeer and husky sledding, snowshoeing and northern lights safaris. You’ll also find more igloos and ice hotels in the Scandinavian regions although there are also some in the alpine regions now too.
Wingrens Husky Safari Lapland

Ease Of Travel

Is your dream destination easy to get to? Can you get direct flights to a nearby airport with convenient options for onward travel? Are there daily flights or can you only fly in and out on Saturdays between December and March? It’s useful to check out your travel options before booking any venue to make sure that you and your guests can get there and back with relative ease.

Finnair Lapland aeroplane at Kittila airport by wild connections photography

Average Costs Of Weddings In That Location

Some destinations have a reputation for being expensive, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find a perfect location that also fits your budget. Ask around in Facebook groups and online forums for advice from couples who’ve got married in the same areas if you’re not sure about the costs.

Also, research the high and low tourist seasons in the area. Although this might not directly affect the prices of your wedding suppliers, the costs of travel and accommodation could increase greatly if you visit in the high tourist season, such as Christmas, New Year or the school holidays.

 

Legal Requirements

If you’re planning on having a legally binding ceremony abroad, make sure you find out if that is actually possible as a non-resident of that country, and what the restrictions are, if any. If you’ve decided to sign the official papers before you leave home, you’ll have a lot more options open to you in terms of where you can have your overseas ceremony.

Ski wedding in the Austrian alps a civil ceremony on the top of a mountain by wild connections photography

Ease of Planning

Is this location in an area where you feel confident planning the wedding and contacting suppliers yourself or would you need a wedding planner to arrange everything for you?

Have I forgotten anything? If you’ve got any more tips, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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Author: Cat Ekkelboom-White

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