When planning your destination wedding, a Winter Wedding may not be the first that springs to mind.
However, with a little research you’ll discover that a Winter Wedding in Europe offers the opportunity to create a truly magical and unique celebration.
Winter Wedding Abroad Ideas and Inspiration
Below some of the fabulous suppliers featured on Weddings Abroad Guide and their clients provide a little insight into a Winter Wedding in Europe.
Cat from Wild Connections Photography specialises in shooting intimate weddings and elopements in wild and remote locations. Living in the heart of the Austrian Alps and being an ex snowboard and ski instructor, Cat loves nothing more than capturing images of couples who share her adventurous spirit and love of nature. Cat regularly travels throughout Europe and beyond and believes…
“it’s not just about who you love, but what you love!”
When it comes to choosing your wedding photographer, Cat believes that…
“Whoever you chose to spend the day with you, it’s really important not only that you love their work, but that you feel like your personalities would be a good match too. After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time together on one of the most important days of your lives…”
The advice from Luvattumaa Ice Gallery, Lapland is to “let your imagination set the limits!” Recommending Lapland as a wedding location Luvattumaa Ice Gallery say that…
“Getting married in Finnish Lapland is easy! All you need to do is book a wedding day at their venue, the Luvattumaa Levi Ice Castle, complete the required legal documents, then send them to Kittilä’s Magistrate in Finland. Your Civil Ceremony will be conducted in English, in one of the most unique Winter Wedding venues in Europe.”
With over twenty years experience in organising Winter Weddings, their expert staff will help you every step of the way. Decorated with ice, snow sculptures and lights, the snow chapel makes a unique place to say “I do”. With a capacity for 100 guests, their civil ceremony packages start at €2950 for 2 to 20 guests. Following your ceremony you can choose to have an intimate reception in the Ice Bar or their warm Lappish restaurant complete with open fire, before ending the evening with an amazing fireworks display and spending the night in the snow castle’s special suite.
Find out more about the services offered by Luvattumaa Ice Gallery
If part of your winter wedding dream is to be a princess for the day then Schloss Prielau can be hired exclusively and sleeps up to 24 guests, with additional accommodation within walking distance. The castle itself can cater for up to 200 guests at the wedding reception. To keep the boys happy, the newest Porsche Cayenne models are available for guests of the castle, to take on trips in the region.
Andreas Mayer, head chef of the Michelin Star restaurant of Schloss Prielau, sets culinary trends with uncommon flavours and new compositions. He has an innovative cooking style and has reached the peak of the Austrian cooking league. Mayer believes …
“a great cuisine makes guests happy”.
Lesley-Anne and Tommy rented the castle exclusively for their Austrian. The couple who are Irish but based in Australia, chose their favourite ski town of Zell am See as the location for their fabulous Winter Wedding. They filled the entire Schloss with their closest friends and family. Everything was arranged with extraordinary attention to detail, beautifully understated but done to absolute perfection.
Find out more about the services offered by Schloss Prielau.
High Emotion Weddings are known for designing stylish, exclusive and exceptional elopements, weddings and marriage proposals. Their head office is based in Vienna making the alpine region of Austria, and Northern Italy their “playground”.
They offer a bespoke design service, which makes each wedding unique and something very special. Their “hot tip” is for a small wedding or a romantic art-and-culture getaway the imperial City of Vienna or Mozart’s city Salzburg, both make wonderful cities to get married, especially around Christmas time.
This is what Alex and Peter had to say following their wedding in Austria-
“Irene and her team did a phenomenal job planning and executing our perfect day. I travelled to Vienna to meet with Irene, she had two full days lined up of appointments with venues and entertainment options. Her follow up was excellent post visit with organized, regularly scheduled calls to ensure everything was on track. She thought of the things you often forget and helped us with every detail. The wedding in May exceeded all expectations and I would highly recommend her company for any wedding/event. She was awesome.”
Find out more about the services offered by High Emotion Weddings.
Erin and Danny who live in the US, chose Vienna as the location to hold their intimate Christmas Winter Wedding. Close friends and family flew in to join them at the Hotel Imperial for their lavish reception in the Marble Hall.
It was important for the couple to bring their loved ones together in an unforgettable location, their wonderful wedding images are so inspiring, not only for the amazing setting but also for the love that these two quite clearly share.
See Erin and Danny’s Real Wedding Story
If you wish to break with tradition and are looking for a unique Winter Wedding location, then getting married in the Czech Republic may be a perfect choice and definitely offers great value for money. White- Prauge Wedding Agency say that whether you are planning to elope or celebrate with family and friends on a grand scale you will most certainly find your ideal setting.
You are definitely spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a romantic ceremony and reception venue. Historical churches, baroque terraced gardens, intimate boutique hotels and the most chateaus and castles per square mile of any country in the world.
For an unforgettable destination Winter Wedding experience, White – Prague Wedding Agency suggest one of its many historical castles.
The magnificent Hluboka Castle is located 2 hours from Prague and makes for a wedding ceremony straight out of a fairytale. The Castle’s beautiful gardens provide the perfect backdrop for stunning Winter Wedding Photography and its setting make it a very popular and romantic choice for a destination wedding.
Find out more about the services offered by White- Prauge Wedding Agency
What to Wear for a Winter Wedding
One of the main challenges of a Winter Wedding is how to look stylish while ensuring you stay warm. We wanted to pass on some advice from an experienced wedding professional who specialises in working in chilly climates, so we asked Cat Ekkelboom-White from Wild Connections Photography to give us her top tips on what to wear for a winter wedding.
If you’re looking for a wonderful Winter Wedding location, in the southern alps of Italy, close to the French frontier, there’s a tiny village called Limonetto. Here you can experience your own dream chalet where everything is just perfect, enchanting and magical.
Barbara Gourdain from Extraordinary Weddings Italy can help you organize the wedding of your dreams in this luxury lodge, adjacent to the Limone Piemonte Ski Resort.
A lodge in the true American tradition, ideally placed amongst the most stunning scenery Italy has to offer, just 80 km from Monte Carlo. Every detail has been crafted with patience and love, resulting in exquisitely unique accommodation. The design of the chalet is so romantic, boasting beautiful, handcrafted furnishings inspired by the American Rocky Mountains.
No matter the time of year you come, you will find a host of activities to enjoy as this chalet is located in the unspoiled four-season recreational region of Piedmont. Of course, fabulous food and wine and interesting attractions are available all year round, making it easy to organise extra activities to keep both you and your guests occupied.
From December to April, Limone Piemonte is home to a wonderful ski resort featuring 18 lifts so you can spend more time skiing and less time waiting. During the summer or the warmer months, hiking, cycling, canyoning, fishing and climbing are also popular.
Find out more about the services offered by Extraordinary Weddings Italy
Winter Wedding Guide
For more great Winter Wedding Tips and grab your FREE Winter Wedding Guide from Wild Connections Photography. It’s jammed packed full of tips and tricks from winter wedding specialists in the wedding industry, including:
- How to choose your wedding location
- How to save money
- Location specific advice for Lapland and mountain weddings!
My Thoughts – Winter Wedding in Europe
It is almost a given that a Winter Wedding in Europe will be unique without even trying! By nature they tend to lend themselves to elegant beautiful decor design, while the snow adds that little extra magic.
So forget the limo and start thinking sleighs, skidoos and helicopters! Envisage a romantic candlelit wedding ceremony followed by a reception in a fairytale castle, ice hotel or luxury chalet.
Treat your guests to mulled wine and hot whiskeys by a cosy fire and as a finale to the perfect day, wrap up warm and watch an amazing display of fireworks.
Find out more about having a Winter Wedding in Europe
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