When planning your destination wedding, the winter months may not be the first that spring 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 Wonderland Weddings 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.
If part of your winter wedding dream is to be a princess for the day then Schloss Prielau can be hired exclusively for up to 28 guests. The castle itself can cater for up to 80 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 wedding. 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.
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.
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. Whether you are planning to elope or celebrating 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.
The “hot tip” from Austrian Wedding is to “concentrate on the most important part of your wedding – the fact that you will marry the one person you love.”
If you are looking for a unique wedding location they suggest that you “start married life on a high and have a mountain top blessing and wedding reception in the Austrian Alps. A cable car, hired exclusively for the wedding party will be the perfect setting for a sparkling toast.”
This is what Debbie and Lee had to say following their wedding in Austria-
“For a couple who wanted a picturesque wedding without having to pay UK prices and have to spend hours deliberating about fine details, this was the perfect choice, as everything was taken care of for us by a team of professionals. We cannot thank Austrian Wedding enough and can only recommend you to others who are thinking about doing the same thing.”
Prime Moments Exclusive Weddings & Events
“Anything is possible. There is no doesn’t exist or doesn’t work.” This is the motto of Jeannette Renee Conrad, founder of Prime Moments. They have offices based in Salzburg, Vienna, ZÜrich and South Africa, but also serve you all over Europe.
Their experienced coordinators will implement your visions, dreams, and ideas to make your wedding day personal, meaningful and a great unique experience. Prime Moments goal is to reflect each couple’s personalities; starting with the selection of the invitations through the ceremony and to the end of the reception.
The advice from Family Business is to “let your imagination set the limits!” Recommending Austria as a wedding location Family Business and say that –
“Austria gives you a great opportunity to make your very own wedding dream come true, whether it be a winter wedding in the snow on top of a mountain or in one of Austria’s beautiful castles. Alternatively you could celebrate in a rustic chalet or in a romantic, snow-capped chapel. Make sure you take a sleigh ride and enjoy roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. The photo shooting opportunities are endless.”
Jenny and Rory chose Family Business to help organise their Austrian Winter Wedding. Their 80 Irish guests were treated to a wedding that was straight out of a picture book – with mystic fog over the lake. After a stunning wedding reception featuring the best Austrian food has to offer, their party began in an exclusively rented discotheque.
Grenzenlos Events & Lifestyle
Grenzenlos Events & Lifestyle are known for designing stylish, exclusive and exceptional weddings. Their head office is based in Salzburg making the alpine region of Austria, Switzerland and Northern Italy their “playground”.
They offer a bespoke design service, which makes each wedding unique and something very special. For this reason, they look after about 12-16 exclusive weddings each year.
Grenzenlos created Lucie and Max’s Winter Wonderland Wedding. Their ceremony was held in the Grand Spa Resort A-Rosa KitzbÜhel, Austria followed by a reception at the top of the mountain at Toni Alm ski hut. Here is a little of what Lucie had to say about their wedding day –
“After the ceremony in the resort, at the stunning setting of the Arosa Hotel, we took ski doos up the mountain to an amazing secret location of Toni Alm. This is truly one hell of a party spot. The food was incredible, the service was impeccable. We partied so hard, I think we nearly brought the roof down – literally.”
Vikki and Rudi who live in London but are both originally from South Africa, chose the Austrian Alps as the location to hold their winter wedding. Friends and family from all over the globe flew in to join them at the ski resort of Saalbach Hinterglemm, Salzburg.
It was important for the couple to bring their loved ones together in an unforgettable location and as Rudi’s late father was Austrian, the location had significant meaning. Vikki and Rudi’s wonderful cinematic trailer is so inspiring, not only for the amazing setting but also for the love that these two quite clearly share.
Wedding Planned by: Grenzenlos Events & Lifestyle
Videography by: Hochzeitsmovie
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.