Destination weddings tend to be couples escaping English weather in favor of tropical beaches and endless sunshine. However, not everyone is a fan of sun and sand. Some couples would prefer a magical snowy scene to be the backdrop to their wedding day. It’s hard to blame them when you think of snowy slopes, log cabins, and gorgeous mountain peaks in the distance… Winter weddings are on the rise, especially weddings with guaranteed snow. Perfect for couples who love snow sports or simply being cosy, a winter wedding destination means you can also have a honeymoon in the snow. So, here are our top 10 coolest wedding destinations for a winter wonderland wedding.
Full of beautiful alpine scenery, fairytale castles, and traditional villages, Austria provides a magical wedding setting unlike no other. Enjoy a mountain top ceremony on one of the picturesque snowy peaks of the Austrian mountains or have a gorgeous city break in the culturally rich capital of Vienna. With vast and diverse landscapes such as these, there are plenty of magical settings for your winter wonderland wedding. Medieval towns turned ski resorts offer everything from rustic mountain huts to luxury spa hotels to accommodate your guests. You can even travel to the top of a magnificent Austrian mountain by cable car to tie the knot and then ski back down! A unique and spectacular way to celebrate your winter wedding.
Canada is a wintery wilderness with beautiful landscapes perfect for a wedding backdrop. The Yukon is the perfect spot for an outdoorsy adventure with anything from dog sledding to snowshoeing. Check into a luxuriously cosy log cabin for your first days as newlyweds, while keeping an eye out for the northern lights. The Canadian Rockies has secluded, romantic lodges, the perfect retreat for an unforgettable mountain wedding. Whistler is an iconic ski destination with iconic, luxury resorts surrounded by immense natural beauty. Canada is truly perfect for a winter wonderland wedding!
You can still have sun with your snow, something Colorado is famous for. The combination of light, soft powder, and frequent blue skies is absolutely breathtaking. Colorado is home to Aspen, a world-famous ski centre, with everything from steep runs, bunny slopes, wide-open glades, cross-country tracks, and backcountry ski huts. Colorado's mountain towns have a European feel and invite you to cozy up next to the fire. So, tie the knot among the snowy peaks of the Aspen mountains for a winter wonderland wedding!
France immediately summons images of splendour, opulence, and effortless romance. In fact, it’s famous for love, good food, wine! While France is glorious during the summer, it is equally magnificent during the winter. From breath-taking castles to Alpine mountains, France is a premier wedding destination. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and an incredibly picturesque location for a winter wedding. You can choose to get married in a cute little chapel, next to the glacier, or at a private mountain cabin! Or, there is Paris. The City of Love arguably belongs on any Top 10 list for destination weddings and winter destination weddings are no exception. You could have all the culture and sights with the added romance and magic of now. Getting married in France will provide the setting for a true fairy-tale wedding.
If you’ve ever dreamed of marrying on a snow-covered volcano, this is the place to come! Geysers, thundering waterfalls, the famous Blue Lagoon, and the chance to see the Northern Lights make Iceland an incredibly special winter wedding destination. You can choose from luxurious Scandi chic hotels, seaside villages with quaint wooden churches, or awe-inspiring landscapes of mountains and glaciers as a serene destination for a winter wedding. There is also the spectacular Northern Lights, best seen during the winter when the nights are dark and long. What could be more romantic than having the Northern Lights as a backdrop to your winter wonderland wedding?
One of the snowiest destinations in Europe, Lapland has guaranteed snow all winter as well as another chance to see the Northern Lights. Staying within the Arctic Circle you’ll find ice hotels, romantic reindeer sledding, husky rides through the snow and snowmobiling, plus plenty of skiing. Technically spanning four different countries, Lapland, Finland is best for some luxury and style alongside the snow-kissed landscape, such as the Igloo Village where you can get married in a glass tipi! A perfect winter wonderland wedding whilst getting to stay inside in the warm!
New York may not have snow-capped mountains but it is certainly a romantic winter wedding destination. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting an NYC wedding venue, from a picturesque wedding in Central Park to a celebration in one of the city's iconic cosmopolitan landmarks. The winter brings iconic activities such as ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre or a horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park, often transformed into a winter wonderland during the snowy winter months. New York is the concrete jungle where wedding dreams are made of, full of romantic and endless possibilities.
One of the few places you’ll get guaranteed snow during the UK summertime, New Zealand is perfect if you’ve set your heart on a winter wonderland wedding but want to avoid Christmas and New Year dates. Head to the South Island, especially around Queenstown, where you’ll find the incredible scenery of the Fiordland National Park, alpine lodges near Christchurch, and delicious wines from the local vineyards. You can even invite the magnificent Mount Cook to be your witness. A helicopter wedding will take you to the top of the Tasman Glacier, where you can exchange your vows surrounded by stunning snow-capped peaks!
The Scandinavian countries are all beautiful winter wedding destinations, but none so more than Norway. Frequently ranked one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Norway’s landscapes are a winter wonderland. Extraordinarily beautiful fjords, breathtaking glaciers, ice fields that rank among Europe's largest, and an extensive, majestic mountainous terrain. All of these natural features, combined with the staggering beauty you find beyond the Arctic Circle, create the perfect location for a winter wonderland wedding. Even if you want something more cosmopolitan, these landscapes serve as a backdrop for some of Europe's prettiest settlements. Bergen, Trondheim, and Ålesund must surely rank among Europe's most photogenic cities, allowing you to celebrate your winter wedding in style.
With its natural beauty and magical northern lights, Sweden is certainly a romantic winter wedding destination. And where better for winter lovers to get married than an ice hotel? Open between December 23rd and the end of April, the Swedish Ice Hotel is the world’s largest hotel made out of ice and snow. It even has its own ice church where couples can say their “I do’s” in a truly unique setting. You could also have a stylish affair in the heart of Stockholm with its iconic Scandi architecture. Such contrasting scenery and landscapes will make for a perfect backdrop for your winter wonderland wedding in Sweden.
Switzerland is perfect for those who want their winter wonderland wedding to be luxurious. Switzerland offers grand and chic resorts surrounded by incredible scenery which boasts unusual ceremony spots. There are mountain chapels in the hills, frozen lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and even ice igloos where you can get married! Switzerland is a gorgeous destination for a winter wedding.