Destination Ideas for Your Winter Wedding

From Lapland to New Zealand, we’ve got ten snowy destinations perfect for a winter wedding abroad

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If you’re having a winter destination wedding, you don’t have to choose a location abroad where it is going to be hot. Imagine the perfect frosty scene for your ceremony with snowy slopes, log cabins or dramatic icicles as the backdrop...

Weddings with guaranteed snow — or even ski resort weddings — are perfect if you’re both fans of hitting the slopes, and a winter destination wedding to a cold location means you’re in the perfect place for a honeymoon in the snow.

We’ve chosen 10 of the coolest destinations the world has to offer for picture-perfect winter weddings abroad.

Destination: Lapland

Best for: Winter Wonderland

Staying within the Arctic Circle you’ll find ice hotels, romantic reindeer sledding, husky rides through the snow and snowmobiling, plus plenty of skiing. Lapland itself covers four different countries, but Sweden and Finland are the best choices for some luxury and style as well as a snow-kissed landscape.

Top tip:
You’ll have to apply earlier for a marriage permit in Finland than Sweden.

Sweden

Image credits: Lola Akinmade

Destination: Austria

Best for: Ski and romance

Head to Austria’s Tirol region for a snowy mountain wedding with a twist: as well as the lovely Innsbruck, or the medieval town and ski resort of Kitzbühel, you can take the Zillertal wedding gondola right up into the mountains for fantastic photos.

Top tip:
How about saying your vows in a fortress before adding some sparkle with celebrations at Swarovski Crystal Worlds?

Austria

Image credits: Top — ANTO - Popp Hackner; Bottom-left — ANTO - Ascher; Bottom-right — ANTO - Peter Burgstaller

Destination: Iceland

Best for: Adventure

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 a honeymoon with added adventure.

Top tip:
Combine a stay at one of the luxurious Scandi chic hotels in Reykjavík with an adventure further off the beaten track.

Iceland

Image credits: Visit Iceland

Destination: Yukon, Canada

Best for: A wild escape

The Yukon instantly conjures up ideas of Canadian wilderness: this 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.

Top tip:
If you’re hoping to spot any of the area’s bears, they’ll be hibernating until the spring.

Yukon

Image credits: Top — Government of Yukon, Fritz Mueller; Bottom — Government of Yukon, Cathie Archbould

 

Destination: Bled, Slovenia

Best for: A romantic location

On the island in the middle of Lake Bled sits one of Europe’s most picturesque churches — and probably one of its loveliest places to marry as well, overlooked by the medieval castle and surrounded by sparkling emerald water.

Top tip:
Snow in the town of Bled itself varies from year to year, but you can easily head into the surrounding mountains for guaranteed blankets of powder at the ski resort.

Slovenia

 

Destination: Switzerland

Best for: Fairytale romance

Mountain chapels in the hills, frozen lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains, even ice igloos where you can get married — Switzerland’s bureaucracy might take a while, with up to four months needed for the paperwork, but it’s worth it for the fabulous scenery.

Top tip:
For some of Europe’s earliest guaranteed snow, the ski resort of Zermatt is known for the Matterhorn towering above it and some fabulous food.

Swtizerland

Image credits: Switzerland Tourism

 

Destination: Mammoth Mountain, California

Best for: Snow and heat

The Sunshine State isn’t the first place you might think of for a snowy winter wedding. But Mammoth in California is one of America’s top mountain resorts, especially for snowboarding — and if it gets too chilly, head to the hot springs in the nearby town of Mammoth Lakes.

Top tip:
San Francisco and Los Angeles are both close enough for a twin-centre trip if you fancy some honeymoon sun.

California

Image credits: Visit California

 

Destination: Niseko, Japan

Best for: Snow with an exotic twist

On the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido, Niseko has gained a reputation among skiiers for some of the world’s best snow, but you can also find active volcanoes and thermal hot springs, plus the chance to discover a very different culture.

Top tip:
Weddings in Japan are not legally binding for non-residents, but you can have a symbolic ceremony anywhere you choose.

Japan

 

Destination: Moscow, Russia

Best for: History and culture

Few places do snow quite as stylishly as Moscow, where white winters are guaranteed even if you’re planning an early ceremony. Those freezing temperatures create magical city scenes; the bright domes of St Basil’s cathedral are the perfect backdrop to a snowy Red Square with ice skating rinks and frost-covered parkland nearby.

Top tip:
There are plenty of treasures to discover in the museums when you need to thaw out.

Russia

 

Destination: South Island, New Zealand

Best for: Summer snow

One of the few places you’ll get guaranteed snow during the UK summer, it’s perfect if you’ve set your heart on a winter wedding but want to avoid Christmas and New Year dates.

Top tip:
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.

New Zealand

Image credits: Tourism New Zealand



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