You’re engaged – congratulations! Planning your wedding is an exciting time and often the first huge decision you’re going to have to make is choosing when you want to get married. Every season has its charms; fresh spring mornings, beautiful summer days or the autumn leaves changing on the trees. Winter can also be the perfect time for a wedding, whether you want to chase the sun in Miami or wrap up warm in the UK.
If you’re currently planning your wedding and need a little inspiration, we’ve got just what you need! Covering everything from a traditional British wedding, to getting married in an Ice Church, here are nine great locations for the perfect winter wedding. The list offers something for every couple, no matter how far you want to travel and whether you want sun or snow on your big day.
Venice – Italy
Italy is very much the land of love, it oozes romance and has been the chosen wedding destination of many couples, including a number of A-listers. One of the most charming locations to get married is Venice. Here you can arrive or depart from your ceremony by canalboat or celebrate your nuptials in one of the city’s most glamorous hotels. In the winter months the low sun sparkles over the city, so why not let this unforgettable sunset be the backdrop for your perfect wedding photos.
Vaud – Switzerland
If it’s a fairytale wedding that you’re after then Switzerland could be the place for you. Vaud can be found in western Switzerland and is a mountainous region which borders Geneva. This is the perfect location to say ‘I do’ surrounded by snowcapped mountains, and this is one of the best places to (almost) guarantee a snowy setting for your big day. Plus, this tranquil region offers plenty of dreamy wedding venues for you to choose from.
Bali – Indonesia
If you’re planning a winter wedding but still want to be able to walk along the beach bare foot, Bali could be the perfect destination for you. Here you can let your something blue be the stunning Indian Ocean as you get married in one of the island’s luxury venues. With gorgeous backdrops of sandy white beaches, sunny days all year round and a vibrant culture you can incorporate into your big day, it’s no wonder this is one of the top locations for a winter wedding.
Skógafoss – Iceland
Blue lagoons, jaw-dropping geysers, and powerful waterfalls, not to mention the chance to see the Northern Lights, Iceland is a dreamy location for a wedding, particularly during the winter months. Not to mention it’s a great place for your honeymoon after the big day! Skógafoss is located on the southern coast of Iceland and is one of the nation’s biggest waterfalls. The nearby hotel is popular for wedding occasion and the waterfall itself makes a stunning backdrop to your photos. If you’re lucky enough to get a bit of sunshine too you might just find your very own rainbow forms in the mist of the fall.
From Lake Placid to Central Park, New York has so many wonderful locations and venues for your big day. The city embodies sophistication and as you’re probably aware it can get pretty cold there in the winter – so you might even have a white wedding with everything covered in thick, crisp snow. For those who love the buzz of this magnificent city, this could be the perfect wedding destination and your guests certainly won’t mind making the journey.
Buckinghamshire – England
Think historic towns, beautiful countryside backdrops, cosy pubs, and villages that look like they belong on the front of a postcard – yep, Buckinghamshire has it all. If you want a winter wedding in England then this could be the place for you. There are a number of charming and quirky venues for you to choose from where you can host a quintessentially British wedding. Why not top it all off with a calvary meal and cream tea for dessert – delicious!
Jukkasjärvi – Sweden
If you’re imaging snowy mountain tops and the ultimate fairytale winter wedding, Jukkasjärvi will exceed all expectations. Found in northern Sweden, this location is home to less than 550 residents, but in the winter this tiny town offers a once in a lifetime opportunity. Here you can get married in the Ice Church and even stay in the nearby Ice Hotel if you wish. And how many people can say they got married in an Ice Church? Just be aware that this is only open between December and April, so you’ll need to pick your date wisely if you choose to say your vows here.
Do you want to get married in the United States, but want to avoid the cold weather? No problem! This vast continent has plenty of beautiful sunny spots for you to enjoy as well, in particular Miami. Here you can choose from a range of beach front venues or luxury hotels and even book up a world-class chef to cater to you on your special day. Feel the excitement and charisma of this vibrant city and let this influence your day as your party late into the night.
Aberdeen and Deeside – Scotland
With your choice of exciting cities, historic castles and stunning lochs, Scotland is a popular choice for winter weddings. That said, with temperatures below 5 degrees celsius (though it feels colder) you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for a chilly day where the sun sets fairly early. Despite this, it’s a wonderful place for a winter wedding and with so many beautiful locations to choose from, we’re here to help you narrow it down. The Aberdeen and Deeside region is full of majestic charm and offers a range of stunning venues, including historical sites like Cluny Castle. Here you’ll find plenty of secluded and enchanting locations fit for parties of all sizes.