It’s snow time!
From cosy Alpine chalets on snow kissed mountain peaks to Arctic winter wonderlands with icehotels made entirely from ice and snow, we discover the perfect destinations for winter weddings, guaranteed to offer a generous helping of the white stuff!
CHILLY POWDER – MORZINE
Morzine, in the heart of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area, makes the perfect setting for Alpine weddings. Hold your wedding ceremony at the charming Chilly Powder chalet hotel, which offers a number of romantic locations within the hotel – from indoors around a large roaring fire to the sun terrace and snow-covered lawns with mountain backdrop. The pistes descend straight into the hotel gardens providing ski-in-ski-out access to the mountains. www.chillypowder.com
SPORTKRISTALL – KAPRUN
Tie the knot in the Austrian Alps with a mountain top blessing – you can hire a decorated cable car exclusively for your wedding party through wedding planners Austrian Wedding. Alternatively the company can arrange your wedding at the charming 4-star SportKristall hotel, which offers exclusive wedding packages. The hotel nestles close to the ski lifts in the romantic village of Kaprun, so it’s the perfect choice for ski-enthusiasts. www.austrian-wedding.com; www.sport-kristall.at
FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE
Right in the heartland of Canadian skiing territory, this fairytale hotel in Banff, Alberta is snow-covered during the winter months, ensuring a white wedding on your big day. After you’ve tied the knot you can zip off to the local ice rink for a romantic night of skiing, while sleigh rides and snowboarding sessions are also available. www.fairmont.com/lake-louise
THE ICE HOTEL – JUKKASJARVI
Set in the gorgeous Arctic town of Jukkasjarvi, the spectacular ICEHOTEL is made entirely from ice and contains a spectacular ICE CHAPEL which is a breathtaking venue to tie the knot, plus an ICEBAR and chance to spend your wedding night sleeping on a bed of ice, covered in furs. Each winter the hotel is re-built from scratch – so you know your wedding will be truly unique. www.icehotel.com
HOTEL DE GLACE
For the coolest wedding in Canada, the Hotel de Glace in Quebec will give you and your wedding guests the warmest of welcomes. This magnificent structure boasts snow vaults and ice sculptures, providing an atmospheric and unique location for your nuptials. Couples can have an awesome ceremony in the beauty and splendor of the Hotel de Glace Chapel, where you can walk down the aisle on a red carpet to say “I do” at an ice alter.
Iceland is one of the best places on earth to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in its full splendor, and the luxury Hotel Ranga, set in panoramic scenery on the banks of the river Ranga, is the perfect vantage point. Just an hour away from Reykjavik, the hotel offers a choice of wedding venues, including a pretty nearby church and two waterfalls – absolutely ideal for a white wedding! www.hotelrangaa.is
In its winter wonderland setting in the Arctic Circle, this charming Finnish town is picture- perfect with fabulous wedding chapels. Stay in a glass igloos at Igloo Village, which offers a view of the snow outside from the warmth and comfort of a heated cabin. To make your big day extra special, at the Kakslauttanen Hotel your blushing bride can even be taken down the aisle on a reindeer! www.kakslauttanen.fi