Want a Winter Wedding? Here are the Top Locations Your Guests Will Love

Cold weather typically draws honeymooners and destination wedding planners toward tropical locations, but what about couples who dream of having a white, wintry wedding? Forget the Caribbean this winter; these dreamy destinations will have you wanting to hit the slopes and curl up by the fire with your entire wedding party.

  • Budir, Iceland

Once a country that was primarily thought of as cold and barren, Iceland has catapulted to the top of many travelers’ must-see lists, including couples gearing up to tie the knot. While warmer weather draws many travelers to Iceland in the spring and summer months, visitors who choose to explore the Nordic country in the winter can be lucky enough to view the Northern Lights many, if not all, of the nights they spend in the country. The country’s capital city of Reykjavik is traditionally popular with travelers, but couples tend to prefer marrying just outside the city in the small town of Budir, thanks to its charming church set against the jaw-dropping landscape of the sea and mountains.

After officially tying the knot, Iceland offers the perfect honeymoon road trip with its iconic Ring Road. At just 828 miles in length, the Ring Road, or Route 1, offers travelers the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful natural attractions the country has to offer, including the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Dyrhólaey peninsula. Driving the entirety of the island is possible in about a week, but with colder weather comes icy roads, so adventurers are warned to take their time driving this two-lane highway.

  • Bariloche, Argentina

Confused how Argentina made this list? This coastal country may have its fair share of sun and sand, but tucked away in the foothills of the Andes is the stunning ski town of Bariloche. With architecture styled so similarly to that of towns along the Swiss Alps, Bariloche is lovingly referred to as “Little Switzerland”. Popular venues in Bariloche for couples saying “I do” include Llao Llao Resort and Correntoso Lake and River Hotel.

Once the wedding festivities have commenced, couples can take in the sights of Circuit Chico, a popular driving route perfect for seeing the surrounding mountains and lake, as well as hit the ski slopes on Cerro Catedral or Cerro Otto. Within the town itself, wedding guests can enjoy tasting local, specialty chocolates and dining on delicious Argentinian dishes.

  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

If you prefer the actual Alps, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is the perfect European escape for you. This region is one of the most classic spots in Europe for couples looking to combine snow sports with romantic resorts. Couples who desire to wed at one of the 5-star resorts in the area will not be disappointed with Hotel Mont-Blanc, while couples looking for a more private venue will be charmed by one of the town’s quaint chapels set against the backdrop of the Alps.

In the mornings, guests can enjoy taking one of the town’s classic cable cars up the summit of Mont Blanc to catch a glimpse of the spot where Switzerland, Italy, and France intersect. During the afternoons, your guests will love exploring the town and trying authentic Savoy cuisine from one of the local chalets. As the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, hours of snow-filled entertainment await you and your loved ones in this romantic Alpine town.

  • Quebec, Canada

Boasting a town that rivals some of Europe’s best, Quebec is home to one of the most popular winter destinations in North America: Quebec City. Old Quebec commits to its love of Christmas each year with its wildly popular Christmas markets; which, paired with a fresh snowfall, make for one of the most magical and enchanting settings you’re likely to see.

Whether it’s in a ballroom fit for royalty at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac or within a chapel made out of ice at Hotel de Glace, you will be hard pressed to narrow down the options of beautiful wedding venues in this region.

From the peaks of the Andes to the winding streets of Quebec, these global locations are some of the best in the world for couples planning a luxury winter wedding. Whichever destination you choose, your guests are sure to love the array of ski slopes, cosy resorts, and wintry weather found in each destination. Comment below to let us know which destination catches your eye the most!

The Best Global Destinations for a Halloween Wedding

Love the idea of holding your wedding festivities in a fright-filled locale? There are dozens of locations around the world where couples love to hold their Halloween-themed celebrations, but a few spots stand out from the rest. Here are 5 of the best locations to consider if you’re planning a Halloween wedding!

 

  • Transylvania, Romania

 

Home to the famous, fictional vampire Dracula, Transylvania is widely recognized as one of the most iconic regions in the world to spend Halloween. In the months leading up to the spooky season, Transylvania transforms into a Halloween-lover’s paradise. Bran Castle, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s iconic novel, is the perfect setting for couples who love all things medieval and magical. The castle recently held its first wedding ceremony and now more couples are beginning to look at this location as the perfect setting for their fall destination wedding.

Throughout the region, you and your guests can enjoy haunted tours through medieval towns and Halloween-themed parties within Gothic castles during October. In addition to touring the famed castle, visitors love taking advantage of day trips to explore more of the Romanian countryside.

 

  • New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Home to the iconic French Quarter (and a handful of haunted hotels), New Orleans is recognized as a favorite location to enjoy the Halloween haunts. One luxury venue in particular, Hotel Provincial, is known as one of the best sites in the city to spot a spirit wandering the halls. Once a Civil War hospital, Hotel Provincial has been transformed into a gorgeous, vintage venue, complete with historic architecture, elegant courtyards, and an award-winning restaurant on site.

“The Big Easy” is notorious for its voodoo and vampires and you can watch the city come alive with these iconic characters during the month of October. Among costume parties and galas, New Orleans goes above and beyond to give back to charity during these frightful festivities. You and your partner can get on board by encouraging wedding guests to donate to organizations that benefit the local communities.

 

  • Ireland

 

Did you know Ireland can be credited for birthing the beloved holiday of Halloween? That’s right, this luscious country is to thank for one of our favorite holidays of the year. The traditions began 3,000 years ago in the Celtic country as a celebration of the beginning of winter, but the thrills and chills of Halloween are still celebrated throughout the country to this day.

Couples who desire a truly terrific spot for their tricks and treats will love BallyGally Castle in Antrim. The ghost of Lady Isabella Shaw is believed to have haunted the hotel’s halls for over 400 years. In addition to honoring her memory with a “Ghost Room”, BallyGally boasts romantic architecture dating back hundreds of years, complete with stone spires and stunning sea views. For couples looking to celebrate a more modern way, big cities across Dublin host large festivals, parades, and parties for locals and visitors to enjoy together.

 

  • Salem, Massachusetts

 

Once the site of the infamous 17th-century witch trials, Salem, Massachusetts has continued to be a Halloween hotspot centuries later. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors make their way to Salem to enjoy the spooks and spirits that are said to be wandering the city, and your guests will be treated to the same experience. Voted the best place to celebrate Halloween in the U.S., visitors can enjoy re-enactments of the witch trials and experience the candlelit graveyard tour that pays homage to those that lost their lives during the famed witch hunts.

Hawthorne Hotel remains one of the most popular spots in the area for couples tying the knot. Previous guests claim to have seen supernatural happenings throughout the venue, like sightings of Bridget Bishops’ ghost, the first woman to die in the witch hunt. As a venue, however, guests love the view the hotel offers of Salem’s Common from the Grand Ballroom. Combine these views with the incomparable fall foliage that covers the Northeast in October, and you and your partner will be in for a romantic celebration.

 

  • Mexico

 

For a truly unique trick-or-treating experience, consider heading down to Mexico for your wedding festivities. Dia de Los Muertos brings a week-long celebration to cities and towns across this tropical country, and celebrating Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico is becoming a major bucket list item for travelers all around the world. Mexico City is always a crowd favorite for this holiday, but more and more, tourists and honeymooners are flocking to San Miguel de Allende for its authentic All Saints’ Day celebrations.

Among some of the favorite spots to tie the knot in this quaint town is the town’s pink Neo-Gothic church. Countless couples have decided to make this the place they say their “I do’s”. In addition to its picturesque streets and stunning sunsets, couples won’t be disappointed with the opportunity to tie in the delicious local cuisine with their big day.

In which of these spooky spots would you want to say your “I do’s”? Whichever one you and your future spouse pick for your happy Halloween wedding, we’d love to come along to capture every chilling moment of your special day. Give us a call to discuss incorporating our video services into your luxury Halloween wedding!

The 5 Most Popular Destination Wedding Locations in 2018

You just said “yes!” to one of the most important questions in your life! Whether you’re still reeling from the excitement or you’ve been planning your dream wedding for a while, there are certain wedding trends that most brides can agree on. And this year, that trend is the destination wedding. If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married in a historic Irish Castle or on the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, check out these 5 trending wedding destinations for your location inspiration.

 

  • Portugal

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Portugal is Europe’s newest hot spot, and it’s no exception for destination weddings. For those who love the bustle of popular European cities, you’ll find incredible restaurants, fascinating sights, and affordable amenities within its capital city of Lisbon. This city also offers unforgettable venues, including manors, palaces, and monasteries, that are available for your ceremony or reception. If you’re wanting a slightly more tropical location, check out the nearby coastal city of Cascais for stunning wedding photos featuring seaside cliffs and sandy beaches. Prefer to have a countryside wedding? Consider looking into Sintra or Obidos for two historical countryside cities. Portugal is known for its incredible wine selection and beautiful year-round weather, which guests will no doubt enjoy.

 

  • Italy

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Paris may be the City of Love, but Italy is easily the Country of Romance. From well-traveled tourist destinations like Rome, Venice, Tuscany, and Florence, to lesser-known spots like Bologna, Genoa, and Lucca. When it comes to planning a destination wedding, Italy has something for every bride. Historical chapels in the city, waterside manors, and countryside villas are all available for brides looking for their perfect destination wedding venue. Italy has always been a popular location for brides searching for their ultimate romantic destination, and it will remain that way for a while.

 

  • Ireland

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Another European destination gathering attention from international brides is the beautiful, lush country of Ireland. It is now considered the #1 destination for heritage weddings.  Ever dreamed of saying “I do” in a European castle? The Irish countryside is chock-full of royal venues. Many of these castles and manors offer in-house wedding teams to provide you top-notch vendors for your special day. Being a relatively small country, you and your wedding guests will enjoy the ability to tour the country before and after the big day. Ireland is fully welcoming to international brides and is becoming one of the top locations for future brides planning their special day.

 

  • Morocco

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Ever heard about couples traveling to get married in Morocco? No? Well, you probably will soon. Morocco is on its way to becoming one of the top destinations for couples looking to say “I do”. From it’s jaw-dropping architecture to its colorful decor, Morocco is becoming one of the most photogenic locations for destination weddings. A variety of palaces, courtyards, and beachside venues are available for future brides to book. March, April, and May are the most beautiful months when spring begins and the landscape is green and lush.  Although, September and October are the most pleasant months for the most temperate weather. We would just recommend avoiding Ramadan (May-June), as many vendors will not be available during the daytime!

 

  • Costa Rica

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Central American countries have always been a popular and budget-friendly region for destination wedding goers, and Costa Rica is no exception. Elegant rural estates and upscale oceanfront properties make up this country’s most luxurious wedding venues. Whether you dream of taking a dip in the Caribbean or hiking through the rainforest of Corcovado National Park, you’re sure to find it in this tropical destination.

From the Italian hillsides to the sandy beaches of Costa Rica, more and more brides are choosing to go international for their nuptials this year. No matter where you choose to hold your special day, we would love to come along for the ride with our global travel expertise. Give our team a call for our wedding videography services or check out our website to see some of our past work!