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!

Popular Wedding Traditions Around the World

Did you know carrying a bouquet is an American-specific wedding tradition? What about serving cake and giving toasts at the reception? These traditions may seem like commonplace wedding activities, but to the rest of the world, they’re completely unique. For anyone interested in having a destination wedding (or just interested in learning about other cultures), here are the top wedding traditions in several countries around the world.

  • Germany

To celebrate their “I Do’s”, German brides and grooms spend the first few moments after their vows cleaning up pieces of shattered plates. German wedding guests smash plates to ward off potential evil spirits and leave the happy couple with good luck. This tradition is also used to symbolize the teamwork needed by the couple to make their relationship last. Teamwork is a popular trait German couples value as another one of their common wedding traditions involves a large log and saw. Together, they must saw the log in half and if they succeed, they have proven their ability to work so they will overcome future obstacles.

  • China

Chinese brides and grooms take their wedding traditions very seriously. One of their most common traditions? The groom shoots the bride with a bow and arrow multiple times. No, there are no actual arrowheads attached, but the groom does aim for his bride as the bullseye. During the ceremony, he will break the arrows to prove that their love is everlasting. Another intense Chinese wedding tradition? On the day of the wedding, the bridesmaids will haze the groom by putting him through specific tests and obstacles. Once he successfully completes their tasks, only then has he proven his worthiness to marry the bride. He will also pay the bridesmaids with an envelope full of money. Sounds like a good deal for the bridesmaids, right?

  • Congo

Congo might take the cake for having one of the most unique traditions. During the entirety of their wedding events, including the ceremony and reception, if a Congolese couple smiles, it means they aren’t serious about committing to the relationship. We’re not sure if we’d be able to commit to this tradition!

  • Mauritius

In the U.S., it’s common for a bride to want to shed some weight before the big day, right? In Mauritius, their popular wedding tradition is quite the opposite. Brides on this small island nation quite literally pack on the pounds. The heavier the bride, the more beautiful she appears to her future husband who considers a well-fed bride to be a symbol of success.

  • Norway

Donut towers and macaroon-filled platters run wild at U.S. weddings, but in Norway, brides and grooms are all about the wedding cake and wine – together. Yes, this tradition involves placing a bottle of wine in the middle of a towering almond cake called a kransekake. Um, yum! Another tradition Norwegian couples follow is the wearing of a crown by the bride. This crown is often adorned with little charms that twinkle when she walks and ward off any evil spirits that might threaten the happy couple.

  • Kenya

“Spit take” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to weddings in Kenya. After the celebration is over, a Masai bride’s father will spit on the newly betrothed couple. Sounds a bit germy, right? The point of this peculiar tradition is to avoid tempting fate by not showing too much support for the newlyweds. Not the most heartwarming wedding tradition in the world, but certainly one of the most unique!

  • Philippines

This Filipino wedding tradition is straight out of a fairytale! At some point during the ceremony, the bride and groom open a bird cage together two release two white doves into the air. This tradition is definitely Hollywood-like, and it symbolizes the couple’s future life together that is full of prosperity and harmony.

  • India

You may have seen this popular Indian wedding tradition featured in dozens of Bollywood movies, or, when Cece marries Schmidt in “New Girl”. Either way, this distinct wedding tradition is one of the most intricate. Before the wedding, Indian brides will gather their bridal party to receive a Mendhi-style henna tattoo. This tattoo lasts for weeks after the wedding and replaces any accessories brides might need for the big day.

Romania:

  • Couples in Romania have similar wedding traditions to those in China, but they do things a little differently. In this country, guests work with the groom to “bride-nap” her and take her to an unknown location. Here, they ask her for a “gift” to give the groom in order to return to the ceremony. Some gifts include several bottles of alcohol, and sometimes, a love song sang to the groom in front of the entire guest list.

What are other popular wedding traditions around the world that we missed? Would you be interested in bringing any of these traditions to your ceremony? If you are planning a wedding in the near (or distant) future, check out our wedding video services here to see what our team can bring to your special day. And for more tips and tricks for planning a wedding, take a look at our other blog posts to learn more!