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!

8 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

It’s no secret that spring and summer weddings are all the rage, especially here in Orange County. However, we think winter weddings have long been overlooked by brides. If you’re in the process of setting your wedding date (or dreaming about a potential one), read these 8 reasons why winter is the perfect time to say “I do”.

 

  • The decor is to-die-for

 

Who doesn’t love frosted pinecones, twinkling lights, and mistletoe? While having a winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to incorporate festive Christmas decor, nothing says romance like decor from the most romantic holiday of the year (sorry, Valentine’s Day!). Not into the reds and greens? No worries. Winter color palettes include everything from crisp whites and creams to beautiful shades of blue and rich purple. Winter is a versatile season and is perfect for any style of wedding you may want.

 

  • Escape to a tropical destination for your honeymoon

 

While Southern California may not get cold, nights can certainly dip into cooler temperatures. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll probably end up missing the warmth and sunshine that summer brings. With a winter wedding, you can escape the cool temps and head to the Caribbean for a tropical honeymoon. Just make sure you book early, before everyone else gets the same idea.

 

  • Wedding dress options are endless

 

Saying “I do” in the winter means more wedding dress options to choose from. Long-sleeves are practically impossible in the summer heat, but winter is the perfect time to have fun with lacy sleeves and intricate designs. But if you prefer a sleeveless or strapless look, the warmer California temperatures of winter allow brides to still look beautiful in any gown they choose without freezing!

 

  • Can you say romance?

 

Maybe we’ve watched too many Hallmark Christmas movies throughout the years, but there is something incredibly romantic about winter; whether it’s being warmed by the crackling fireplace, the cozy clothing, or the festive decor. While we might not get snow here in Orange County, the holiday season is still full of high spirits and romantic events, and is the perfect time to commit to a life full of love with your significant other.

 

  • More money in your pocket

 

Fortunately, at Life Event Films, our pricing stays consistent year-round, although the same can’t be said for many wedding vendors. While we adore summer weddings, the majority of brides do too. Nearly every wedding amenity and vendor prices skyrocket in the warmer spring and summer months due to high demand. Winter allows for less competition for the best venues, florists, DJs, and caterers which also translates into more affordable prices. By having a winter wedding, you can skip out on the high price tags and spend more of your wedding budget (and time!) on special details or a longer honeymoon.

  • Less competition means more availability

With fewer weddings occurring in the winter months, the photographer you’ve had your eye on and the venue you’ve dreamed about for years will more likely be available for your wedding date. And with fewer weddings to attend, your guests will have more availability, too!

 

  • Shorter days mean an earlier sunset

 

With the sun setting earlier during the winter months, you and your partner will have time to take stunning sunset photos after the ceremony. While summer weddings often mean the bride and groom have to wait hours to get those sought-after “magic hour” sunset shots, a winter wedding allows you to have a reasonably timed ceremony while still getting those ideal images. This also allows more time to party with your guests after the sun goes down!

 

  • Guests will likely already have time off

 

Depending on the date you set your big day for, its very possible for your guests to already have that time off from work. Most employers understand that holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s require more time off and vacation days, so many of the people on your guest list will likely be available to attend. Just remember to be mindful of important family traditions your guests may have on these holidays. While Christmas can be hit or miss with guests traveling out of town or state, it is widely recognized that New Year’s Eve is the perfect holiday to have a wedding!

We don’t blame you for wanting to plan a spring or summer wedding, but with these 8 helpful benefits, we think winter weddings are too great to overlook. For more help planning your future wedding, take a look at our blog post, The Ideal Wedding Planning Timeline. And for a fun and memorable option for your wedding, check out our Slow Mo Booth!  For any questions you have about our renowned wedding videography services, contact us today!