Forget the beach. Sometimes, the most romantic nuptials happen under snow-drenched forests looking out to glacier-filled mountains. From Switzerland to France to Finland to Ireland, explore enchanting igloos and 17th century mansions that would have any bride saying “I do” to these venues.
The Gstaad Palace is a five-star hotel that offers breathtaking views of the stunning Swiss Alps and the beautiful town of Gstaad. Over the years, it has built up an excellent reputation for discretion and hospitality, catering to a guest’s every need. The Baccarat Room accommodates 200 guests for a seated dinner and is well-known for its size and its beautiful crystal chandeliers, as well as its wide windows that overlook the spectacular Bernese Alps. Inside The Baccarat Room you’ll find a fireplace, as well as a large stage from under which a dance floor can easily be pulled out. What’s more, thick curtains can be used to divide this dreamy ballroom in two different areas should you need a more intimate setting.
W Hotel Verbier
W Hotel Verbier is part of a worldwide renowned W hotel chain, which offers exclusive and extraordinary experiences across the world. Situated in the prestigious ski resort of Verbier, the W combines iconic design and contemporary luxury to provide a unique and modern venue for your wedding. Guests can host up to 150 people for a banquet-style affair.
Chalet du Mont D’Arbois
The Chalet du Mont D’Arbois is a five-star hotel situated in the heart of the French Alps overlooking the beautiful village of Megeve. The staff, who are experts in the art of hospitality, offer a personalized and upmarket service in both accommodation and luxury catering. In terms of design, the hotel is made up of three chalets in typical Savoyard architecture. This magnificent chalet, located at the foot of the pistes, is ideal for hosting up to 190 people, and those seeking a venue rich in history and unique in location.
Aynhoe Park is a quirky 17th century country house on the Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire border. Still used as a private family residence, Aynhoe Park is available, for the first time in its history, for private hire for a limited number of exclusive weddings and events throughout the year. Each of the rooms are captivating and unique, with a treasure trove of global artifacts in the library, and a collection of elegant plasterwork. There are 26 bedrooms and suites — all shrines to individuality to ensure that family and friends are easily accommodated for.
The grounds, which were originally planned by Capability Brown back in the 17th Century, overlook farms and fields, and are the perfect site for a stunning tent, should you wish.
Hedsor House is a private country house wedding venue in Buckinghamshire which is set in its own magnificent 100-acre historic park. The property, which is perched high above the River Thames, is just 26 miles from central London.
Designed by Sir William Chambers, architect of Somerset House, the structure is modeled on an Italian-style villa, but with a domed hall rather than an open courtyard. The building comprises of ten beautiful bedrooms which can be used for your wedding, including the most incredible bridal suite.
The sky really is the limit when it comes to ideas and inspiration for your wedding reception at Hedsor House, with endless opportunities to make your dream reception a reality, whether that’s elegant wedding breakfasts in the ballroom to more quirky, vintage offerings in the gardens.
Bellingham Castle is an elegant and spacious 17th Century Irish castle less than one hour from Dublin and Belfast. The impressive period drawing room provides an authentic backdrop for a reception, while other areas such as the library can add a little privacy for guests looking to relax while the couple is enjoying their wedding photo shoot. What’s more, Bellingham Castle prides itself on its fresh, innovative wedding menu using seasonal, local ingredients — all served in the spectacular grand ballroom.
The Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel
The Ice Hotel is the perfect venue for a romantic wedding nestled among the rivers, mountains, and forests. Hold your reception inside the warmth of the main hall, which dates back to the 1700s. Traditional local cuisine can be savored in front of a roaring open fire and twinkling candles to add to the romanticism of the entire occasion. Plus, the hotel features unique design details such as the Art Suite, which has been handcrafted by artists from around the world and is a memorable accommodation for your guests to enjoy.
Nothing could be more spellbinding than dancing under the northern lights in the middle of the forest. The Igloo Village allows the bride and groom to experience the ultimate cold weather wedding experience, offering a sleigh ride through the snowy forest in place of the traditional getaway car exit.
Emerald Lake Lodge
Secluded in the Canadian Rockies in the heart of the Yoho National Park is the stunning Emerald Lake Lodge. With fresh local cuisine and a 360-view of the mountains, your guests will be captivated by this winter wonderland venue. The bridal party has the option of renting their own lodge — or even island — for up to 85 guests.
For the bride and groom who are looking for a desolate winter landscape, Budir Hotel, located on the western tip of the Snaefellsjokull Peninsular, is just what the doctor ordered. Located only a few hours outside of Reykjavik, the Budir sits within a town made up of a small hamlet with views of the sea, glaciers, and mountains, as well as the stunning Snaefellsjokull National Park.