Built-in far-flung locations throughout the world, these ice and snow temples are surreal and breathtakingly majestic—in other words, just appropriate for a Snow Queen's wedding. But, unlike Queen Elsa's icy home, these romantic hideaways are designed to be shared.
On the other hand, Winter brides don't have to wait until next season to realise their dreams of a chilly destination wedding. The world's first ice hotel, located north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, uses solar-powered technology to keep its meticulously carved rooms cool all year. In addition, a year-round replica of the SnowCastle in Lapland, Finland, is available for booking by couples from all over the world. As a result, they were never affected by the cold in the first place.
Table of Contents
- 1 FAQs About Wedding Venue
- 2 What's The Cheapest Month To Get Married?
- 3 How Much Does It Cost To Have A Wedding At Hôtel De Glace?
- 4 What Is The Most Popular Month To Get Married?
- 5 How Is A Destination Wedding?
- 6 What Is The Most Popular Day Of The Week To Get Married?
- 6.1 Icehotel, Sweden
- 6.2 Hôtel De Glace, Canada
- 6.3 Snowcastle, Finland
- 6.4 Iglu-Dorf, Switzerland
- 6.5 Kirkenes Snowhotel, Norway
- 6.6 Boettcher Mansion — Golden, Colorado
- 6.7 Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, New York
- 6.8 Icehotel — Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
- 6.9 Empire Canyon Lodge At Deer Valley Resort – Park City, Utah
- 6.10 Cristallo Resort & Spa — Cortina D’ampezzo, Italy
- 6.11 Castle Farms – Charlevoix, Michigan
- 6.12 Boston Public Library – Boston, Massachusetts
- 6.13 San Sophia Overlook — Telluride, Colorado
- 6.14 Badrutt's Palace — St. Moritz, Switzerland
- 6.15 Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa — Beaver Creek, Colorado
- 6.16 Nita Lake Lodge — British Columbia, Canada
- 7 Conclusion
FAQs About Wedding Venue
January, March, April, and November can be far less expensive months for marrying. Venue prices may be lower, and vendor prices may be significantly lower simply because the demand isn't as great. On the other hand, February and December aren't value priced because St.
Hôtel de Glace's minimum wedding prices range from $$0-$50 per person, and maximum wedding prices range from $$50-$60 per person.
The most popular months to get married are from May to October. More specifically, September takes at 16 per cent, followed by June with 15 per cent, and lastly October at 14 per cent. The most popular wedding seasons are Fall/Autumn and Summer.
A destination wedding is a wedding held in a setting away from your hometown. Often, a destination wedding and the honeymoon are celebrated in the same venue.
Hands down, Saturday is the most popular day of the week for weddings. It is because so many people have off from work, and it gives out-of-town guests Friday evening and Saturday morning to travel. It also gives you and your guests Sunday to recover from the festivities before returning to work or honeymoon time.
For over three decades, the original IceHotel, located just north of the Arctic Circle in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, has thrown out a snow-dusted carpet for brides and grooms wanting a winter wonderland wedding—the first IceHotel was erected in 1989 and has been restored every year since.
Located just north of the Arctic Circle in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, the original IceHotel has rolled out a snow-dusted carpet for brides and grooms seeking a winter wonderland wedding for nearly three decades—the first IceHotel was constructed in 1989 and has been rebuilt every year since.
Incredibly, couples don't have to wait until winter rolls around to exchange their vows. A portion of the IceHotel (appropriately called IceHotel 365) stays open year-round and features 20 hand-carved Art Suites and Deluxe Suites, a Ceremony Hall, an IceBar and more—all cooled to a frosty 23F/-5C thanks to solar panels on the structure's rooftop and with a little help from the Midnight Sun (the sun doesn't set here for 50 days and nights between May and July).
Each winter, the tradition carries on, and a seasonal Ceremony Hall is built on the premises, as are an additional 35 Ice Rooms and Art Suites. The IceHotel also has 72 so-called warm rooms perfect for guests who'd prefer more of a modern and cozy Nordic cabin vibe.
Couples don't have to wait until winter to renew their vows, which is incredible. A portion of the IceHotel (dubbed IceHotel 365) is open all year and includes 20 hand-carved Art Suites and Deluxe Suites, a Ceremony Hall, an IceBar, and more—all kept at a frosty 23F/-5C thanks to solar panels on the roof and a little help from the Midnight Sun (the sun doesn't set here for 50 days and nights between May and September).
Each winter, the tradition continues by constructing a seasonal Ceremony Hall and an additional 35 Ice Rooms and Art Suites on the property. The IceHotel also includes 72 "warm rooms," ideal for visitors who prefer a more contemporary and pleasant Nordic cabin atmosphere.
Hôtel De Glace, Canada
If a winter wedding at the ice hotel that inspired Elsa's Ice Palace in Disney's Frozen is on your wish list, go no farther than Hôtel de Glace in Québec, Canada.
Construction begins as soon as the temperature drops below freezing, and the Hôtel de Glace accommodates an average of 25 to 30 weddings every season, which spans from early January through March. "Because we welcome visitors from all over the world, we coordinate marriages daily—not only on Saturdays—and the ceremony timing is also rather flexible," Elisabeth B. explains. "We've had couples who wanted to get married extremely early in the morning and others who wanted a candle-lit ceremony later in the evening."
If a wintery wedding in the same ice hotel that's said to have inspired Elsa's Ice Palace in Disney's Frozen ranks high on your list of dream destination wedding venues, look no further than Hôtel de Glace in Canada's Québec province.
Located just north of Québec City and the region's international airport, this ice castle sits adjacent to Hôtel Valcartier on the grounds of the four-season playground that is Village Vacances Valcartier. Hôtel de Glace features 45 themed Ice Rooms and Suites, an Ice Bar and Lounge, and an Ice Chapel—all of which are built anew every year with fresh design inspiration. "The Ice Chapel is never the same from one year to another. Getting married here is like getting married in a short piece of art," says Elisabeth B., wedding coordinator for the Hôtel de Glace.
Construction starts as soon as the temps permanently drop below freezing, and in the course of a season, which runs from early January into March, the Hôtel de Glace hosts an average of 25 to 30 weddings. "As we welcome guests worldwide, we coordinate weddings all days—not only on Saturdays—and the ceremony time is also pretty flexible," Elisabeth B. notes. "We've had couples who choose to get married very early in the morning and others who preferred to have a late candle-lit ceremony."
In Lapland, Finland's northernmost district, SnowCastle is a fairy-tale winter-loving princess. Seasonally constructed of ice and snow since 1996, there is also a year-round SnowCastle suitable for weddings in all seasons.
The SnowCastle's interior walls are nearly 13 feet high and five feet thick. It houses a combination of cold-temperature rooms and suites and a reception-worthy SnowRestaurant with tables made of ice and chairs made of reindeer fur and sheepskin (pictured above). A SnowChapel is also available, where the resident Snow Queen, a priest from the local parish, or a magistrate from Kemi's City Administrative Court can administer private ceremonies.
In 2017, SnowCastle relocated to a new, permanent location, and the Seaside Glass Villas were unveiled outside the castle's gates. These all-season houses with floor-to-ceiling wrap-around windows and a glass roof overlook the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea's northernmost waterway. Each provides breathtaking views of the sea and sky between August and April, including the Northern Lights.
Iglu-igloo Dorf's settlements are a triumph of engineering, inventiveness, and sheer labour against some unquestionably magnificent settings. Each season, an estimated 3,000 hours of labour are put into constructing the seven settlements spread across the Swiss Alps, one in Germany's Zugspitze Glacier and one in Andorra's Pyrenees highlands. A vaulted tunnel system connects the igloo rooms and suites with the town's central core of social activity, the restaurant and bar spaces in each village.
Given that every site checks the box for "dreamy winter wedding in an igloo surrounded by snow-capped peaks," it's important to point out some distinctions. The most wedding-worthy Igloo Suites are Davos-Klosters, Gstaad (shown above), and Zermatt, and they have a private jacuzzi and bathroom ensuite. If you want to give your guests a heated housing alternative during your wintery destination wedding weekend, Hot Igloos—basically an igloo-shaped dome tent—are exclusively available at Engelberg igloo village. Depending on your budget and the number of guests coming, you may also purchase an entire igloo town.
Kirkenes Snowhotel, Norway
The Kirkenes Snowhotel, located 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, is a magnificent location for an arctic wedding celebration. A husky dogsled crew greets your arrival at the Kirkenes airport, ready to bring you from the tarmac to the hotel. Start the weekend off right with a toast at the Snowhotel Ice Bar (shown above) and lunch by the fire at Gabba Restaurant, one of the property's three dining options.
Set a Northern Lights wake-up call before cuddling into bed at the Snowhotel or one of the Gamme Cabins, comfortable abodes inspired by traditional hunting and fishing huts. The king crab safari, husky safari, and snowmobile safari are also popular daytime excursions, as is the chance to meet and greet the resident reindeer and huskies at the Snowhotel Winter Park.
Kirkenes Snowhotel can assist in planning a small, ceremonial exchange of vows and private wedding celebration—as well as a photographer—but the team does not have the competence to provide a legal wedding officiant. So make sure you have the legal marriage licence filed at home ahead of time to take it all in.
Boettcher Mansion — Golden, Colorado
The Boettcher Mansion is located inside the gorgeous Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve right outside Denver. It is the perfect venue for any nature-loving couple that wants to infuse their day with a woodsy vibe. It's incredible during any season, but snow takes it to an entirely new level.
Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, New York
Located in upstate New York's Adirondacks, Whiteface Lodge will bring your winter wedding dreams to life. Couples have a handful of venues to choose from, but you can't go wrong with them. The stunning destination touts itself as an "iconic 4-season location" and says that with "snow-covered evergreens and romantic horse-drawn winter sleigh rides – your perfect wedding season and wedding location is at hand."
Icehotel — Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Take your winter wedding up a notch and give you and your guests an experience that will last a lifetime. Sweden's Icehotel is just that — a hotel made out of ice. The venue's Ceremony Hall opens in December each year and stays open until April when it begins to melt back into the river. Each year, the design is unique and can hold between 35-and 40 guests. Need we say more?
Empire Canyon Lodge At Deer Valley Resort – Park City, Utah
Nestled at the base of the gorgeous Daly Chutes at an elevation of 8,300 feet is the Empire Canyon Lodge at Deer Valley Resort. This gorgeous venue boasts five distinctive spaces perfect for hosting a scenic mountain wedding. Each room offers religious views of the dramatic mountains, a breathtaking and humbling vista. So whether you're an avid skier or love snow, this spectacular scenery can serve as the ideal backdrop for your big day.
Cristallo Resort & Spa — Cortina D’ampezzo, Italy
It doesn't get much better than this for beautiful winter wedding venues. The Cristallo Resort & Spa, surrounded by the breathtaking Dolomites, is located in the heart of the awe-inspiring Italian ski country and is just two hours from Venice.
Castle Farms – Charlevoix, Michigan
There's so much to love about this historic venue. Nestled in a beautiful resort town, Castle Farms features five reception spaces, offering stunning views. The castle's historic walls and dramatic towers are a photographer's dream, yielding stunning backdrops in any weather — especially snow. From elegant weddings with high-end decor to smaller receptions with classic designs, any size or style of event will find a natural fit at this venue. Oh, and did we mention that Charlevoix gets over 100 inches of snow on average each year?
Boston Public Library – Boston, Massachusetts
While you may not meet with stunning mountain views like many of the beautiful winter wedding venues on this list, a wedding at the Boston Public Library will be one for the books. This venue is perfect for any season, but its beauty makes it especially breathtaking during the holidays. Ceremonies occur in the stunning courtyard with a trickling sculpture fountain. When it comes to the celebration that follows, there are many locations. You can journey to Italy with a reception in the Guastavino Room, while the tea rooms are lovely for hosting a cocktail hour. The Boylston Room has a Beauty-and-the-Beast feel, and the Puvis de Chavannes Gallery has all the grandeur you would expect from a fine art museum. The options are endless!
San Sophia Overlook — Telluride, Colorado
The San Sophia Overlook is a top choice for the couple that dreams of a snowy mountaintop wedding accessed by gondola. You will reward yourself and your guests with expansive views of the Town of Telluride, surrounded by mountain peaks, towering spruce trees, and fresh mountain air from your ceremony site. In addition, the site offers a wooden deck for the wedding party perched at the end of a ridge and a theatre that can accommodate seating for up to 250 guests.
Badrutt's Palace — St. Moritz, Switzerland
We have one word for this venue: Wow. The breathtaking location offers multiple spaces for your big day, and each of them provides something extraordinary. This venue is as beautiful whether you've met with views of the stunning Lake St. Moritz, the surrounding towering mountains, or any elegant interior rooms. There's a reason it has served as "the alpine hideout" to people like Alfred Hitchcock, Audrey Hepburn, and Charlie Chaplin.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa — Beaver Creek, Colorado
Whether you dream of a lavish formal banquet reception for hundreds or an intimate mountain ceremony, the beautifully decorated rooms and scenic spaces at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek will set just the right tone for your perfect day. Say your vows in a magical outdoor ceremony, with the heights of Beaver Creek as your backdrop. Then, keep the festivities going with a celebration in Sawatch Hall, which offers spectacular views and natural lighting. The space also features high wood-beamed ceilings, elegant chandeliers and native stone.
Nita Lake Lodge — British Columbia, Canada
Nita Lake Lodge offers multiple indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, including, most notably, Porte-cochere. The stunning space features "an architectural design of douglas-fir with decorative accents in western red cedar and has a prime view of Whistler Mountain." After the ceremony, take the celebration inside. You can choose between the Ballroom & Foyer, Aura Private Dining Room, Train Station, or Library, which offers "a warm ambience of natural lighting and a fireplace and outdoor patio."
There are many things that couples planning a winter wedding will want to consider as they go about coordinating, but the venue will always be one of the first — and most important — items to decide on. Thousands of incredible venues worldwide will provide unforgettable experiences, views, and accommodations for you and your guests, and we've shown just a few of them. So take stock of what is most important to you and your partner and go from there.
An ice destination wedding might be perfect if you're looking for a unique wedding venue. We've put together a list of the coolest ice destinations globally, and we can help you plan your special day. So whether you want to get married on a glacier or have an icy reception in a bar made entirely of ice, we can make your dream wedding come true.