This blog post was updated on March 6, 2020.
While snow and cold weather are not something you’d naturally associate with weddings, more and more couples are looking into cutting costs by seeking fall and winter nuptials. With less competition for wedding venues, lower prices, and no worries of guests overheating, cold weather wedding destinations can be a nice change from summer weddings. Check out these destinations that are guaranteed to provide the perfect backdrop for the special day!
Quebec City, Canada
If you are seeking a dose of Europe for your winter wedding but you don’t want to go all the way over the pond, consider Quebec City instead. Magical in the winter months, the Canadian city lends gorgeous churches, gourmet food, and historic streets proving idyllic for colder weather weddings. The region itself boasts an average natural snowfall of over 400cm each year, yielding a great spot for ski and snowboard loving couples. If you plan your wedding more around the holidays in Old Quebec, you’ll be treated to a real Christmas village with lights, decorations, snow, Christmas markets, and concerts for your big day.
Home to compelling art and architecture, quiet piazzas, narrow lanes, and medieval villages, Tuscany presents a fairytale for fall weddings. The region in Italy provides a fine backdrop for weddings in the fall, thanks in part to the weather. Conditions are still mild and the tourists of summer have cleared out for the most part. Tuscany in the fall also presents loads of festivals and activities surrounding the harvest of wine, olives, and truffles. Harvest events can offer your guests loads to do and more importantly, to taste. One of the best parts about having your wedding in Tuscany in the fall are the venue options. You can get married in Renaissance palaces, in a vineyard, or under the roof of an atmospheric medieval church.
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New England, USA
Known for its glorious fall foliage, New England sets the stage in the autumn for some eye-popping wedding photographs. The kaleidoscope of colors gifted by nature results in gorgeous wedding backdrops. And your guests won’t be bored either. The fall in New England is time for loads of activities, from hikes to foliage drives to apple picking. The leaves start turning colors in northern Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire by mid to late September. The southern reaches of New England, like Massachusetts and Rhode Island, see colors lasting until November. Thanks to New England’s rich history, there are loads of historical properties to get married at, from old mansions to barns and orchards.
Winter wonderland lovers need look no farther than Swedish Lapland for their winter weddings. While Sweden is acclaimed for its Midnight Sun in the summer, the country delights in winter just the same thanks to its wealth of mountain resorts for snow-related activities and the chance to view the northern lights in places like Abisko National Park. For a truly unique wedding experience, head to the tiny village of Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland. The village proudly houses the world famous hotel made from ice, the Icehotel. Built every year in late October, you can welcome your guests to a structure composed of 30,000 tons of snow and 4,000 tons of ice. There is also always a chapel on-site where you can get married and then host your reception in the ice-covered structure.
From the snow and ice of Swedish Lapland to the atmospheric fall foliage scenes in New England, planning your fall or winter wedding will leave you having a difficult time deciding where to say “I do.”
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