This blog post was updated on March 13, 2023.
Are those wedding bells we hear — or sleigh bells? It’s both, here comes the bride!
For those dreaming of tying the knot in a winter wonderland setting, but unsure of where to go, we’ve got a list of the best snowy white wedding destinations to choose from. All that’s left is for the married couple to be to decide whether they’d like to travel out of the country to say “I do” or stay closer to home. So, if the bride doesn’t mind competing with the scenery for which looks best in white, grab your tickets this March — or any other time of the year, for that matter — to any of these destinations!
A winter wedding in America’s “Last Frontier” offers couples the chance to get away from it all and admire each other alongside the grandeur of Mother Nature. If trekking through the wilderness in snowshoes sounds like the best way to spend your big day, Alaska is where you should get hitched. If you want the look and feel of the far northwest without straying too far from civilization, keep in mind that Anchorage sees an average of 17 inches of snow in December.
The Colorado Rockies (specifically Georgetown, Colorado) are the snowiest place in the US. With a strong hospitality industry suited to ensuring folks have amazing ski trips and winter vacations, you can rest assured you’re wedding party will be looked after well. Whether getting married at a hotel or restaurant in Denver or hitting the slopes, you’ll have plenty of options of where to say “I do” around the beautiful snow-filled scenery.
Snowcapped mountains, vast northern forests, quaint towns, and tiny villages … rural New Hampshire offers a dreamy New England landscape for a cozy winter wedding. At over 6,000 feet, Mount Washington is one of the tallest mountains on the East Coast and the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. It’s also a perfectly placed backdrop for your wedding photos.
An Alpine-themed wedding would be a lovely way to wed. From waltzing in Vienna to swishing down the slopes with the love of your life, Austria is a brilliant destination for the best of European culture and nature with a range of venues (old and new) for all tastes and some of the most striking panoramas across the continent.
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For an accessible snow white wedding minus any frosty reception, head north for a warmhearted Canadian wedding to remember. There are so many ideal winter wedding destinations in Canada. Picturesque Lake Louis at Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, Quebec City with its old-world charms, and the perfect powder slopes of Whistler in British Columbia are but three of a vast variety of choices.
Make your wedding a notably Nordic one with a trip to Finland. Birch forests, thousands of freshwater lakes and a long shoreline along the Baltic makes Finland a great destination for nature lovers any time of year, but especially during its crisp and snowy winters. For a Christmas-themed ceremony, there are few places on par with Lapland in the north of the country. It’s the number one destination for visits to see Santa and the most likely place to enjoy a ride in a sleigh pulled by (not so tiny) reindeer.
For many, the mention of having a destination wedding in Italy might conjure images of Mediterranean beaches, ancient Roman ruins, or awe-inspiring cathedrals. But the mountainous north of the country can see tons of snow in the winter. Indeed, some of the Alps most celebrated ski resorts are in Italy while the mountain range’s highest peak – Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco – is shared by Italy and France. Of course, even in the most rugged outposts of Alpine Italy, you’re still never too far from the famed vineyards of Piemonte and Friuli, romantic cities such as Venice and Milan, and the country’s utterly Instagram-able coastline. For a scenic and gourmet wedding getaway in the winter, Italy could be you brightest choice.
Are you dreaming of a white wedding this winter? We would love to hear about your ideas on getting married in snowy destinations.
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