Let It Snow – Winter Wonderland Wedding Venues

06/12/2013 | 0

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Winter weddings can be wonderfully romantic. There’s nothing more delightful than a crisp, bright wintertime wedding morning with frosty ground crunching underfoot while white puffs of smoke billow upwards from chimney tops and Christmas fairy lights twinkle all around. 

 

If the idea of looking out over snowy grounds on your big day fills you with delight, go one step further and consider a real winter wonderland wedding in Lapland, fit for a snow queen.

 

Go into the wild for your wedding (or the Artic Circle to be precise!), where soft snow silences the surrounding forests and translucent icicles hang precariously from every inch of rooftop. Embrace the calm and blissful tranquility while breathing in the pure fresh air and catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights dancing across the night skies whilst sipping on a hot toddy.

 

Doesn’t this sound idyllic? What about arriving by reindeer sleigh and tying the knot inside an ice chapel on your wedding day? If being a real life Snow White on your special day sounds like heaven, the beyond-beautiful ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland and the picture postcard Kakslauttanen Hotel and Igloo Village in Finnish Lapland could be the wedding destinations for you…and an unforgettable expedition for your wedding guests too.

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ICEHOTEL – Sweden:

“ICEHOTEL is the world’s first and largest hotel built of snow and ice and it is situated in Jukkasjärvi, a small village in Northern Sweden with 1,100 residents and 1,000 dogs. Each winter, some 50,000 visitors from all over the world come to see ICEHOTEL to experience the tranquility, the northern lights and all of the activities offered in Europe’s last wilderness 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.”

 

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“ICEHOTEL covers 5,500 square meters and is constructed from 1,000 tonnes of Torne River ice and 30,000 tons of “snice”, a mixture of snow and ice that strengthens the structure. Around 100 people are involved in the construction of ICEHOTEL, half of which are artists especially invited to design particular areas of the hotel. The construction is a year-round process. Between March and April, 5,000 tons of ice is harvested from the Torne River and kept in cold storage during spring and summer. Construction takes place in November and December and the entire ICEHOTEL is then open between December and mid-April, when everything begins to slowly melt and return to the Torne River.”

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“ICEHOTEL is beautiful and ephemeral, changing yet consistent. Every ICEHOTEL is special. Thanks to the work of visiting artists and designers from around the world, it is always a unique attraction. With innovative and modern design; technical know-how and architecture, ICEHOTEL is a project with high ambitions that leaves no one indifferent.”

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Getting married at ICEHOTEL

“Couples from all over the world come to the Ice Church. Children from near and far are being baptized here. And couples that are already married can have their marriage blessed in the beautiful Ice Church. The unique experience of the place, the ice, the snow and the almost unreal surroundings at ICEHOTEL leave no one indifferent. And perhaps the shared memory and experience becomes even stronger for the very reason that the church is perishable. When no architectural memento exists, the memories and the vows exchanged are especially cherished.

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“The Ice Church only exists between December and April. On Christmas Day each year the Ice Church is consecrated by the Swedish Church. The Ice Church can accommodate 35 to 45 people. The planning time varies from a few months to a couple of years. We recommend that you contact us well before it’s time. In terms of clothes everything from a traditional wedding dress to a snowmobile suit works. A good advice is to think warm.”

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“ICEHOTEL also offers the possibility of having a civil marriage – perhaps in one of our beautiful art suites or in the breathtaking Main Hall. In the summer couples can get married with us under the beautiful midnight sun, or in the Jukkasjärvi church, the oldest wooden chapel in Lapland.”

 

“Although our Ice Church returns to the river in spring, love is eternal.” – ICEHOTEL.com

 

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Kakslauttanen Hotel and Igloo Village – Finland:

“Hotel Kakslauttanen is located in the Saariselkä fell area amidst beautiful Lapland scenery in the vicinity if Urho Kekkonen National Park.”

 

“We have 40 first-class log cabins, out of which five are queen suites, one honeymoon turf chamber and one traditional Lappish farmer log house. The cabins are located sufficiently far apart and each cabin enjoys its own peaceful garden area.”

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“We have the world’s largest smoke sauna, equipped with its own restaurant, the main building log house restaurant, two exotic Lapishtent restaurants and a charming snow restaurant. In winter we offer a possibility to stay overnight in a traditional snow igloo or a unique futuristic glass igloo, where you can admire the northern lights in a normal room temperature under the glass ceiling. Igloo Village is also home to snow chapel and an ice bar both built every winter. Igloo Village is open every year from December/January and until the end of April.”

 

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“In the winter time we offer husky safaris, snowmobile safaris, reindeer safaris and ice-fishing trips as well as guided ski treks. The Saariselkä ski trail network of over 180km passes right by the hotel. You can rent cross-country skis from the hotel. Saariselkä ski slopes are just 10 km from the hotel and regular bus transportation is arranged between the hotel and the slopes. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are visible from late August to late April. You may also visit Sampo ice-breaker, the only ice-breaker in the world open to tourists.”

 

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Getting married at Kakslauttanen

“A wedding ceremony in a small romantic wooden chapel, in an incredibly beautiful snow chapel, on Ukonkivi, the holy island of Sami people on Lake Inari or on a top of a fell under the magical midnight sun will make your marriage ceremony truly special and unforgettable. You decide – it’s your day when dreams come true. Kakslauttanen is also a perfect place to renew your vows or to spend your magical honeymoon.”

 

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“We have arranged weddings in Lapland for already more than ten years. Our expertise ensures that your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible. Our own wedding co-ordinator will guide you through the process and double as a master of ceremony at the time of your wedding.” – Kakslauttanen.fi

 

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What unique wedding venues! Do you love the idea of a wilderness wedding and the chance to sleep under the Arctic stars on your wedding night?

 

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