What’s a winter wedding without some snow mimicking the icing on your three-tier cake?
There’s something undeniably perfect about sheaves of snow descending from storybook cottages, mountains and glades painted white by winter’s masterful strokes. For a couple who met during a ski trip or bonded over their shared love of icy climes, there can be nothing better than a snow-filled winter wedding. Perhaps that’s why Monaco’s royal heir Andrea Casiraghi and his wife Tatiana Santo Domingo tied the knot in a dreamy snow-themed ceremony at Gstaad, nestled in the Swiss Alps. We bring you five other destinations (in no particular order) that pay the grandest tribute to the season of hot cocoa, frosty windows and puddings.
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada, USA
Mark Twain called it the ‘fairest picture the whole world affords’. We’re not sure if it was during winter or summer that elicited these words of praise, but Lake Tahoe is definitely a breathtaking sight in the winter. Located along the border between California and Nevada, the lake is dotted with picturesque resorts, many of which offer competitive wedding packages. If you plan it right, you might be able to take an open sleigh ride to the wedding venue. The bride and groom can take a one-horse sleigh, while guests board larger ones that are pulled by a group of majestic horses with shiny manes. Or, everyone can latch on a pair of skis and swoosh along the snow to the grand venue.
Siddhartha Joshi, an industrial designer and travel blogger at sid-thewanderer.com, travelled there with his partner and has these recommendations to make, “Though during winters Tahoe is a hot spot for adventure enthusiasts, in summers it’s a perfect romantic getaway for couples. Despite the coolness of its pristine alpine waters, the white sand beaches of Lake Tahoe are great for walks in the evening followed by an intimate dinner at a lakeside restaurant along with some locally produced wine. While you are at it, do plan a visit to the nearby El Dorado County for some wine tasting with your loved one.”
Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Imagine saying ‘I do’ at a rustic mountain lodge in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, with winter winds adding a becoming flush to your cheeks. A snowy wedding at Yoho National Park’s Emerald Lake Lodge will give your guests something to remember and possibly, emulate. Cosy cabin-style accommodations, live bands and dancing at a restaurant ringed by a clear lake and blue-tipped snow mountains and an unearthly viewpoint equipped for ceremonies make this a fairy tale wedding destination.
Deep into the Swedish Lapland is a hotel made entirely of ice and snow. It stands to reason that it’s a seasonal hotel, open only from December 23 to the end of April. The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden is the world’s largest and is renowned for its view of the Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights. Here, say your sacred vows in the Ice Church and experience the marvels of polar expedition sleeping bags laid over smooth reindeer skins.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, French Alps
At the confluence of France, Switzerland and Italy lies a commune tailor-made for stunning winter weddings. Chamonix, an alpine skiing retreat is situated at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps. The area is studded with picturesque resorts that offer everything from chalet-style architecture to modern palaces and outdoor country tents to suit every couple’s tastes. Post wedding, you can get your heart racing with adventure sports like mountain biking, rock climbing and river rafting.
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