Recognizing that your wedding day is perhaps the only opportunity you will ever have to throw a party in a remote, isolated volcanic hot spring with a private waterfall, you and your partner decide that this is the perfect time to bring all your unspoken fantasies of Blue Lagoon-style nuptials to life. In Iceland. This is going to be epic. But where do you even begin? How can you make sure that every detail is exactly how you want it? What are the hidden costs of organizing such an unusual event? And what on earth are you going to wear? With only six months until the big day, we checked in with two friends who recently got married at their home in Iceland. Here are their tips for pulling off your dream wedding in Iceland…
Set reasonable expectations
You’ve got your heart set on a Blue Lagoon-style wedding in Iceland – but remember that this is a fantasy. Your wedding will not look like it’s been photoshopped, and you will not be wearing white. In fact, you’ll probably be getting married in your winter coat. Most of the time, it’s best to avoid referencing specific fantasies when making wedding plans. Instead, think about what you want your wedding to represent: do you want it to be more casual or fancy? Quiet or loud? The city or the country? Do you want to emphasize the local culture and weather conditions? Make sure that you’re not setting yourself up for disappointment by thinking too much about specific aesthetics, especially if you’re having your wedding in Iceland. In fact, the more you let go of specific expectations and preferences, the more you’ll be able to appreciate it all as it happens.
Hire a wedding planner
You might think that you could save money by planning your wedding yourself, but you are probably wrong. In addition to being a very stressful way to spend your time, planning a wedding is also an extremely complicated and detailed process that requires a huge amount of research and organization. A professional wedding planner will make sure that absolutely nothing goes wrong, and will save you a lot of unnecessary stress and worry. Wedding planners have extensive experience with the different cultural customs and expectations around weddings in many different places. They will also have valuable contacts and knowledge about potential vendors like local Iceland wedding photographer, venues, and other people you need to hire for the event. Plus, they’ll be more likely to come up with creative solutions to problems as they arise. You will have all the creative control, but none of the stress. If you’re planning a wedding in Iceland, you’ll want a wedding planner who is familiar with the customs and traditions of your specific location.
Don’t skimp on the food
Food is one of the most important aspects of any wedding. It’s what your guests take away from your event the most. It’s the one thing that all guests will experience, at least to some extent, at every wedding they attend. You want your guests to experience the best of local Icelandic cuisine, and you also don’t want anyone to go hungry. This is especially important if your wedding is happening in the dead of winter. Food is one of the things that is easiest to skimp on and save money on, but it shouldn’t be. You don’t want to risk your guests leaving hungry or your food being unmemorable. You want everyone to leave not just with good memories, but with full bellies as well.
Celebrate Iceland’s dark season
You will spend a lot of time researching the best time to have your wedding in Iceland. Many of the most popular times to get married in Iceland are the summer months, when there is ample sunlight and warmer temperatures. However, when you choose the dead of winter, you will experience the season at its fullest and blackest. This is actually one of the best parts of having a wedding in the wintertime. Winter is a magical season in Iceland, one that reflects a lot of the beauty of Icelandic culture and history. It is a time when the country is at its most beautiful, and you will be able to experience it at its fullest. This is especially relevant if you are planning on having a winter wedding in Iceland. In this case, you will want to make sure that you pick a date during the Icelandic winter. The winter season in Iceland runs from October to April, with the darkest season being December to February.
Plan for extreme weather conditions
Iceland is an island surrounded by water, and its weather conditions are notoriously unpredictable and extreme. This is especially true during the winter months, when there is a possibility of snowfall and freezing temperatures almost every day. From October to May, you can expect higher precipitation, lower temperatures, and a lot of gray and foggy days. This is especially true during the December to February period, also known as the Icelandic winter. When you are planning your wedding in Iceland during this dark season, you need to be prepared for a lot of uncertainty. That said, you can prepare for these circumstances by keeping a flexible attitude and open communication with your guests. For example, you could create a plan to keep your ceremony indoors, but a plan to move it outside if weather conditions improve.
Set up campgrounds for your guests
If you are having your wedding in Iceland in the wintertime, you will likely need to find accommodations for your guests. One of the best ways to do this is to set up campgrounds for your guests near the venue. This is especially helpful for out-of-town guests who will have little control over their travel conditions. You can set up campgrounds at a nearby farm, or even on your own property. If you are having your wedding near the Blue Lagoon, you can also set up campgrounds at the nearby hotel. There are also many companies that specialize in setting up campgrounds for large groups of people. It’s especially important to plan accommodations for out-of-town guests if you are getting married in the winter. During this season, the majority of people who live in Iceland will be indoors, possibly for several weeks. You don’t want your guests to miss out on your special day just because they have nowhere to stay.
Elopement in Iceland
If you are on a tight budget, or if you just want to keep things simple, an elopement in Iceland is the perfect solution. You can get married anywhere in Iceland, even at a random spot in the middle of nowhere. You can even get legally married at the Blue Lagoon if you want to incorporate some of that spa magic into your elopement. Once you are married, you can have the most remote, private wedding ever in the middle of an Icelandic winter. You can even incorporate your favorite Icelandic traditions into your elopement, such as drinking fermented goats’ milk and throwing coins into a hot spring. Now that’s a unique wedding story! You can also celebrate your marriage in the summer, when there is plenty of sunlight and warmer temperatures. You can choose to have a small elopement ceremony, or you can have a more formal wedding with friends and family present.