Insider’s Guide: White winter weddings in Lapland

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For anyone who has ever been dreaming of the ultimate white wedding in a winter wonderland wedding paradise, you can now turn your dream into a reality. Inghams work closely with Sun and Snow Weddings, and give you a pick-n-mix choice of different wedding elements to make your dream day come true.

We offer a wide selection of venues in Levi, Saariselkä and Ylläs; including a choice of ice chapels decorated with beautifully illuminated ice art, or a fell-top location in a Northern Lights lodge, and even the possibility of arriving at your wedding in a reindeer-drawn sleigh or by private snowmobile. The day can then be followed by a memorable overnight stay for the bridal couple in a luxury thermal glass igloo, or several days in a cosy log cabin, complete with en suite sauna and open fireplace.

We have worked for several winters with a Lapland wedding specialist with over 10 years and 800 weddings experience. The owners, Ruth and Lari Niemi, are a British/ Finnish couple who are as passionate as we are ourselves about making your dream a reality.

They know all our properties and the venues for your wedding ceremony intimately, and they will be your point of contact for arranging all your wedding details. They handle all the legalities and paperwork with you, and one of their expert team will be with you of course throughout your big day.

Whether travelling just as couples or with larger groups of family and friends, our winter wonderland weddings in Lapland are offered as:

  • 3 or 4-night short breaks in December
  • 7-night activity holidays at any time from early December to late March or Easter

Thanks to the pick-n-mix style of all the different wedding options from choice of ceremony (religious vs. civil), choice of ceremony venue, choice of reception venue and choice of honeymoon suite, you can have the winter wonderland wedding that you and your partner have been dreaming of...

 

In a glittering ice palace

Glittering ice palace

In the style of true glamour and luxury, you can now live out your dream fairytale white wedding in a glittering and fabulous Ice Chapel palace. The snow and ice chapel, a staggering feat of engineering, is lit up with a thousand twinkling lights and flickering flames that dance off the glistening ice art work on the walls, and your walk down the aisle, surrounded by candles, will be the one your family and friends remember forever.

The ice chapel is truly like no other place on earth and its design changes every year, and is the set up for a unique wedding with snow and ice underfoot. Approximately room for 60 guests, the interior of the chapel comes with the possibility of personalisation (to an extent), allowing you to tailor-make your dream ice palace wedding. You could include centrepieces, reindeer hides and warm blankets to keep your guests warm, as well as candles, music and more.

If you’re looking for an icy fairytale themed wedding then the ice chapel is the one for you. Layer your wedding dress with faux fur bustles, gemstones and satin, and don’t forget your tiara!

 

Under the fiery Northern Lights

Under the fiery Northern Lights

Witnessing the dancing and stunning Northern Lights in the snowy white north sit on plenty of peoples’ bucket lists as one of the key things they want to witness during their lives. Why not tie your wedding day in with witnessing this breathtaking spectacle?

It’ll be a whole experience combined. A union with your partner for life, while witnessing an once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon is something that fairytales and stories are made from. Even if the lights don’t make an appearance, gazing up at the star studded night skies in all their crystal clarity is a fantastic start to your lifetime together.

The ceremony can take place in several different places where an uninterrupted view of the Northern Lights is possible as you exchange your vows including a fell-top Northern Lights viewing lodge, a cosy traditional kota tucked into the snowy wilderness, or a glass-roofed igloo.

 

An intimate, fireside affair...

An intimate fireside affair

In a small, intimate wooden cabin tucked away into the great wilderness of Lapland, you can spend your special day in this cosy space surrounded by your closest loved ones, a thousand flickering candles, next to a roaring fire while you exchange your vows and perhaps even step outside to see the dancing Northern Lights.

A traditional Sami kota hut is a shaped with a pointed roof and features a mesmerising open fire hearth at the centre of it all. Perfect for cuddling under a blanket with your new partner after the ceremony, while the snow falls outside across an untouched wilderness landscape.

Perfect for those who are looking for the cosy winter and Christmas themed wedding, and even better for those who just want a small and intimate ceremony and away from the hustle and bustle of reality.

 

Add some special guests!

Anyone who knows a thing or two about Lapland probably also knows that a certain, furry, four-hoofed friend is never far away...

Add some special guests

Reindeer are a pinnacle symbol, motif and living, breathing beast that build up the rich culture in Lapland. A gentle, docile and obedient animal, you can have a grand entrance to your wedding in a sleigh pulled by a reindeer (enough room for 2 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child), while wrapped up warm in furs and blankets. If you have children at the ceremony and reception, they will absolutely delight in the occasion!

Add some special guests

Or perhaps you would much rather a husky sled entry to your wedding! However you want to show up to the ceremony, be it reindeer sleigh, husky sled, or even a snowmobile train, we can tailor-make your wedding to suit your interests.

You can also arrange for your guests to enjoy reindeer sleigh rides after the ceremony so everyone gets a chance to meet Rudolf the reindeer and capture some magical wedding photographs.

 

A reception to remember...

A reception to remember

Many of these fantastic Lapland wedding venues might be a little too small to hold a proper reception dinner or party in following the ceremony, but there is a variety of alternative venues for the wedding party to travel to.

For a particularly cool wedding reception, you could host the party in the Ice Bar, where classically ice cold cocktails are served. Lit up with cool colours and frosty surfaces glittering, your celebratory champagne will always stay frosty!

If a romantic candlelit dinner is what you want for the evening of your wedding, then the Snow Village offers a log cabin restaurant as an alternative venue for those who are seeking something a little cosier. Serving delicious traditional, yet contemporary Lapland cuisine, the restaurant is a great destination for a wedding feast!

The Panorama restaurant in Levi has a function room overlooking its ski resort for you and your bridal party. It’s possible to arrange a spread with your chosen them across it; whether you’re after an icy winter wonderland theme with candles, icy blues, crystals and silver trimmings... or perhaps you’re looking for a cosy Christmas theme with plenty of warm reds, spruce twigs, rich golden candlelight and a roaring fire.

There are a further selection of restaurants and venues across the area that can prepare wedding reception parties for smaller numbers, including a cosy Christmas-cabin themed reception in a Sami kota hut, complete with a roaring fire and the snowy wilderness beyond, or a comfortable yet traditional Lapland dinner for your closest friends and family.

 

A romantic retreat...

At the end of the day, the bride and groom have got a variety of different bridal and honeymoon suites to have a romantic retreat to.

A romantic retreat

The famous glass-roofed igloos at Saariselkä give you a chance of seeing the Northern Lights from your bed, and you can fall asleep gazing up at the starry night sky. But they also provide extremely comfortable, warm, private and cosy accommodation with a bathroom in the igloo and a small kitchenette.

Whereas, a cosy log cabin or apartment is the ultimate love nest with a warm bed, roaring open fire place, champagne and your own private sauna. And outside, you’ll be surrounded by the glittering white snow.

Ylläs Log Cabins

For those who really want to try something alternative for their first night together, then the magnificent Ice Hotel gives you the opportunity to sleep underneath furs and thermal blankets in a chamber entirely made up of ice and illuminated with sparkling reflective lights. Every year the unique snow and ice artwork inside the hotel is unique, so no two visits are the same and couples that brave the icy chambers at night are treated to a morning sauna!

Ylläs Laianio Snowhotel

Alternatively we have suites in excellent value spa hotels and family log cabins to suit your needs whatever the size of your group.

If you would like to make your winter wonderland wedding come true, then please don’t hesitate to give our wedding coordinators a call today. 01483 79 11 01.

We are taking bookings now for 2016/17 season. Time to start planning and looking forward to your snow-white wedding in Lapland.

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