Turning your wedding into an overseas adventure is an excellent way to make it as memorable as possible. There are so many magical locations in the world to choose from that can completely change the feel of your wedding. The time of year can also have an effect, and the snowy winter months can be a beautiful time to head overseas to get hitched – or you can escape the UK’s rain for a sunnier location. Here are five locations abroad that are perfect for winter weddings.


Geysers, volcanoes and, if you’re lucky, the northern lights. Iceland doesn’t feel so much like a different country as it does like another planet. It’s for this reason that it makes a unique and enchanting location to hold your wedding. Couples can wed in snow-covered churches or in one of the hotels complete with Scandinavian stylings. Outside of the wedding, the newlyweds and their guests can visit the dramatic waterfall Gulfoss, swim in the geothermally heated Blue Lagoon or explore the country’s capital of Reykjavik.

Tyrol, Austria

If you and your beloved want your wedding photos to be characterised by beautiful, snowcapped mountains then Austria is an ideal location in which to hold your winter nuptials. Tyrol, a state nestled in the Austrian Alps, is a popular area for winter sports enthusiasts, so it is an excellent choice if you and your partner enjoy skiing or snowboarding. It is also an inspiring location for history and folk traditions. There are a range of excellent wedding venues in the region, including the Swarovski Kristallwelten and various chapels and hotels in the mountains.

New York City, United States

For people who prefer the sight of towering skyscrapers to mountain ranges, New York City can be a magical location. Plus, you may feel more sheltered from the elements within a city. During the winter months, New York can often be sprinkled with snow, giving your urban wedding day a delightfully atmospheric touch. If you plan your wedding for the Christmas period, the city will also be adorned with lights and decorations for a festive feel. There are plenty of inspiring locations for a wedding in New York*, with Belvedere Castle in Central Park being one of the most beautiful.


There are many reasons why people get married in winter but the promise of snow and ice isn’t always one of them. If you want to escape the cold but don’t want to travel too far then you could walk down the aisle on the isle of Cyprus. The sub-tropical Mediterranean island promises warmth – and hopefully sun – all year round. If you want your wedding photos on the beach, perhaps with some palm trees in the background, then Cyprus can deliver. You could even hold your wedding in a pretty hotel that faces onto the beach, such as Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol or the Alexander the Great Hotel in Paphos.

Lapland, Finland

For the ultimate Christmastime wedding experience, then Lapland in northern Finland is the best place. You can be transported to and from your wedding across snowy landscapes on a reindeer sleigh for a particularly magical festive touch. There are a range of winter fairytale locations in Lapland, such as the Ice Castle near Levi or the glass igloo village in Saariselka. Within the Lapland region, there are opportunities for winter sports, snowmobile rides and, at night, you may be fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights.

A winter wedding abroad can be a unique and unforgettable experience. To protect your perfectly planned big day, it might be worth taking out insurance. At The Insurance Emporium, our Tweakable Overseas Wedding cover comes with a range of Standard Benefits including cover for Essential Documents, which is worth up to £5,000 on Diamond policies. If you are taking your wedding adventure abroad and think this could be useful, contact the Insurance Emporium today!


*Please note that our Overseas Wedding policies do not cover for Public Liability on Weddings and Receptions taking place in the USA and Canada.

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