Imposing mountain ranges, radiant blue lakes and charming alpine villages are just a few of the defining features of Switzerland, a country renowned for its breathtaking natural splendor. It’s a place where time stands still and stress dissipates, and a part of the world where the exchange of vows is just magical.
And while Switzerland is a year-round destination, there’s something about a winter wedding here that feels distinctly otherworldly. If you’re in the early planning stages, leave the sparkling snow and unbridled romance of a Swiss winter influence where you choose to say I do. Venue options abound, ranging from a rustic cabin ceremony surrounded by glowing candles and twinkling lights, to one of the country’s many luxury hotels for an evening of extravagance and charm.
Coming up, six reasons why Switzerland is the perfect location for a winter wedding – plus an overview of the properties, planners, and vendors who can help make your special day unforgettable.
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The pristine mountain views
Whatever the time of year, couples can count on unparalleled views at a wedding in Switzerland. With breathtaking mountainous landscapes, picturesque villages and crystal-clear lakes, it’s no wonder the country is a coveted place to get married. Throughout the winter season, the landscape transforms into a cozy wonderland, with sparkling snow and an overall sense of magic.
The best advice: Use the beautiful setting for every moment of your nuptials, from an outdoor ceremony in the snow to a reception in a cabin with panoramic views. Wedding designers like GAEA.Design in Jungfrau and eventfieber in Engadin St. Moritz can help you find the perfect backdrop.
With a wintery and snowy backdrop, the unique opportunity to create memorable and immersive wedding decorating moments. You can glide down an outdoor walkway lined with sprigs of seasonal flora and clusters of glowing candles nestled in elegant lanterns. Indoors at the reception, treat your guests to whimsical table setting courtesy of creative vendors like Passiflora with delicate glassware and beautiful centerpieces.
The best advice: Bring the exterior with white locks and delicate crystal. Experts like eventfieber and Passiflora are masters of visual beauty.
Swiss charm of yesteryear
While awe-inspiring mountains and perfect lakes are the first details that catch your eye, look further and you will discover rich historical sites and venues well suited for a winter wedding. In Egadin St. Moritz, alongside places like Hotel Restorant Lej da Staz, you can explore a network of romantic churches and chapels from a bygone era, each with a unique story to tell.
The best advice: Increase the romance factor with a horse-drawn sleigh ride – the storybook town of Engadin St. Moritz, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, is, in a nutshell, unforgettable.
Place options that span centuries
If you are considering a rustic setting for your wedding, the Swiss selection of cozy venues will give you plenty of options, like the Boutique Hotel Glacier, an idyllic 28-room chalet-style hotel that offers distinctive, personalized stays and incredible cuisine. But if you are looking for opulence and grandeur, you will also have the choice of luxury hotels located in romantic surroundings. The wide array of wedding venues across the country is one of the many reasons couples choose to celebrate their big day. here.
The best advice: Explore your options, each with its own breathtaking view, from upscale hotels to secluded huts, to plan a ceremony and reception that honors the country’s history and modern beauty.
Few destinations can offer exhilarating winter wedding activities like paragliding, bungee jumping and a helicopter ride, but Switzerland can. Areas such as the Jungfrau region are like an adult playground and are ideal for couples looking for a thrill. And with area event planners like GAEA.Design who can bring in-depth knowledge of your options to help turn your vision into reality, planning can be as elegant and exciting as the event itself.
Superior council: Hire a photographer like Dominik Baur who knows the area and can recommend thrills that will photograph well.
Internationally renowned service
Globetrotter couples may already be familiar with Switzerland’s reputation as a top-notch service destination. When you’re high in the mountains, working with locals who know the landscape like their backs is a must. Seasoned event planners such as eventfieber in Engadin St. Moritz and GAEA.Design in the Jungfrau region have a roster of creative and talented vendors who can personalize and perfect your vision for a winter wedding in Switzerland.
Superior council: Work with a planner who knows the ins and outs of specific regions to tap into all the local vendors who know how to make a Switzerland wedding uniquely Swiss (and uniquely amazing).
Credits for Engadin St. Moritz
Concept, Planning, Design event fiber; Photography Dominique Baur; Flowers Passionflower; Rentals event fiber / Options Switzerland / rent-a-lounge; Models Managing Biba models / Antonella Carfi / Danilo Noschese; Hairdressing and makeup Haaroase; Dress 2 La Lune AG; Combination Alferano; Stationary Your sign; Destination Weddings in Switzerland / Engadine St. Moritz; Premises Hotel Restaurant Lej da Staz / Romantik Muottas Muragl Hotel; Videography Bird image / INCOMING
Credits for the Jungfrau region
Design, planning, styling, floral design and installation GAEA.Design; Location and dishes Glacier boutique hotel; Destination Jungfrau / Maennlichen region; Models Carmela Bonomi / Alex Barden; Reconcile Linda Musacchio; Rentals Blasto atmosphere; Dress Leaf and Lace; Combination enilin; Pictures Dominique Baur; Napkins & Plates Rental of tablecloths; Second dress Zoro; Second costume in line