Have you been considering a unique place to have a destination wedding? Perhaps you’ve already thought about ice chapel weddings as an option for you and your fiancée. But is it the best choice for you and your guests? Here’s the information you need to decide if ice chapel weddings are something you can get excited about.
First, it’s important to note there are a limited number of locales where ice chapel weddings take place; namely Canada, Sweden, Italy, Iceland and Finland. Of course, with a destination wedding, your guests and wedding party members are required to travel so they should be prepared for this.
Luckily, these destinations are all easily accessible and fairly inexpensive when flying out of the UK but do take into consideration that you may have to help with the travel expenses of some of your guests, if necessary, and that some of them just might not be able to travel the distance required.
Baby It’s Cold Inside
Ice chapel weddings take place in temporary structures that are literally carved out of the ice – then melt when the spring thaw arrives. Although ice hotels do their best to keep all their guests comfortable, the temperature inside will be necessarily cooler than what most people are used to.
If you have invited a lot of elderly guests or family members, you will want to keep them as comfortable as possible. Luckily, most ice hotels offer warm accommodations and you are not required to spend the night in a cold room. The chapel will be cool, but as long as your guests avail themselves of the warm clothing offered by the hotel, they should be just fine.
What about your wedding attire? Whilst you can wear any type of clothing you desire, most couples find it more comfortable to dress in long sleeves, hats and jackets. This is something to think about as you are shopping for a dress and tux.
Pre- and Post-Wedding Packages
Another thing to take into consideration is the type of activities you and your fiancée enjoy. If you love snow skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobile excursions, sledding or just cuddling up in front of a cosy fire with a hot beverage, then you are bound to enjoy ice chapel weddings booked in the height of winter. If, however, you get more excited about hot afternoon strolls on the beach, ice chapel weddings might not be the best choice.
Ice chapel weddings are a wonderful, unique way to exchange vows at an awe-inspiring destination. Whilst perfect for some couples, it’s not always the best choice. Take into consideration these points when thinking about reserving an ice hotel for your wedding.