There you are engaged, starry-eyed and in love debating on destination wedding locations… When you stumble over the idea of having your wedding in Iceland! Is it even possible? Do people actually get married in Iceland? Of course it is! We did it and now specialize in planning and photographing weddings for other amazing couples in Iceland! Okay, so now that we have you super excited that it’s possible, contact us for more information on being your wedding planner and Iceland wedding photographers!
This week’s post is an expansion from the article we originally wrote for Wedding Photo USA in June 2012 entitled “Best Destination Wedding Tips for Obscure Locations.” We feel that whether we’re involved in your big day or not, the advice below is priceless if you’re planning on getting married in Iceland. Today we begin a two part series on advice for planning your Iceland destination wedding. Here is our 10 out of 20 Iceland wedding planning tips for this week!
1.) Give yourself an absolute minimum of 6 months to plan your destination wedding in Iceland. If you’re planning to elope in Iceland, plan for a minimum of 4 months before. To insure your Iceland wedding dream spot is available book 12-16 months before your date.
2.) Apply for a credit card that offers free foreign transactions. When we were planning our Iceland destination wedding, we chose the Chase Sapphire Card. We earned points for every dollar we spent while avoiding that 3% transaction fee on every international purchase. This savings on your Iceland wedding budget can be put towards that epic honeymoon!
3.) Fully explore all of the possible locations you could hold your Iceland ceremony. Maybe on top of a Glacier? In the middle of lava fields? Seljalandsfoss Waterfall? Vik Beach? Gulfoss? Ranga River? Lake Mývatn? Dettifoss Waterfall? In an Icelandic country church? Downtown Reykjavik? Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon? In one of Iceland’s many gorgeous canyons? In front of a basalt rock formation? The natural wonders for Iceland wedding venues are endless, so think hard on where you see yourself getting married.
4.) Do your research on the time of year you want to marry in Iceland. The amount of daylight varies depending on the day/month so be mindful. Iceland can range from 4 hours to 22 hours of daylight a day. We have a fantastic post here on the “Best Time to Marry in Iceland.” Also check out one of our favorite sites: Time & Date for specific information on how many hours of daylight you may have on your proposed Iceland wedding date.
5.) Currently you do not need a “permit” to marry at any of Iceland’s natural wonders.
6.) Make sure you’re in Iceland at least 2 business days before your wedding date. In order to obtain your Iceland marriage license, you must be in the country 2 business days before you get married. Hard copies of the documents are due 2-3 weeks before you arrive in Iceland. Please keep this in mind as you finalize your travel plans.
7.) Trip Advisor, Google Images, and Wikipedia are magnificent tools for understanding where things are in Iceland and what they look like as you plan your Iceland wedding adventure.
8.) When you’re getting ready to send out your Iceland wedding Invitations, create a wedding website detailing your chosen location, your booked flight information, Iceland wedding host hotel information, activities you want to do, coupon or booking codes, and your week/end Iceland wedding schedule so guests are comfortable booking ASAP. Send your Iceland wedding website URL with your wedding invitation.
9.) Change it up by having a “Love Letter Ceremony” in place of a sand ceremony, unity candle or tying the knot ceremony. It is very unique and will provide a very special moment for you both then and years later.
10.) If you plan to say “I do” at one of Iceland’s gorgeous waterfalls (like Seljalandsfoss Waterfall) we recommend renting a sound system with a wireless microphone. It is tough to compete the roar of a epic waterfall in the background. Having a sound system insures every word is heard and that music can be included in your ceremony.
We hope you have enjoyed our post today on tips for getting married in Iceland! Stay tuned next week for the remaining segment on this wonderful topic! (If you’re just joining us see the continuation to this post at 20 Tips for Planning Your Iceland Wedding (Part 2 of 2)).
Our wedding photo inspiration today comes from a dreamy engagement session by Photos by Miss Ann. The e-session took place on the grounds of the beautiful Michigan State University campus. Jen and Jamie met living right across the street from each other. How fun that Jamie is marrying his “girl next door!” They spent many of their days at the Starbucks around the corner; hand in hand all around the campus, picnicking and reading books in the gardens together, it was there that their love bloomed. So it was appropriate we went back to the sites of where it all began for their e-session. They were so sweet to photograph and we are so very excited to be a part of their June 2014 wedding day at the Northville Hills Golf Club! Enjoy these romantic engagement images!
With a smile, Ann & Chris Peters
Husband & Wife Iceland Wedding Planning and Photography Team
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