When it comes to traveling in Iceland, there are a few things you may need to consider ahead of time, including what clothes to bring, where to stay, how to get around, and, because it’s so far north, knowing how sunny it may be during the “night” hours you know.
Getting a grip on these initial items are a great start, however, if you’re taking things one step further down the travel aisle and, for example, planning a wedding in the land of ice and midnight sun, there are a thousands tips out there from previous couples who married in the North Atlantic island nation available for you to follow to ensure your wedding goes smoothly and you have the wedding of your icy dreams.
No matter where you live, given its primarily native and pretty small population, it’s probably a safe bet that it’s not Iceland.
If you’re planning a destination style wedding to this magical land, taking a page from those who have explored this last wedding frontier, it’s a good idea to hire an Iceland Wedding Planner from the beginning. This way, you ensure the wedding is planned nearly perfectly the first time, with no mistakes to come back to freeze plans on your wedding day.
What’s more, your wedding planner knows Iceland, so, whether it’s in the hidden caves or atop a majestic plateau along the contiental divide, an expert, professional planner will know what you need for events in different locations, as well as how to get it for you.
Particular people, especially brides, may have a hard time letting go of control of planning the logistics leading up to their special day, but it’s hard to plan a wedding when you’re further from home than Dorothy and expected to put on as good as a display at the Emerald City.
Fret not, though, and let a wedding planner take those fussy details off your gold leafed plate. You won’t regret it!
Whether the weather be good or bad…
From checking out possible road conditions potentially posing big problems for your guests traveling to the wedding, like if the airports are closed due to a storm, volcanic activity, or the amount of daylight at that time of year, you’ll need to do your research before you start planning to put your wedding on ice.
The good news is, all of the prospective issues surrounding these sometimes harsh realities in Iceland can be accounted for and reconciled: the amount of daylight you have available will depend on the month of the year; and, if you start early enough, reservations for your party shouldn’t be a problem. The last thing you want is to plan an outside wedding, only to have a dark snowstorm or rush visit in full surprise effect when you get there.
Check out all of the legal requirements
While couples from all over the world can marry in Iceland, and the union will be legal in their own countries when they return home, there are a few legal requirements you should know about before you’re all on board with this destination affair. To start:
- Prepare and send your paperwork at least five days before your wedding;
- Be at least 18 years of age and not be related to your future spouse by adoption, blood, or marriage;
- Don’t forget the needed paperwork, including birth certificates, certificates of marital status, passports, witness forms, and flight tickets, to name a few of the essentials.
Arrive at least two days prior to your wedding
As if you don’t have enough on your list thus far, don’t forget to request your time from work because you’ll need to be in Iceland at least two business days before your wedding. This buffer time, of sorts, is meant to accommodate time for the rest of the administrative aspects of the wedding.
That said, in case there are any unanticipated matters or lingering red tape, it’s best to get to Iceland as soon as possible.
Dress for the occasion
To say the very least, getting married in Iceland is not the same as getting married in a tropical location. To this end, you’ll want to make sure that you (and your guests!) have the proper footwear, coats, hats, gloves, and attitude to weather the wedding – whether it be ‘Niceland’ for the big day or not!
These are just a few of the tips you should follow when planning your destination wedding in Iceland. Remember, a wedding planner that knows Iceland will be invaluable at this time, so don’t delay: plan for your wedding, work with a team, and get on your way to getting married in Iceland today!