How to See the Northern Lights during your Iceland Wedding

Northern lights better known as the Aurora Borealis can be seen in hand full of different countries in the world. Those countries include Iceland (of course),Greenland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Northern Canada and in the US state of Alaska. Basically all of the counties based on the top part of the globe, or the Northern Hemisphere.
In this blog we will give you all of the details as of what causes the exquisite mystical lights and why they are mostly seen in these countries. We will discuss their myths and as a bonus we will also be sharing Iceland’s most famous lullaby and we will even translate the lyrics to the eerie yet breathtakingly beautiful song. The song was originally created for a play in 1911.

What causes the Northern Lights?

What causes the Northern Lights you ask? In short, our sun! The longer winded version causes for a lot of science talk. The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles, electrons and protons, released from the sun’s atmosphere.

Thankfully there is a more understandable version of what causes the Northern Lights. Basically, our sun has solar storms that causes flaming plasma to be blown towards Earth. The Earth is protected by a magnetic iron sphere which blocks these solar storms and causes them to bounce back into space. Our magnetic sphere also known as the magnetic field is shaped like an infinity sign (or a parallel figure eight) which travels through the middle of the globe. Sometimes the magnetic field bounces the solar storms towards the two poles of the Earth, the North and South poles. The polar opposite poles are the weakest points of the magnetic field. It is here where small amounts of the sun’s plasma particles reach the Earth´s atmosphere.

Once the plasma reaches our Earths atmosphere the plasma particles collide with gas particles. These collisions emit light that we perceive as the dancing lights of the north (and the south). Different gas particles are found a various depths within the Earth´s atmosphere, and these gases will emit different colours of light when their particles are excited (interacting with the sun´s plasma). The most popular, and most frequently seen, are green Northern Lights, which are caused by the abundance of oxygen particles in the atmosphere.
Due to contrary beliefs, the Northern Lights do not just happen during the winter and at night. The Northern Lights can be happening at all times of the day; only you cannot see them due to daylight.

Unfortunately, the Northern Lights are almost impossible to predict there for no one can promise you that you will experience them during your stay in Iceland. Which is why we recommend a few days stay while hunting for the Northern Lights as Iceland is know for its constantly changing weather. The Northern light can not be seen while it is raining.

 

Getting married under the Northern Lights

We get a lot of inquires about getting married under neath the Northern Lights.  Unfortunately the chances of you saying “I do” under the Northern Lights are very slim.  Here are the following reasons.

  1. The predictability of the lights can only be estimated a few days before they are due to arrive.  Even then there is not a 100% chance seeing as we can not predict how our magnetic field will react to the solar storms.
  2. You would need to have make sure every one involved (i.e celebrant, Iceland wedding photographer, guests) are ready to be “on call” when the lights do show up.
  3. On the same note as above, seeing as the Northern Lights are only at night any where from 8pm to 5am this can result in up charges from Iceland Wedding vendors and upset guests (because of the unpredictability factor).
  4. Capturing images of the Northern Lights can be quite tricky, depending on the skill set of your Iceland Wedding Photographer.  In order to capture the lights one would require a tripod and / or shinning a quick light on the subject during a longer exposure.  Some photographers even cheat and add the Northern Lights in post processing.  Make sure your Iceland Wedding Photographer is capable of getting the look and style you seek.

If you dream of having the Northern Lights during your Iceland Wedding or Iceland Elopement we would advice you to not plan around the lights.  Rather, stay a few days longer with only your Iceland Wedding Photographer on call.  Who knows.. They might even grace you with their presence during your Iceland Wedding Reception.

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Tips for the Best Chances to See Northern Lights

In order to see the Northern Lights in all their glory there are a few guidelines on should follow.Ca

1. The Northern Light season starts in mid September and can be seen til until early April.

2. We recommend driving away from all light pollution, such as cities, towns, and street lights.

3. Before going on an adventurous hunt for the Northern Lights we recommend checking the weather forecast. In order to see the Northern Lights there needs to be little to no clouds. We usually use the following websites for Iceland. Belgingur.is and Vedur.is

4. Dress accordingly. Icelandic winter nights are quite cold, especially after a long day exploring our beautiful country.

5.We highly recommend bringing a thermos with hot chocolate and a blanket to snuggle under. How romantic right?

As promised, HERE you can listen to Iceland’s famous lullaby. Followed by the translation:
Sleep, my young love.
Outside the rain is weeping.
Mummy is watching over your treasure,
an old bone and a round case.
We should not stay awake through dim nights.

There is much that darkness knows,
my mind is heavy.
Often I saw black sand
burning the green meadow.
In the glacier cracks are rumbling deep as death.

Sleep for a long time, sleep quietly,
it is best to wake up late.
Sorrow will teach you soon,
while the day is quickly decaying,
that men love, lose, cry and mourn.

Translation by Marc Moreau

Would you like to plan your Iceland Wedding or Iceland Elopement with us in hopes to see the Northern Lights? We can not promise you that you will see them but we can promise you a very memorable adventurous experience. Contact US now and we can start planning today!

How to have a Waterfall Wedding in Iceland.

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How many waterfalls does Iceland have?  The easier answer is over ten thousand, however no one really knows exactly how many waterfalls are in Iceland.  As the glaciers melt, as erosion changes the geological landscape, and as riverbeds overflow and divert to lower ground, waterfalls are disappearing and appearing everyday.  In Iceland a significant number of homes obtain their electricity from hydro-dams; which convert the power created by the strong currents of the waterfalls to electrical energy.   At Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons, not only do we view the waterfalls as sources of renewable energy, we see them as perfect locations to say ‘I do’.
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                  Iceland’s most known Waterfalls

Along the Icelandic South Coast, and not far from the capital city of Reyjavík, are two of Iceland´s most popular waterfalls.  Seljalandfoss and Skógarfoss, both beautiful and very different.  Along the Golden Circle, a travel-to-Iceland-must-see, is Gullfoss.  Another magnificent sight is Goðafoss, a waterfall found in the Icelandic North.  Both Gullfoss and Goðafoss are often compared to the falls which make up Niagara Falls.  For decades Niagara Falls has claimed the title of ‘Honeymoon Capital of the World, while Iceland is growing in popularity as the ‘Wedding Capital of the World’. Coincidentally, or not, waterfalls are what draw the lovers to these two areas.  Is it the beauty of the waterfalls themselves or the myths that surround the waters which elude to magic and romance? Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons is dedicated to helping you plan the perfect wedding to capture both the beauty and the romance of a waterfall ceremony and (or) photo shoot.
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 What Iceland Waterfalls are in Movies

Waterfalls in Iceland can make the perfect backdrop to any nuptial ceremony.  From powerful currents to trickling streams, or whips of mist and splashes of glacier clean waters, Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons can assist you in finding the perfect waterfall.  For the couples interested in glamour; many of Iceland´s waterfalls have co-starred in a a number of Hollywood films, television shows and even Bollywood productions.  Dettifoss (Prometheus), Skógarfoss (Sherlock Holms, Walter Mitty and Game of Thrones), and Seljalandasfoss (Noah and the Bollywood film Dilwalea) are popular filming locations.

    How to Plan an Iceland Waterfall Wedding

Are you the couple ready to set trek on an adventure to find the idealistic remote waterfall shore, or are you more interested in a simple and easy waterfall ‘I do’?  Either way, let Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons help you make it the most magical day you, and your guests, will remember.

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Along with every outdoor wedding, there are things to consider.  With a waterfall wedding, keep in mind there may be mist, insects (thankfully nothing poisonous, mostly fruit fly like bugs), slippery rocks and soil, and rope barricades for safety precautions.

If your heart is set on an adventurous waterfall wedding, Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons recommends using their ‘Day of Planner‘ services to assist in assembling sound systems, organizing chairs, setting up aisle accessories (i.e greenery garland, candles, petals), and obtaining the proper permits/permission from the landowners.

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Depending on the waterfall, a sound system is highly recommended as different waterfalls tend to make more noise than others.  Your guest will be thankful to hear your entire ceremony and your vows.  Not to mention if you plan on having music when you walk down the isle way.  Adding chairs or benches to your ceremony makes for a more intimate and comfortable moment. Making it more enjoyable for your guests.   It is also more pleasing to the eye in your wedding photographs.

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Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons can also lend a hand in providing you, your guests,  suggestions on footwear and attire depending on the waterfall you choose to share your vows by.  Most of Iceland’s waterfalls are surrounded by mud which is why it is important to be well prepared during the day.  Besides you want to keep your feet dry and warm so that you can really enjoy those dress shoes at the reception.

We just can’t stop gushing over Amy and Todd’s Waterfall Wedding.  You read all about their Iceland Wedding on last months blog.

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Sold on the elegance of nature at its best?  Contact Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons to begin planning your epic, make everyone jealous, waterfall wedding.

Iceland Waterfall Wedding: Amy + Todd

You are in for a treat as this months blog features a highly photogenic couple! Let us walk you through our process together.

Amy and Todd booked with us in October of 2018 and held their amazing wedding on July 4th of 2019. Giving us 10 exciting months to plan their Iceland Wedding! For a wedding with less than 10 guests we usually suggest having the planning process within 6 months. Giving yourself enough time to get all the details together. 10 months is more than stellar! Here you can read more about when it is the best time to start planning your wedding. Can you imagine the excitement of researching all of our locations with your better half over a glass of wine or our favorite, champagne? It’s the perfect date night in our opinion!

We started with the basics, choosing the right celebrant, the perfect ceremony location and a photographer who was the best fit for them. Little did the amazing couple know, they picked Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons best team members. Once the main aspects of the wedding had been taken care of it was paperwork time. Although the paperwork process can seem stressful, hiring a planner really makes for a smoother ride. Amy and Todd hit a few bumps in the road with the paperwork, but nothing our team wasn’t prepared for. With the right solutions Amy and Todd were able to obtain the correct documentation to be legally married in Iceland. How impressive is that?

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When Amy and Todd reached out to us their main goal was to have a beautiful, intimate wedding with their 4 sons. Their ceremony location was exactly that! . If you are worried about a rouge tourist, we highly recommend hiring a Day of Planner. Here you can see how hiring a day of Planner can really help on your Iceland Wedding day.

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                              Iceland Traditional Turf House Wedding Photos

A Iceland Wedding is not complete without some history to take back home with you. The Icelandic turf houses in all of their glory! The pictures just can’t do them justice. You simply have to see them for yourself. Thankfully all throughout Iceland you can find museum exhibits of the Icelandic turf houses. The turf houses shown below date back to the early 19th century. It was common for the traditional turf houses to have a kitchen, living room, pantry, fireplace and a special place for cattle.

Most countryside museums, and a few waterfalls in Iceland have a parking fee, or a donation box.  The fee can range anywhere from 1,500 ISK to 15,000 ISK for professional photography on the location.  These fees and donations are for upkeep on the area and paths.

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                                Iceland Wedding Photos in Lupine Fields

The lupine in Iceland was originally imported from Alaska and introduced to the country in 1945. The lupine is commonly used to prevent soil erosion. However The Alaskan Lupine has caused quite the debate as the plant is highly invasive, threatening other Icelandic flora like blueberries. The intensely purple flower is in full bloom during the June 15th and July 15th and can be seen in almost all parts of Iceland.  Calling for the perfect photo opportunity.  After the summer months the lupine becomes a green bush.  Some believe the flower to have healing powers.  


                            A few words from Todd and Amy

“Everything was amazing! Nothing but good things to say.

Our only issue was the paperwork and getting the Apostle seal, but that was a challenge on our end, not yours. We did appreciate the help with the specifics on that and the back and forth, since our county here was confusing as heck. 😉

We loved the Pastor, and the photographer did an amazing job with the photos.
Lots of extra help with dinner recommendations and flowers as well.
In the end, we felt really good about the decision to have you help us.
We are so happy with the outcome!
Thanks you much!”

-Todd and Amy

Did you find yourself day dreaming of your own Iceland Wedding or elopement? Has Amy and Todd’s story inspire you to take the leap and start planning your own epic wedding in Iceland? Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons would love to help you plan the most special day of your lives together. Contact Us and we can start planning today!

Iceland Wedding / Church Wedding

Do you want to hold on to tradition and get married in a church followed by landscape wedding photos in the wonders of Iceland? Did you know that Iceland has 378 churches, chapels and prayer houses located all over the country.   The oldest church was built the year 1680!  In 1950 the National Museum of Iceland had it rebuilt to its original state.  Grafarkirkja the oldest turf church is located on the north side of Iceland in a small town called Hofsós.

Although Grafarkirkja is the 1st built church in Iceland it is said that Strandarkirkja, a Lutheran church located on the southern coast was originally founded in the 12th century. The story goes, that Icelandic sailors who were lost at sea vowed to built a church wherever they docked if they would make it safely to shore. Strandarkirkja is located close to Engilsvík (translating to Angel’s Bay). The church that now stands was built in 1888 and restructured in 1968 and again in 1996.

 

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It is believed by locals that the church holds healing powers, making it one of Iceland’s richest and most well kept churches up to date. Locals and tourist a like believe if they make a donation to the church their loved ones will be healed. Who doesn’t want to have an Iceland Wedding or an Iceland Elopement in the famous “Miracle Church”?

 

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The “Black Church” located in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula has in recent years become quite the Iceland Wedding Attraction, but did you know that Iceland has another black church located on a small island named Papey?

On the East Coast, right off the shore of Djúpivogur, is the island Papey.  It was said that in the early settlement era the island was inhabited by Irish/Scottish monks called Papar. Although there is no real evidence of them ever being there.  The island only has 3 buildings. A residential building, a lighthouse and a black church. How romantic would it be to take a private boat ride to the island and have an Iceland Elopement?

Another black church, Saurbæjarkirkja, is located in remote Westfjords. Who knew Iceland had so many black churches?

Do you want to have the best of both worlds and get married in a countryside church and still bring all of your loved ones? Then Hlíðarendakirkja is the church for you. The hillside church can hold up to 180 guests. Hlíðarendakirkja can be found on the South Coast near the town of Hvolsvöllur.

Other iconic Iceland Wedding Churches are Bláa kirkjan (The Blue Church) located on the East coast in a town named Seyðisfjörður. Known for its pastel blue exterior.

Our blog wouldn’t be complete if we did not include the church that has made it to numerous architectural lists, blogs and magazines. You know the one we are talking about! Hallgrímskirkja can be found in the heart of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík!

 

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Do you want to have an Iceland Wedding or Iceland Elopement in one of our 378 churches? HERE you can find inspiration from Rob and Dom’s Iceland Elopement in the lakeside church Úlfljótskirkja not too far from Iceland’s capital Reykjavík.

 

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Intrigued to know more? Contact Us and Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons can start planning your Iceland Wedding with you today!

Driving in Iceland

Are you having an Iceland Wedding or Elopement? Are you going to be renting a vehicle? Do you plan to drive around our beautiful island? A good thing to know before you plan to rent a car is that most of Iceland’s rental cars are manual.  Of course an automatic can also be rented, but usually at a higher price tag.

Our beautiful country has in recent years become quite a popular destination. Who can resist all of our breathtaking waterfalls, lava craters, geysers, glaciers and not to mention our famous hot springs. Our country is not called the land of ice and fire without reason. That being said, to get the very most out of our one of a kind country we highly recommend getting a rental car if you are able, and taking the ring road around the country.  This months blog will inform you on all the things you will need to know about driving in Iceland for your Iceland Wedding or Elopement.

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In Iceland we drive on the right side of the road and pass on the left side.  It is required by law that all passenger wear a seat belts at all time while the vehicle is in operation.  Iceland has zero tolerance regarding drinking and driving and can result  in very high fines.

 

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Iceland is a very sparsely populated country, there for the roads in the countryside were not built to service a large number of vehicles, indeed many roads outside the ring roads and capital area are not paved, roads are classified according to how passable they are. All though the road might be small it is important to know that these roads are our highways and that they usually have the maximum speed limit of 90 km per hour, however you always need to take precautions in case of bad weather or ice. If at anytime you feel the need to stop the vehicle to photograph our beautiful landscapes, please look behind you for any other cars then slowly and safely pull over to the side of the road without damaging any greenery.  It is crucial that precaution be taken while pulling over on a country road in order to prevent an accident.

 

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Another thing to look out for while driving in the countryside are one-way bridges. The vehicle closer to the bride has the right of way. One way bridges are quite common and it is very important that the driver takes the right precautions before driving through. Some of the bigger bridges however tend have shoulders you can pull off to the side if there is oncoming traffic.

 

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It is important to know that driving off-road is both very dangerous and also illegal, resulting in high fines and causes much damage to our nature that can often be seen for decades. You should also be on the look out for animals, commonly sheep, while driving in the countryside of Iceland. If accidentally you happen to hit a sheep or another larger animal it is crucial that you call the police and they can connect you to the farmer to whom the animal belonged. The phone number for the police in Iceland is 112.

Before going out out for an adventure around Iceland it is highly suggested looking at the following websites for weather conditions or the chance of roads being closed . You can also call 902 0600 for weather or 1777 for the roads.

Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons highly suggests for all of their customers to hire a coach for the day of their Iceland Wedding or Elopement so they can take in the whole range of experiences Iceland has to offer. We make sure that you are connected with the best vendors Iceland has to offer.

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Has this months blog intrigued you to take the leap and finally make your Iceland Wedding a reality? Contact Us and we will be more than happy to start planning your adventure today!

Traditional Icelandic Desserts

It is that time of year again, where the sun never sets and we are well into our busiest season. At Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons every season is wedding season, but many couples prefer the endless summer nights to the dark winters.  But not to worry, if you want to get married with everything covered in snow and bless your marriage under the lights of that Aurora, that is okay too. This month’s blog is dedicated to Iceland’s traditional desserts. In this blog you can get an idea of what kind of desserts suit you for your special Iceland wedding/elopement day.

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The Kransakaka or Kransekake originally originated from Denmark in the 18th century, where it was first baked in Copenhagen. The Kransakaka has been a big part of Iceland´s traditional desserts. The Kransakaka is a sweet, almond(y) piece of heaven, often said to taste like marzipan (which insistently is made of almonds and similar ingredients). The cake is made of many layers, stacked to resemble an inversed cone (think pyramid of rings). It is an old tradition for the bride and groom to be the first to break into the cake. It is said that the number of layers that stick to the top one when they lift it is how many children they will have together. Others leave it to the guests to decide how many children they will have depending on how many layers are eaten or broken off by the end of the party.  If you wish to stick with tradition, your guests are welcome to say a speech only if they break a layer of the cake first.  Another tradition is for each couple at your Iceland Wedding to break a layer together and make a wish. A kransakaka can be accommodate the size of your party, for as few as a couple eloping to a big extravagant wedding. Imagine having your own beautiful kransakaka at your Iceland Wedding! A kransakaka for every need one might say. The kransakaka can also be found in christenings, baptisims and big birthdays.

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The Icelandic Kleina or as some people call it “The Icelandic Doughnut” is also one of Iceland’s numerous traditional desserts. Along with the Icelandic Ástarpúngar which literally translates to “love balls”. What do the Kleina and the Ástarpungar have in common? Both or them belong to the pastry family and they are both deep fried. The Icelandic Ástarpungar are commonly round in shape and they also include raisins. The Icelandic Kleina can also be found covered in chocolate. Do you really want to indulge your taste buds? Try the Icelandic Kleina topped with Icelandic Smoked Salmon. We promise you will not regret it!

Another common traditional Icelandic dessert is the Icelandic pancake. This thin crape like pancake is delicious and can be combined in many different ways. Our personal favorite is drizzled with sugar and wrapped like a tortilla. Another delicious option is to add a jam of your choice, freshly whipped cream and then folded into a triangle. What is your favorite dessert topping? We highly recommend trying the traditional Icelandic pancake with Nutella and freshly whipped cream. You will not be disappointed. If you happen to fall in love with the traditional Icelandic pancake, do not worry a special pan can be bought in one of Iceland’s two shopping malls.

When visiting Iceland, it is almost mandatory to try the Icelandic Ice cream. An ice cream shop can almost be found on every corner. A few of our favorites to look out for are the following: Ísbúð Huppu, Valdís, or if you are in the north Brynjuís located in Akureyri.

Seeing as we are a wedding/elopement company it wouldn´t be right if the Hjónabandssæla did not make the list. Hjónabandssæla translates to marriage bliss. This delicious cake is made of buttery oat crust with a mouthwatering rhubarb jam filling. The perfect slice topped with fresh Icelandic whipped cream goes perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

We hope our blog has given you an insight on Iceland´s traditional dessert. Do you want to have any of these delicious Icelandic traditional desserts at your Iceland wedding or elopement Contact us and we can connect you to our amazing vendors.

 

Budget Minded Tips and Tricks For Your Iceland Wedding.

Are you planning the perfect destination wedding?  The budget for a wedding can quickly get out of hand, but don’t worry, in today’s blog we share with you a few tips and tricks on how to keep a handle on those purse strings.

With a little research online, you can find loads of different helpful websites to design your wedding invitations. Our friends at Wedding Chicks  have a a handful of beautiful print outs, including invitations, place cards, menus, save the dates and seating charts for the perfect Iceland wedding event.  They even have labels which can come in handy for sealing envelopes.   The best part about these printables are they are completely free and easy to modify. The most difficult tasks will be choosing from their many deliciously beautiful layouts, deciding on a colour scheme. and selecting your card stock from your local office supply store.  Select your colour, the theme, add in your desired choice of words (names, dates, location)…and it´s Iceland Wedding here we come!  We wish you good luck choosing one as there are so many beautiful ones to choose from.

 

When choosing wedding decor whether it be for the ceremony or the reception, Pinterest is your friend.  Pinterest has many beautiful “DIY” ideas which can assist in lessening the burden on your bank account. Ranging from easy to difficult, simple to extravagant, DIY wedding decor is becoming more and more popular.  Along with the financial benefits, creating your own decor allows you to customize the arrangements to exactly what you want.  Why settle when you can have exactly what you want at your Icelandic wedding, right?   If you plan on transporting your already assembled decor to Iceland, we suggest using a hard shell suitcase on container. Another brilliant way to save on your budget minded Iceland wedding is artificial flowers.  Afloral has a beautiful selection of assembled bouquets, or you can even design one on your own.   What a better way to remember your Iceland Wedding Day than a bouquet you can keep forever?

If your dream is to have the decor to have a truly authentic Icelandic feel, decor may be rented from Iceland Wedding Planner  You can rent anything from Icelandic moss for your centerpieces, to basalt rocks for your place card holders.  A Day of Planner may also be hired to take care of the decorating while you enjoy the best day of your life.   Bouquet? Place settings? Centerpieces? Ceremony and reception decor? A Day of Planner has you covered!

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We also wanted to share with you a few ideas on what you can give your guests as a keep safe from your memorable Iceland wedding day.   A few of our clients have gone with samples of  Icelandic liquors or spirits.  Popular choices are Reyka Vodka, Björk schnapps, or the famous Icelandic Brennivín also known as “Black Death”.  Dare to be even more Icelandic? Pair the Brennivin with fermented shark, an Icelandic tradition.  Another popular option is giving your guests Icelandic salt.  Saltverk has a selection of delicious salts including lava salt induced with activated charcoal and Iceland´s favorite flavor; black licorice.   Another creative choice and today’s craze is all about nature and our well being. Our friends at Nordic Angan have a variety of products made with Icelandic herbs.   Ranging from essential oils to shampoo bars.   A beautiful and earth friendly gift to remember Iceland by.

 

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We at Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons pride ourselves in making your Iceland Wedding as memorable and beautiful as possible. We can connect you to all of Iceland’s very best vendors and best kept wedding secrets. Completing a personalized schedule for you and your guests or taking care of every aspect of the planning process are only a couple of services we offer.

Does what we have to offer appeal to you?  Contact Us to get your planning process started today.  We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

 

Why you Should Hire a Day of Planner For Your Wedding in Iceland

A Iceland Day of Planner can make all of the difference on your wedding day. Your wedding day should be as stress free as possible. By hiring a Iceland Day of Planner the special couple can focus on making incredible memories and leave the little details and worries to the professionals. For destination weddings , an Iceland Day of Planner can play an essential role, especially where you may not be able to pull as many strings as you could back home.

 
Our Team at Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons has you covered as our Iceland Day of Planners are ready for what ever you might throw their way.  Our Iceland Day of Planners are all highly experienced in all of Iceland’s weather conditions and will be able to ensure a safe and beautiful memory for all involved in your special day.

 
Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons take weddings to another level. Often couples and their guests can find themselves hiking the glorious landscapes, canyons, caves, and beaches Iceland has to offer. Having an Iceland Day of Planner at your side through out the day can be a blessing in all sorts of ways. They ensure that all of your guests are always accounted for; they are there to stand in the glacier rivers and hold your guests hands while they cross; they can even arrange for meal, wedding cake or flower arrangement pick up. All of our Iceland Day of Planners are ready with a Go Bag in case of emergencies. Go Bags include items like first aid kits, water, lint rollers, protein bars, umbrellas, woolen socks, our personal favorite Hot hands, and much more.

 
Our Iceland Day of Planners will politely ask unwanted tourist to stop taking pictures of you while you are posing for your wedding photos. They can offer their expert advice on where is best to stand for your ceremony and even run in to fix your dress before the perfect picture is shot.

 

 

Seated Ceremony

Seating your guest at your ceremony is highly recommended for many reasons. Firstly, your guests will be more comfortable, especially older guest or people with small children. Secondly, it is more photographically pleasing when it comes to your ceremony pictures. Your Iceland Day of Planner can arrive at your ceremony location before you to assure all of the seating. Not to mention, if your ceremony is located at a waterfall our Iceland Day of Planners will be arrange the seating in such a way to ensure the wind will not throw the water in the direction of the guests or the pair saying their “I do’s”.

 

 

 

Champagne Toast

You have exchanged your vows, said your “I do’s” and followed it by your first kiss as a married couple. Imagine hearing the “POP!” of your favorite Champagne while your guest gather to grab a glass to salute you into the new chapter of your life. Sound like something from a fairy tale? Your fairy tale? Our Iceland Day of Planners can make this memorable Champagne Toast happen for you and you won´t have to worry about a thing.

 

 

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Reception Decor

Have you rented decor for the reception or even brought some with you from overseas? Do you have a seating chart and want to have place setting cards organized in the correct order? While you are enjoying the rest of your amazing wedding day our Iceland Day of Planners can be setting up the most beautiful reception hall you have always imagined for your special day.

 


These are just some of the examples of some of the things our Iceland Day of Planners have done and are not limited to. Do you have an amazing idea you need help putting to action? Let our Jack of all Trades Iceland Day of Planner help you make it happen. Contact Us and lets start planning your dream wedding or elopement today!

Waterfall Wedding in Iceland : Josh & Katelyn

This months blog is dedicated to Josh and Katelyn who celebrated their wedding day on a beautiful Sunday morning in October. They chose to have their ceremony and tie the knot at a beautiful breathtaking waterfall in Iceland. Not only did they get married at a gorgeous waterfall, but they also visited three other magnificent Icelandic landscapes to enhance their wedding day experience.

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Katelyn and Josh were very timely in their Wedding Planning process and started their planning time with us a year before their date.  The earlier you start the planning process the better.  Planning ahead not only lessens the stress on your wedding day, it helps you to stay on budget.  Planning ahead of time also makes it easier to book venues and hotels to ensure you lock down everything you dream of for your wedding in Iceland.

One of our amazing Wedding Photographers, Christin, was hired to photograph Katelyn and Josh’s waterfall wedding in Iceland.  Christin was able to capture the love, the beauty, the happiness, and the memories of the special day.  She was the perfect fit for Katelyn, Josh and their love.  No one can deny how much love the bride and groom have for each other, especially when it is evident in their photos.
We only work with the best of photographers.  It is telling how beautifully Christin captures the joy in Katelyn’s eyes as she gets ready for the happiest day of her and Josh’s life.

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The happy twosome tied the knot with their closest friends and family at this gorgeous waterfall in Iceland.  Fall weddings in Iceland are a great option for two main reasons: less tourists and gorgeous fall flora. If you want to steer clear of the tourist crowds (no one likes a rogue tourist photo bombing their first kiss) and want breathing taking photos; then a September to October wedding in Iceland is something for you. However, like many other places, fall weather in Iceland can be unpredictable. Sunny skies can quickly turn to rainy days, or vice versa. Iceland has an unofficial motto regarding weather: if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.  So to plan on the side of precaution Katelyn and Josh were well prepared with clear umbrellas for their guests.  Clear umbrellas can also be very photogenic.  You can rent clear umbrellas from our Mother Company.

 

 

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Followed by the ceremony the newly weds enjoyed exploring Iceland with their photographer.  Christin documented their adventure crossing the different textures Iceland has to offer. Century old moss covering lava, waterfalls, black sand beaches, and fields of purple thyme are only some of the flora you can expect to see as you wander the beautiful landscape Iceland has to offer.

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Want to accent your dream wedding with the exciting landscapes Iceland has to offer?
Our Team makes it a point to make all of your wedding dreams come true. If you have enjoyed our blog and feel we may be the right fit for you please Contact Us to get your planning started for your miraculous day.

 

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Brag Worthy Honeymoon in Iceland

You have planned the most perfect wedding, are you thinking of where to have the perfect honeymoon? The answer is a Honeymoon in Iceland. For those looking for an exciting city break or an exhilarating excursion getaway; Iceland has the answer to every couples’ honeymoon wants and desires.

Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland is a cultural metropolis with something for everyone. Whether you are a foodie, an art lover, a music junkie, or an adventure seeker there is always something to keep you busy in this city full of life. When looking for a place to stay, accommodation options are endless: hotels, hostels, or Airbnbs. Another bonus to staying in the city is there is no need for a vehicle. The city is very walk-able and local bus transportation is affordable and user friendly (you can find the Stræto app HERE. A city break honeymoon in Iceland, in Reykjavik, is full of endless options.

Foodie lovers will enjoy the traditional Icelandic eats found at many local restaurants. Tantalize your taste buds with delicious plates full of some of Iceland´s delicacies: whale, lamb, puffin, fermented shark, and local seafood. Not your style? Then grab a hot dog from the famous SS Pylsur stand by the harbor, otherwise known as the most famous restaurant in Iceland.

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At Perlan, , not only can you treat your eyes to a 360° view Reykjavík, you can take part in their amazing exhibits such as the glacier exhibit which allows you to experience what it is like to walk through a glacier.

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Looking to experience the nightlife on your honeymoon in Iceland? Reykjavík will not disappoint. Taste the local brews, spirits and other beverages at many of the downtown bars and pubs. Most offer live music and happy hour, which is a definitely budget friendly.

For those couples wanting to explore more than just the capital city, day trips are always an option. Either renting a car or booking a bus excursion, couples can explore a bit of Iceland with the comfort of staying in the city. Popular day trips include the Golden Circle, Glacier Lagoon, the amazing waterfalls in Southern Iceland, and the Blue Lagoon. For the adventurous types, there are day trips were couples can hike the glaciers or hike to natural hot springs, ride ATVs to the famous abandoned plane crash site, or snorkel between the tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park.

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Now that you have decided that a honeymoon in Iceland is the perfect accent to our dream wedding, it is important to dress the part. Whether it is summer or winter we recommend dressing in layers. A pair of light hiking boots and a water resistant jacket can make all the difference. And don´t forget to pack your swimwear. Relaxing in the hotpots at the local pools is a well high regarded pastime in Iceland. You´ll definitely regret not taking part in timeless tradition while honeymooning in Iceland. Many tourists often forget to pack evening attire when visiting Reykjavik, although not all places have dress code, you will be much more comfortable within the crowd if not wearing your winter attire at the restaurants, bars and pubs.

If a honeymoon in Iceland sounds like the fairy tale ending to your nuptials or is on your bucket list, Iceland Wedding and Honeymoons would love to assist in making your dreams come true. Please CONTACT us to find out more.

Kind Regards,
Irene & Team (Mama Planner)