Iceland Wedding in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Have you found your way to the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula?  Countless folklore stories say that it is an enchanted area filled with alchemy and mystery.  And when you visit the area it feels a bit more “alive” then the rest of Iceland.  So why not have an Iceland wedding in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and be among the legends?

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Planning an Iceland Wedding in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Meet Brittni and Mark, these two fell in love with all of the charm the peninsula exudes and embarked an adventurous day within for their wedding in Iceland.  But let’s go back to give you the lowdown… This lovely couple originally reached out to our Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons team in the beginning of July 2018 to inquire about planning a fall 2019 wedding.

Days later, they committed to being clients and we started planning their dream Iceland wedding together!

Our Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons team helped with the following:

  • An appointment with the District Commissioners Office (in the region the Iceland wedding in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula ceremony was to be held).
  • Iceland Wedding Celebrant (Officiant)
  • Iceland Wedding Photographer
  • Iceland Wedding Bouquet
  • Vegan Wedding Cake (Yes a traditional Kransakaka – Iceland wedding ring cake can be made vegan too, believe it or not!)
  • Private Iceland Wedding Reception Venue

 

Our Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons team also assisted with the following:

  • Wedding Location recommendations and support (pros and cons),
  • Marriage Licence Support (before and after).
  • Accommodation Recommendations
  • Wedding Spa/Nail salon recommendations.

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Iceland Marriage License Process:

When looking to have a legal (recognized outside of Iceland) marriage ceremony in Iceland, the paperwork can be confusing. There are required documents which need to be in order for the wedding to be deemed legal. Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons will help you through every step of the process.

Convinced the process sounds to complicated? Worried about the marriage license? Booking with our Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons team, means we are there to assist you every step of the way (before and after!). Couples have come up with questions and concerns (and no worries, there is no such thing as a stupid or dumb question) we have not been able to tackle and solve. After all, it is what we are here for….you!

Once we had all of Brittni’s and Mark’s paperwork and had them pre-approved, we booked them an appointment with the local district commissioner in the district they were to get married. This appointment is usually only a few minutes and is usually booked on the last weekday before the wedding.

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Snæfellsnes Peninsula Waterfall Wedding Ceremony

With the legal proceedings out of the way, the betrothed were ready to say ”I do”. Brittni and Mark choose to have their wedding in the fall, a time when the landscape colors of Iceland can be the richest. Brittni’s gown, an elegant white lace and sheath dress did not disappoint. Mark wore a deep blue suit, which accented Brittni’s dress, and contrasted perfectly with the Icelandic fall colors.

Brittni and Mark wanted to have an intimate wedding with only their closest friends and family. The couple along with their 15 guests headed to their selected breathtaking ceremony location with a waterfall as their backdrop. At their ceremony location they met with their Iceland Wedding Celebrant.

*Please Note: Only an Icelandic based celebrant can conduct a legal wedding ceremony. If you plan on having your own celebrant you would need to have a civil ceremony (only on weekdays) before you have your outdoor wedding ceremony.

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Creating a Schedule for your Iceland Wedding Day

One of our favorite things to do is to help provide feedback on Iceland wedding locations.  We adore putting together an unforgettable day and schedule for our couples to maximize their adventures through Iceland.  Likely get amazing wedding photos along the way too!  Following their waterfall wedding ceremony, two newlyweds went around with their local Iceland wedding photographer to stunning locations such as…

  • Moss Covered Lava Fields
  • Lake and Ocean Views
  • Amazingly shaped mountains
  • Sea Arches
  • Golden Beach
  • And the famed little black church, Búðakirkja!

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Iceland Wedding Reception

After a fun filled day, these two ended their wedding day with a cozy reception in a private room at Lækjarbrekka, one of Reykjavík’s most charming restaurants. Also happens to be one of the town’s oldest houses dating back to 1834.

We highly recommend visiting the restaurant while in Iceland. We promise you will not regret it! Neither did Brittni and Mark. Lækjarbrekka was very accommodating to the couple and their group by allowing them to bring in a cake from another vendor, seeing as a few of their guests were vegan. To accommodate their guests, Brittni and Mark decided on a vegan version of a traditional Icelandic wedding cake.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? In their own words, here is what Brittni and Mark felt of their experience:

“So a month has gone by and live is finally starting to settle again. We just wanted to say thank you.

The Pastor was an incredible person. We met him before the wedding for a coffee to talk about the plan for the wedding and it was great to meet him. He was so great and taking your advice on using him was a great idea and we thank you for that.

Bragi ended up being the most fun of everyone we met. He and his wife were beyond professional yet so much fun at the same time. He has us laughing a lot and the photo shoot was so organic. He’s the first person I would be suggesting to anyone that you’re planning weddings for.

Laekjarbrekka was unreal. The room we ended up getting was so nice. The food was so delicious and presented so well and all of our needs were met. The two servers that assisted in the evening were so helpful and did an amazing job. Everybody that attended the dinner made a point to tell us how good it was.

And the cake, was AMAZING. It was perfect. They had it set up for us in the corner of the room and everyone was amazed at how different it was than a traditional North American style cake. We ended up travelling a bit after the wedding in Iceland and Brittni and I snacked on it the whole time haha!

And of course, the location we decided to use. was an incredible backdrop for our day. The tourists that were there respected us having the ceremony and actually congratulated us on our way out. It was magic. The pictures are going to be stunning.

We just wanted to extended our thanks to you for helping us out with everything. We couldn’t have done it without you and I would highly recommend you to anyone looking to get married in Iceland. Thank you so much!

Regards,

Brittni and Mark”

 

Are you in awe of this gorgeous couple’s intimate Iceland wedding in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula experience? We absolutely are! Furthermore, has the magical Icelandic nature inspired you to take the leap and have your own Iceland wedding or elopement? Contact us and we would love to start your Iceland wedding or elopement planning process!

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We would also like to thank Bragi the local Iceland wedding photographer for sharing his work with us of this gorgeous couple!  Thanks again Bragi!

How to have a Waterfall Wedding in Iceland

 Waterfalls in Iceland

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!

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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