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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The holidays in Iceland

This month our subject is Christmastime. What better time to talk about the holidays then in December? The biggest holiday month of the year. If you find yourself traveling to Iceland this time of year, this blog post is perfect for you. Icelanders celebrate Christmas in a very big and magical way. In fact Icelanders celebrate Christmas for a whole 13 days. Starting from December 23rd and ends January 6th.

Have you heard of Iceland’s 13 Yule Lads? They are the sons of Leppalúði and Grýla who are evil trolls. So evil in fact that they eat bad children in their stew. It is said that Grýla and Leppalúði collect the bad children in a sack and carry them back to the mountains to cook them. Every year, 13 days before Christmas the Yule Lads come out from mountains one by one to visit the children of Iceland. The 13 Icelandic yule lads are a bit different from their parents, but are a tad bit sneaky and like to play tricks on people. The 13 Yule Lads are the following:

Stekkjastaur (Sheep-Cote Clod) is the 1st Yule Lad to arrive from the mountains. In the olden times he used to rial up the sheeps and drive all of the farmers crazy. He gets his name from his peg legs.

Giljagaur (Gully Gawk) is the 2nd to arrive. He used to sneak into the cow sheds to steal the milk.

Stúfur (Stubby) is the 3rd to arrive. He used to steal pans and eat the left over crusts left in them

Þvörusleikir (Spoon-Licker) is the 4th to arrive. He is the skinniest Yule Lad. He steals wooden spoons to lick them.

Pottaskefill (Pot-Scraper) is the 5th to arrive. He steals leftovers from pots.

Askasleikir (Bowl-Licker) is the 6th to arrive. He is know for stealing the askur. In the olden times people used to use jars called askur in stead of plates.

Hurðaskellir (Door Slammer) is the 7th to arrive. He is known for slamming every door in the house making sure to wake every one up in the middle of the night.

Skyrgámur (Skyr-Gobbler) is the 8th to arrive. He will finish every single skyr he will find.

Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage-Swiper) is the 9th to arrive. He is known for stealing the sausages that are being smoked.

Gluggagægir (Window-Peeper) is the 10th to arrive. Likes to spy through windows looking for things to steal.

Gáttaþefur (Doorway-Sniffer) is the 11th to arrive. Uses his big nose to sniff peoples doorways for food.

Ketkrókur (Meat-Hook) is the 12th to arrive. Known for his hook he used to steal meat.

Kertasníkir (Candle-Sneaker) is the 13th and last Yule Lad to arrive. He is known to steal and eat candles. In the oldern times they were made from animal fat which made them edible. Kertasnírkir is often known as the Yule Lad to leave the best gift.

Seeing as a lot has changed since back in the day the Yule Lads have mostly stopped playing tricks on people and instead like to reward Icelandic children with gifts if they have been well behaved. If the children have been good they will receive a small gift in their shoes. The misbehaved children receive a potato in their shoes.

This wouldn’t be a very good blog post if we left out Grýla, Leppalúði, and the 13 Yule Lad´s cat. The giant cat is said to check if every person received a new piece of clothing for Christmas. If someone has not received a new piece of clothing, the cat is said to eat that person.

Thorlacs Mass or Þorláksmessa is celebrated on the 23rd of December to honor St. Þorlákur Þórhallsson, bishop of Skálholt, who was canonized and recognized as the patron saint of Iceland in 1984. This night is known as the night before Christmas seeing as Icelanders open their gifts and spend time with their family on the 24th. On Þorláksmessa Icelanders will gather on Reykjavík’s main street Laugavegur to finish up their last minute shopping. The street is filled with holiday cheer and most shops are open til midnight. On the street you can find locals singing carols, while nearby almonds are being roasted. Some shops will even have live music. It is an experience every one should have. It is a truly magical night!

December 24th: Christmas starts at 6pm on the dot. While some Icelanders will attend Christmas Mass followed by a festive dinner, while others will gather together and eat at 6. After dinner and dessert Icelanders will then open up their gifts from one another one by one.

December 25th Christmas day is usually spent visiting extended family, or attending dinner parties with close friends.

December 26th is know as the 2nd of Christmas which is also a holiday and a day off. In the past years it has become popular to go to the movies as a family or stay home and play games all day.

New Years Eve is one of the most spectacular nights in Iceland. In Iceland it is legal to buy and light your own fireworks. Most towns have a bonfire and a firework show around 8 o´clock. On the strike of midnight most Icelanders will celebrate the new year with lighting their own fireworks.

January 6th is the last day of the Christmas season. A kind of fare-well to the holiday. Most Icelander will attend a bonfire and a firework show followed by going home and lighting up the rest of their own fireworks. After the 6th of January it becomes illegal again to shoot fire works until next December.

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We hope this blog has been helpful for your coming trip, during the holidays in Iceland.

Kind Regards,
Irene & Team (Mama Planner)

Waterfall Wedding in Iceland VIDEO!

It is our pleasure to share with you one of our stunning weddings from this summer. It was a thrill to get to work with a wonderful, down to earth, and stress-free couple from New York.  Fizah and Jonathan were a true delight. Their fun, adventurous and creative personalities were only amplified by their true and complete adoration of each other. Fizah, Jonathan, along with their 60 guests, and Iceland were the perfect mixture for a memorable destination wedding.

Throughout the day there was never a dull moment. The happy couple had so many creative ideas to ensure their guests would have a wonderful time and capture memories to last a lifetime.  In the morning, before the ceremony, there was plenty of time for the couple and their guests to explore some of the stunning landscapes Iceland has to offer.  After adventuring through three separate locations it was time for the ceremony.  ​
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That afternoon, the ceremony, almost too perfect for words, took place.  In front of a beautiful waterfall and 60 of their beloved family and friends Fizah and Jonathan vowed to love, cherish and respect each other for the rest of their lives.  The location was even more captivating with the addition of local talent singing native Icelandic hymns.  After the ceremony the group gathered at a nearby restaurant to celebrate.  The reception, where they would spend the remainder of the night, was filled with dancing, eating, and making memories. ​

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Fizah and Jonathan chose to document the whole event by hiring two collaborating videographers: Cody from Glacier Point Productions and Matt from Lynn Production. Cody and Matt were wonderful to work with; they captured the beauty of the entire day with breathtaking footage.  Even more impressive was their ability, and pure talent, to capture emotion and feeling.  In the videos one can feel how much Fizah and Jonathan care for each other, and how strong their love is.  The videos truly do speak for themselves. Here is the first teaser.

 

Having a video of the happiest day of your life allows you to relive it again and again.  They say a picture is worth a thousand word, but a video… a video’s worth is timeless, limitless,…infinite.  When planning your wedding or elopement it is important to narrow down what aspects of the day are most important to you.  We often hear of couples that regret not hiring an experienced videographer.   Let us tell you, it is worth every penny! Still not convinced? Let Fizah and Jonathan’s complete video of their wedding day help you decide.

 

Hiring a Day of Planner, which Fizah and Jonathan did, allows the couple to focus on each other without having to worry about anything else. A Day of Planner also can help manage and direct your guests.  For larger weddings a Day of Planner is very handy especially when random tourists need to be kept at bay (i.e. preventing strangers from showing up at your ceremony or photobombing your wedding photos).  A Day of Planner does everything from setting up chairs at your outdoor ceremony, to helping your guest crossover little glacier feed streams.  A Day of Planner acts as your personal wedding aide and has everything a bride or groom might need throughout the day.  First aid kit, umbrellas, or blankets? -your Day of Planner has those covered.​

Is Iceland your dream destination wedding location? Are you and awe of Fizah’s and Jonathan´s wedding?  Have you yearning of a similar experience?    Iceland Weddings and Honeymoons helps you to make your dreams come true.  Elopement, weddings, vow renewals-you name it and we can make it happen!  Contact us to start planning your amazing event.

 

Kind Regards,
Irene & Team (Mama Planner)

 

Countryside Church Wedding in Iceland.

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Does your dream Iceland wedding entail a beautiful countryside church?  Does it include stunning landscape? Tradition? History? If so, you are in luck! Iceland has a church in almost every town; even the very remote countryside towns.  This particularly charming church was built in the very early 1900’s and was renovated to include the majestic steeple ten years later.

 

 

This breath taking church has everything you could wish for in a church.  First, a stunning gate provides access to the yard.  The gate adds a little extra elegance to a bride’s entrance.   Secondly, is the church itself.  The exterior is beautifully painted in white with a red roof.  Inside you´ll find vintage pews, paired with wooden floors and an organ.  White walls compliment the ceiling, painted in sky blue with gold star accents. The blue brightens the alter, giving it a seaside feel.  For a dash of tradition and history, the Church’s first bible is kept on display in a glass box.

 

 

This is the perfect place to have a cozy wedding or an intimate elopement.  The chapel is large enough to fit a small group comfortably, but is also perfect just the couple and a celebrant.  Cozy or intimate this chapel can accommodate your dream wedding ceremony, making it the perfect place to say ‘I do’.

 

Not only is the church exquisite, but so is the landscape surrounding the area, which makes for stunning wedding photos.  Capture the memories of you special day with shots of the amazing Icelandic landscape to help you keep your wedding memories alive for a lifetime.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words but experiencing it in person is breathtaking.

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We send our love to DGJ Photography (local Icelandic photographer) for allowing us to use these beautiful images!

On the surrounding land you will find magnificent rock formations, beautifully covered in decades of old moss. You will also find Iceland’s biggest natural lake, and a glorious historic rift valley. Not to mention the marvelous waterfall. In some of the rifts the water is completely clear. For the brave, one could even snorkel in the area, under local supervision of course.

The beauty of the surrounding landscape accents the quaintness of the chapel; making this the perfect location for the couple looking to add a sense of historic traditional to their already amazing Icelandic wedding.

Sound like your perfect adventure wedding destination?

Iceland Wedding and Honeymoons has done numerous weddings all over Iceland. We have numerous options when it comes to what type of Celebrant you would like. Whether you would like a spiritual or non-spiritual ceremony, we can help to find what better suits your needs. Whether it be to hold the ceremony in a church or at a magical location under the ever changing sky.

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Do you want to know more about this location or are you interested in this church or a similar one in Iceland. We would love to help you plan your dream wedding or elopement. Please check out our “Contact” section on our website and we can send you a quote and start helping you plan your perfect destination wedding or elopement.

 

Kind Regards,
Irene & Team (Mama Planner)

Iceland Wedding Advice: Best Cheap Eats in Reykjavik

Staying on a budget during your Iceland wedding trip is important.  We know, understand and respect this simple fact.  So today we would like to share with you budget places to eat during your Iceland wedding week in Reykjavik.  Enjoy.

1.) The Burger Joint

2.) Baejarins Beztu Pylsur (famous hot dog stand)

2.) Reykjavik Chips 

3.) The Sea Baron (Seagreifinn) – Best Lobster Soup

4.) Viking Kebab

5.) Noodle Station

6.) Hlollabatar

7.) Joi Fel Bakery

8.) Lobster Hut (food truck open typically from April-September)

9.) Bike Cave

10.) Ikea Restaurant  (yes the furniture store)

11.) Sandholt Bakery

12.) Subway  //  Saffran  // Taco Bell //  KFC

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Iceland Wedding: 10 Budget Saving Tips

After deciding you want to get married in Iceland, the next step is to develop out your budget.  Having an Iceland budget wedding can be tough, because remember you are getting married on a remote island and one of the most expensive countries in the world.  But that being said, there are some strategic ways you can take heed on which we bring to your attention today below.

  1. Use a no fee international transaction credit card for all of your Iceland wedding purchases (Our favorites: Chase Sapphire or AMEX Delta).
  2. Pay your Iceland wedding vendors directly. Reason: Some wedding planners in Iceland add on 20-30% service fee (or kick back commission) to your vendor bookings.
  3. Get Married in Iceland in the off season months (late October through April). All of the hotels in Iceland are lower priced during that time period versus Spring/Summer high rack rates.
  4. Instead of sending out formal in mail save-the-dates or Iceland wedding invitations, send them via email instead and have your guests RSVP on your Iceland wedding website.
  5. Forgo the Iceland hair stylist and Iceland makeup artist and take lessons locally before (most major makeup lines will teach you for free as long as you buy the products) or enlist your favorite friend to do for you.
  6. Choose a silk flower bouquet to bring with you versus an expensive fresh flowers for your Iceland wedding bouquet.
  7. Find an Iceland wedding venue that offers an IPod plugin and house speakers to run a playlist off of versus hiring a Iceland DJ or band.
  8. DIY your own Iceland wedding reception centerpieces (Our favorite site: Save On Crafts).
  9. Choose to have a buffet meal versus a 3-5 course plated Iceland wedding reception meal or do a “chef’s choice” option.
  10. Mitigate your Iceland Wedding Reception costs by having table bar service (IE, do not have a formal open bar that guests get up and go to). Work with your reception location on having a designated staffer who will replenish the chosen wine (white and red) and Icelandic beers throughout the night.  If a guest asks specifically for something they can have it but by not forwardly offering cocktails and the 40 year old whisky you’ll find you may save hundreds of dollars.

 

We hope today several of these Iceland wedding planning tips will serve you well.

 

Kind Regards, Irene & Team (Mama Planner)

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Iceland Honeymoon Planner

Your Iceland Honeymoon should be the most exciting adventure you embark on!

It’s our personal and professional objective to ensure you maximize your time in Iceland. So with our bountiful knowledge of the country, locations, activities, they are sure to leave you with an unforgettable experience to look back on!

We create a wonderful plan for you no matter if you’re going to be in Iceland Honeymooning for 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 10 days, or a month!  We’ll even help you find the best time of year to come for what you want to do!

Imagine your days filled with exploring…

  • Volcanoes, Glaciers, Oh My!
  • Fjords and Mountains
  • Glacial Lagoons
  • The best ​Whale Watching Locations
  • The Golden Circle Highlights
  • Diamond Route Tour
  • Off Road 4×4 Adventures
  • Exploring Geothermal Areas
  • Hot Springs
  • Hunting/Fishing
  • Going inside volcanoes or lava tubes
  • Glacier Walking/Hiking/Climbing
  • Trail Hiking
  • Waterfall Hunting
  • Secret Waterfalls and Caves
  • Ice Caves
  • Snorkeling between the Tectonic Plates
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Biking
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Bird Watching
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skydiving
  • Paragliding
  • Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • ATV Adventures
  • Cavern Climbing
  • White Water Rafting
  • Landmannalaugar Overnight Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Northern Lights Hunting
  • Touring where some of the Hollywood and Bollywood movies were filmed!
  • ​The Best of Downtown Reykjavik (Iceland Bar Crawls, cheap dinning to fine dinning)
  • ​Amazing Self Drive Plans
  • Theme Touring: Iceland Movie Locations / Fire + Ice

Your honeymoon is going to be envied by everyone back home!  Please contact us for more information on getting this unforgettable plan in action!

Kind Regards, Irene & Team (Mama Planner)

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Iceland Wedding Packages & Budget Advice

In an ideal destination wedding world, what would your Iceland Wedding Package look like?

Budgets and expectations vary.  Here at, Iceland Weddings & Honeymoons, we help you manage both.  But I do urge you to remember that Iceland is for sure one of the most expensive European countries you could consider having your destination wedding in.  The majority of everything is imported (IE, like liqueur, flowers, and the cost of living is more expensive than NYC) and it is a remote island, remember that tidbit folks!  …a challenging trade off to be wed in such a dynamic inspiring rugged landscape!

There are several things you need to consider as you formulate your Iceland wedding budget such as the following items:

  1. Time of Year (High Season = June-August / Low Season = September-May)
  2. Number of Guests (4, 10, 25, 50, 100 or just you two eloping?)
  3. Region of Iceland that intrigues you… City, North, South, East, West, Fjords!
  4. Type of Wedding Ceremony (Civil, Religious, Nature-Based, Norse/Viking, Humanist, or Non-Denominational).
  5. Photographer Budget.
  6. Location for Ceremony: Private versus Public AND Inside versus Outside
  7. Do you want an Iceland Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist?
  8. Would you like an Iceland Wedding Bouquet and Boutonniere?
  9. Lunch and/or dinner for your guests?  Formal?  Picnic Style?  Brunch?  BBQ?
  10. Extras for your ceremony – IE. If having guests consider having chairs or not… or a sound system if getting married at a waterfall.
  11. Champagne Toast?
  12. Private Room for your group (if guests)?
  13. Iceland Wedding Favors or welcome bags (if having guests).

There are ways to make an Iceland wedding budget more affordable by possibly skipping some of the above “extras” and we are happy to do brainstorming with you to seek out possible options.

Are you having an Iceland wedding of 10-25 guests? Maybe you only need…

Simplistically Savvy Iceland Wedding Package:

  • Basic Iceland Wedding Planning (Marriage License, Location options, and Iceland Wedding Hotel selection).
  • Photographer.
  • Celebrant to Marry You in Iceland.
  • Iceland Wedding Bouquet.
  • Casual Iceland Wedding Reception Dinner (2-3 Courses – No muss no fuss)!

Or are you considering a romantic elopement for just the two of you?  Maybe something like this meets your needs…

Iceland Elopement Package:

  • Basic Iceland Wedding Planning.
  • Photographer.
  • Celebrant to Marry You in Iceland.
  • Dinner or Picnic for 2.

All you need is love, right? …a stunning Iceland wedding location helps too!  We can help you plan an Iceland wedding budget and incredible locations to inspire you, feel free to contact us for more information!

Kind Regards, Iceland Weddings & Honeymoon Team

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