Imagine getting married beside a lake in summertime with your guests watching you whisper tender vows to each other as the sun sets and the soft evening air envelopes you? This could be your wedding day if you choose a lake ceremony.
Less common than a beach wedding, lake ceremonies combine the best parts about getting married outdoors by the water, without getting sand everywhere or having lots of people you don't know watching your ceremony (like you may do on a public beach).
One extremely popular location for a lake wedding is Italy
, in particular, the Italian lakes of Maggiore, Como and Garda
. These stunning lakes in the north of the country all have a different atmosphere, and all have many spectacular villas dotted around the lake shore which offer beautiful options for a wedding abroad.
is the most popular, with many couples deciding to marry at the pretty Malcesine castle at the foot of the lake, or to hold their wedding in one of the private villas bordering the lake. A private villa is ideal if you're looking for seclusion as you can hire the venue for a few hours and make sure that only your guests can watch you exchange vows. If you're planning a big wedding then you could even hire the whole villa for a few days and have everyone stay.
Further west, Lake Como
is quieter than Garda and is a good choice if you'd like a more mountainous view for your lake ceremony, while Lake Maggiore is the quietest of them all and is much less popular for weddings (although it's just as beautiful). Alternatively, there are also many smaller lakes in this area where you may also be able to marry, try Lake Orta or Lake Iseo, which are ideal for a more authentic Italian style wedding.
Other than Italy, another good country where lake weddings are popular is Canada
and the extremely pretty town of Niagara on the Lake
. This town in Ontario is the wedding capital of Canada and is close to the eponymous falls. You can legally marry outside in Canada, so a wedding under a gazebo by the lake is a good choice here (and great value for money).
Or you could try getting married in Finland
, where there are plenty of lakes which are great for a wedding in winter or summer. A frozen lake makes an unusual wedding backdrop – perhaps have your ceremony in a chapel or wooden chalet overlooking the lake, with the lake providing a perfect white backdrop for photos behind you?
too has plenty of rustic lakes available for your wedding – look out for a venue close by where you can marry and then celebrate overlooking the water. It's a relaxing way to start married life!
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