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Christmas Weddings Abroad

Weddings aren't just for summertime, a winter wedding can be just as much fun, and a lot more atmospheric! If you're thinking about getting married abroad in the winter, or perhaps at Christmas or New Year, then here are some ideas as to inspire you.

In the UK we don't usually get a white Christmas, so our first suggestion is to choose a country where you're guaranteed a bit of the white stuff over the festive season.

Lapland (Finland)

Lapland is an incredible wedding choice, particularly as their high season for weddings is in the winter, so they're properly geared up for magical ceremonies. If you've ever dreamt of exchanging vows in an ice chapel in front of an altar made of ice and lit with hundreds of flickering candles, then this is the place for you. Arriving on a skidoo or in a horse drawn sleigh is another nice touch.

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Canada is another winter-friendly country, with plenty of snuggly log cabins, dramatic mountain backdrops and iced over lakes where you can get married. It's easy to marry here, so you can practically choose any location in which to hold your ceremony. We recommend heading to the mountains for some powder soft snow - just perfect for those Christmassy wedding photos!

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We also love Iceland for a winter wedding as its volcanic landscape can make you feel out of this world. Winter is stunning here and the plethora of dramatic landscapes can make it difficult to decide where you'd like to have your festive wedding. If an outdoor wedding is a bit too cold for you in December, then perhaps getting married in a cave would be more sheltered? It definitely makes for some unusual wedding photos.

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Moving on from snowy destinations, how about some ideas for a hot Christmas? Obviously anywhere in the Southern hemisphere would be in summer in December, but there are some other options too, here are some ideas.


Thailand is a very popular winter destination and it makes a fabulous Christmas wedding choice as well. With temperatures in the 30s celsius it's the perfect choice for couples looking to escape the winter and celebrate in style. There are plenty of stunning resorts all over the country, but the islands in the south are some of the most spectacular, especially if you enjoy a good beach on Christmas day.

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The Caribbean is a traditional winter escape destination from Europe (particularly for celebrities), and Jamaica is one of the islands where you can have the best winter wedding ever. As well as the usual package resorts, there are many exclusive use venues and villas dotted around the island where you can have a high end, luxury wedding, and then enjoy your honeymoon in style.

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Sri Lanka

And finally, to finish off our hot Christmas destinations, how about lovely Sri Lanka for your Christmas wedding? This gorgeous island has many stunning venues and resorts which cater to weddings, many of which have a sea or beach view. A popular tradition here is to arrive for your wedding on the back of an elephant, which is definitely a different way to arrive for your nuptials! Whether you'd like to exchange vows in a coconut grove, on a beach, by the pool, or simply inside a rustic (but luxurious) resort, the choice is yours!

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Maple Leaf Weddings - Canada

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Location: Ontario and UK
Business Type: Wedding Facilitators
Contact: Pennie Limming

Experience the magic of a place where people dream big, where they have wide smiles and where their welcome is really meant … Ontario, Canada!
We searched long and hard to find unusual venues, fun destinations, and romantic getaway places. Whether sparkling white in the snow, gloriously golden in the fall or sun kissed in summer, they all represent Canada at its best. Each venue is committed to providing you with a detail perfect wedding to create a magical memory. So whether there is just the two of you, a small intimate group or a larger party, Maple Leaf Weddings has THE location for you.
Your wedding day is one day in your life when you should live your dream.  

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Pink Iceland

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Location: Reykjavik
Business Type: Travel and Wedding Agency
Contact: Hannes

Pink Iceland specializes in weddings in Iceland and offers planning all year round. The services we provide include, but are not limited to: preparation, consultation, helping with paperwork, arranging the ceremony, planning the honeymoon and pretty much everything that concerns getting married.

We are the country's most prolific wedding planner and we happily help people from all walks of life, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, get married. 

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Rocky's Boutique Resort - Thailand

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Location: Koh Samui
Business Type: Wedding Venue
Contact: Ann Lim

Getting married, starting a life together, is one of the most important of life's events. It's the beginning of a new journey and a gathering for friends and family to celebrate. Choosing a venue which is beautiful, romantic and accessible is important to make your wedding as magical as it can be.
Rocky’s Boutique Resort, offers the perfect venue and dedicated team to realise your dream wedding. Our job at Rocky's is to take the stress away from your wedding day. We want you to sit back, relax, and look forward to one of the most special days of your life. That's why our team works closely together, supporting each other, to make sure that your event runs smoothly, the details you specify are handled, and you get the Samui wedding you've always dreamed of. We make sure that you get exactly what you want, a truly personalised and memorable experience.

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MJP Luxury Weddings Jamaica

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Location: London, UK
Business Type: Wedding Planner
Contact: Jeanette Spencer

Are you from the UK and thinking about getting married in Jamaica but need help finding and intimately beautiful location?   
We specialise in luxury packages, for UK residents mainly, which includes sourcing out the best venues and suppliers. We heavily invest our time in arranging all the intricate details for your perfect day.    
MJP Luxury Weddings Jamaica work with an array of trusted suppliers and mainly plan and design villa and beach weddings. We work with a list of smaller and more exclusive venues allowing us to be able to create more bespoke and personal events, more specifically designed to cater to the taste and needs of our clients.

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Reef Villa and Spa - Sri Lanka

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Location: Wadduwa
Business Type: Hotel
Contact: Bernadette Barker

A wedding on the idyllic island of Sri Lanka at Reef Villa and Spa captures the true spirit of island romance, luxury and beauty. Set in stunning tropical gardens Reef offers breathtaking views of the majestic Indian Ocean. What better setting for the most special and romantic day of your life?
At Reef we lavish a great variety of options for your reception; be it ocean side, pool side by the coconut grove or highly recommended at our magnificent Plantation House. Combine your wedding and honeymoon at Reef and experience our hospitality which offers tranquil surroundings, soothing ambiance, unmatched luxury and create everlasting memories of your wedding and honeymoon.

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