Destination Wedding: Norway

If you’ve always dreamed of having your wedding in a white winter wonderland, then we have the perfect destination for you: Norway.

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Couple in a sleigh

As one of the beautiful Scandinavian countries, Norway has a rather unique and wonderful view of some of the north’s most gorgeous sights: snow-capped mountains, crystalline glaciers, and above all, the Aurora Borealis.

Also known as the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis is that brilliant display of coloured lights that dance across the sky when solar winds flick around the magnetic North Pole. These lights are considered magical to cultures around the world, and there are numerous legends surrounding them.

Whether you’re a fanciful sort and would like to marry beneath these dancing lights for spiritual reasons, or if you just appreciate the raw beauty of this cold northern land, a ceremony out here is one that all of your guests are sure to remember.

Should you wish to plan a wedding in Norway but you don’t have any friends or relatives living there to help you out, consider enlisting the help of a wedding planner based in that country. They’ll be able to help you sort out the best places to stay, as well as catering, transportation, flowers, and of course, the paperwork needed to marry there. For an authentic feel, try to stay at an old-fashioned style wooden lodge with a sauna so you can have the full Nordic experience.

Northern Lights in Norway

The Aurora Borealis is most visible in Norway from October through to late March, so you’ll be up there during the colder part of the year—be sure to dress appropriately. This isn’t a locale for a delicate little slip dress unless you’ll be marrying indoors!

A wedding beneath the Northern Lights requires hardier gear. Consider a white or cream velvet long-sleeved gown and a warm lined cloak for your outer layer. Knee-high white suede boots lined in sheepskin would be comfortable, warm, and absolutely stunning, and you can have some Norse-style embroidered mittens to put on after the rings are exchanged.

Jewellery for both yourself and your bridesmaids could echo the lights dancing above you: fiery opals flecked with pink and green would work, as would Swarovski crystals, moonstones, and diamonds. The groom and his men could deck themselves out in woollen coats and fancy scarves in your wedding hues, and both the ladies’ bouquets and the gents’ boutonnières could be crafted from local pine or spruce sprigs, herbs, and ribbon.

For take-away gifts, consider the traditional Norse gift of an evergreen seedling that they can plant in your honour (or, if few of them actually own property, potted rosemary is also a great alternative: a mini evergreen they can keep indoors and snip from any time).

Be sure to revel in the fabulous fare that the region has to offer, with a smørgåsbord of fish dishes, potatoes, cold meats, cheeses, and freshly-baked breads. Soups and salads made with regional ingredients would be lovely as well, and you’ll have access to a variety of wines and spirits to accompany the meal.

For a wedding cake, you could either have a standard cake created for you, but if you’d like the true Norwegian experience, consider having a traditional kransekake, made of marzipan (ground almonds, sugar, and eggwhites), and baked in rings that are then stacked atop one another.