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Wedding couple in the Ice Church at Icehotel Sweden 2016Photo Asaf Kliger

Weddings

Be joined together in magic

Share your love with family and friends in an intimate Arctic wedding in Jukkasjärvi. The unique location, the ice, the snow and the almost unreal surroundings at Icehotel leave no one indifferent and there are plenty of options for your ceremony.

Reincarnated in a new fashion every winter, the crisp Ice Church and Icehotel’s majestic main hall are truly unforgettable venues. The ephemeral nature of the ice church adds to the sensation – when no architectural memento exists, the memories and the vows exchanged are especially cherished. For a countryside wedding, opt for the rustic Jukkasjärvi village church, dating back to the 1600’s. Or, why not a romantic ceremony in the wild, promising each other eternal love against a breath-taking backdrop of rivers, mountains and forests. You can also get a beautiful contrast and the best of two worlds during the summer months with a wedding amidst pristine natural ice inside Icehotel 365, followed by a reception in the warm summer sun.

Icehotel offers a wedding consultation service, so we can help with the planning and practical preparations to ensure your day is truly magical. Planning time varies from a few months to a couple of years. We recommend that you contact us well before it’s time.

The Ice Church

Our Ice Church returns to the river in spring, but love is eternal. Reborn in a new guise each winter and hand carved by carefully select designers, it is ephemeral and one of the most unique wedding locations that you can find. The church opens December 26 every year and stays open until April when it begins to melt back into the river. The ice church is an intimate venue, accommodating around 35-40 people, with walls and ceiling made of snow and the altar details and benches are made of pristine natural ice. The church is also very suitable for those considering to re-new their vows or a solemn blessing ceremony. If you would prefer a civil ceremony, then the hand-carved art suites or the majestic Main Hall in Icehotel make for spectacular venues.

Celebrations – reception & dinner

Whether you’re planning a secret escape or a festive gathering of family and friends, a celebratory evening is in place. Think champagne, delicious food and custom-made blocks of ice with your names and date engraved adorning the tables.

Icehotel Restaurant serves local delicacies like Kalix Bleak Roe, Arctic Char, reindeer and wild berries, prepared by the Michelin-trained head chef and his team in classic continental style. The historic Mommas-room is secluded from the main restaurant and ideal for private parties of up to 30 people.

The Old Homestead, dating back to the 1700’s, is located ten minutes walk from Icehotel. Expect to devour local traditional food and organic wine in front of the warm glow of candles and the roaring open fire.

The wedding night

What could be more romantic than spending your first night as a married couple on a bed of crystal clear ice and soft reindeer skins? Don’t worry about the cold; we got warm polar expedition sleeping bags from Haglöfs – even bags especially made for two.

After a long and joyful day celebrating your love with friends and family an unforgettable night awaits, perhaps the northern lights are dancing in the night sky above you or the midnight sun is glowing when you retreat to your suite. Each suite in Icehotel is a work of art – individually designed and hand carved masterpieces of ephemeral creativity and an experience like no other.

Icehotel offers a variety of room categories from luxury suites down to straightforward ice rooms as well as warm accommodation. As always, breakfast, sauna, loan of warm outer clothing and complimentary entry to Icehotel throughout your stay are included.  Read more about our rooms here.

Summer and fall weddings

The Arctic summer and fall landscapes are equally, if not more spectacular than winter. The snow is gone and the 24-hour daylight spawns an intense explosion of green in June. Come late August and September, the landscape is transformed into a cascade of red and orange, and as the nights get darker, the northern lights start making their reappearance.

Our wedding consultation service can help you plan an Arctic wedding year-round. Marry under the magical glow of the midnight sun or in the charming and historic Jukkasjärvi village church, Lapland’s oldest, dating back to the 1600’s. Or get the best of two worlds with a crisp wedding ceremony amongst pristine natural ice inside Icehotel 365 followed by a reception in the warm summer sun – a nice contrast and an element of winter in the height of summer.

Testimonials

"If you like the extreme cold and come to life in temperatures of -20 C and below, Jukkasjärvi in Arctic Sweden provides a backdrop that combines nature with the man made structure of the ICEHOTEL. If you want a photographer that captures the mood of the locality whilst providing a multitude of ideas and twists on the usual wedding photo shoot, then Asaf Kliger can’t be highly recommended enough. A true professional with unbounded enthusiasm and creative vision and also a really nice and genuine guy. The photographs he captured as part of our Viking wedding renewal are amazing; my wife wanted the day to have a ‘Game of Thrones’ feel which Asaf captured effortlessly. Asaf stated that he wanted to ‘create magic’ and he managed to do this and more." Matt & Emma Westhead-Thomas

Contact

We will help you make your dream come true. For more information contact us by phone +46-980-668 00 or e-mail info@icehotel.com

Clara and Martins Arctic Wedding

Practical Information

  • We are an international couple, what kind of legal papers are we required to bring with us?

    The couple must contact their local registrar in the community where they live, to apply for a “Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage”. Once collected they send copies of this certificate together with copies of valid native passports, birth certificates to us. We need to receive copies of all documents at latest 12-14 weeks ahead of the wedding date, so we can hand them over to the local registrar in Kiruna to examine.

    When the couple arrive they must also go the local registrar in Kiruna in person to formally apply for a marriage certificate according to the Swedish marriage law. This can be done at latest in the morning of the wedding day. For this appointment they are obliged to bring all original documents to show to the registrar.

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  • What about same-sex marriages?

    Same-sex marriage in Sweden has been legal since 2009, following the adoption of a new, gender-neutral law on marriage. Sweden was the seventh country in the world to open marriage to same sex couples. Icehotel welcomes all couples who wish to get married in our Church or at any Icehotel venue.

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  • Do you offer civil marriage ceremonies?

    We offer church weddings in the Ice Church and civil weddings in the majestic Main Hall or other places in and around the hotel. We assist you with a wedding officiant for civil ceremonies.

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  • What should we wear in the Ice Church?

    Snowmobile suits or traditional wedding attire, you decide! A general advice is to think warm and wear layers. All guests who stay at Icehotel get complimentary outer clothing on loan that we recommend your guests to wear during the ceremony.

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  • What about make-up and hair?

    You have the option to book a warm room to prepare hair and make-up, getting dressed and store cold sensitive belongings like camera equipment and the bridal bouquet. You can also use the heated service building, Dressing Room, adjacent to Icehotel, which is open and staffed 24 hours.

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