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Feel the Magic: Best Places for a Winter Wedding

If you’ve always dreamed of a magical wedding in the snow, take time to peruse some of the best places for a winter wedding! Beauty abounds at these locations.

Some people dream of a summer wedding with bright flower petals and hot sunshine. Others crave a white winter wedding full of fluffy snow and deep shades. There’s no wrong choice, but this time of year, it seems like there’s no better backdrop for a ceremony than powdery snow, twinkly lights, and distant mountain peaks. These enchanting details make a winter wedding seem quite like perfection. If that seems like something you’d swoon for, take a look at some of the best places for a winter wedding!

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Wyoming has tons of winter wedding-friendly destinations. One of the best states for a serene and quiet winter wedding, Wyoming offers a lot of adventure with equal moments of relaxation. Jackson Hole is the place to go for fabulous skiing around the wedding day, and it offers a myriad of housing and resort choices for people looking to host a wedding big or small.

Banff National Park, Canada

Wild landscape mountain range view, Banff national park, Canada
Wild landscape mountain range view, Banff national park, Alberta, Canada

Is Canada is the perfect choice for winter weddings, or what? Almost anywhere in Canada is a terrific choice for the wedding of your dreams. You can go to Quebec City for city wedding vibes, or you can go more remote in Alberta. However, Banff National Park made our list because you’ll get the Canadian Rockies as a backdrop. The park features tons of glorious winter wedding venues as well, such as the castle-like Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canmore’s A Bear & Bison Inn, and so many more!

Taos, New Mexico

Church in Taos
Church in Taos, New Mexico

For those of you looking for a smaller destination wedding that still has personality, turn to Taos. The area’s rich history and vibrant culture make this location much more than the ski town it looks like at first glance. Take your wedding photos in the mountains and enjoy the quaint nature of the area. Your family members can stay at a pueblo-style house, and you could even have your wedding in the backyard of one. Taos won’t cease to amaze you.

Zürich, Switzerland


Nightscene in Zurich
Nightscene at the banks of river Limmat in Zurich

Although this is definitely a pricier option, Zürich is a whimsical place for a winter wedding. If you and your partner love skiing, then a destination wedding here—with a honeymoon following—will check off all your boxes. Stay at one of the uber-luxe resorts and enjoy the area’s magical winter backdrop. If this area doesn’t quite fit your dreams, peruse the many other castles in the country—you might just find your perfect spot!

Telluride, Colorado

Snowy winter in the foothills of the Alps
Snowy winter in the foothills of the Alps

Colorado has many places to throw a lovely winter wedding, but Telluride made this list for its small-town feel, luxury accommodations, and absolutely breathtaking views. But those aren’t all the reasons to have a destination wedding in Telluride. The things that will draw you to this location most are all the possibilities. A rehearsal dinner at a mountaintop restaurant? A wedding in a remote area of the mountains with a sleigh ride? Not much is prettier than a Telluride wedding, no matter what the season, but winter holds a certain magic.

Stowe, Vermont

Iconic New England church in Stowe town at autumn
Iconic New England church in Stowe town at autumn in Vermont, USA

Last on our list is the bewitching town of Stowe. This location is a favorite fall wedding destination, but winter is just as magnificent. Here you’ll find mountains for photo ops, quaint town centers for sleigh rides, and charming covered bridges. For those of you who want a big wedding, the Stowe Mountain Resort will accommodate, but for more intimate weddings, the Cliff House Restaurant will do just the trick.

Happy planning, lovebirds!

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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