Weddings. They can be lavish, intimate, fun, boring, and all of the above. No wedding is alike, as no people are alike. Some like barefoot weddings on beaches, some prefer getting married in a church made of ice and snow – 200 km above the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland.

I bet most people carry a picture of their dream wedding, the venue, the music, the wedding dress. But let’s toss yours aside for a moment.

ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi. Photo by Asaf Kliger.

Exchanging vows in minus 5°C

Instead, picture yourself wearing a parka, snowshoes and exchanging vows in minus 5 °C, surrounded by ice and snow. When saying I do, you can see your breath vaporising, hear the snow squeaking under your shoes and everywhere you look – there is imaginative artwork chiseled out of ice.

No wedding is alike, as no Ice Church in Jukkasjärvi is alike. Photo by Asaf Kliger.

No wedding is alike, as no Ice Church in Jukkasjärvi is alike.

Photo by Asaf Kliger.
Getting married at ICEHOTEL

Couples from other countries have to make a personal visit to the local Tax Office and apply for a certificate regarding consideration of impediments to marriage (hindersprövning). ICEHOTEL can guide you through the necessary paperwork.

Each year, about 70 couples get married at ICEHOTEL. Like to be one of them? Have a look at Weddings at ICEHOTEL.

A unique location

The ice church at ICEHOTEL is literally one of the coolest wedding venues in the world. Like ICEHOTEL itself, the ice church only exists for a few months. Every winter, selected artists create a new ice ceremony hall. In addition to that, another 35 Art Suites are created for wedding couples and guests who would like to spend a night on the ice.

Once the church, and the suites, has melted away in spring, all that is left are the memories that you share. You can scarcely find a more unique location for your wedding.

Same-sex marriage in Sweden has been legal since 2009 and ICEHOTEL welcomes all couples who wish to get married in their church.

Ice weddings all year round

Since the ICEHOTEL 365 opened a few years ago, it became possible to get married surrounded by ice all year round. ICEHOTEL 365 has 20 Art Suites of ice and snow, an ice bar and an ice gallery – perfect for weddings and renewal of vows.

Now, this is something quite special. The thought of the perishable church kind of sustains and reinforces the vows of eternity. And in its uniqueness, it creates more space for all the non-alikeness in people, weddings and all loving relationships. I like that thought.

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