Iceland Destination Wedding: Guest Advice

One of the hardest things to do while planning your Iceland destination wedding is being accommodating to all of your guests. You need to take a step back and put yourself in their shoes.  You have guests of all ages, different levels of travel experience, and possibly health concerns.  So it is important to provide them with information such as a “destination wedding packing list” and a “things to do in Iceland” list so they feel you have consideration for them.  To have an epic wedding means to have thought of every detail.  Good news! The next two blog posts will help you accomplish this!

Our guests only had an invitation that said “Ann and Chris; Saturday, April 14th 2012; Hella, Iceland.”  We disclosed on our wedding website that we had chosen a 5-star resort as our Iceland wedding reception location, but said nothing about the ceremony location.  The method to our madness follows:

  1. We wanted to keep the ceremony location a surprise.  We had our entire guest list load a bus at 12pm on April 14th 2012 unknowing where they were going.
  2. We were unsure of which waterfall we would choose to hold our wedding ceremony at as we felt once we arrived in Iceland we would finalize after seeing.  Skogafoss Waterfall is beautiful for wedding portraits but not to have a wedding ceremony with 10+ people at.  The conditions there are rough, rocky, more people crossing about, and the waterfall is much louder.  Having our wedding ceremony at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall allowed our guests to be on grass, have a short walk, an overwhelming view, and would allow for us to have less people in our wedding portraits.
  3. Rain or snow in April in Iceland is a very good possibility.  We did not want to lock ourselves in an exact time period in case a downpour happened.  No rain plan could be executed as far as another location, we were committed to getting married outside.  The only other option was to have guests use the umbrellas we gave them in their Iceland wedding welcome bags.
  4. We felt having a surprise wedding ceremony location would start our wedding off uniquely.
  5. I’m a destination wedding photographer so we had to blow away our guests with a super unforgettable Iceland destination wedding location!

On our wedding website (which we had featured as an insert to our destination wedding invitation) we offered up the following advice to our Iceland wedding guests:

“The ceremony will be held outside.  The weather will be moderate to cold, around 40-45F. Please layer and be prepared to be outside for up to 1.5 hours at one time for Iceland Wedding Photographs. Ladies, please keep in mind that you’ll be outdoors on grass, gravel, and sand, so wedge shoes, boots or flats are recommended.  The wedding reception will be held indoors alongside the Ranga River.”

What to Bring:

Spring months in Iceland are generally chilly, with average temperatures around 45F / 7C in the day. However, sometimes the weather can be unpredictable, so pack different types of layered clothing. Also, note that in April Iceland has ~16 hours of daylight and long periods of twilight with the Northern Lights in full display.  Sunrise is typically around 5am and sunset after 9pm.

Destination Wedding Packing Suggestions:

  • Passport (U.S) that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay in Iceland. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months in any six-month period. For other countries please visit:
  • Please bring your Iceland wedding invitation– Some airlines/visa offices may require you to show proof/reason for travel.
  • Camera.
  • Adapter for Europe – Voltage is 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)  See the plug here.
  • Bathing suit for the Blue Lagoon or Hot Tubs at the hotel.
  • Flip flops.
  • Walking shoes and/or boots for tours.
  • Shoes for wedding day/night.
  • Comfortable clothes for walking / sitting in a bus. Layers would be best.
  • Cocktail attire for the wedding welcome dinner and Iceland Wedding Reception.
  • Warm coat(s) (for glacier walk, wedding day, and sight-seeing)
  • Windbreaker or Under Armour Cold Gear.
  • Warm pants to layer; thermal underwear (especially good for Glacier Hike).
  • Gloves.
  • Scarf.
  • Hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • GPS with updated international maps.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Rain jacket / umbrella.
  • Medications (if needed).
  • Hair conditioner – sulfur in the water can dry out hair.
  • Favorite snacks / protein bars.
  • Neck pillow.
  • An appetite for adventure!

Your Iceland wedding guests will appreciate insight like the above more than you know!  Plus it gives you piece of mind that you put every bit of information out there to help them in their travels and get to Iceland prepared for your awesome wedding day!

Stay tuned for the other half of this topic in our next blog post:

Epically yours as a destination wedding planner and as an Iceland wedding photographer,

-Ann Peters (Photos by Miss Ann)

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