Iceland Wedding Guest Advice (Updated for 2023)

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.  Likely, you have guests of all ages, different levels of travel experience, and possibly different health and diet concerns.  Therefore it is important to provide them with has much education and information, so they feel you have consideration for them.  To have an epic wedding means to have thought of every detail.  So come along with us as we share with you some sharable Iceland wedding guest advice!

Communication with your Guests

Will you begin the communication with your guests by sending our Save the Dates?  Maybe if your date is closer and your group smaller, you jump right into Iceland wedding invitations.  Either way or route, it is helpful to additionally a wedding website to continue to share updates and travel information.

When you send your invitations, will you let the guest know what is specifically planned or will you keep it a surprise in case a location needs to change?  Previous couples have done the following to share Iceland wedding guest advice:

  1. Do you want to keep the ceremony location a surprise?  For example, it can be pretty fun to keep folks guessing.  Especially if you’re planning an adventure wedding with us… Why?  Because the chances of the guest visiting the location before are super low as our 90% of our locations require a super jeep as transportation.
  2. However, if you haven’t hired our team, you may want to disclose the location in advance so guests do not visit it!
  3. Maybe the location will need to change because of severe weather.  It is good to remain flexible and just give your guests the name or area of the wedding host hotel.
  4. Also, having a surprise wedding ceremony location could start your wedding off uniquely.

Essential Information

Meanwhile, what is considered essential information to communicate as Iceland wedding guest advice?  Firstly, when you send our your Save the Dates or Iceland wedding invitations it would be good to have an insert sharing your wedding website info.  Secondly, or some verbiage addressing what they may be getting into.  Third, maybe something like this:

  • Wedding Date
  • Iceland Wedding Hotel Name
  • Countryside Town Name
  • RSVP Date

“The ceremony will be held outside, rain or shine.  The weather should 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 photos and exploration.  Please keep in mind that you’ll be outdoors on grass, gravel, mud, and sand, so hiking boots or flats are recommended.  The wedding dinner / reception will be held indoors so feel free to bring a change of clothes!”

Iceland Wedding Guest Advice Topics

Next, you may be wondering what other topics would be useful for guests to have in regards to the wedding day itself?  Well good news, we have a plethora of topics we have written about over the past decade or more.  Additionally, you can see the list here:

Specifics on What to Bring:

If writing on your Iceland wedding website, it would be nice to start with what season you’re getting married in.  To illustrate, describe it!  For example, 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 sometimes in display (earlier part of the month).  Sunrise is typically around 5am and sunset after 9pm.

Traveling to Iceland Packing Suggestions:

Just to get you thinking… We provide a short list of common packing items folks bring to visit Iceland.  Likely, it would prove to be useful as Iceland wedding guest advice too!

  • Passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay in Iceland. No visa for US/Canadian citizens is required for a stay of up to three months in any six-month period. For other countries please visit this Icelandic Government website.
  • Bring your Iceland wedding invitation– Some airlines/visa offices may require you to show proof/reason for travel.  Specifically if an in advance Visa needed to be secured.
  • Camera.
  • Adapter for Europe – Voltage is 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts).  Checkout favorite Travel Adapter.
  • Bathing suit for Hot Springs or Hot Tubs!
  • Walking shoes and/or hiking boots for exploring.  Our favorite are Salewas.
  • Shoes for wedding day and night.
  • Comfortable clothes for walking, hiking, and sitting in the super jeep, bus, or car. 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 or Smartwool!
  • Gloves, check out Sealskinz!
  • Scarf.
  • Hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Stain Removers, we love travel Shout Wipes!
  • GPS with updated international maps (or download offline Google Maps).
  • Sunscreen.
  • Rain jacket / umbrella.
  • Medications (if needed).
  • Hair conditioner – sulfur in the water everywhere can dry out your hair.
  • Favorite snacks / protein bars.
  • Travel Pillow, click to see our favorite!
  • An appetite for adventure!

Iceland Travel Advice

Likely, your guests will choose to turn your wedding day into a perfect excuse for them to explore the island more.  Therefore, being able to share with them some tips from locals can certainly enhance their journey!  Maybe some of the below links would be applicable:

Lastly, with this Iceland wedding guest advice, your faves will appreciate insight more than you know!  Meanwhile, it also 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!!  If you need help planning your journey to Iceland, we would love to hear from you.  Feel free to contact us today!

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