How to Plan a Waterfall Wedding

Waterfalls are a source of life and a force of nature!  They come in all shapes, sizes, textures and tones.  And surely can be found throughout all areas of Iceland too.  Maybe you are so inspired by waterfalls, that you’re engaged now and you want to be married in front of one!  If so… Allow us to help you indulge in how to plan a waterfall wedding!

Planning a Waterfall Wedding in Iceland

The logistics can be a bit cumbersome in planning a waterfall wedding.  To illustrate there are many moving parts to consider like the below short list.  Furthermore, we elaborate on these specific subjects later on in this post.

  • Location: Choosing the right waterfall location for your Iceland wedding ceremony.
  • Permission: Acquiring permission from the landowner, town, organization, or national park.  And pay any requested fees, permits, etc as needed.
  • Travel: How to get to / from the waterfall during your desired time of year.
  • Restroom: Are there bathrooms onsite or do you need an alternative option?
  • Attire: Rain or Shine, you and your guests need to be prepared.
  • Time: How long will you spend at the location?  For the ceremony, group photos, and exploration, etc.
  • Setup: What specific spot within the location?  Seated ceremony? Sound System? Other decor features.
  • Food: Do you want something celebratory to eat or drink after you say, “I do”?
  • Responsibility & Care: Before leaving the location, are you leaving anything behind?

Types of Waterfalls

Over 10,000 waterfalls dot the Icelandic countryside.  Which is exciting because I’m not even sure you could find your way to every single one within your lifetime… But we are sure trying!  Additionally, did you know there are many different types of waterfalls to potentially consider for your Iceland waterfall wedding location?  For example, a highlight list of them follow for you to feast your eyes on!

20 Different Types of Waterfalls in Iceland


#1: Block Waterfalls

#2: Waterfall at a Glacier

#3: Ribbon Waterfalls

#4: Multi-Tiered Waterfall

#5: Bowl Waterfall

#6: Glacier Fed Waterfalls

#7: Segment Waterfalls

#8: Mountain Spring Fed Waterfall

#9: Fan Waterfall

#10: Punch Bowl

#11: Lava Rock Waterfall in Iceland (Basalt Waterfalls)

#12: Forest Waterfall

#13: Trickle Waterfall

#14: Cliff Waterfall

#15: Iceland Waterfall You Can Walk Behind

#16: Canyon Waterfalls

#17: Cascade Waterfalls

#18: Plunge Waterfalls

#19: Chute Waterfalls:

#20: Slide Waterfall

Why Have a Wedding Ceremony at a Waterfall?

Likely you love nature, being outdoors, and want an undeniably beautiful ceremony location!  Am I right?  Well not sure you can top having an Iceland waterfall wedding!  There is just something so freaking EPIC about making the walk to the location, breathing in the fresh air, hearing the sounds, and realizing you’re standing at a stunning waterfall!  Honestly, your guests will be wow’d regardless of the size of the waterfall too!  Because frankly, how many people do you know who have been married at a waterfall in Iceland?

Logistics of Planning a Wedding with Guests at a Waterfall:

You’ve decided to bring guests to your Iceland adventure wedding- Woohoo!!  Good news, we will now elaborate on all of the step by step logistics of planning a waterfall wedding in Iceland…

#1: Time of Year

Deciding when to get married in Iceland is important.  Everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to temperature, needs for budget and desires for activities.  If planning an Iceland wedding on a budget it is best to visit between September 15th – May 15th as prices in accommodation are typically lower.  Also if you want a snowy winter wonderland wedding, the best month is February.

#2: Location:

What type of waterfall intrigues you?  We highlighted 20 different types above to help you narrow down your style.  If seeking a less touristy waterfall we recommend that you hire a local Iceland wedding planner to help you further.  The vast majority of waterfalls in Iceland are on private property and many times also only accessible via super jeep.  Therefore, having a local in your court is extremely beneficial to ensure you don’t break rules, make any cultural faux pas, or piss off locals in any way!

#3: Permission:

In planning for guests joining you for your Iceland waterfall wedding ceremony, it’s very important to acquire in advance permission from the landowner, town, organization, or national park.  Note: Fees for usage, permit, etc may apply.  This is done by hiring a local wedding planner to handle on your behalf or you embark on the hours of research and phone bingo yourself.

Keep in mind if you work with a team outside of ours… Although you may be granted permission to hold your wedding at the location, it does not give you the right to close the space for your wedding ceremony.  We are the only Iceland wedding planners and photographers that have been providing exclusive locations to couples for 10 years.

Also, in booking our team and our private property locations via super jeeps, we are ensuring exclusivity for your Iceland wedding ceremony.  Further, we do not charge extra for those specific locations as the costs are built in.

#4: Travel:

How will you get to / from the waterfall during your desired time of year?  By car? Bus? Super Jeep? Or your own two feet?  Make sure you know what conditions will be like so you are not surprised or run late because of snow levels, flooding, getting stuck, etc.

#5: Restroom:

Are there bathrooms onsite of your waterfall wedding ceremony location?  If not, how will you handle?  For example, booking a bus with a bathroom on board, strategically stopping at fuel stations (or other locations), or bringing along your very own towed porta potty.  Landowners frown on having their properties used as restrooms, so please be respectful and mindful.

#6: Attire:

Likely your guests will wonder what they should wear to an Iceland wedding or how to pack, and how to pack a “go bag” for your adventure.   Please make sure you educate them!  Same for you two… Keep in mind the weather in Iceland as you plan too because more often than not locations can get extremely muddy quickly.

#7: Time:

When you have guests joining you, it’s important to have a schedule in place.  For instance, how long will you spend at the location for the setup / tear-down, ceremony, group photos, family / friends photos, exploring, and portraits of just the two of you.  Our professional recommendation would be at follows:

  • Setup: 5-15 minutes (or longer if a more elaborate setup).
  • Ceremony: 10-30 minutes.
  • Group Photos: 15-30 minutes (depending on your group size).
  • Exploration: 15-20 minutes exploration.
  • Portraits of just the two of you, 10-20 minutes.
  • Tear-down: 5-15 minutes.

#8: Setup:

Have you done your research on the location?  Visited it before?  Or did your Iceland wedding planner or photographer share with you scouting photos and videos? Firstly, it’s good to have an idea of the approximate location you will need to setup the ceremony at.  Secondly, what is included in your waterfall wedding ceremony setup?  Some ideas to consider follow:

  • Ceremony Seating: Will you be having your guests stand or sit?  Many couples feel having a seated ceremony is important not only for guest comfort but also from a photo and video perspective.  Also it’s a must have when you have a bridal party standing with.  However, if you choose against this because you need to be budget minded or the location does not allow, hire a Day of Planner.  One of the countless duties an Iceland Day of Planner can be is seating or placing your guests so that there can still be an aisle way for you to walk down.
  • Sound System: Regardless if you wish to have music played having a battery (or generator) powered weather proof speaker and mic is important.  After all, your guests have traveled far to hear your ceremony, allow them to hear it over the powerful waterfall sounds!
  • Musicians: Love the idea of having a live performance during your ceremony?  This could be a guitar player, piano, singers, harpist, violin, or a local playing the traditional Langspil, etc.
  • Other Decor Features: Such as arch, lighting, greenery, candles, lanterns, fire sources, animal skills, furs, rose petals, etc.  NOTE: Not all locations will allow for additional decor to be brought in.

#9: Food:

What celebration would be complete without food and drinks!  Many times couples love the idea of ending their ceremony with a champagne toast.  Our team even has custom options such as a styled table, fruit, artisan chocolates, Icelandic pastries, etc.  Indulge after you say, “I do!”

#10: Responsibility & Care:

The rule of thumb regardless of the location is that you leave the location better than when you found it.  Leave no Trace.  For example, if you’re having a rose petal aisle way, you or your wedding planner brings a generator and vacuum to clean up the petals and any trace they leave.  Even though this may be your only visit to the waterfall location, others will follow behind you at some point so it’s critical that you take responsibility for your time there and care about the area too.

Waterfall Elopement: What to Expect

Eloping at a waterfall is far easier than planning a wedding with guests.  After all, you only have to worry about the two of you, celebrant, photographer, and the weather in Iceland!  You still need to go through at least half of the steps above, but it is less!  For instance, you still need to do the following steps:

  1. Chose your Iceland waterfall location.
  2. Get permission and/or pay the landowner, town, organization, or national park.
  3. What type of transport you need to get to the waterfall.  It’s important to know what the roads / landscape is like during your desired wedding date.
  4. Where can you use the restroom?
  5. Be prepared for the weather or have a “plan b” if you need.
  6. It’s important to be a responsible tourist.  Do not leave anything behind and leave the area better than you arrived.

Waterfall Locations in Iceland

Now on to exciting stuff… Choosing your Iceland waterfall location!  Have fun with it as you have thousands to choose from!!

Lastly, we hope this weeks Iceland Wedding Planner post leaving you inspired!!  Maybe even crazy curious about potentially planning your own waterfall wedding adventure in Iceland?  If so, we would love to hear from you!  Feel free to contact us for more information!

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