bleucrayon
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Iceland Wedding Help

bleucrayon, on November 11, 2015 at 2:09 PM Posted in Planning 0 23
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Hello!

My fiancée and I are planning to get married in Iceland. We've hired a planner to help with logisitcs and the obvious language barrier.

Do you know anyone who has done this? Have you been to a destination wedding in Iceland? Just looking for input!

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  • 2YearsAway
    Expert August 2017
    2YearsAway ·
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    I am no help because I am not having an international wedding, but I just wanted to say that Iceland is my favorite place ever! There will not be much of a language barrier, almost all Icelanders also speak English. What city/town are you getting married in?

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  • OriginalRandi
    Master November 2015
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    Never heard of this before but I'm a HUGE fan of Iceland. FH and I are going there for our honeymoon in just a couple weeksSmiley smile There are a couple of girls on here who went there for their honeymoons as well...and I know I'd be more than happy to share anything from my experience once we get back. I know that's not helpful with the wedding part of it per se, but just throwing that out there in case it's of any help.

    In any case, good luck! Sounds like an amazing idea!

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  • bleucrayon
    Devoted May 2017
    bleucrayon ·
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    Thanks, ladies!

    Any information on cool places to visit, good restaurants, or hotels would be much appreciated. We're probably doing an outdoor ceremony somewhere in the countryside and then head back to Reykjavik for a reception.

    I fell in love with Iceland as a wedding location when I saw portraits on Pintrest. Soooo gorgeous!

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  • Christina
    Master October 2017
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    Welcome to the WeddingWire Community @Alex!

    I've visited Iceland on a family vacation - loved it, there's absolutely no place like it. Is this going to be just the two of you?

    There are some discussions on honeymooning in Iceland from past couples ~ you could check them out for restaurant, etc help! Definitely keep in mind that alcohol is incredibly expensive over there, which you'll have to factor in.

    - https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/booked-our-honeymoon-to-iceland/cad35579990b12d7.html

    - https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/randi-or-anyone-who-has-doneis-planning-an-iceland-honeymoon/4869165799f07ef7.html

    - https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/iceland-honeymoon-experience/340a05e4c1acf4ce.html

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  • Kelsey
    Savvy August 2016
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    Go ride Icelandic Horses at Ishestar! I used to work there. Icelandic horses are a very special breed Smiley smile

    And Steikhusid is seriously the BEST nice restaurant. The best meal I have ever had was there. Cafe Loki is a great place to go to try the old traditional foods.

    Seriously though Iceland is my favorite place ever, I could go on and on and on. I

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  • annakay511
    Master July 2015
    annakay511 ·
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    Nothing to add but change your avatar! The rings are associated with spam/trolls and it will help you get more responses Smiley smile

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  • Elizabeth
    Master December 2016
    Elizabeth ·
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    Sounds like a lot of fun. Just make sure to check with your VIPs for their best dates before you book since it's international travel.

    I've never been to Iceland, but I've heard amazing things about the geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon.

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  • bleucrayon
    Devoted May 2017
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    Finally figured out how to change my photo.

    We plan on inviting around 20 -30 people, but we really don't expect many to come. Which is fine with us, we understand it's a lot to ask but if you want to make the trip then we want you there. However, we have a lot of friends that love to travel so I think more will RSVP than we think.

    We were thinking of taking our guests either on a sightseeing tour the day after the wedding or to the Blue Lagoon as a thank you. That's way more fun than a favor Smiley winking

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  • Tara
    Devoted November 2015
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    We honeymooning there in 3 weeks! Cant wait to experience it all. Your wedding photos will be amazing!

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  • Lisa Kingsbury
    April 2020
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    I am so excited for you! My fiance and I got engaged in Iceland last April and we're heading back in February to make our Save the Date film. (Here's a link to our engagement film if you're interested: https://vimeo.com/128756629)

    I second the idea to do an Icelandic horse tour. We did ours through Íslenski Hesturinn – The Icelandic Horse. I would highly recommend finding a tour company that has horses who can tölt. It's a unique gait that Icelandic horses have and it's so much fun!

    If you're up for an adventure and are planning on staying in Iceland for your honeymoon, you should consider driving the Ring Road. You can see a lot of the country this way. We did it in about eight days and had an amazing time! If you don't have that much time, I recommend at least taking a day trip along the South and seeing Skógafoss, the black sand beach outside of Vík (you might even see puffins) and Jökulsárlón. We also enjoyed a day driving around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. There, you can see Kirkjufellsfoss and Djúpalónssandur. There's a beautiful black church in Búðir that I've seen quite a few weddings at (if that's your style).

    We're planning our destination wedding right now too (November 10th, 2016). It's not in Iceland, but I would just recommend choosing vendors that you love since you'll be spending quite a bit of time with them. We ended up choosing our photographer because we loved her work AND we loved her too! She's staying with us for two nights, so it was important for us to find someone we'd enjoying hanging out with.




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  • Lisa Kingsbury
    April 2020
    Lisa Kingsbury ·
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    Oops, sorry for the double post! Here are a couple more pictures from the South. Smiley smile




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  • Victoria
    Beginner October 2017
    Victoria ·
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    You might do well to hire a photographer from the states and fly them over. I know blackravenimagery.com will work for travel fees cause she is trying to get more destination weddings for her portfolio.

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  • Pinky Winter Promise
    Master February 2016
    Pinky Winter Promise ·
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    Tara and Randi... will you be there at the same time???

    Lisa K - When in February will you be there?

    I really do not have any suggestions.. Google has been my friend and we went to Barnes and Noble and picked up an Iceland book, to see suggestions of what to do in various months. We should be heading there in February for our honeymoon (FH is having some issues with getting the time off, there is a new policy which he can't put the dates in until January, which is frustrating).

    I just looked at our Iceland book and it says that May is the Reykjavik Arts Festival (two weeks of local and international theatre performances, film, dance, music, and visual art). www.listahatid.is has the program.

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  • Lisa Kingsbury
    April 2020
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    We'll be there from February 13th-18th. I'm hoping the northern lights make an appearance.

    What dates are you planning for your honeymoon? Hopefully everything works out with your fiancé getting the time off, that is frustrating!

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  • Tara
    Devoted November 2015
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    We will be there their November28th until December 5th

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  • Jay Farrell
    April 2020
    Jay Farrell ·
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    I don't know, but that sounds awesome! I have. Friend who just went there and photos are amazing....he did say most everyone knew English.

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  • Pinky Winter Promise
    Master February 2016
    Pinky Winter Promise ·
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    Our wedding is the 13th.. I think we will be leaving around the 17th but I'm not sure quite yet. I hope that the northern lights make an appearance as well!!

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  • MrsMcDougall
    VIP May 2016
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    One of my bridesmaids is MOH in another wedding in Iceland in 2 weeks. If you have specific questions, I can ask both the bride & our mutual friend. I know the wedding is in Reykjavik & they have excursions to see the Northern lights and go to hot springs, but I don't know much more yet.

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  • Pinky Winter Promise
    Master February 2016
    Pinky Winter Promise ·
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    Lisa K -- So how did you get to the airplane? My FH and I were discussing honeymoon plans and he stated that he wants to go see it. Is there any tours that include it or would we have to rent a car to get to it?

    Also.. I know you are hoping that the northern lights make an appearance (while you are there). Do you have any plans on how you hope to see them?

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  • Lisa Kingsbury
    April 2020
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    Pinky Winter Promise - The plane is on Solheimasandur, which is a black sand beach not too far before you reach Vik. It's about two hours outside of Reykjavik, so you will have to rent a car to get there. I think it's nice having a car in Iceland in general though because you can explore more than just Reykjavik and you can explore at your own pace instead of with a bus full of other people. The road itself says not to drive it unless you have a 4x4, but we did it just fine in our little campervan. It might be a different story in February though because of snow. I think we'll be renting a 4x4 when we go just in case of snow anyway. We followed this guy's directions and had no problems finding it (http://expertvagabond.com/airplane-crash-wreckage-iceland/).

    I just found a Super Jeep tour (my mom did a different super jeep tour this May and loved it) through Reykjavik Excursions that says it stops at the plane. I'm sure there are other companies that do it too.

    I think our plan is to keep an eye on the aurora forecast and self-drive to the areas that have good visibility. From what I understand, it's similar to stargazing and you want to get away from the city lights for the best chances of seeing them. Our airfare package came with a northern lights tour as well. It's called Warm Baths and Cool Lights, but I'm not really sure what to expect from it!

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