Winter Wedding in the Dolomites

Ever wondered why everyone get married from June to September?

Too much cold?

Well maybe there are not enough information on ho get equipped and which is the best bridal gown to wear during your day on the Dolomites!

And yes a winter wedding can be totally glamorous, cinematic, and magical.

With the right elements, your winter wedding in Italy will be a wonderland.

A Japanese newlywed couple looking to each other in a snowy forest on south tyrol
Ein frisch verheiratetes Paar umarmt sich in der Kirche St. Johannes in Südtirol
Hochzeit Pflerschtal

In Italy there are wonderful places to organize your mountain wedding. Our favorite place and geographical core business area is South Tyrol.

Ever heard about this particular region in Italy where people speak both Italian and German?

The winter wedding Attire

Think about you and your partner in the elegant look, the groom in tails, and the bride in a long white silk dress with purple fur. It would be interesting to evoke the winter season with diamonds and pearls on the gown. Using wraps, shrugs, and capes, or dramatic coats could result in a perfect combination. The bride in a white dress and a large red shawl rolled up against the groom dressing a red boutonnière makes a striking contrast. And what about bridesmaids? An attractive wrap to wear on the day of the wedding could be very appropriate.

winter elopement on the dolomites in Italy

Hosting Venues

Look for a chalet with a fireplace that is going to leave your guests breathless. For larger ceremonies, you may use a historic lodge or a castle to maintain an intimate, warm atmosphere. Big rooms with large picture windows are the best solution you can have during winter events, even though snowflakes might miss on the wedding day. Don’t forget to consider adequate heating during your event.

Hochzeit im grödner tal
Lodge during a winter wedding in the Dolomites

Amazing Activities for your guests – Snowshoeing

Still, it is fascinating, especially when you are traversing breathtaking views away from the clamor of the crowds and the stress of ski lifts.

To be appreciated when it has just snowed, the surroundings are dripping snow everywhere, and everything is soft and magical.
Walking with snowshoes is very similar to cross-country skiing in that the snowshoe is attached to the foot only at the front of the boot while the heels are free (we can also attach them to the heel if we have to engage in a rather steep area).

Walking with snowshoeing (snowshoes) is a slightly more strenuous activity than a walk in the snow.

Still, it is fascinating, especially when you are traversing breathtaking views away from the clamor of the crowds and the stress of ski lifts.

To be appreciated when it has just snowed, the surroundings are dripping snow everywhere, and everything is soft and magical.
Walking with snowshoes is very similar to cross-country skiing in that the snowshoe is attached to the foot only at the front of the boot while the heels are free (we can also attach them to the heel if we have to engage in a rather steep area).

Snowshoeing in the Dolomites with steel crampons in the area underneath provides a natural foot movement suitable for people of all ages: you need to get some practice with the tool and take advantage of it during the ski week.

Essential equipment includes long-sleeved t-shirts made of technical fabric, lightweight fleece, a windproof jacket, a pair of waterproof and windproof hiking pants, preferably made of gore-tex or otherwise breathable fabric, socks, hiking shoes, poles that can be made of plastic for hard, more icy snow, or aluminum and rubber suitable for soft snow, and bars.


But How do you walk with snowshoes in the Dolomites?

With short and regular steps: when we advance with our right foot, we point the pole in our left hand into the snow, and vice versa.

We don’t feel confident because we are beginners, but we are great nature lovers? Let’s follow the weather and the wind pattern and go out when the sky is clear.

If not, let us be accompanied by a mountain guide who will best advise us on the most fascinating and snowshoe-friendly routes.

The Winter Menu

We personally suggest the Tyrolese cuisine inspired by the old tradition in Südtirol, “Kasspatzln”, “Canederli”, “Mezzelune”, Schlutzkrapfen, Rosticciata “Gröstl” and for the sweet “Sacher” cake and “Strüdel”

Typical Knödel of South Tyrol
Mezzelune

Winter Wedding Flowers

A wedding inspired by silver and white elegance should be decorated with dusty miller, silver-dollar eucalyptus, baby blue eucalyptus, eventually mixed with white flowers such as roses and football mums crocus, lilies, and stephanotis. For a bright bouquet, red roses with holly and pine-tree greenery evoke the forest and woods’ tonalities.

Winter Wedding Flowers

Décor for Your Winter Wedding

A mise en place with white poinsettias, bright red cranberries in a bowl surrounding floating candles, a room enlightened light by pillar candles on a bed of pine branches, stock up on strands of small white lights, stringing them around doorways, over tables, and on archways.

Winter decorations on a reception table with green garland and candelabra.

Favors for Your Guests?

Get inspired by the place! Give them some good warm small blanket, a map of the places to visit, or a brochure suggesting activities (i.e., ice-skating, skiing) or invite them to play in a competition all together fighting with snowballs, live it with the joy even though it is cold!

Church at Jufenalm
Winter Wedding Setting

 

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