The Best Mountain Venues
for a Snow-dusted Wedding
Our round-up of the best, most exclusive mountain wedding venues for a timeless and romantic winter wedding
by Flavia Arditi
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Celebrating a wedding high up in the mountains has become increasingly popular in recent years, with brides and grooms seeking to add a touch of magic to their big day.
With roaring fireplaces, warm bites and a convivial and intimate atmosphere, a winter wedding has a unique flair guaranteed to utterly charm guests.
And there’s no need to worry about the weather. If it rains or snows, even better, as you’ll be able to fully capture the seasonal spirit. And, very importantly, there will be more availability on your preferred date at your venue of choice. You’ll be able to choose from gorgeous long-sleeved wedding gowns and you can adorn your venue with warm and colorful flower arrangements to create a magical atmosphere.
With so many mountain venues to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice for your winter wedding in a gorgeous mountain location. From medieval castles and mountain huts boasting spectacular views to lodges nestled in woods and hotels with a timeless allure, here are the most exclusive venues for your winter nuptials in Italy, France and Switzerland.
Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa | Cortina D'Ampezzo Via Rinaldo Menardi, 42
A jewel of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cristallo, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa overlooks Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy’s legendary resort boasting a spectacular location amid majestic mountain peaks. Popular among the Italian and international jet set, the hotel has long been known for its exceptional service, making it a favorite for exclusive stays and events. Perfect for small weddings with up to 100 guests, Cristallo pampers and spoils with a panoramic spa, personalized service and culinary excellence.
Da Bepi al Lago Ghedina | Cortina d'Ampezzo Lago Ghedina, 2
On the shores of magical Lake Ghedina in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Ristorante Da Bepi is an evocative, timeless spot immersed in nature. This intimate and romantic venue enjoys a fairytale setting among centuries-old trees, making it the perfect place to celebrate weddings and hold receptions in a traditional laidback environment. It may leave opulence and glamour behind, but Da Bepi is a highly sought-after venue for exclusive events and celebrations, offering traditional cuisine, gorgeous views and a heavy dose of magic. Perfect for weddings with up to 170 guests.
Castel Fragsburg | Merano Fragsburg, 3
Built in the 14th century, this panoramic castle is the perfect venue to host fairytale weddings and large celebrations. Surrounded by a large park, the hotel has a warm and opulent setting, with wood-clad halls and magnificent chandeliers, making it ideal for lavish celebrations. The former castle hosts up to 120 guests, while the main building can host up to 100 people (the latter must be rented out on a private basis and there’s a minimum two-night stay policy). With a magnificent setting that is guaranteed to create long-lasting memories, this wonderful fairytale venue can be entirely customized to suit your needs.
San Luis | Avelengo Via Verano, 5
A few kilometers from Merano in Alto Adige, San Luis Lodge sits on the shores of a glorious alpine lake occupying over 5800sqm. Providing discreet and attentive service, the hotel features natural materials and furnishings. Wood, glass and clay feature throughout the lobby and accommodation (26 chalets and 17 tree houses), while the Clubhouse exudes an exclusive sense of privacy. This calm and serene oasis is immersed in a 40-hectare Alpine Park, where the bride and groom can switch off and share special moments together in a private setting. The hotel can host weddings of up to 130 people. A full buyout of the hotel must be booked for a minimum of 3 nights.
Alpina Dolomites | Alpe di Siusi Compatsch, 62/3
A true tribute to contemporary luxury, Alpina Dolomites Lodge is in the Alpe di Siusi, the largest plateau in Europe. The resort boasts a spectacular natural setting, with the imposing Dolomites framing gorgeous views. With its eco-friendly architecture and design, Alpina harmoniously blends in with the surrounding landscape. It’s a veritable wellness haven offering a luxurious setting for lavish celebrations – perfect for small and medium-sized weddings, with a maximum capacity of 180 people and 60 rooms (with a full buyout of the hotel).
Vigilius | Lana Via Villa, 3
Reachable only by cable car, Vigilius is a serene spot nestled in the mountains. There are no cars, no noise and no stress. This 5-star hotel seamlessly blends in with nature and is the perfect choice for brides and grooms seeking peace and quiet. Located at an altitude of 1500m, the venue is a veritable oasis of serenity where you can hover above the rest of the world leading a simple life, leaving superfluous problems below. Its unique location makes it perfect for intimate receptions. The venue can host up to 85 people overnight and up to 110 for wedding receptions. It’s the perfect place to host unique events in a striking setting.
Bellevue Hotel & Spa | Cogne Rue Grand Paradis, 22
Located in one of the Alps’ most charming spots at the foot of the Gran Paradiso National Park, Bellevue Hotel & Spa has a long history dating to the early 1900s. With its works of art, opulent fabrics and luscious culinary offering, the Bellevue tastefully blends classic and contemporary features. The décor is cozy and welcoming. Wood and Alpine elements feature heavily in the common areas as well as in the rooms and chalets. It’s perfect for those who prefer a traditional Alpine setting over modern design. The hotel accommodates about 80 people overnight and up to 120 people for wedding receptions (with buyout in high season).
Badrutt’s Palace | St. Moritz Via Serlas, 27
Immersed in a pristine setting, Badrutt’s Palace has been an institution in St. Moritz since opening in 1896. Frequented by royals and celebrities, this elegant palace is renowned for its exclusivity, glamorous atmosphere, culinary excellence and sought-after sporting activities. Exuding splendor and charm, the hotel celebrates excellence, with sumptuous wedding receptions perfect for couples seeking exclusive luxury. Each room is assigned a personal butler, while the hotel’s King’s Club is St. Moritz’s liveliest club. With its large, sumptuous halls, the venue is perfect for lavish receptions of up to 360 people.
Gstaad Palace | Gstaad Palacestrasse, 28
One of Switzerland’s most famous hotels, Gstaad Palace marries glamour and Alpine décor. Offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, the hotel has a charming and relaxing atmosphere, and is only steps away from the city center. Chosen for its exceptional comfort, outstanding service and overall quality, the hotel has attracted the international jet set since the early 1900s. Its opulent halls can host lavish receptions of up to 240 people.
The Chedi | Andermatt Gotthardstrasse, 4
Uniquely combining alpine elegance and oriental charm, The Chedi Andermatt bewitches and seduces. With its crackling fireplaces, dim lighting, lush fabrics and rich scents, it’s the perfect place to host an intimate and exclusive wedding. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with bespoke service catering to every whim to create memories to cherish for years to come. To make the most of the venue’s intimate setting, we recommend hosting weddings of up to 140 people, although the venue can accommodate up to 200.
Les Airelles | Courchevel Rue du Jardin Alpin, 73120
A favorite among elite travelers and athletes from the world over, Courchevel – the first ski resort in France’s Three Valleys – is a magical place where sport and glamour combine. Les Airelles is a former Austro-Hungarian residence that enjoys a fabulous location right on the slopes. Providing exceptional service, the hotel goes above and beyond, offering couples a lavish all-round experience that is sure to wow guests.