Sure, a wedding on a sandy beach is lovely, but there’s nothing to say that a winter wedding can’t be just as beautiful and romantic. If you prefer snowy mountains, rocky shorelines, glittering treetops, and ice rinks (Seriously, what’s more romantic than that?), these five winter wonderland wedding destinations are for you.

Estes Park, Colorado, USA

Estes Park, Colorado

If you’re looking for rustic charm and stunning winter views at an affordable price, Estes Park should fit the bill. They also make the planning easy! For an intimate affair, Rocky Mountain Resorts offers an Elopement Package for the wedding couple and up to 8 guests people. It includes a one-night stay, charming additions like sparkling cider and a dozen red roses, and even an officiant to perform the ceremony. You’ll be surrounded by pine trees, snow-capped mountains, great skiing, and the people you love – does it get any better?

Lake Superior, Minnesota, USA

Lake Superior, Minnesota

Located in northern Minnesota, Lake Superior’s North Shore has plenty to offer the outdoorsy couples (and guests who simply appreciate a great winter view). From cross-country skiing to winter surfing (yes, really!), there are plenty of activities to keep you busy after you say your vows. The North Shore is also home to first-rate resorts, excellent restaurants, and wedding venues overlooking the expansive Gitchi Gummi (the Ojibwe name for Lake Superior).

New York City, New York, USA

New York City, New York

For an urban winter wedding, consider the iconic winter venues in New York City. The rink at Rockefeller Center would make a great spot for wedding party photos (or for your guests to skate a bit before heading to the reception). There are fewer places more romantic than Central Park under a blanket of snow. Of course, if you need to warm up, there are plenty of great venues throughout the city for a reception as intimate or large as your heart desires.

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Montréal, Québec

For European flavor (without the high European price tag), consider a wedding in Montréal. Vieux Montreal, the old city, is a beautiful, historic place to say “I do.” Amongst the cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings, you’ll find public squares, monuments, and photo opportunities galore! There is no shortage of reception venues in this area, ranging from intimate and affordable to large and decadent.

ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Swedish Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

For those who prefer ice castles to sand castles, look no further. The world’s largest hotel made out of ice and snow provides a magical setting for a wedding. They’ve even planned for it by constructing a stunning ice church for ceremonies and various small reception locations. This one-of-a-kind spot is located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle near the Torne River. The largest of the four national rivers in Sweden, the Torne is one of the last untouched rivers in Europe – also known as a wild river. The natural beauty and romance here is almost too much to handle.

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Jen Bouchard

An insatiable foodie, art collector, and international literature aficionado, I have traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada. For the past fifteen years, I have written about my adventures for various travel and literary publications. I am the owner of Lucidité Writing (www.luciditewriting.com) and Bouchard Design Co.