Choosing a Swiss wedding venue
How do you choose a wedding venue in Switzerland? With such a wide range of stunning locations, world-class hotels and cute hideaways, choosing a Swiss wedding venue might seem like a mammoth task. In this blog post, I share some of my favourite wedding venues and the reasons I think they are unique. A personal wedding can take place anywhere, surrounded by the people you love. That said, I think people come to Switzerland to get married because there is something epic about the grandeur of the mountains, the lakes and the forests. Perhaps a little piece of heaven on earth where you can feel close to nature and feel completely pampered.
Lakes or Mountain
I live up in the mountains and absolutely adore mountain weddings. I like the unpredictability of the weather, the summer thunderstorms followed by sunshine and rainbows. I love taking couple and apéro photos in natural surroundings; people against the trees and the sky and the flowers. Along the Swiss shores of Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), we are incredibly lucky to be able to have it all. As much as I love traipsing through an alpine meadow, I know that for brides and wedding guests, it might not be ideal. The Mirador Kempinski in Chardonne is a little bit of luxury surrounded by a village and vineyards. Its expansive views over the lake and away to the mountains are a beautiful backdrop for your day. I love the views from the dining room too, an intimate space with just enough room for dancing.
The Montreux Palace’s Terrasse du Petit Palais offers the charms of a garden with an almost Mediterranean view over the lake. A wonderful set up for outdoor ceremonies and dining, I adore the natural light and variety of backdrops. From lake to trees, to the promenade or looking back at the yellow-decked balconies of the iconic hotel, it is a joy to capture a wedding unfolding.
I haven’t found anything that compares to the Salle Viennoise at the Grand Hôtel du Lac in Vevey. The perfect spot whatever the weather, the hotel takes you on a tour of exotic places in each of its rooms. I often get asked to shoot couple shots in the various rooms and suites—even when the sun is shining! With an apéro by the pool and a quick step to the lake, this has to be one of my favourite wedding venues.
Making it personal and unique
All things considered, your wedding day is about you. It should be filled with your personal stories, your family and your passions. This is what makes a wedding day memorable and unique. A good wedding photographer will see all the planning, watch the interactions between you and your loved ones and listen to the speeches. They will see all this and know instinctively what is important beyond the table decorations and the weather. They will be able to capture the essence of you in their photos, no matter where the wedding takes place. I believe this shows in the photos. So, when you are looking at a wedding photographer’s portfolio, look at what makes each wedding different and imagine what they might see at your wedding.
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