24. October 2022

The Complete Guide To A Great Austrian Ski Resort Wedding (2022)

Bride and groom holding hands with their backs to the camera on snowcapped mountains; image overlaid with text that reads The Complete Guide to A Great Austrian Ski Resort Wedding

So you’re thinking of having a ski resort wedding in the Austrian mountains? Congratulations! This can be a fantastic experience for both you and your guests. However, planning a ski resort wedding can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time. That’s why we’ve put together this complete guide to help make the process as easy as possible. In this guide, we’ll cover everything from choosing a venue to packing for your big day. Let’s get started!

The Complete Guide To A Great Austrian Ski Resort Wedding

Below, you’ll find our tips to have a great wedding at a ski resort. These include picking the right venue, bringing the right items, choosing the right vendors, spending within your budget, and not forgetting the little details. Let’s start with picking the right venue.

Pick The Right Venue

Right from the start, you’ll need to choose a venue for your ski resort wedding. The vibes, look, and feel of your wedding will be significantly influenced by the venue you choose, so it’s essential to take some time to think about what you’re looking for.

Bride and groom sharing a kiss after their wedding ceremony, captured by Blitzkneisser
Do you want a rustic lodge wedding or something more modern? Once you’ve decided on the general style of your wedding, start narrowing down your venue options. Nordkette, Axamer Lizum, and the Obernberger See are top of mind for us for their versatility and unique characteristics. Let’s take a look at each and why they’d make a good
ski wedding.

#1 – The Nordkette

The Nordkette Mountain Range wraps around the bustling city of Innsbruck and is the epitome of beauty. It’s the perfect place for couples who want a fairytale ski resort wedding. The views are incredible, and there are endless photo opportunities. Plus, the peak is just a cable car away from Innsbruck, so there is no need to go on a long hike just to take a breathtaking photo.

Innsbruck also has a character of its own. Its medieval old town and baroque architecture make it the perfect place to add a touch of elegance to your ski resort wedding.

And for adventure-seekers, the Bergisel Ski Jump is sure to get your heart racing. You can even have your reception at the Restaurant SKY im Schanzenturm at the slope’s peak!

#2 – Axamer Lizum

As the home of the 1964 and the 1976 Winter Olympics, Axamer Lizum has a long history of being a top ski destination. And it’s no wonder why. The ski resort offers beautiful views and great skiing and is just a short drive from Innsbruck.

The village-turned-resort has the Kalkkögel mountain range as its backdrop and is the perfect place for couples who want a ski resort wedding with a more intimate feel.

#3 – Obernberger See

But it’s not all white snow and skiing in the Austrian mountains. You can also use the Obernberger See as a backdrop if you want a ski resort wedding with a lake.

The Complete Guide To A Great Austrian Ski Resort Wedding. Couple sharing a kiss on a rock with view of lake behind them.
The lake is a beautiful hike for those interested. It’s about an hour and a half from Innsbruck, but the views are worth it. And if you want to add a touch of luxury to your ski resort wedding, you can always stay at the nearby five-star hotel,
Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol.

If you want more inspiration, check out this magnificent shoot we had earlier at the location.

What To Bring To Your Ski Resort Wedding

Now that you’ve chosen your venue, it’s time to start thinking about what to pack for your ski resort wedding. Obviously, you’ll need to dress for the cold weather, but you also need to be mindful of the activities you’ll be doing on your big day.

If you’re planning on doing any skiing or snowboarding, make sure to pack appropriate clothing and equipment. And if you’re getting married on the ice, make sure to pack a pair of ice skates!

Bride and groom wearing sunglasses and skiing during their wedding shoot with Blitzkneisser

Of course, you’ll also need to pack your wedding dress and any other formal attire. If you’re worried about your dress getting wrinkled, you can always have it shipped to your ski resort ahead of time.

And don’t forget the little things! Make sure to pack your ski pass, camera, and any other essentials you’ll need for your big day.

Choose Experienced Vendors

We know that you might already have vendors in mind for your ski resort wedding, but a ski resort wedding is different than a typical wedding.

For one, you’ll need to ensure your vendors are familiar with the ski resort you’re getting married at. They should also be familiar with the area and understand the logistics involved in setting up a wedding at a ski resort.

You’ll also want to make sure your vendors are properly insured. This is especially important if you’re hiring a photographer or videographer.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations from the ski resort. They probably have a list of vendors they’ve worked with in the past and can give you some good options to choose from.

For photographers, make sure they’re up to the unique challenge of shooting a ski resort wedding. The last thing you want is to have your photographer miss essential moments because they’re unfamiliar with the terrain.

Spend Within Your Budget

Your budget is one of the most important things to consider when planning a ski resort wedding. Everything can quickly add up from things such as transportation, food, and lodging. 

The best way to stay on budget is to have a clear understanding of what you want and what you’re willing to sacrifice. For example, if you have your heart set on getting married at a certain ski resort, but it’s out of your budget, maybe you can consider a nearby resort instead.

The Complete Guide To A Great Austrian Ski Resort Wedding. Bride and groom holding hands during their mountain wedding shoot.

You should also think about what time of year you want to get married. Getting married during the off-season can save you a lot of money. While it may not be the quintessential ski trip, there are some great views to be had during off-season as well that could serve as the perfect backdrop for your wedding.

The most important thing is to communicate with your partner and figure out what’s most important to you. From there, you can start to put together a budget that works for both of you.

Don’t Forget The Details

As with any wedding, the details are important. But when you’re planning a ski resort wedding, there are some additional things you need to keep in mind.

First, make sure you have a backup plan for inclement weather. This is especially important if you’re getting married during the winter months.

Second, you’ll need to make sure your guests are aware of the dress code. Ski resort weddings tend to be more casual, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution and let your guests know what to expect.

Finally, don’t forget to factor in the cost of ski passes and equipment rental. These can add up quickly, so it’s essential to budget for them in advance.

Final Thoughts: The Complete Guide To A Great Austrian Ski Resort Wedding

So there you have it! Our complete guide to planning a small ski resort wedding in the Austrian mountains. We hope this has been helpful and that you’re able to use some of our tips to plan your own perfect ski resort wedding.

And don’t forget, if you need any help taking photos, and maybe a little planning, we’re here to help. Just send us what you’re looking for, and we’ll get right on it!



Bride and groom standing on top of mountain; image overlaid with text that reads The Complete Guide to a Great Austrian Ski Resort Wedding

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