Our Packages for Germany
Personalised packages for intimate weddings in Germany, designed and executed by your dedicated German wedding planner.
For weddings in Germany with all your nearest and dearest! Celebrate your destination wedding in a castle, villa or another venue in Germany.Marry in Germany
Focus on what’s really important and celebrate your intimate elopement in Germany with just the two of you or with the people that are closest to you.Elope in Germany
Celebrate your love once again and renew your wedding vows in Germany. We’ll make sure that it’s absolutely stress-free for you!Renew Vows in Germany
Bespoke vs. Package
A bespoke wedding in Germany is for couples who want a celebration 100% designed by them. The wedding planning process is longer and more intricate compared to the planning involving a wedding package. Bespoke weddings tend to be the best (if not the only) choice for a big celebration with a large number of guests and when the couple has a lot of patience (and a flexible budget!) to control the process.
Our wedding packages for Germany are designed to make planning your destination wedding a simple and hassle-free experience. You can add or remove services to your liking and create a personal and unique package for your wedding day. By working closely with wedding venues and experienced vendors across the country, we make sure that your destination wedding in Germany runs absolutely smooth!
Your destination wedding planner in Germany
Have a dedicated planner in Germany on your side to assist you in planning your special day overseas.
As your dedicated wedding planner in Germany, Vanessza will be with you every step of the planning process and offer advice and help wherever possible. Together with our trusted vendors and local partners, she will help you set up your highly personal wedding day in Germany.
Reasons to get married in Germany
Are you a beer-loving couple who wants to experience Oktoberfest in Germany? Pick a wedding venue in Munich and you’ll get the best Volksfest experience in the entire planet! Join the fun with over 6 Million people attending the most celebrated festival in this destination. Pick from among the venues around Munich and make your trip to Germany especially worthwhile by adding this festival in your to-do list. Not only will you taste the best beers in Germany, but you’ll also have fun rides, enter the huge tents lining up the streets, and buy some souvenirs straight out of the real Oktoberfest celebration!
Hilltop castles and vineyards
If you envision a ceremony in a romantic German venue, castles and vineyards on top of the hills are your major candidates. What else can you expect from a historic German castle but classic and royal indoor features such as antique Victorian dining tables, old paintings of German royalties, high ceilings with intricate carvings, and head to toe windows overlooking the thickly forested mountains! If you want to hold the ceremony outdoors, choose a vineyard wedding venue in Germany, particularly in the Rhine region, and you’ll have the lineup of grapevines on the backdrop for your wedding ceremony! High above these venues, you’ll have a whimsical view of the rolling hills, the old villages, and the lush green German countryside.
Dreamy German forests
For adventurous couples who can’t get enough of nature and the great outdoors, this one’s for you. Have a forest wedding in Germany somewhere in the midst of the Bavarian mountains, in an unspoiled woodland by the lake, or in a German forest with enchanting stone ruins. There’s even a picturesque rocky waterfall somewhere in Upper Bavaria that you can reach after walking a forested trail. These beautiful works of nature will be the backdrop of your elopement ceremony if you opt for a forest wedding in Germany. Be sure to bring your hiking boots and don’t wear your wedding gown just yet until you reach these elopement spots in the midst of scenic German forests!
Alpine lakes and mountain villages
Especially if you are eloping with just the two of you or only a handful of guests, a ceremony spot at one of Germany’s alpine lakes can be an ideal place to have a micro wedding. There is always something effortlessly beautiful about gorgeous outdoor wedding locations. Lakes offer the perfect backdrop to your wedding ceremony and are a wonderful choice for nature loving couples. Some of the most beautiful lakes can be found in Bavaria and close to the Alps. The Eibsee just below the Zugspitze or the impressive Königssee are some of our personal favourites!
When to have a destination wedding in Germany
Remember those winter villages and snow-capped castles in old cartoon movies? With streets covered in snow, cars with icy windows, and carnivals filled with patrons in winter clothing? This is the exact scene in many cities and towns of Germany from the months of December to January. Stroll through the Christmas Markets in the medieval old town centers of most cities and villages and enjoy the hearty German food that tastes best in winter. When getting married in Germany in winter, remember to be prepared for the cold. Help your guests and yourselves stay warm by serving mulled wine for your reception instead your usual champagne or warm up at a crackling fireplace after your ceremony in the snow.
Autumn is always a romantic season to get married in Europe. It’s when the color of trees and vegetation starts to transform into the dreamy autumn colors, creating a whimsical ambiance in German nature spots. But aside from the beauty of nature showcased in autumn, there are more reasons to have an autumn wedding in Germany. For one, it’s when the temperature gets milder and more comfortable, with an average of only 17-18 °C at day time. It’s also the time when Oktoberfest is held from late September to October. The most famous Oktoberfest takes place in Munich with millions of visitors from all over the world every year. But what many people don’t know is that almost every city and town will have its own version of a local Oktoberfest to celebrate.
June to August are the summer months here in Germany, though September can be quite balmy too. If you are dreaming of an outdoor wedding, be it in a blooming castle garden or amongst the vineyards of the Rhine, this is the best time for you! The weather will definitely be warm enough for an outdoor micro wedding and the sun sets only late in the evening. Temperatures vary depending on where in Germany you are getting married. The northern regions, including the islands, are often cooler and windier while in other parts of the country, temperatures can reach up to 38°C on some days. Summer is also a popular time for tourists so expect prices to go up and queues for popular attractions to get longer. When getting married in spaces that are open to the public such as some lakeshore spots or the Neuschwanstein castle locations, it might be good to consider a different time of year to avoid the masses.
Spring time means blossoming flowers, thick forests, and a rich foliage in Germany. April or late March is the official start of spring here.This is a lovely season to get married in German nature spots like forests, hilltop castles, and alpine lakes because the temperature is mild for hiking and you can still avoid the peak tourist season that comes with the summer months. Usually, the end of May marks the beginning of the peak season when tourists begin to flock into the destination spots here. Many cities and towns will have celebrations and festivities including music food and, of course, beer during the springtime of the year.
Types of wedding venues in Germany
Alpine wedding locations
The ever present views of the impressive Alps are the defining feature of many towns in Germany, Bavaria. Get married beneath the Zugspitze (or even on top of it!) and have the outdoors and nature as your wedding decor. If you are celebrating with guests, invite your nearest and dearest to enjoy the warm Bavarian hospitality, the stunning views and the excellent food and drinks of one of our hotel wedding venues in the Alpine regions. Regardless of if you are getting married at a nice spot outside or if you are booking a venue for your micro wedding, with a location in the Alps you are always guaranteed an amazing backdrop!
Rustic cottage and mountain lodges
For a more intimate and rustic vibe to your wedding in Germany, choose a romantic cottage by the sea or a secluded mountain lodge surrounded by a woodland! If you just want to get away from it all and celebrate your most beautiful day just surrounded by your family and friends, this is the way to go! Cottages and Lodges are often booked exclusively just for your group and will offer you privacy in a gorgeous location. Do keep in mind that many of these venues can be a bit difficult to get to since they are often situated off the beaten track.
Our favourite boutique hotels in Germany are not found amid urban cities with dizzying crowds, but in the little towns with old cobblestone alleys and mountain views. Here, you’ll get the best of both worlds - nature-packed mountain sceneries and modern facilities of a luxury hotel. You’ll have both indoor and outdoor options for your micro wedding so no worries if the weather won’t cooperate. Some of the most scenic spots to get married in German boutique hotels are the mountain hideaways in Bavaria, intimate locations around Lake Constance or lovingly refurbished castle hotels that you can find all over Germany. What’s more is that these boutique hotels often house Michelin-starred restaurants with expert chefs who are ready to serve your wedding dinner!
When a country has a history as old as Germany, you are sure to stumble upon historic ruins and abandoned castles once in a while. These places are often the most magical locations for an intimate and highly personal wedding ceremony in Germany. Elope at an abandoned castle ruin amidst the fields or overlooking the river. Or get married in a mystical forest venue with scattered stone ruins of a former amphitheater from the seventeen hundreds. Overgrown with ivy and reclaimed by nature, the places to get married are the perfect pick for a couple who wants to combine history and nature for their micro wedding.
If you want a religious ceremony in Germany, you can choose from the chapels and churches on our list. Some of them form part of German castles, with spacious structures that can accommodate up to more than 100 guests. Some tiny chapels offer a more solemn ambiance with seats for just a few guests. We recommend that you pick a privately owned chapel for your ceremony, which are often owned by generations and generations of the same family. Most of these chapels are interestingly part of castles or private estates of the former German nobility.
Manor houses and villas
A romantic and private wedding in Germany, shared with your closest friends and styled in subtle elegance. If this is the experience that you’re after, you must consider manor houses and villas for your wedding venue! These lavishly constructed manors and refurbished farmhouses are almost as historic as the centuries-old castles. Their most notable features are enchanting gardens, decorated ceilings, beautifully furnished bedrooms, and gorgeous lake views! Although often surrounded by greenery and bodies of water, these venues are nonetheless equipped with modern luxuries for a grand reception.
If there is something Germany has no lack of, it is castles! Ranging from small former summer residences of the former royalty up to large fortresses and complex castles turned into luxury hotels, there is a castle for every couple. With an extraordinary vibe that takes one back in time, these locations will give you the experience of Germany’s history right before your eyes. Have your photos taken along the array of majestic trees lining up on the castle’s entrance. Have a personal experience of living like a queen or a king in the 14th-century by staying in one of the castle rooms. Get married inside a royal hall with antique sofas, tables, and palatial decors. If you’re traveling miles away from home for a unique elopement in Germany, marrying in a castle wedding venue will make every effort worth it!
Types of wedding ceremonies
The only valid marriage that is recognized by the German laws is a civil wedding ceremony. A civil ceremony must fulfill several requirements such as being performed in German language and being held in a certified location by an official registrar. Couples who live outside Germany should take care of the legal part at home because non-residents of Germany would need to travel twice to the country to satisfy the legal requirements. If you live outside Germany, it is almost impossible to have a legal wedding here.
For those who want to have a Catholic or protestant ceremony in Germany, you can hold it in a church, officiated by a priest. When choosing your church, it's important to make sure that there is an English-speaking minister to perform your wedding ceremony. Alternatively, get married in a privately owned chapel in Germany and let our celebrant create a religious ceremony for you. But a religious ceremony alone will not make you legally wed. You need to first have a civil wedding in the registry office prior to the religious ceremony if you want a legally binding wedding in Germany.
Ditch all the legalities and bureaucratic complications when you hold a symbolic ceremony here. No legal requirements to comply with, no venue restrictions, and no limitations on the ceremony when you choose this type of wedding. Some of our couples do a simple legal ceremony in their home country before or after their wedding in Germany just to make their marriage legal, and then fly to Germany for a symbolic wedding.
There are strict requirements for a legally-binding wedding in Germany. One of which is that it should be held in the registry office and performed by none other than the official registrar and not a priest or any other religious officiant. The ceremony has to be held in German language. The couple must be 18 years and above and witnesses are allowed but not required. You need to submit proof of no hindrance to marry in Germany, proof of identity, and other documents. And they must all be translated to the official German language in order to be accepted. More about legal requirements here.
German food and drinks
Do yourself a favor by never missing out on an authentic pretzel experience in Germany! This plump bread with a crispy cover, crossed arms, and a soft dough inside is a perfect appetizer for the reception. Match it with a creamy fresh-tasting goat cheese and your guests will shout köstlich! Heart-shaped pretzels are a nice extra to add to your wedding reception with great German beer.
Beer has always been a major part of the German culture. Almost every region is represented by a unique brew with its own flavour! There's the legendary Beck's from the northern region of Bremen, a five-star premium lager called Krombacher from Kreuztal, and a Bavarian-style wheat brew called Hefeweizen that everyone loves for its yeasty sweetness! How about a pint of beer instead of wine for your wedding toast?
This traditional wedding soup is usually made of white chicken or a small Fleischklößchen (meatballs) as a frequent alternative to chicken. The soup is chicken broth with noodles, white asparagus tips, and the special German ingredient called the Eierstich! Eierstich of egg custard is a flavourful mixture of butter, herbs, eggs, nutmeg, and milk that is cooked until hardened. Then it is cut into pieces and added to the soup as a very essential ingredient. The Hochzeitssuppe is prepared in some unique way in different regions, but the soup is a popular light first course served at weddings iin Germany.
Beef dishes will never be absent on the dinner table of a German wedding. Here in this destination, beef is the favourite meat that natives cook in all ways possible - roasted, ground and flavoured, braised, fried, and more! Most of them are covered in rich-tasting cream that gives an explosive taste to the thick tender meat. Königsberger Klopse, for example, is a dish originating from the city of Königsberg that is made by simmering beef meatballs in broth, then dressed with sour cream, lemon and capers. For a heavier main course, German wedding restaurants often serve tender roast beef with a pepper crust!
German wedding traditions
Waking the groom
Some regions of Germany still practice the tradition of waking the groom on his wedding day with gunshots in the early morning! Traditionally, all unmarried friends, siblings or neighbors of the groom assemble in front of the groom’s house in the early morning hours of the wedding day to make sure the groom doesn’t miss his ceremony. They wake him by shooting guns, playing loud music or setting of firecrackers underneath his bedroom window. Once the groom is awake, he and his bride are taken for breakfast with friends and family. These days, this tradition is no longer exclusive to the groom and brides are also sometimes woken up this way.
This is probably the oldest German wedding tradition that is still very often practiced today. The couple invite family and friends to the bride’s house either on the day before the wedding or a couple of days earlier. All guests bring plates, cups, vases and all kinds of ceramic items with them. Some even go as far as bringing sinks or toilet bowls to the event. The engaged couple feeds and entertains their guests, and as soon as everyone is sufficiently relaxed, the high point of the evening begins: guests begin to smash plates and other items on the ground! According to an old saying in Germany, shards are supposed to bring luck. After the Polterabend is over, it falls on the couple to clean up the mess.
A few days before the big day, the female friends and neighbours of the couple get together to weave a lavish garland out of flowers and evergreens. Often delicate paper flowers and small ribbons - traditionally in white and red colours - are also woven into the wreath by the women. On the evening before the wedding day, the men amongst the couple’s friends and neighbours take over and attach the long garland above the soon-to-wed’s door. As a sign of their gratitude, the couple invites everybody into their home for drinks and dinner and the evening continues either as a cozy get-together or a lavish celebration into the late hours.
Travelling to and around Germany
There are over 24 international airports in Germany that you can choose from if you’re traveling from Canada or USA. Most of these German airports have direct flights to and from the US and Canada, which is the same for almost all European countries. For your micro wedding, you don’t really need to get a visa since no visa is required for a 90-day stay in Germany. Should you choose to spend your honeymoon for longer than 3 months, you can conveniently apply for visa when you arrive in Germany. The major airports that you can consider are Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin. Berlin is obviously the perfect choice if you’re getting married in Germany’s capital whilst you’d want to land on Frankfurt if you’ll hold the ceremony in the western side of the country. Frankfurt, on the other hand, is the most logical choice if you will have a scenic wedding in Bavaria!
Almost all trains in Germany are operated by the Deutsche Bahn, and even those that are owned by private companies are still connected to the DB network. This makes it very easy to travel around Germany via train when you want to explore some off-the-beaten paths outside of the major cities! You can reserve your ticket online, which is advisable if you’re planning to travel long distances. In case you fail to book in advance, you can always buy a ticket at the station using your credit card or cash. The high speed trains have wifi and a restaurant on board. Seats or private compartments can be reserved online or at the stations. Even though Germans enjoy complaining about the DB, the trains are generally very comfortable and usually on time.
Driving around Germany can be really fun, especially if you find yourself on one of the roads without any speed limit. As everywhere, a car is the easiest way to get around the country as you can reach even the more remote places. Keep in mind that German cars for rent are often in manual transmission and you might have to rent in advance if you want an automatic transmission. If you have the time, we recommend leaving the car at the hotel once in a while and exploring the area by train to really take in the scenery and avoid the search for parking spaces.
The more inexpensive option compared to a train ride is getting around Germany via buses. With an extensive bus network across all cities, bus rides in Germany can be the most comfortable and cost-effective way to travel here. The market lead for long distance buses is the Flix Bus that offers connections to all major cities as well as many smaller towns or touristic places. Almost every place in Germany can be reached by a bus but the more remote spots often only have one or two buses per day. Some bus networks offer snacks, beverages, and modern facilities while you travel.
How much does a micro wedding in Germany cost?
Many outdoor spots that are open to the public come at no venue cost at all. If you’re dreaming of a very intimate ceremony in the middle of the Bavarian forests or in an outdoor nature spot with a view of the Alps, you usually do not have to pay for the location. For those who want a ceremony in a safer, indoor venue, choose from our list of wedding venues in Germany and ask us for a quote. Prices vary greatly depending on the venue, the day of the week or the time of year. Generally, Germany is more budget-friendly than its neighbours Switzerland and Austria.
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