THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR YOUR ELOPEMENT IN SWITZERLAND – TIPS, VENUES AND LOCATION IDEAS

Switzerland is an evergreen country that absolutely needs to be visited a few times to fully get its beauty. It’s a very mountaineous country where the alps truly show their uniqueness in varied landscapes ranging from the Lake Geneva all the way up to the summits on the borders of France.

Eloping in Switzerland will definitely be an adventure to remember, and you will find there plenty of options to exchange your vows in a secluded mountain with a view, and sleep in luxurious accomodations all over the country. This guide is here ot help you plan your elopement in Switzerland, with tips, tricks and location ideas. Let’s dive in!

what is an elopement

First, let’s be sure we’re talking about the same thing:

1) What is an elopement?

When a couple is madly in love and wants a “just them” wedding day without being the center of attention, avoiding family drama and all the stress that comes with planning a big wedding, they can plan an elopement instead. This kind of wedding is very intimate, involving only a handfull of people (or nobody at all!). It’s a beautiful, elegant, adventurous wedding with a vows echange on top of a mountain, in a beautiful landcsape, in a deep forest, or in the simplicity of a backyard. The main aim is for the couple to be able to be themselves without being repressed by family members or what society dictates a wedding day should look like.

If you are not a Swiss citizen or resident, YOU CANNOT legally get married in Switzerland. Also note that Switzerland doesn’t allow same-sex marriage (here is another legal status for same-sex couples but they can’t marry). So the best way for you to elope in Switzerland is to have your official marriage beforehands in your home country, and make your elopement day special so that it would be considered to be your wedding day for you. Many couples who elope in Switzerland choose this way as it is still an awesome adventure to plan and offers the biggest opportunity of backgrounds for their elopement: since there is no need to be at a certain place at a certain time to sign official papers, the sky is the limit!

22) Why you should plan an elopement in Switzerland

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Beautiful landscapes

Yes, this is definitely the first reason why you should choose Switzerland for your elopement: landscapes there are absolutely jaw dropping. You will be surrounded by mountains, snowy peaks, deep forests, blue lakes, waterfalls, ancient chalets…Switzerland truly is a picturesque country that will fill your adventurer’s heart with landscapes you will remember forever.

Quaint towns

Like many european countries, Switzerland has a huge history that transpires into its local architecture. Its towns (and even the biggest cities) are absolutely gorgeous, featuring little narrow streets with ancient half-timbered houses and little shops you will enjoy discovering. You will also have the opportunity of tasting delicious Swiss food like cheese fondue, rostis, malakoffs…

Amazing ski resorts

If you’re going to visit Switzerland during the winter season, don’t forget to pay a visit to one of its many ski resorts to enjoy some amazing opportunities! The Alps are widely known for its great ski resorts (Morzine, Tignes, Verbier, Megève, Zermatt, Andermatt…) so if you like to ski, don’t miss out on this opportunity!

3) The best locations for an elopement in Switzerland

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Here are some of the great ways you can have an adventure elopement in Florida:

The ultimate guide for an elopement in Switzerland - the Matterhorn and Zermatt

Zermatt (and the Matterhorn)

Zermatt is a very famous ski resort you can only visit by train (yes, you read that right). The Glacier Express is a short train ride away from this car-free town that offers an amazing view on the Matterhorn (have you ever seen a packet of Tobblerone chocolate? It features the Matterhorn!). Every season is an amazing opportunity for your elopement in Switzerland if you choose Zermatt, as it truly offers something different for every month of the year!

Elopement in Switzerland - Ticino

Ticino

As it is very hardly reachable, the Ticino region is not very famous for visitors, and this is why it is one of the best regions to visit for your elopement in Switzerland. Calmer than the other areas, wilder, hiding many little gems along the way, the mountains of Ticino boast with beautiful sceneries and hiking opportunities.

The ultimate guide for an elopement in Switzerland - Switzerland National Park

Switzerland National Park

The only Swiss National Park is full of amazing wildlife and hiking trails perfect for your elopement in Switzerland. You will enjoy some amazing views on the forests and (sometimes snowy) peaks, as well as jaw-dropping panoramas over the nearby mountains.

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Lauterbrunnen

Plan carefully if you’re trying to visit Lauterbrunnen as it is a very touristic destination. And you will understand very quickly why: imagine an ancient Swiss village nestled in a huge valley whith dozens of watefalls. This is Lauterbrunnen. You will have an amazing opportunity to exchange your vows with a view on the village by taking one of the many trails that go to the nearby peaks.

The ultimate guide for an elopement in Switzerland - Jungfraujoch

Jungfraujoch

Maybe you’re dreaming of something truly incredible for your elopement in Switzerland. And Jungfraujoch is the answer. This observatory is perched on top of a peak in the middle of an ice sea and you can only visit it by taking a train to the highest train station in Europe. You can also sleep in the La Mönchsjochhütte, the highest snow hut of Switzerland at 3650m!

The ultimate guide for an elopement in Switzerland - Mürren

Mürren

You can only access this beautiful little town by train, once again! But it’s totally worth the trouble as the views are absolutely amazing for an elopement in Switzerland!

The ultimate guide for an elopement in Switzerland - Creux du Van

Creux du Van

This horse-shoe-shaped rock formation seems to be out of this world! You can hike to the summit to get the best view on the “sentier des 14 contours”, a 14-kilometres long hike that will get you right where you can exchange your vows.

/!\ Please note: some people not used to high altitudes may be sick when visiting mountains. Please make sure you won’t be subject to this problem as anti-sickness pills do exist but their effectiveness is not the best. One way to make sure you will be able to tolerate high altitudes is to take a short trip to a closer mountain range (in the USA or your home country) and see if you’re sick when going in high altitude. If you are, this will also be the case if you visit Switzerland and its mountains so plan carefully and if needed, plan a slower trip where you will go higher and higher a little bit everyday.

4) The most beautiful elopement venues in Switzerland

If you want something accessible – at least to exchange your vows!

5) The best time for an elopement in Switzerland

Eloping in Florida is and experience that will definitely change depending on the time of year you choose to plan it. the peak season (July and August) will bne the busiest months and the theme parks, attractions and beaches will be most crowded. Fall, winter and spring are best if you’d like to avoid the crowds while still enjoying the warmth and nature of Florida.

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Winter

I will start with winter as it is mainly why Switzerland is famous. you will find plenty of snowy landscapes, amazing ski opportunities, delicious cheese specialties and many other perks when you plan your elopement in Switzerland during the winter season. Swiss are used to the snow and winter truly is the liveliest season!

Elopement in Switzerland guide - spring season

Spring

Ski resorts are slowly shutting down and snow is melting at the lowest altitudes. This season might be a little dull, especially in March and April. The month of May might be the best one to visit for an elopement in Switzerland as the temperatures start to meet the ones you will have during summer, spring flowers are blooming everywhere, and the touristic season is not quite here yet.

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Summer

Summer is a very touristic season in Switzerland, especially during the holiday break of July and August. Yes, the weather will be nicer (but you will still have storms) but there will be corwds of tourists everywhere and it will be harder to find a secluded place to exchange your vows in peace.

Fall foliages during an elopement in switzerland

Fall

If you’re planning on visiting Ticino, then fall is THE best season. Since there are larks everywhere, you will be able to enjoy an amazing show of colors while driving or hiking around, and nothing is more beautiful than a mountain covered with red trees! The first week of november is the best to enjoy the show.

6) What is the cost of an elopement in Switzerland?

High-end elopement

Travel to and from Switzerland: $3 000
5 nights in a high-end accomodation // $3 000
Elopement photographer // $6 000
Private chef or full board // $1 000
Officiant // $1 000
Florist // $500
Rentals // $500
Wedding dress and accessories // $4 000
Suit and accessories // $1 000
Total for a high-end elopement in Switzerland: $20 000

Budget elopement

Travel to and from Switzerland: $3 000
5 nights in an airbnb // $1 000
Elopement photographer // $4 000
Food // $250
Officiant // $500
Florist // $200
Wedding dress and accessories // $2 500
Suit and accessories // $500
Total for a budget elopement in Switzerland: $11 950

7) What to wear for your elopement in Switzerland

Even if elopements are generally associated with laid-back and casual, this is not necessarily the case. Elopements can also be luxurious, delicate affairs and will require some special adjusments. Feeling beautiful while exchanging your vows and wearing something truly special for this moment might be something you truly care about, this is why this section will cover everything you need to know when it comes to what to wear for your elopement in Switzerland.

elopement in switzerland in summer

For her

As Switzerland can get very clod, even in summer (and winters are freezing cold) you will want to pick something flowy yet long-sleeved and warm. you will find plenty of designs that will alow you to have a beautiful, lightweight wedding dress while not giving up on the necessary warmth that goes with a wedding in the mountains. If you mick a short-sleeved design, be sure to always have another layer of warmth to add if needed. During winter, also prefer layers over huge puffy jackets that won’t be photogenic. You can also bring a nice woolen scarf! Also, don’t forget you’re goingto walm in your dress (sometimes even a lot!) so be sure you will be comfortable walking around in your dress!

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For him

Just like her, don’t forget you’re going to hike mountains in your suit, so pick it comfortable and sturdy! You can go with pretty much every style you like but be sure to have an extra layer of warmth, even if you’re eloping in Switzerland in summer: the cold can catch you pretty quickly, especially if you’re going for a sunrise or sunset ceremony. For a winter elopement, choose a nice jacket that wwill keep you warm in the snow!

Hiking shoes for an elopement in Switzerland

The shoes

For winter weddings, ditch the idea of having any kind of nice wedding shoes: ski boots are the way to go! Don’t forget you’re going to walk a lot for your elopement (from 1km to several kms depending on where you decide to exchange your vows) so choosing vintage leather hiking shoes is always the best way to go! Hiking boots in general are great for adventure elopements, and you can buy a pair especially for your big day! Try to avoid flashy colors that might attract the eye a lot on your elopement pictures, and always choose shoes you will be comfortable walking several kilometers with!

8) Eloping in Switzerland – your checklist

Think about where you’d like to go

Switzerland offers a lot of different landscapes, from the peaceful city of Geneva all the way up to the peaks of the Jungfraujoch, so to begin with, choose a region you’d really like to visit and start from there!

Pick a date

Picking a date will help you contact all your vendors to give them an appoximate day. Be flexible as some of your favorite vendors might not be available on your date, especially if it’s a Saturday. Try to pick a weekday instead!

Find more informations about travel visas

You might need to apply for a travel visa to visit Switzerland, so please check with your embassy at home before planningyour travel!

Book your accomodation

Once everything is sorted out, you can start booking your accomodation. Visiting websites like Homeaway, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Airbnb and Hotels.com will help you find the best accomodation options in the region you chose for your elopement in Switzerland.

Book your photographer

Elopement photographers in Switzerland are not very common, because elopements are not widely known in Europe as they are in the States. So choose wisely when it comes to the one who will be following you and helping you plan this big day! Elopement photographers tend to be booked solid 6 to 12 months in advance, so make sure to contact the one whose work you love to make sure you will be a good match as soon as possible! Your photographer might also be able to help you choose the best location to exchange your vows based on sunset times and locations, so choose someone used to shoot in Switzerland (like me!) to make sure you will have the best options possible!

Find a place to exchange your vows

The vows exchange will be the most emotional day of your Swiss adventure, so make sure you pick a location you will definitely love! Your photographer might be able to help you choose the best place based on tourist flows, sunrise and sunset hours, relief and many other factors, so don’t hesitate to ask for help!

Book your other vendors

You can elope in Switzerland with nothing more than the two of you, but some couples still want to make this day extra special and add a touch of elegance with a fresh bouquet, a nice dress and/or suit, an officiant, vows books, etc. so make sure you also book your vendors with plenty of time in advance!

Plan your travel

Yes, eloping in Switzerland CAN be the beginning of an amazing adventure! There is so much to see there, you will be able to plan a whole road-trip around the country and discover a different landscape every day! Your photographer might be able to follow you on the whole trip to take couples pictures in the most amazing and jaw-dropping locations of the country!

Live your dream elopement

It’s YOUR big day, enjoy it fully!

9) Galleries of elopements in Switzerland


How to plan your peaceful elopement with me

I.

Schedule a non-sales call

Everyone truly hates sales calls (me included) so I refuse to fo them. We simply chat about what your dream day and travel plans look like to see if we’re a match!

II.

Book your date

We find the perfect date together and you’re officially booked!

III.

I’ll plan your dream elopement

From itinerary planning to vendor suggestions all the way to helping you with permits, I plan everything.

IV.

Live your adventure

You live a peaceful, meaningful wedding day on an itinerary that’s custom created just for you.

V.

Relive this day forever

I deliver your pictures and your choice of album from my collection, to remember this adventure, and share it for years to come.

Let’s plan your peaceful elopement

Where you can be you. Feel. Breathe in each other’s love.
Experience a place close to your hearts, or a bucket list dream.


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