Finland has four uniquely wonderful seasons. Whether you choose summer or winter, finding a unique setting for your wedding or honeymoon is easy. For those who dream of winter wonderland nuptials, nothing gives a better backdrop than a real-life snow castle, like SnowCastle in Kemi or SnowVillage near Ylläs. The magical surroundings of snow, ice and lights will make your special day nothing short of unforgettable. Add a touch of Lapland magic by spending your wedding night in a cozy cottage or a glass villa.
If you are looking for something off the beaten path, how about getting married underground? At the Tytyri Hall in Lohja, you can walk down the aisle in an actual mine. The venue has space for up to a 100 attendees – and you don’t have to worry about the weather! The Tytyri Mine Experience is located over 100 metres below ground level.
Do you love the iconic Finnish cartoon characters, the Moomins? If you cannot get enough of these furry creatures, head to Moominworld in Naantali. At the theme park, book Eriskummallinen Kahvila (“The Unusual Café” in Finnish) for your special event – or if you are a hardcore fan, you can rent the whole theme park.
Perhaps one of the most unusual and exciting places for an arctic winter wedding celebration is an icebreaker! At Icebreaker Sampo in Kemi, you can book a luxury-style cruise on an actual icebreaker vessel with your guests. Sampo is available during the icebreaker cruise season from late December to mid-April.
If you’re looking for a more urban feel but still something unique, how about an old prison turned into a boutique hotel? Hotel Katajanokka in Helsinki’s iconic art nouveau district has a history like no other. Originally opened as the Helsinki County Prison, the main building of the hotel dates back to 1888. Following extensive renovations, the prison was reborn into a modern hotel. However, the building has not lost its vintage character and prison-esque details, protected by the Finnish National Board of Antiquities.
For all the lovers of science, Heureka (the Finnish Science Centre) in Vantaa is another quirky urban venue to consider. Located only 30 minutes by local train from the Helsinki Central Railway station, Heureka is a the place for those looking for setting where research, science and the joy of discovery is all around.
Looking to get married in Lakeland and love a pint of good beer? Head to Tampere and Pyynikin Panimo Brewery. The popular brewery is located on a beautiful art nouveau street and gives partygoers a true peek into Finnish industrial history.
Escape to nature
Finland has four beautiful regions that each offers sceneries for the mind and body to enjoy. For many Finnish couples, escaping to nature is the perfect way to relax and celebrate a new life together.
Finland is home to the largest archipelago in the world. With over 70,000 individual islands, endless adventures and memories await. Along the way, historical churches, manors and lighthouses spin their own romantic tales and beckon the attention of passer-by travellers.
Love the romantic feel of the autumn colors? Autumn in Finland is the special season known for ‘ruska’, when the autumnal reds, browns and yellows are especially beautiful on the fells of Lapland. It is also popular time for trekking – so pack your bags and rejoice each others company outdoors. Find information about all the 40 national parks in Finland at Nationalparks.fi.
The island of Suomenlinna is one of the most popular places to visit in Helsinki. It is also one of the most iconic places to have a summer wedding for Finns. Suomenlinna was originally built as a naval base midway through the 18th century, when Finland was part of the Swedish kingdom. In 1991, Suomenlinna was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island is home to many banquet locations from a renovated gunpowder magazine, granary and mill to charming barracks made of old red bricks.
Another iconic stone-clad location for a wedding is Olavinlinna Castle in the Lakeland town of Savonlinna. Home to the annual international summer opera festival, Olavinlinna is one of the most famous sights in Eastern Finland. The medieval halls of the Castle offer a fascinating setup for events of all sizes. The Museum Restaurant Linnantupa is available for private occasions all year round.
If you’d like to spend your wedding out on the sea, an authentic wooden sailing ship is the perfect choice. Feel the summer breeze in your hair and enjoy the views of the iconic Finnish archipelago – is there anything better? Sailing is also sustainable as the wind powers the ship. For cruises with vintage ships, contact Helsingin Purjelaivakonttori or Fregatti.
For those who love manor-era history, a celebration in an old Finnish manor house is a must. Southern Finland and the Lakeland region offer many choices for a summer or autumn wedding.
For award-winning local food in a charming countryside setting in the heart of Lakeland, head to Tertti Manor in Mikkeli.
Svartå Manor (Mustion Linna in Finnish) in Raasepori, only an hour’s drive from Helsinki, is a historical manor complex with room for a larger wedding, and even its own charming church. Töyrylä Manor, close to the city of Lahti, is a beautifully restored manor overlooking a small lake.
One of the most iconic wedding venues for Finns alike, is Haikko Manor in Porvoo. The romantic manor, located 45 minutes east of Helsinki, has a lovely garden, wedding pavilion in the Manor Park and even its own spa.