What could be a prettier destination for a wedding than Switzerland? This inspirational photo shoot will give you many ideas for either jetting away to this destination to get married, or to take ideas for your wedding decor and theme at home.

What to Look for in a Venue for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland

With all the stunning alpine lakes, wildflower meadows, gorgeous mountain ranges, and sprawling landscapes, Switzerland is one of the most popular wedding destinations globally. With so many beautiful vistas, couples can choose between lakes peppered with historic landmarks and hotels, Art-Nouveau style villas, luxury properties, and old castles like Schloss Meggenhorn in Lucerne (surrounded by vineyards) and more.

While scouting a wedding venue, you must inquire about accommodations for your guests. Many venues will have stay and food packages, plus any sightseeing tours and entertainment you may want to book for guests. Before requesting a budget and starting negotiations, it is best to check the venue, rooms, banquet halls, ceremony and reception areas, and more.

Colour Palettes for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland

Switzerland is a gorgeous country, and with so many natural shades already present, you have a wide choice of wedding colours. Ideally, since there is already so much natural beauty present, you should consider white and gold as the two main colours. The remaining palettes to add with these two can be blush, coral, deep red, and pink.

These gorgeous shades will add a pop of colour to an already beautiful venue. Considering that you want the wedding to be glamorous and extravagant, hues of gold, silver, white, and off-white mixed with a few shades of red and burgundy will add an oomph factor to the overall function.

Details for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland

Since Switzerland is a huge travel destination, there are seven international airports for your guests to quickly fly in and travel to your destination. Since it is a small country, travel should not be an issue. You would have to ensure rental car services, airport transfers, and stay and accommodations for all your guests. You will also have to speak to some local tour agencies, book local sightseeing tours, and finalise entertainment for your guests.

There are several excellent upscale places to host your wedding guests, and you could also avail of meal packages for them all. However, if you want to host them with special luncheons and dinners, you could speak to the resort, hotel, private villa, or castle.

Wedding Dresses and Accessories for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland

Brides can be extremely glamorous in white wedding dresses for the ceremony. Today’s designs are gorgeous, with an abundance of lace that flatters all body shapes and styles. The latest craze is the collared wedding dresses with tulle around the neck. The bridal veil (if you choose) can be netted with rhinestones at the top in the shape of a crown or a headband.

For the accessories, gold or pearl jewellry with an elaborate hairstyle and a few white or burgundy roses to add a pop of colour will look gorgeous. Shoes can be sandals or heels like the Rosie 120 or Sacora 100 from Jimmy Choo.

Groom Style for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland

Grooms do not have to feel left out of the glam wedding. Men can opt for smashing suits from Dolce and Gabbana. Their wool tuxedo range is fantastic with bespoke craftsmanship and impeccably cut garments. If Tom Ford is more your style, you have various options to choose from, especially in colours.

If the wedding colours chosen are white and gold, grooms can opt for pinstripe suits in gold and beige. An excellent example of this is the double-breasted silk Martini-fit suit from Dolce and Gabbana. The fabric is silk and wool with embroidery. Not only are these styles haute couture, but they look terrific on all body types.

Wedding Cake Ideas for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland

When in Switzerland, you could choose a wedding cake from a master baker. Expect a masterpiece of decadence that is elaborately handcrafted to look like an edible piece of art. You can choose from cake flavors like vanilla bourbon, lemon, White chocolate with a Perrier- Jouet champagne, and mango passionfruit.

Apart from just the flavors, you can customise the cakes with wedding motifs, marzipan, sugar work, customised cake toppers, floral icing, select piping, and hand painting. Skilled confectioners can make the cake look gorgeous, taste like a slice of heaven, and make the cake single or multi-tiered as per your preference.

Wedding Photo Shoot Ideas for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland

Considering the natural beauty of Switzerland, having an outdoor wedding shoot in bright daylight to capture the sun rays hitting the couple at a perfect angle can increase the magical aspect of the day. For bridal photos, the couple could pose with champagne flutes or be seated on a white bedsheet with a gramophone.

Since Switzerland is known for its history and beauty, adding vintage elements and capturing the Alps in the background would also add beauty to the photos. Some other ideas could be with any family pets in pet-clothing. If either of them has a pet, then a few photos with the pet or with a horse in a nearby stable will also add to the overall charm.

Favours and Gifts for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland

If you're hosting an elaborate Swiss wedding, you should also consider some exclusive wedding favours and gifts for all the guests who have traveled just for your special day. Some excellent favours would be Swiss chocolates, pralines, and truffles on each table, especially sugared almonds in small bags in your wedding colours and macarons of various shapes and sizes with icing hearts on them.

If you want to make the gifts more personalised for bridesmaids and best men, you could also think of bottles of champagne, a watch, a small pendant or locket in gold, or a pair of cufflinks to signify your thanks.

Wedding Invitations for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland

The invitations for a destination wedding should be sent out well in advance. Most guests should have enough time to RSVP so you can make the appropriate bookings, and they get enough time to book their tickets at leisure. The wedding invitations must have the destination clearly written, with a separate card about the itinerary. Destination wedding invites are slightly different from regular ones since they contain more information for guests.

The invitations can be in your wedding colours of white and gold, with the Swiss Alps in the background, or a valley, chocolates, and more. When planning the wedding invitations, you could also make them unique and add an outline of Switzerland and the venue's location as part of the invite.

Budget for a Destination Wedding in Switzerland

Glamorous destination weddings usually require a higher wedding budget. When it comes to budgeting for the wedding, several things need to be considered. First and foremost is the rent of the venue for the wedding ceremony and reception, followed by the accommodation and food for all guests. If you plan an elaborate, glamorous destination wedding in Switzerland, you should also consider entertainment options, sightseeing tours and packages, and one or two additional parties for your guests.

Apart from these costs, you would also need to budget for couture wedding gowns, bespoke grooms wear, bridesmaid and best men fashions, ceremony and reception décor, lighting, catering, alcohol, gifts, photography, insurance, and travel expenses.

Glamorous Destination Wedding in Switzerland – Part 1

Part one of this two-part Swiss wedding inspiration shoot by Sandra Marusic Photography and Susanna Suter is an epic one. Filled with 1940s-inspired vintage glam and set against a beautiful castle in Switzerland, the first part of this story chronicles the arrival of a bride and groom at their destination wedding location. Romance is in the air and the styling is absolutely exquisite. Be sure to stop by later for part 2 – the wedding!

Vintage red car | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Vintage groom's attire | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Switzerland | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Groom with a red tie and hat | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Vintage red getaway car with floral garland | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Castle in Switzerland | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Afghan Hound | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Vintage suitcases | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Elie Saab couture red dress | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Swiss castle | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Vintage getaway car | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Vintage red, Swiss getaway car with floral garland and vintage suitcases | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Swiss Castle | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
White Afghan Hound | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Red Elie Saab lace dress | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Door detail in Switzerland | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Vintage red car | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Afghan Hound | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Glamorous picnic area | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Gramophone | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Vintage wedding details | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Glamorous and vintage picnic engagement | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Afghan Hound | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Vintage picnic area | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Red Elie Saab lace dress | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Vintage red and white picnic engagement ideas | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Louis Roederer French champagne | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Champagne toast | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Rose topped mini cake | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/
Romantic, vintage engagement session | Sandra Marusic Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/10/glamorous-destination-wedding-switzerland/

From Susanna Suter – “Our editorial’s message is that glamour and nature complement each other delightfully and can be merged into one.

Schloss Meggenhorn was the ideal location for us to execute this concept. It offers opulent interiors (coming up in part 2) and beautiful outdoor spaces too. Details played an essential role: finding the right dog and the right horse was as important as finding the right models! We loved the harmony created among all the participants.

With this wedding inspiration shoot we aimed to catch not only the eyes, but to also touch the soul. Love and magic are all around!”

Credits: Photography: Sandra Marusic // Stylist & Creative Director: Susanna Suter // Hair & Makeup: Kathrin Tollas // Floral Design: Energy of Events // Wedding Dress and Suit: Boutique Zoro // Models: Step Model Agency // Jewelry: Zett Meyer // Rentals and Décor: Iris Polin // Décor Styling: Beartrice // Champagne: Louis Roederer // Cakes & Desserts: Confiserie Spruengli // Paper Goods: Zazzle // Venue: Schloss Meggenhorn near Lucerne in Switzerland.

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