Elopements and intimate weddings are one of the most incredible ways to get married. Switzerland is a top destination spot in Europe for elopements, and it’s no surprise why. Our central location makes it easy to travel to. And our panoramic views are world-renowned!
When you plan your destination elopement here in Switzerland, it’s important to have a planner there to help with all the details. At Events By Loukia, we are experts at finding the perfect locations and finding you the best vendors to make your vision come to life. We know firsthand how much pressure can be placed on wedding planning – which is why we are here to make this a stress-free and enjoyable experience! Today, we are sharing how to plan a destination elopement or intimate wedding in Switzerland, so you can get an inside look at the process!
Elopement Vs. An Intimate Wedding
An elopement is a ceremony with just the two of you, without guests. An intimate wedding is a wedding with under 20 guests and often doesn’t have a large reception. Instead, most couples chose to have a formal dinner to celebrate. Many of my couples decide on a destination elopement or intimate wedding in Switzerland since there are fewer logistics to worry about. You can simply hire a planner to make it all come together and keep it stress-free! Your focus as a couple should be on your partner and the celebration – not figuring out the little details!
Hire An Experienced Wedding and Elopement Planner
While a destination elopement or intimate wedding will have fewer vendors, important logistics still need to be planned! That is why before you start planning your elopement, you need to hire an experienced planner. As a planner, I have planned weddings from as few as 2 guests to 200! I will work with you to create the perfect day, from permits to accommodations to design!
If you are not from Switzerland, navigating wedding planning can be difficult. That is why you need someone based in Switzerland and an expert at planning events. We know the best places to get married, how to navigate the legalities, and the best vendors to make your vision come to life. Book your elopement or intimate wedding planner before you do anything else!
Pick Your Location For Your Destination Elopement
As you start planning your destination elopement or intimate wedding in Switzerland, start to think of where you would like it to occur. We have incredible options across the country! From beautiful landscapes to cozy towns to large ski resorts, we have plenty of places for all couples. If you looking for lots of actives, I suggest picking a city, like Zürich or Geneva. Here, you will find countless luxury boutique hotels and residences to make your wedding or elopement unforgettable. It is also easier for guests to travel to since many are near airports.
If you are dreaming of a lakeside ceremony, consider lake Geneva. You can often rent a boat or find a private space on the lakeshore. Some other lakes include Lake Thun, Lake Lucerne, and Lake Lugano. They all provide incredible views, with endless villas and boutique hotels along the shore.
For those who love wine, our endless wineries in Lavaux make for a stunning escape! Many of the vineyards also have castles on the land, giving you a unique and tranquil experience. These are often private since they are in the countryside.
If you are an adventurous couple, I suggest picking a chateau in The Alps. This is especially gorgeous in the winter! If you want to create a unique travel experience, consider the Zermatt, which is only accessible by train. The Glacier Express gives you an incredible view up the mountain, with a view of the Matterhorn.
No matter where you decide, we will help you find the best location to fit your budget and your vision. And not only will we help design, but we will be there on the day of the wedding, making sure it all runs smoothly. We will ensure that everything is on time, that guests are enjoying their evening, and that everything is cleaned up afterward.
Go All In On Design
Most elopements or intimate weddings don’t require large catering companies, DJ’s or live music. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go big on the design details! Because you are not spending as much on food and drink and do not need a large venue, your budget can be focused on the details. You can really create incredible floral arrangements and have a bouquet filled with your favorite flowers. And of course, you can still have a formal gown and suit! Even if you are eloping in the mountains, you can have a stunning gown with a long train and a veil for pictures.
While our incredible landscapes are beautiful, we can create an intentional design to enhance the natural beauty of the scenery and customize the experience.
Pick A Week Day
If you are doing an elopement with just the two of you, I suggest doing it during a weekday. This way, you can get the best prices for your stay, and even stay an extra week for your Honeymoon! It will also make sure you can book your favorite vendors, like photographers or florists.
How To Plan a Destination Elopement or Intimate Wedding in Switzerland
As you start to plan your elopement or intimate wedding here in Switzerland, make sure to reach out to a professional planner. We can help navigate all of the elements for you. From the logistics to the design to the vendors! Your wedding is all about enjoying the moment as a couple, without all the stress. At Events By Loukia, we love celebrating love stories and creating meaningful events.
Wedding Planning: Weddings By Loukia
Photography: Rensche Mari Photography
Venue: Hotel President Wilson
Hair and Makeup: Juliet Martin
Bridal Gown Designer: Calla Lilies
Florist: Atelier Rose Jasmin
Jewelry: Bucherer Fine Jewelry
Graphic Designer: Anne Callahan Designs
Tableware Rentals: Options Suisse
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Wax Seals: Artisaire
Silk Ribbons: Kate Cullen Style