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The Best Time of Year to Get Married in Switzerland


Hey lovebirds! If you're reading this, you're probably dreaming about saying "I do" with the Swiss Alps as your backdrop. As a wedding photographer here in Switzerland, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing countless love stories set against our stunning landscapes. There's a little bit of everything, from towering snow-capped mountains, sound-of-music-like meadows, serene lakes, and charming villages. But here’s the kicker: the best time for your Swiss wedding adventure depends on your style and stamina. There are also a few months which you may want to avoid. So, buckle up, because I’m about to give you the lowdown on the Swiss wedding calendar!

First of all, let's mention the months which you might want to avoid. These months are April, August, and November. In April, there is still a lot of snow in the mountains and many lift systems are closed. In August, it is peak tourist season and is more expensive and very busy. In November, much of the foliage has already turned brown or is beginning to fall off the trees, the weather is turning cold and it may even start to snow.


Now let's talk about an overview of each season and its pros and cons:


Spring: April to June

Ah, spring! The season of new beginnings, blooming flowers, and temperatures that don’t require six layers of thermal underwear. Spring in Switzerland is like a breath of fresh air—literally. The hills are alive with the sound of music (and cow bells), and the weather is mild, usually ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F).

Pros:

  • Gorgeous cherry blossoms and wildflowers

  • Snow-capped mountains juxtaposed with green valleys

  • Fewer tourists

Cons:

  • Weather can be a bit unpredictable. Think April showers

  • Some higher-altitude venues might still be snowed in

Summer: July to August

Summer in Switzerland is nothing short of magical. The days are long, the lakes are inviting, and the mountains are lush. Temps range from 18°C to 28°C (64°F to 82°F), perfect for outdoor ceremonies and dancing under the stars.

Pros:

  • Ideal weather for outdoor weddings

  • Alpine meadows in full bloom

  • Tons of fun activities for guests—hiking, boating, and yodeling

Cons:

  • Tourist season. Your intimate wedding might have an audience of curious hikers

  • Popular venues book up fast, so plan ahead!

Autumn: September to November

Perhaps my personal favorite season for a wedding...when Switzerland decides to throw on a coat of many colors. The foliage is spectacularly on fire with shades of orange, yellow and red; the air is crisp, and the light—oh, the light! Photographers live for this golden hour that seems to last all day.

Pros:

  • Stunning fall foliage for those Instagram- and Pinterest-worthy shots

  • Mild weather, ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F)

  • Harvest season means local wines and fresh produce

Cons:

  • Shorter days, which means less time in the day for those epic mountain shots

  • Can get chilly, especially in November. Time to break out the stylish shawls

Winter: December to March

For those of you dreaming of a winter wonderland, Switzerland in the winter is straight out of a fairytale. Think snow-covered everything, cozy chalets, and roaring fires. Temps can range from a brisk -10°C to 10°C (14°F to 50°F), depending on your elevation.

Pros:

  • Snowy landscapes that look like a scene from the Chronicles of Narnia

  • Perfect for cozy, intimate indoor weddings

  • Skiing or snowboarding photos in your wedding attire anyone?

Cons:

  • It’s cold. Make sure your dress has sleeves or you have a cute shawl or coat

  • Some venues are harder to reach due to snow

So there you have it, folks! Each season in Switzerland has its own unique charm and beauty. Whether you're envisioning a spring fling, a summer soirée, an autumn affair, or a winter wonderland, Switzerland has got you covered. Just remember to book your photographer (ahem, me) early. Happy planning, and I can’t wait to capture your Swiss love story!


Peace and Love,

Leigh

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