How to get married in Iceland

This is infinitely more romantic than Elvis-style shit in Vegas. PIC Bo47

This is infinitely more romantic than Elvis-style shit in Vegas. PIC Bo47

We know it sounds weird but every second mail we receive @totaliceland revolves around questions about how to get married in Iceland. But not to a local mind you.

Perhaps we should not be surprised. Indeed, at least two tour agencies locally have partly gone into the wedding plan business instead and cannot cope with demand.

And if Iceland has abundance of anything it is middle of nowhere

We understand the attraction. Corny Caribbean weddings are pretty yesterday and the Elvis impersonator style weddings in cheap Las Vegas chapels are obnoxious to say the least. Entirely forgettable experiences the day after the hangover.

Not so when you tie the knot in some god-forsaken church in some unpronounceable valley in Iceland. Not so when you hold the ceremony at midnight in June and walk out the church holding hands greeted by the finest rays of sun known to man. Not so when you get stuck en-route because of snowstorms.

All is possible here in rather liberal Iceland. Getting married is a pretty simple affair here and we do not mind same-sex couples either as some others in this world. Nope, all are welcome.

Judging from the letters most people realize this. The majority are not looking for some fancy ceremony in a grand church in Reykjavik city but rather a small affair and preferably in the middle of nowhere. And if Iceland has abundance of anything it is middle of nowhere.

The process of applying for the required permits can take anywhere from three to six weeks and arranging a smaller-type wedding in a country church is done in a week or two at most. However, we recommend people start planning months in advance if the wedding is to take place over summertime. Iceland has a tiny population and small, romantic churches are not found in every crook and nanny.

Team Total Iceland has helped make four weddings here possible and we can assist you too. Get in touch for details.

10 thoughts on “How to get married in Iceland

  1. Hello! I am interested in getting married in Iceland. We want a private ceremony where we just hike to the location and have a short ceremony. No churches or anything. How can we go about this? We are residents of the US.

  2. Hello,

    My fiancé and I are from Rhode Island in the United States. We want to have a beautiful and unique wedding, and after learning a little about Iceland we are thinking it might be the perfect place for us. Our dream dates are between July 9th 2014 and July 18th 2014.

    We would only have a handful or two of people at our wedding being that they would have to pay their own flight expenses. Roughly, how many USD is the average ceremony and reception? Are there any packages for small groups? We have a tight budget, but don’t want to settle for anything less than beautiful.

    We would not mind a small ceremony either inside a chapel or outside with a beautiful scenery followed by a dinner at a restaurant. We need help with this as well as travel: flights, hotels, etc. We want the most affordable while still being unique and romantic.

    Please email back at your earliest convince.

    Thank you for your time! I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Jamie and Daniel

  3. My fiance and I are finalizing plans and paperwork to be married in Iceland. One question i am having trouble answering is this. If we are to marry at Skogarfoss do we still go to the magistrate office in Reykjavik to sign papers or do we find someone that will do the ceremony (just me and her) at the falls and take care of it there.

    • Carley Johnson

      I am having the same problem..
      Have you found anyone to marry you on location?
      also what did you use or your certificate of marital status?

      • Can you let me know if you solved this issue? My fiance and I are looking to get married in April. Basically us and someone to marry us! Did you find anyone to help you?

        • I would also be very interested in finding out how/where to find an official to marry us on location. We won’t be going until early next year, but I’m researching at the moment and can’t find anything anywhere!

  4. Hello,

    My fiancee and I are trying to get married in Iceland on June 9th. We can’t find the paperwork we need to fill out and mail in anywhere online and we have emailed who we thought we were supposed to email to receive them but haven’t heard back.

    Other details on things we need to know or the process would be great too!


  5. Hello! We’re considering getting married there too and have all of the same questions as far as pricing and hotels go. I just emailed you.

    We ourselves are photographers, so that’s extremely important to us, and we will be hiring and flying a team over from the US.

    TO THE PEOPLE WHO COMMENTED ABOVE: Were you able to get answers to your questions? I’d love to hear them, please email me at

    Thank you all and best of planning!

    Love, Katie

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