How to have your Fairytale Wedding / Intimate Elopement with a Celebrant Ceremony!

Are you an adventurous couple looking to add something new and exciting to your wedding planning but unsure as to what is possible?

Feel like a big wedding in a traditional format is simply not really relevant to you?

It’s easy to fall into the rabbit hole of Pinterest weddings which are often high end and could cost more than you’ve budgeted for.

But help is at hand – as an experienced Celebrant who has created ceremonies for couples in Switzerland Austria and Bavaria in some of the most amazing and beautiful locations, let me tell you about three fabulous options you could consider for your special day!

Berlepsch Hesse Castle

Fairytale Castles

Europe is absolutely steeped in history and historical buildings many of which have been refurbished and are now wedding venues as well as hotels. I wanted to share my own experiences with you and hope you’re inspired too!!

Some of these have their own chapels too which means that you can have a non denominational or faith based ceremony depending upon your choice, in a gorgeous location.

Schloß Berlepsch, Hessen, Germany

Schloß Berlepsch in Hessen is one of these hidden gems. It’s not far from a thriving town but so tucked away in the hillside you really do feel like you’re the only people there! It has foundations that go back to the 12th century and is stunningly perched on a steep but accessible hillside.

Hospitality and service are always wonderful and of course you can begin the honeymoon in the castle itself.

Yvonne Beck Celebrant in front of Berlepsch castle
The Candle Ceremony inside the chapel at Schloß Berlepsch Hessen

Burg Rheinstein, Rhine, Germany

Burg Rheinstein overlooks the river Rhine and the wine terraces on its opposite side. Clinging to the cliff edge, it dates back to the 12th century but has in the past few years been purchased privately and transformed into a museum, restaurant and wedding venue.

Wedding Venue Burg Rheinstein, Rhein Valley

Couples can stay in the wedding and honeymoon suites and get ready together or separately as they wish.

There is a beautiful terrace that’s covered so everyone is comfortable as the sun shines brightly in the summer, reflected by the river below.

Bride and Groom in front of a castle portcullis gate, he is holding her around the waist
King and Queen of the Castle (they even stayed overnight and had the keys overnight! Photo Ana Paula Lobato Photography
Personal Vows! Image by Ana Paula Lobato Photography

Afterwards enjoy a fabulous meal together at the restaurant on site or venture further afield! Beautiful vineyards and wine tastings beckon. Fabulous river cruises sail regularly to the quaint market towns on route. Spa and wellness

Blending lives and dreams… image Ana Paula Lobato

Lake Eibsee, Grainau, Bavaria

Bride Helen at Lake Eibsee. Image by Innar Hunt Film and

Lake Eibsee is a stunning glacial lake at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain which rises almost vertically to 2962metres, opposite the lake itself. With 10 km hiking trail around the lake shore and small secluded fringe lakes, you really have so much choice for a small intimate ceremony or an elopement.

There is a true sense of being in nature here with lots of forest areas and hiking trails – plus the option to explore the mountains , glacier and even step off the German side of the mountain into Austria 🇦🇹!!

Telima and Matthew at Eibsee forest. Image by Wild Connections Photography

The smaller lakes around the fringes offer a more private setting depending on the time of year you choose. Spring and autumn are stunning and less populated than summer when the lake itself is busy with bathers and lots of activities on the water. As a Celebrant who has conducted ceremonies here many times in every season please get in touch to chat over the best time of year for you.

Lake Frillensee, Eibsee.

Christina and Jeffrey at Frillensee with Yvonne Beck Celebrant image by Aneta Lehotska Weddings

This smaller emerald green lake is situated right in the lee of the mountain itself. There is simply nothing more astonishing than these views when taken by your wedding photographer and you can truly appreciate where you are.

Again the time of day is not critical but the time of year might be! I’ve held weddings here in the winter when the lake froze and my couple who travelled from Brisbane Australia experienced seeing snow for the first time in their lives! How absolutely gorgeous that was too!

Winter scene with couple having a wedding ceremony in the snow in front of a frozen lake in Germany
Maddie and Scott flew from Australia to Germany for their Winter Ceremony! photo by

This is a magical and special area. We keep things simple so that we don’t disturb the eco system there – set up for a ceremony is often a flat rock upon which I place the ceremony certificate which you can sign as a keepsake of the ceremony. It’s also where I might bring a small table to place your beer or wine blending ritual items – often this is covered with a vintage embroidered linen tablecloth which I used at my own wedding in 2014. Sharing the love as it were!

Melissa and Shane at their elopement where we had a hand tying ritual and a beer blending ceremony to mark Oktoberfest in Germany. Image by
Sarah and Logan had a surprise elopement ceremony with Yvonne Beck Bilingual wedding celebrant! Image by @aneta_lehotska

I am excited to hear about and help you with your elopement plans! So do get in touch with me – and let’s start the magic!! email or WhatsApp +447800543426

Erin and Greg reading their vows to each other at lake Eibsee. Image Aneta Lehotska Weddings.

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