Salzburg

SalzburgWeddings take place in the Marble Hall of the Mirabell Palace , set in the beautiful Mirabell Gardens, in the centre of Salzburg. Described as "perhaps the finest Registry Office in the World", couples come from all corners of the globe to get married here. Civil ceremonies are available at 20 minutes intervals on Tuesday,Friday and Saturday mornings,and on Saturday afternoons. This is the official ' Registry Office Salon ' so no hiring fees are payable; just a small fee for the resident organist.

Bookings may only be made 6 months in advance. But do not delay, or you may be disappointed. Receptions vary from a superb lunch for two at a venue of your choice, to an evening event at St.Peters Stiftskeller. In these cases, couples often take their guests for coffee and cakes immediately after the ceremony – an Austrian tradition – or this may follow the traditional horse and carriage tour through the Altstadt.

Weddings in Salzburg from Austria DirectCelebratory drinks,snacks and meals following the ceremony are often arranged at M32 restaurant with views over the rooftops of Salzburg. Viewing terrace in good weather where tables can be set if desired. Lift access.

There are many ‘follow on’ possibilities: e.g. ‘Sound of Music Tour’ which takes place twice daily throughout the year. For those who wish to have a ‘non-Catholic’ service or ‘blessing’ to follow the civil ceremony, there is a Protestant church immediately opposite Mirabell, where this can be arranged, using an ‘English-speaking’ minister. Catholic Mass or blessing can be arranged at various Catholic churches in the city, according to the size of the expected congregation. Our local wedding planner is Ingrid Eibl of Panorama Tours - Weddings Dvision - with whom we have worked closely for many years.

Leopoldskron Palace - the Sound of Music film location on the outskirts of City of Salzburg - is now available for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The palace and the adjacent Meierhof have been turned into a hotel, with the possibility to have the legal ceremony as well as the reception/wedding gala meal for up to 150 people there. Rental fees and extra costs such as chair covers, tend to be higher than some other 'palaces', but for the ambience of the building and rooms, and the possibility of photographs on the steps down to the lake (where the Von Trapp children ran up to greet their father) makes the extra charge well worthwhile. More modest hotel accommodation is available for guests in the city itself, which is within easy reach by public transport. There is also a small private chapel within the Palace, which possibly could be used for a special service of blessing, though accommodation in the chapel for guests is very limited.

Ceremony in the LibraryDinner is served. Photo courtesy of www.dayleanndavin.com