Top 5 wedding venues in Zermatt

Home to the Matterhorn, Weisshorn, Monte Rosa, Gorner Gorge, Europe’s highest cable car and so many other thrilling sights, Zermatt is the best destination for a wedding in the Swiss Alps.

Located in the Jungfrau region in the south of the Swiss Alps, Zermatt is bursting with fantastic experiences, stunning wedding venues and gorgeous food and drink. From the longest ski runs to the widest choice of activities, best apres-ski, the biggest array of restaurants and so much more, Zermatt delivers the best Swiss Alps destination wedding experience.

For a Swiss Alps wedding photographer, Zermatt offers opportunities like no other. Located at the foot of the magnificent Matterhorn, with easy access to the Matterhorn’s unrivalled terrain, a wedding in Zermatt makes spectacular wedding photography easy.

As an experienced Swiss Alps wedding photographer, I shoot weddings in Zermatt often and lived here in the past for many years. The Matterhorn is the highest peak for Swiss Alps wedding photography and I know its glorious terrain inside out.

To help you as you search for your dream Swiss Alps wedding venue, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 Zermatt wedding venues. Zermatt is an exciting place to get married so read on for some of the best wedding experiences and venues the Swiss Alps has to offer.

The top 5 wedding venues in Zermatt in no particular order:

The Grand Hotel Zermatterhof 

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I photographed at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof a couple of times and it was the first venue I thought of including in my top 5 wedding venues in Zermatt.

If you’re after 5 star grandeur then you really can’t beat the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. The hotel has been welcoming guests since 1879 due to its incredible mountain views and luxurious suroundings. It’s also home to some of the best wedding staff I’ve ever worked with, so if you book you’re wedding here you won’t regrert it.

Two of my favourite weddings have taken place at the Zermatterhof. At the beginning of the year I photographed Robin and Ryan’s elopement in Zermatt and then Coray and Marc travelled over from America for their wedding.

Riffelalp Resort

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Standing high above Zermatt and tucked away in the mountains is a whitewashed chapel called Herz Jesu. It’s perfect for intimate ceremonies, especially if couples then choose to hold the rest of the celebrations at the Riffelalp Resort. I’m including both the resort and chapel as they worked perfectly together for Verena and Nick’s summer wedding.

The journey to the Riffelalp Resort is hard to beat. The rack railway climbs high above Zermatt before you disembark and continue your journey on the highest tram in Europe during the summer months. During the winter the tram doesn’t run but a skidoo will transport you to the resort. In my view this is one of the most unforgetable arrivals you could have for your wedding. To find out more check out Verena and Nick’s wedding.

Zum See Resturant

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If food’s your thing, Zum See will definitely deliver. It is one of Zermatt’s finest mountain restaurants and sits at the foot of the Matterhorn. You can also follow suit on your special day like Ed and Viki’s and combine a meal at Zum See with a mega party back at your chalet!

Zum See is the perfect place for a mountain wedding breakfast. It’s situated below the Furi lift and is a short 15 minute gentle decent of which much is stepped and will be perfect for your wedding guests. If you’re more adventurous though you can ski directly to the restaurant and be welcomed in by your wedding guests..

Mont Cervin Palace

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Situated in the heart of Zermatt is the stunning Mont Cervin Palace. It’s only a 2 minute walk from the train station and the hotel will provide transfers. For something a little more special, you can be picked up from the station by horse and carriage which is a wonderful way to set the tone to your wedding.

A large proportion of the guest rooms are south facing with a balcony or a patio providing stunning views of the Matterhorn. In addition, a few of the junior suites and suites come with a hot-tub or an open fireplace.

I also have to mention the first-class ski facilities in the hotel basement. Guests have card-operated lockers to store their skis and boots which is a really personal touch.

Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort

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For many years I’ve been to the Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort due to its ski-in, ski-out apres ski. There is nothing better than having a beer and listening to some cool music with a view of the Matterhorn. When I was asked to photograph a wedding at Cervo, I jumped at the chance.

The hotel has a great location, situated on a hillside and only 5 minutes from Main Street. In addition, the hotel will pick you up from the train station if required. The large sun terrace is perfect for mingling with your guests and great for the group photos as it offers stunning views of the Matterhorn.

I hope my Top 5 wedding venues in Zermatt was helpful , it was so hard to compile the list as there are a few wedding venues that I haven’t photographed at and I’m sure they would have made the list. ParkHotel Beau Site, Riffelhaus 1853 &  The Omnia all look amazing wedding venues and are definitely on my wish list to photograph.