Today’s addition to our exhibitor interview series is with Icelandic tour guides, event planners and tiny wedding specialists Pink Iceland. Come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan to chat with them about the many and varied options you have when getting married in Iceland – a country with a landscape truly like nowhere else.
Please give a brief overview of your business.
Pink Iceland was founded as an LGBT Travel Agency back in 2011. We started offering same-sex weddings for foreign couples as these had recently become legal in Iceland. Little did we know that 7 years later we would be the most prolific wedding planning agency in Iceland. We’ve grown into an agency now offering tours and tour booking, mostly offering tailor made luxury travel. We’ve also started accepting specialised group with ambitious travel plans as well as producing events under the Pink Iceland brand. We welcome all kinds of couples, regardless of colour, creed or sexual orientation but remain true to our values of honesty, kindness and transparency.
What do you love about tiny weddings?
Almost all our weddings are tiny and we couldn’t be happier. It means that we can give the couple all our attention, making sure that they have the day of their dreams. We love the intimate bond that is created between couple and planner during the process. This emotional investment pays off, not only for the couple who get a very invested planner, but also for us, the planners, who get to play a very rewarding role in helping two wonderful people tie the knot.
If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?
The dream would be to plan an epic vow renewal for Ellen Degeners and Portia DeRossi, in iceland of course. I would take them to the West Fjords, the remotest part of the country, get a Nordic Chieftain to officiate and then we would hang out for a few days exploring some of the most awesome sites this country has to offer with a photographer and videographer.
Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?
The majority of our weddings are tiny but we do feel that there is a slight increase in the past few years. We mainly put this down to the viral quality of Icelandic weddings and more and more people falling in love with the kind of photography they see from our amazing country.
How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?
Big weddings usually involve more worrying about tradition and what everyone expects you to do while, with smaller weddings, its easier to disregard convention and tailor make an experience unique to the couple.
What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a tiny wedding?
It’s pretty much always the same regardless of the size. We tend to only do business with suppliers who are as excited about the wedding as we are. We always try to exceed expectations and go above and beyond and the businesses we work with in Iceland are inspired by this approach. This means that we’ve built amazing relationships with our favourite vendors who all strive to make sure our couples get the best day and night possible.
Can you tell us about a particularly unique tiny wedding you have worked on?
It’s hard to single one out. I will say that one of my favourite weddings was a tiny wedding with just the couple and two guests where everyone dressed up in amazing Viking outfits. These were the real deal, furs and leathers, tailor made and absolutely stunning. Their wedding was officiated by a Nordic Chieftain and they did a two day photo and video shoot in some pretty extreme locations. I love it when people go all the way and document the entire thing!
Go and check out their website for lot more information on getting married in Iceland, or come and see them at the wedding fair. Follow our Facebook page or the Pink Iceland Facebook page for helpful and inspiring articles and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and Pink Iceland on Instagram for stunning Icelandic inspiration. Come along and chat with us or Pink Iceland on Twitter and see our posts on Pinterest. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.