Wedding ceremonies in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Have you ever imagined what heaven looks like on Earth? This place, thanks to 16 emerald green lakes, countless waterfalls and an age-old forest, evokes what paradise on Earth should look like. In recent years, outdoor weddings have become increasingly popular. A large number of couples want their big day to take place in an idyllic setting of greenery and nature. Outdoor weddings are different and unique. They arise from the imagination and wishes of couples and come true through good cooperation. Smiling, happy faces, embraced by the smell of the forest, the sound of waterfalls and the emotions of their guests, show that fairytale weddings are definitely possible.

Get married under the beautiful Plitvice waterfalls. Is there anything more beautiful than that? The “Plitvice Wedding” was created as a vision of the fusion of man and nature. On October 7, 1968, the idea of ​​couples, and international ones as well, of getting married under the great waterfall of the Plitvice Lakes National Park fully materialized. A modest ceremony that took place on August 31, 1968, when a young painter Lika Budo Vlaisavljević – Modri, seeking as much originality as possible, brought his wife to the Grand Cascade and married there in a ceremony traditional, has become a prime tourist attraction. The youth and workers of Plitvice Lakes National Park, with the aim of promoting this event as much as possible and making it an attractive world-famous event, decided to organize an international wedding at the end of each summer season, to early October, when, as they say, the Plitvice Lakes are at their most beautiful. And so, year after year, the bride and groom arrived under the beautiful waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes in the national costumes of their countries or regions, to enter into a marriage characterizing eternal love, as eternal as the waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes.

The couples were chosen in competitions held by some magazines in their respective countries through the representative office of the Tourist Association of Yugoslavia at the time, and every year more and more couples applied, from all over the world . Couples dressed in their country’s national costumes were the center of attention from their arrival at Hotel Jezero, the bachelor party, the cocktail party in what was then the Lička sela restaurant and the wedding lunch . What was then the Lička sela restaurant was an exceptional attraction because its creators took care above all to introduce customers to the rich Lika folklore and to serve specialties of the Lika cuisine, from lamb on the spit, škripavac cheese and Lika plum brandy. The wedding lasted for a week and the newlyweds also participated in sports such as tug of war, stone throwing, etc. Reports have been made about this. It was reported in several countries of the world, photojournalists captured the most beautiful moments, and the “Plitvice Wedding” event became a tradition.

You can still organize a unique and original wedding in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Do you imagine waterfalls and greenery as your backdrop when you say your fateful “yes”? If you like a more intimate atmosphere and only want waterfalls and lakes to show your love, several of our scenic viewpoints are the right choice. Weddings on the shores of Lake Kozjak are full of romance, fairytale landscapes, enchanting moments and romantic photos. We also offer boat rentals where you can row and feel the charming atmosphere, and the surreal view of sparkling crystal clear water will take your breath away. For boat lovers, we offer a wedding ceremony on a boat while cruising the largest and deepest lake in the park.

In order to know for sure that your wedding and photography idea will be realized, you need to contact the park in time. On our website you will find the contact email and information about organizing the ceremony and taking photos in Plitvice Lakes National Park. The photos that will immortalize this very important day certainly have a special role at the wedding. Surrounded by centuries-old forest and crystal clear water, you will feel like you are in another world. One of our guides will keep you company while you walk lovingly through the Park. The relaxed atmosphere, where nature is your ideal decoration, will allow you to take fascinating postcard-like photos. Wake up as a newly married couple embraced by nature and greenery. Accommodation in our hotels guarantees a stay under the sign of relaxation and connection with nature. Thanks to the location of the hotel, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the lakes, the forest…

The primary activity of the national park is its protection and preservation, and this must be taken into account when designing the decoration and the atmosphere. Through discussions with colleagues and with your planner and decorator, you can find the best options for what your most important day will look like. The most important thing is communication! Your guests should know where the wedding is taking place and prepare accordingly. Once you have worked out all the details, chosen the location and the photographer and reviewed and agreed everything with them, your most beautiful and romantic day can begin. If we tickled your imagination with this, let us create a new page of your fairy tale! Waterfall melody is all the background music you will need on this important day. The breathtaking scenery is already there, a natural setting that changes with the seasons, even daily.


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In spring, the beginning of nature’s awakening, gentle greenery and slush meadow water await you here. Water lilies still closed waiting for sunny days can be in the background of the photos of the day that you have imagined since your childhood. In summer, the sun catches our attention and makes us smile through the treetops overlooking the lakes that bear witness to your love. The days are longer, the waterfalls are smaller, but even in summer the water dust of the waterfalls gently refreshes us and mingles with tears of joy as love is confirmed by the marriage certificate. Autumn is coming with lots of colors and pulling you into its embrace. Occasional rains fill the waterfalls and lakes, which complement the colorful leaves with their turquoise and green color. The crisp morning air rising over the lakes invites photography. Winter tells its story of icy gray rocks in the canyon, turquoise lakes and white snowflakes slowly covering the chestnut trails. Each of these seasons is a story unto itself, exceptionally beautiful in its own way. We prepare differently for each season, and in each season we can expect both sunshine and rain, and we should keep this in mind when planning a nature wedding.

Turn your fantasies into reality and start your fairy tale in an environment of magical natural beauty, with an unforgettable wedding at Plitvice Lakes, with waterfalls and lakes witnessing your love!

Tomislav Kovačević is managing director of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest and largest national park in Croatia.

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