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Wedding couple stands in front of the wedding officiant and translator during the ceremony at Bled Castle. A maid of honor, bridesmaids with their bouquets, best man, and groomsmens sit around the wedding couple.

Best Civil Ceremony Venues For A Wedding in Lake Bled

If you’re getting married in Lake Bled but don’t want a church wedding there are lots of beautiful civil ceremony venues you can choose from. In Slovenia, civil ceremonies don’t have to be conducted in a registry office.

Luxury church wedding ceremony in white decorated church in Lake Bled Island.

Aljoša Videtič Photography

From historic castles to luxury hotels, Italian-style villas and more, there are numerous licensed venues to choose from.

Slovenian churches require you to have a marriage certificate before you wed. That means even if you’re getting married in a church in Slovenia, you’ll need to book a civil ceremony in your home country or Lake Bled for the days before your wedding day or on a wedding day. None of this is complicated. I’m a top Lake Bled wedding planner for couples around the world. I can help you with all of this so you won’t have to organise the civil ceremony yourself. I can sort it all out from here in Lake Bled for you. We can communicate over Zoom and through emails and phone calls.



The only thing you physically need to be here in Lake Bled for before your wedding day is the legal requirement for you to arrive at least 3 days before the date of your wedding. But that’s enough about the finer details for the moment, let me tell you about the spectacular, luxury civil ceremony venues we have in Lake Bled. I’ll also share some top tips you’ll find useful for civil or symbolic weddings.


Best Civil Ceremony Wedding Venues In Lake Bled



Perfect ceremony circle flower arch, amazing flower petals, white chairs covers on the chairs, and stunning lakeside views at an outdoor wedding ceremony in vila Bled.

Tamara Vidmar Photography (vila Bled park in front of the vila)



the civil ceremony venue for an intimate celebrations

Reminiscent of the beautiful Italian villas which line Lake Como, Vila Bled was once the grand summer residence of President Tito. Frequented by everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Paul Mc Cartney and Nikita Khrushchev, Vila Bled is now a luxury hotel and a top Lake Bled civil wedding venue. Situated on the banks of Lake Bled, Vila Bled offers a beautiful terrace overlooking the lake with its own private shoreline below. Beyond, 13 acres of parkland are accompanied by a gorgeous alpine health spa, uninterrupted views across Lake Bled and more.



There are three options for the location of your civil wedding at Vila Bled.

The first is behind the villa in a romantic space by the water’s edge that’s particularly well-suited to an intimate wedding. Larger weddings more commonly take place in the grounds of Vila Bled at the front of the villa or by the lake on the Pavilion Belvedere.



the civil ceremony venue for larger weddings by the lake Bled

Grand Hotel Toplice is one of Lake Bled’s most famous hotels. Superb facilities on offer include a wellness spa, a lakeside terrace and a range of wedding spaces for groups of any size. Offering lots of flexibility for wedding locations as well as magnificent views across Lake Bled, Grand Hotel Toplice is a popular choice for civil weddings.




the unique civil ceremony venue with a magical view on the lake Bled and island

For something completely different, get married in Lake Bled Castle. Dating back to 1011, Bled Castle is perched in the hills above Lake Bled. Weddings here feature unique touches such as: the drawbridge entrance, sword fighting displays, fire-eating and more. All this you’ll enjoy whilst surrounded by rousing alpine views over Lake Bled and out to the Julian mountains beyond. The three wedding spaces for civil ceremonies in Bled Castle are: the terrace in the Lapidarium, the Knight Hall and the park in front of the castle.




the civil ceremony venue with a modern vibe

Another option for a luxury hotel wedding venue is the Bled Rose Hotel. The Bled Rose Hotel offers a contemporary setting located just behind Spa Park – a beautiful green space by the lake. Just minutes from Lake Bled, the Rose Hotel is surrounded by gorgeous grounds. It has a range of indoor and outdoor wedding spaces available accompanied by luxury facilities including: a spa, swimming pool, gardens and more.




the civil ceremony venue by or on the lake Bled

Villa Zlatorog Lake Bled Weddings

Nestled amongst the botanicals of Triglav National Park, Vila Zlatorog is a tranquil, utterly romantic location. Licensed for civil weddings, it’s particularly attractive if you like luxury barn conversion-style wedding venues. Zlatorog’s wood-cladded exterior is instantly appealing. Accompanied by striking green shuttered windows, it’s the prettiest setting. The hotel has a range of facilities, including: a heated swimming pool, saunas and direct access to Lake Bled from its jetty.




the registry office civil ceremony venue

And of course, the registry office. Lake Bled’s official licensed wedding venue is Lake Bled Town Hall. Except Lake Bled Town Hall is not your average structure. The pretty building that is Lake Bled City Hall is in keeping with the beauty of the rest the town. Enveloped in Lake Bled’s signature, lush green settings, the town hall boasts exquisite Italian-style architecture. including a balcony looking out across the grounds and over Lake Bled. The town hall offers an indoor wedding space with easy access to Lake Bled as well as lots of reception venues and restaurants.




for a Civil Ceremony in Lake Bled


Now you know more about our beautiful licensed wedding venues, here’s a bit more information about getting married in Lake Bled if you’re having a civil ceremony. Don’t forget I’m here to help you every step of the way.

Lake Bled wedding planner Petra Starbek holds in her hand a wedding timeline and a pen and talks about tips on choosing a civil wedding venue around lake Bled.

Ana Gregorič Photography

Choose your wedding venue first

To book your wedding you will need to give notice that you want to marry at the registry office. When you do that you will have to say where you want to get married. Give yourself plenty of time to decide which licensed venue is best for you. Of course I can help you with this.


Don’t leave organisation until the last minute.

You need to give notice no more than 6 months before the date of your wedding but at least one month before.


Personalise the ceremony

Just because you’re having a civil wedding, it doesn’t mean you can’t be creative in how it’s executed. Beyond exchanging your vows, singers, musician, readings and poems are just some of the ways you can make your ceremony special.



When budgeting for your civil wedding, include the cost of hiring a translator. The ceremony has to be conducted in Slovenian but a translator will translate it into English for you. I have lots of great, highly experienced translators who I use all the time. Costs start from 100€. You will also need to pay 170,00€ if you want to marry in one of the licensed wedding venues which are not the town hall. If you get married at Lake Bled Town Hall there will be no charge for the ceremony. Hire costs for licensed venues vary.




Still not sure you want a civil wedding? There is a third option – a symbolic wedding. Symbolic weddings are completely custom-made for you. They are not legal so you have to have a civil ceremony first – usually a couple of days before the wedding. As this is something you have to do anyway to get married in Slovenia, it’s no extra work. The ceremony itself will completely personalised to you this makes it really special. It will be conducted by a celebrant. I have a wonderful celebrant my couples always use who has tons of experience. This is not a civil ceremony so it will be delivered in English. Alternatively, the ceremony could be carried out by someone you know.

Bride in a white wedding dress with unique train and red flower crown and a groom hug at Lake Bled Castle terrace with an amazing background of lake Bled with Lake Bled Island. 

Ana Gregorič Photography

The personalisation makes it really magical.

Together we’ll create your symbolic wedding exactly as you’ve always imagined it but better. Your symbolic wedding can include any of the parts of a traditional wedding you want, such as: music, readings or exchanging vows. However in a symbolic wedding it’s all completely bespoke and personal to you. You might want to also include: a symbolic ritual such as hand-tying or lighting a candle. Once you’ve exchanged your vows you could release doves into the air, blow bubbles, paint a picture – the choice is yours.





I’m here for you.

Wherever you are in the world, if you are planning a wedding and you’d like expert support by your side – I’m here for you. I can give you comprehensive guidance, or just peace of mind on the certain elements you need help with. To get in touch, you can fill out my contact form or just email me at