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Wedding in Slovenia at the Castle Otočec

A wedding at Grad Otočec is a castle wedding in the only riverside castle in Slovenia. The majestic natural backdrop, the energy of the castle, supreme catering services and luxurious accommodation will take your breath away.

Wedding venue

Wedding in Slovenia at Grad Otočec

A wedding at Grad Otočec is a castle wedding in the only riverside castle in Slovenia. The majestic natural backdrop, the energy of the castle, supreme catering services and luxurious accommodation will take your breath away. 

Grad Otočec is the only riverside castle in Slovenia and in 2010 it proudly joined the renowned Relais & Châteaux international family of chateaus and hotels.

This pearl of a castle is situated on an island in the middle of the Krka river.

It was renovated in authentic gothic and renaissance style and it possesses a special energy. At Otočec you will feel like a princess. Let yourself be swept away by the castle spirit, supreme services and glorious park that surrounds the castle. Or relax over a game of golf. Hotel Otočec has one of the longest 18-hole golf courses in Slovenia.

The castle and the part are important items of Slovenian national heritage.

Otočec has a special position as it is half way between Zagreb and Ljubljana and is only 7 km from the town of Novo Mesto. It is an excellent starting point for trips to the carthusian monastery of Pleterje, the town of Kostanjevica na Krki - the Venice of the Dolenjska region, the hills of Gorjanci and Bela Krajina. Two spa centers are situated not far from Otočec, the Dolenjske Toplice thermal spa and Šmarješke Toplice thermal spa with natural healing waters.

The Otočec Castle offers official civil and symbolic weddings.

Wedding packages

Wedding in Slovenia, Castle Otočec wedding packages

Castle Wedding Ceremony

It is held at the Knights’ Room of the Otočec Castle. The wedding couple and their guests gather in front of the Castle ten minutes prior to the official time of the civil ceremony. The Count and Countess prepare a reception and invite the guests to the Castle courtyard where they address the bride and groom, their parents, best man and maids of honour and all the other wedding guests. The Count and Countess lead the bride andthe groom followed by the best man and maids of honour, parents and the other guests to the Knight’s Room. The giving away of the bride follows (if desired). The civil wedding is carried out by the Registry Officials. After the ceremony the Count and Countess join the wedding guests. They invite them to thegarden terrace of the Castle, ask them to form a double row to receipt the newly married couple. The official announcement follows,the newlyweds exit the castle onto the terrace, and go past the double row of wedding guests who throw wheat at them. If requested the guests are invited to the festive opening of sparkling wine to have a toast and congratulate the newlyweds on their marriage.

A pianist accompanies the beginning of the ceremony, the giving away of the bride, the newlyweds’ arrival and the civil wedding ceremony as well as the newlyweds’ announcement.

WEDDING IN SLOVENIA, CASTLE OTOČEC WEDDING PACKAGES

CASTLE WEDDING PACKAGE (mandatory)
The package includes:

  • The cost of registrar’s services for civil weddings
  • The cost of a wedding certificate issued on the international form (Vienna, Paris or Hague Convention)
  • Cost of an official translator present at the civil office and during the wedding ceremony
  • Provision of experienced wedding coordinators (Divine Travel and the wedding venue)
  • Representative from our office during the ceremony
  • The cost of the translation of up to 5 documents into Slovenian
  • Wedding ceremony as described above
  • Pianist
  • Basic wedding venue decoration
  • Services of two witnesses, if necessary

LUXURIOUS CASTLE WEDDING PACKAGE
The package includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Bridal bouquet and Boutonnièr
  • Hire of horse drawn carriage for the arrival of the couple
  • Bottle of Moët&Chandon champagne, 0.75 L, traditional method, Brut Impérial, France after the ceremony
  • handmade wedding document with a personal dedication
  • wedding menu for newlyweds
  • wedding cake

 

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

It is held in the park behind the Otočec Castle. The wedding couple and their guests gather in front of the Castle ten minutes prior to the official time of the civil ceremony. The Count and Countess prepare a reception and invite the guests to the Castle courtyard where they address the bride and groom, their parents, best man and maids of honour and all the other wedding guests. The Count and Countess lead them to the park behind the Castle. If requested, the Count can hold the newlyweds or the bride and her parents for a while at the beginning of the park in order for the father to give away the bride. The guests are invited to the place intended for the wedding ceremony where they wait for the arrival of the bride and groom (and her parents) to arrive. When the couple come to the outdoor ceremony location, they stop at the beginning of the carpet that leads to the table where they are awaited by the Registry Office officials. The giving away of the bride is done at the beginning of the carpet. Accompanied by music, the couple slowly approach the table. After the civil wedding ceremony the Count and Countess join the wedding guests. They ask them to form a double row along the carpet and hand them the wheat that symbolizes fertility. The official announcement follows, the newlyweds go under the arch, along the carpet and go past the double row of wedding guests who throw wheat at them. If requested the guests are invited to the festive opening of sparkling wine to have a toast to and congratulate the newlyweds on their marriage.

A pianist accompanies the whole ceremony.

There are a sound system and microphones available on site.

OUTDOOR WEDDING PACKAGE (mandatory)
The package includes:

  • The cost of registrar’s services for civil weddings
  • The cost of a wedding certificate issued on the international form (Vienna, Paris or Hague Convention)
  • Cost of an official translator present at the civil office and during the wedding ceremony
  • Provision of experienced wedding coordinators (Divine Travel and the wedding venue)
  • Representative from our office during the ceremony
  • The cost of the translation of up to 5 documents into Slovenian
  • Wedding ceremony as described above
  • Pianist
  • Basic wedding venue decoration
  • Services of two witnesses, if necessary

MAGICAL OUTDOOR WEDDING PACKAGE
The package includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Bridal bouquet and Boutonnièr
  • violinist accompanying the wedding protocol
  • white balloons that are released after the ceremony
  • Bottle of Moët&Chandon champagne, 0.75 L, traditional method, Brut Impérial, France after the ceremony
  • handmade wedding document with a personal dedication
  • wedding menu for newlyweds
  • wedding cake

ON THE DREAMLY KRKA RIVER WEDDING PACKAGE
The package includes:

  • Lord of the Castle's reception on the left bank of the Krka River
  • embarkation of the newlyweds or the bride with her parents onto a boat
  • crossing the river by boat
  • Lord of the Castle takes the wedding guests across the Castle's yard to the official part of the wedding outdoors or at the Knights' Salon
  • pianist
  • sound system
  • a tent with a table and a bouquet
  • a festive reception on the island when the newly weds or the bride with her parents disembark
  • the wedding guests greet the newly weds standing in a double row

ROMANTIC WEDDING PACKAGE LIT BY TORCHES AND CANDLES
The package includes:

  • Reception by the count and countess of Otočec in front of the Otočec Castle
  • welcome with a violinist on the torch-lit bridge
  • the official part of the wedding outdoors or at the Knights' Salon
  • pianist and violinist
  • symbolic lighting of joint candle for happy marriage
  • giving of a symbolic present and announcement of the newlyweds


 WEDDING EXTRAS

  • Extra night(s) at the Castle Otočec
  • Live music (violinist, harpist)
  • Photographer
  • white balloons that are released after the ceremony
  • release of two white doves
  • Oldtimer car rental (cca 2 hours)

 We can customize the package to meet all of the couple’s wishesand requirements.

 

Wedding documentation

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  • Copies of relevant pages of both passports showing an identity picture, details of name, date and country of birth, and date of validity of passports. Passports must be currently valid.
  • Copies of both birth certificates on the international form or officially translated into Slovenian with an Apostille
  • Copies of documents to show that both parties are single – unmarried (translated into Slovenian with an Apostille)
  • Any document relating to a previous divorce, a termination of a prior marriage by death or a change of name (translated into Slovenian with an Apostille)
  • A letter from both parties attesting that they want to get married in Slovenia on the chosen date. This document should bear the current permanent address of each party and their professions
  • All documents except for copies of the passport must be officially translated into Slovenian equipped with an Apostille. A sworn translator must certify the translation

Accommodation

Hotel Grad Otočec offers luxury accommodation. When you enter the castle, you step into a fairytale of supreme luxury.

The hotel offer includes:

Superior suite: Castle bedroom for two with a view of the emerald Krka river and castle terrace, furnished in natural materials and calming earth tones. Spacious bathrooms have a large whirlpool bath and rain shower and the suite includes a reception room and office.

Two bedroom superior suite: Suite has two separate bedrooms with a view of the castle tower and wooden bridge across the Krka. The comfort of a spacious castle hall with a large bed, sofa, coffee table and chairs is second to none. The slightly smaller second bedroom is appropriate for a child. The bathroom has a large whirlpool bath, separate shower and two wash basins.

Junior suite with day area: the junior suite overlooks the dreamy Krka river and castle park and has a large day area in addition to a bedroom for two. Select furnishings in warm brown colors and natural materials make you feel safe and calm. The castle bathroom with large bathtub and bidet provides a safe haven after a long and tiresome day.

Double rooms: with a calming view of the Krka and park. Select furnishings assure all the comforts of a castle hall. Large bathroom with regular or whirlpool bath and rain shower has plenty of character in small details. Equipment: IPTV and broadband internet, mini bar, telephone, AC, hair dryer.