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Explore Locations In Plauen For Civil Weddings
With the White Elster River flowing through it, Plauen, the fifth-largest city in the free state of Saxony and the largest in Vogtland, is replete with lush greenery and gorgeous views of the rolling hills. The capital of Vogtland, it is one of the most beautiful places in Germany, exuding serene and relaxing vibes. That’s why, as I shared before, many people, who do not belong to this region traditionally, chose to settle down in Plauen, away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger metropolitan settlements. So, if you’re a resident (with roots in Plauen or who has migrated here) of this city and looking for a wedding venue, or if you live elsewhere and have had your eyes fixed on Plauen for your wedding, you’d need an ideal location for your civil wedding anyway. And since I’ve been photographing weddings in Plauen for years now, I’ve got a list of stunning places up my sleeves. As a bonus, I’ve also shared the story of one of my couples and their wedding images for you to use as an example and get an idea of what getting married in Plauen could look like. Take a glimpse!
Location Ideas For A Civil Wedding In Plauen
1. Say I Do At The Registration Office
One of the most popular options in Plauen for a civil wedding is the registration office. Now, some of you might think that it could be boring to get married there, but let me tell you that this place is steeped in history and really convenient when it comes to a civil wedding! Situated inside an old building constructed in 1382, the registration office opened its doors to couples to tie the knot in 1923. It has seating space for 25 guests and can be ideal for hosting an intimate ceremony. One noteworthy thing about this venue is the iconic staircase that can even be spotted on postcards! It makes for a perfect backdrop for some dreamy wedding portraits and romantic couples photos. My couple Franziska and Rene got married at the registration office before moving to Landhotel for a celebration. You can read more about them and check out their images below.
2. Mark Your New Beginning At The Ballroom In Vogtland Museum
Another venue that you can choose for your civil wedding in Plauen is the Falkland Museum. It is also a building of importance in the town and has a ballroom dedicated to weddings. It’s lovely, has a unique look, and beautifully sets the mood for a celebration. The magnificent plasterwork inside the ballroom exudes elegance. The place has an easy charm and is superbly classy. This amazing architectural beauty can make for an excellent wedding venue and give you memorable moments to cherish forever.
3. Hit It Off In Style On A Railcar
Yes, you read that right. If you’re getting married in Plauen and want it to be an unparalleled experience, you can celebrate your big day on a train. You can do it on trains numbered 21 and 51. These are really old trains (number 21 was constructed in 1905 and 51 in 1928, as far as I recall), and the idea of celebrating your special day inside these old-fashioned train coaches sounds so thrilling to me. I can already imagine vintage-style couples portraits! Not to mention the unique and playful backdrops they will make for and the fun you can have with your closest peeps here. One of my couples, Julia and Kai, did a sightseeing tour in a tram in Plauen, and man! What a wonderful experience it was for them as well as for me as their photographer. You can do something similar and make your day even more memorable than it is already supposed to be.
4. Begin Your New Journey On A Ship/Boat
If you’re looking forward to an idyllic landscape and sparkling blue waters to be a part of your wedding day, you could even consider getting married on a ship or boat anchored at the Pohl Dam. It’s very close to Plauen, and this option is ideal for your dream wedding on the water! Also, it’s an excellent location for photos. With a vessel at the Pohl Dam as your wedding venue, you can include about 20 people in your guest list. Quality linens, red carpets, and other exceptional services are the USPs here. These boats are available every first Saturday of the month, from April to September, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. One can even rent a boat to enjoy a cup of coffee with their guests. Talk about setting sail and welcoming your new beginning in style!
5. Solemnize Your Marriage At A Church – Kapelle Neuensalz
There are many churches in Plauen where you can have a church wedding. But Kapelle Neuensalz is the closest one available if you’re looking for a civil wedding within a church. I absolutely recommend it. It is around 7 km from Plauen and near the Pohl Dam. With a seating capacity of 120 people, this baroque-style church has a romantic vibe that could blend so well with your dream wedding. Although it is a small church, it is absolutely gorgeous – and its atmospheric elements render a different feel to the venue. Couples can enjoy the lovely piano music here while they exchange their vows. My couple Sussane and Rico got married here, and the images I created of them and their guests turned out to be incredible. Check them out!
Reception Locations In Plauen
Now that you have a list of locations where you could get married in Plauen, I’m going to suggest some more wedding venues ideal for celebrating and partying with your guests after you’re done with the ceremony. These are the venues my couples chose, and I’ve already photographed in these places a number of times. So, I know how to fetch you the best photos possible in all the nooks and corners of these places if you decide to book me as your wedding photographer. The list includes:
- Pfaffengut in Plauen (My couples Sabrina and Toni as well as Sophie and Marcel got married here.)
- Pension and Restaurant Lochbauer in Plauen, Vogtland (This is where my couple Sina and Martin celebrated their special day.)
- Landhaus Marienstein (My couples Anne and Pierre as well as Anja and Markheinz elebrated their wedding here.)
- Dormero Hotel in Plauen (My couples Julia & Kai oot married here.)
- Landhotel Plauen (This was my couple Franziska and Rene’s reception venue, and I’m going to share more about their big day with you ahead.)
- Wernesgrüner Brewery (The stunning venue where Sussane and Rico had their reception.)
Franziska & Rene’s Wedding At Landhotel Plauen
My gorgeous couple Franziska and Rene got married at the registration office in Plauen, as I mentioned before, and held their reception at the incredible Landhotel. Be it the hairdresser working her magic on the bride or this big pool at the venue or the natural beauty outdoors, it was all a pleasure for me to photograph. The hotel was so classy and had everything from an apartment to 24 rooms for the guests to sleep and get ready in. The hotel had a good parking space and a play park for children. The decor and all the other arrangements at this wedding were so flawless, and honestly, there was this one thing that easily became my favorite part of this wedding. And that was the bride’s gown! This wedding got etched in my memory because the bride wore one of the sexiest dresses I had photographed. It was grand and gorgeous!
From creating romantic portraits of my couple in daylight to doing night photography for them and their guests, it was all so wonderful! And Landhotel Plauen only made this experience better with the stellar backdrops it provided me with for photography. I loved spending time with Franziska and Rene and hope they love their images as much as I enjoyed creating them. Also, I’m so glad that my couple received their glass album, which will make their photo viewing experience a delight – and the album could even be treasured just like an heirloom and handed down to their future generations!
Get Gorgeous Wedding Portraits With Stephanie Scharschmidt
As a photographer, I’ve captured around 250 weddings with my camera, and I can say with confidence that the locations I’ve suggested in this blog could really make your wedding day unique and memorable. To make things fall in place and celebrate your day the way you want to, just plan well and book your vendors, especially the photographer, much before your wedding date (ideally speaking, months before or even a year in advance). The wedding day flies by, so there might be many things that you might not notice or don’t have the time to soak in, and this is where photos will play a significant role. Get your wedding moments captured into images by a professional photographer. A professional will photograph all the little details and enable you to relive your wedding day even when the flowers have wilted and the decor is taken down. The photos will remain with you to cherish those moments years later and forever!
If you’re getting married in Plauen and want a conversation with me to get the most beautiful pictures and a wholesome wedding photography experience, you can fill out this form. I’ll get in touch with you, and together, we’ll discuss your photography vision to create the wedding photos of your dreams. Also, if you want to learn more about me as a photographer, you can check this out. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to see more of my work.