Weddings at The Red House are a special favorite of ours. The aim each time is to make the day as special and personal as possible. The main focus is to fulfill as many of the couple’s wishes as possible. We enjoy making this a dream come true! We can even arrange a ride around the village in an antique horse-drawn carriage.
The first necessary step to getting married in Iceland is to collect the necessary paperwork from the District Commissioner in Selfoss (email@example.com – 480-1000). If you wish to use the local church for the ceremony, you must contact the local priest here at Eyrarbakki, the reverend Kristján Björnsson (firstname.lastname@example.org – 856-1592). He will assist you in one of two ways, either he will conduct the ceremony or he will give you permission to use the church here at Eyrarbakki.
The Eyrarbakki church was built in 1890 and has a beautiful wooden interior and a pipe organ. The altarpiece was painted by Queen Louise of Denmark in 1891 and given as a gift to the church because the town of Eyrarbakki was so important in the relations between Iceland and Denmark, which ruled Iceland until 1944. There is seating for up to 230 people.
It is of course also possible to conduct the ceremony outside, weather permitting, for example on the beach, in the lava fields, at Þingvellir National Park, Geysir, Kerið, etc. However, if you are planning an outside ceremony, make sure you have a backup plan/venue in case of bad weather!
Ride in Style
The church is just next-door to Rauða Húsið, but why not ride out in style in a turn-of-the century horse-drawn carriage? While the guests make their way over for the reception, you can ride around the town or down to the beach for photos. We can arrange that for you.
The Red House restaurant is in a lovingly restored and tastefully decorated historic building from 1919 with hardwood floors, antique fixtures, and old-time black and white photographs on the walls. It is located in the peaceful seaside village of Eyrarbakki. Once the center of trade with Denmark, Eyrarbakki has fewer inhabitants now than it did in 1880. Though only 45 minutes of scenic driving away from Reykjavík, you will feel a world apart.
The banquet halls on on the top floor and offer panoramic views over the sea, the mountains, and the village of Eyrarbakki. An elegant wooden staircase leads from the main entrance. All wedding packages include the hall rental and service at no additional charge.
The South Hall (Suðursalurinn)
The South Hall can seat up to 50 at long tables and can accommodate a buffet table. It’s also ideally suited as standing reception space for large groups before entering the dining hall. The hall has a full bar and is divided into two sections by a partial wall, as seen in the photograph here. The smaller part is called the Queen’s Hall, or Drottningasalurinn.
The North Hall (Norðursalurinn)
The North Hall can seat up to 90 at round tables plus a traditional ‘high’ table for the couple and family, or up to 112 at long tables. With a slightly smaller group, it can also accommodate a DJ or live band and space may be cleared for a dance floor.
Reception, Food & Wine
Like everything else, the guest reception can be customized. You may choose to have a toast with champagne, sparkling wine or any other drink of your own choice. You may want to have a variety of canapés or finger foods. We can offer you a sumptuous buffet or a luxurious sit-down three- to five-course meal with your wedding cake and coffee as the final course. Just let us know what you have in mind and we are happy to make your dreams come true. Our aim is to fulfill the couple’s wishes the best we can so we encourage guests to give us ideas regarding what they are looking for with food and wine.
We are especially well known for our melt-in-your-mouth langoustine, fresh-off-the-boat seafood and juicy lamb fillets, but our versatile chefs can also custom tailor the menu to suit your preferences. In order to give you an understanding of our kitchen and the types of food we specialize in, feel free to browse through our á la carte menu online. Of course, we can also accommodate requests not on the menu as well, including vegetarian and vegan offerings for all courses and catering to special dietary needs of all sorts.
Champagne prices start at 14.000 ISK per bottle
Sparkling wine prices start at 3.800 ISK per bottle
House wine from 4.000 per bottle
Please consult the wine list for further price information. We can also order in special wines of your choosing with at least 2 weeks’ notice.
The wedding cake:
Unfortunately we do not have the facilities to make the classical tiered wedding cake and that is the only food that must be outsourced. The wedding cake can be bought from bakeries in Reykjavík or Selfoss. Here are the contact details for a few we recommend; most of the bakeries’ websites are only in Icelandic, but if you don’t speak Icelandic, you can use Google translate to get an idea of their offerings and if you call or e-mail the staff will be able to assist you in English.
1. Guðnabakarí Selfoss – gudnabakari.is – 482-1755
2. Almar Bakarí Hveragerði – 483-1919
3. Sætar Syndir – saetarsyndir.is – 583-0061
4. Mosfellsbakarí – konfekt.is – 566-6145
5. Okkar Bakarí – okkarbakari.is – 565-8070
6. Bakarameistarinn – bakarameistarinn.is – 533-3000
Flowers & decorations:
There are some excellent florists both in Selfoss and Reykjavík. We recommend Sjafnarblóm in Selfoss (blom.is – 482-3211). The dining hall, reception area and church are usually decorated with flowers. If guests wish to bring additional decorations we can assist in arranging them. Any special wishes regarding decoration will be charged separately.