We already know that France is one of the most romantic places for a destination wedding. It’s different landscapes, architecture and climates mean that it’s perfect for any couple. From scenic views from the historial Normandy beaches, or across the Mediterranean ocean, France offers you everything. But although Paris is the famous ‘city of love’, and every year thousands of people get engaged there, it seems that many loved-up couples, including some of Hollywood’s most famous, find the south of France to be ‘the one’ for their intimate ceremony.
In the past few years, France’s beautiful architecture has seen the likes of Tom Hardy, “Brangelina” and Halle Berry say their ‘I do’s, which is a good enough reason as any to get out our suitcases and take our weddings to somewhere with a little more to offer, in art, culture and (of course) climate!
And, although it make a few weeks or months to convince your other half, you know you can guarantee a wedding your guests will remember forever. Fortunately then, we’ve got together a few suggestions for venues and wedding planners so you son’t have to street from across the Atlantic.
Your Wedding Venue
Somewhere on a hilltop overlooking Grignan is Domaine De Sarson. Over 15 hectares of land, enveloped by beautiful lavender fields, couples can say those special words. With shaded patios and swimming pools for that all important wedding photo album, it is the perfect place for couples to host an event in a safe, secluded area for as many as 250 seated guests.
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For weddings inside or out, they have it all. For the cocktail party, the wedding dinner and the next day brunch couples and guests can enjoy 400 square metres of covered patios including an open white brick barn, a bucolic as well as refined and relaxing setting… a dream site to host a wedding.
What makes this place so accommodating is that it is able to welcome most of a couple’s guests in it’s 77 beds, giving it a feeling of being a big family home!
Located in the heart of a vineyard in the south of France, this 17th century chateau offers couples the chance to see exactly France is so popular for a romantic ceremony. With over 24 bedrooms, 8 cottages, restaurants and wine bars for everyone, you can give your guests a real taste of French culture. And, of course, you can always rely on the weather for a picturesque setting in their private vineyard.
The superb Hotel Castellet belongs to the “Relais & Chateaux” group and is known for its gourmet cuisine. It’s the ideal venue to celebrate your wedding because it delivers both peace and luxury. These sublime spots all boast sleek décor, the outdoor pool is equipped with pretty, small open huts and the views are incredible, offering a perfect environment for an alfresco wedding on a mild summer’s evening…
In a protected environment in the heart of the Provence countryside, the “Bastide des Barattes” gives your guests a beautiful garden to enjoy. With a swimming pool and bedrooms that can accommodate up to 12 people, you’ll feel at home but without the stress of daily life, and we’re sure your guests will to!
Who To Hire
If you’re dreaming of a wedding in France, organised by one of the best in the business, So Special Events are the wedding planners for you. Known for its A-Z planning, they make every couple’s day go as swiftly and as stress-free as possible. What makes So Special Events a great choice is that they know the market well and can help their couples find the best providers and the best locations. What’s more, they work in different parts of France, from Bordeux to Normandy to Paris, so they have everything to make your dreams come true!
Speaking with Katerina Nidikova, from So Special Events, we can feel her energy: “We love every wedding because each couple is different, yet we do everything to make their day as perfect as can be!”
If you’re searching for a region filled with authentic French charm, Gascony is the one you want. Filled with archaeological reserves and traditional towns, you and your guests can enjoy all of what France has to offer in the lead up to your big day. Katy, at Chic Events in France, knows exactly how to provide what you want. With links with caterers who excel in the art of the south-western French cuisine, and location providers, she can make your French fairytale come true!