Each time I envision my dream wedding, the groom’s face is blurry however the backdrop is crystal clear: he is silhouetted in opposition to a gleaming stretch of the Côte d’Azur, a spot that first taught me the that means of coup de foudre (love at first sight) .
The specifics of the place precisely we’ll be, how we’ll get there and the way many individuals we’ll have a good time with are a tad hazy — to not point out the truth that there’s not precisely a groom within the image in the mean time. However that does not cease me from ogling French wedding venues on-line occasionally.
Vacation spot weddings are a divisive topic — they are typically extra expensive and to require navigating airports, international trains and the like — however in fact, in case your wedding is not an excuse to lovingly coerce your loved ones and mates to lastly come hang around with you in France, then when is?
Positive, the practicalities of all of it may be wildly traumatic — significantly for those who’re attempting to handle every part from overseas — however there is a distinctive enjoyment of deciding what kind of backdrop you would like in your massive day (the rocky cliffs of Eze? A lavender area in Provence? The Eiffel Tower?).
Possibly you’ve got already obtained 200 Pinterest folders saved, or a Bride Wars-inspired scrapbook stuffed with wedding inspo you’ve got been passionately amassing because you had been a toddler. Nevertheless you envision your wedding, searching for a location begins to offer form to the main points of the day: what the air will odor like, what number of garden chairs you may set out, whether or not it is simply tough sufficient to get to that your least favourite cousin texts their regrets and as a substitute sends alongside that fancy new blender you’ve got been eyeing.
Whether or not you are dreaming about saying “I do” alongside the Mediterranean, excessive up within the Alps or searching over a winery in Champagne, we have rounded up among the most romantic wedding venues in France.
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Paris
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When you’ve got a small fortune to spare and need to get married in a citadel that is comparatively simple to get to, this 17th century stunner suits the (très cher) invoice. Lower than an hour from Paris, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte was the inspiration for Versailles, which ought to offer you an thought of the extent of grandeur we’re speaking about. Commissioned by Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s Finance Minister, the historic area is a well-known — and famously unique — wedding venue for A-listers equivalent to Eva Longoria, who held her wedding ceremony there in 2013. Whereas there’s ample room contained in the high-ceilinged citadel to appreciate your dream ceremony (orchestras, ice sculptures, champagne towers, you identify it), the principle draw is the extraordinary French backyard. Lit up by hundreds of candles, it is a fairytale place to say “I do” beneath a lavish fireworks show.
Strolling the banks of the Seine, you are positive to have noticed the revelers floating previous on riverboats laden with white tablecloths and champagne coupes. One of many boats specifically boasts a haute delicacies restaurant from the minds of Michelin starred chef, Alain Ducasse and the ship’s chef Pierre Marty: Ducasse sur Seine. The 100% electrical boat, which regularly hosts wedding ceremonies, is a uniquely romantic technique to transfer by means of the Metropolis of Love whereas celebrating your individual love story.
The Lavender Domaine, Provence
It is arduous to think about a extra ethereal backdrop for a wedding than the rolling lavender fields of Provence. Aesthetics apart, consider the heavenly fragrance of all of it! Simply north of Marseille, this bucolic setting includes a beautiful outdated stone barn, a courtyard and a backyard for a ceremony of as much as 100 friends. There is a charming visitor home that sleeps 6 on the property, whereas tents may be arrange within the area for friends (or there is a spate of 5-star motels on the town if tenting out is not the vibe).
Chateau Eza, Eze
Marrying with a backdrop of the shimmering Mediterranean is a dreamy notion — one greatest dropped at life on the beautiful Château Eza, a 400-year-old, 14-room lodge perched excessive above the French Riviera, within the nearly painfully charming medieval village of Eze. Previously house to a Swedish prince, the property includes a Michelin star restaurant onsite and sweeping vistas over the ocean.
Grand Chateau, Provence
Nestled on the base of the Alpilles mountains is a picture-perfect 19th century château. An historical avenue of timber stretches as much as the venue, which retains its authentic attraction with lovingly restored interval items whereas additionally providing the entire fashionable comforts you’d count on (wifi, cozy mattresses, and many others.). There are two eating places on the five-star property, in addition to an onsite spa, pétanque court docket and tennis court docket for friends to get pleasure from earlier than or after the ceremony. The gorgeous area can accommodate a 250-person ceremony and sleeps 50, unfold out amongst 21 rooms, suites and a cottage tucked into the woods.
Sophie Dodd is a journey and life-style author who covers motels, wine, and all issues France. She writes for Journey + Leisure, Individuals Journal, Frenchly and extra. Comply with her adventures in Brooklyn and past on her Instagram account.