Chateau wedding in France is a fabulous occasion to state one’s level. A wedding day means so much for two people in love. And you definitely want to connect memories of it with a very special place. From Paris to Riviera, France has hundreds of stunningly beautiful venues. French chateaux keep the spirit of history, inspire our imagination with unique architecture, make us wonder about their mysteries and long-gone intrigues that took place in the greenery of surrounding landscape parks. Chateau wedding in France is the celebration you will remember forever. Choosing a castle for your wedding celebration, you make your own fairy tale come to life.
Chateau wedding venues around Paris
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau is the quintessential Royal Palace in France. The first mentions of the fortress date back to the XII century and its central construction, the Donjon, is still part of the Palace and can be seen in the Oval Courtyard. King Francis I created a real Renaissance palace out of it in the XVI century. All the further kings from Henry II to Louis XVI resided in the palace, including the most famous ones like Louis XIV and Napoleon the Great who spent the last days of his reign here.
A multitude of beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces make this palace a perfect wedding venue. Have a look at the video below and start dreaming!
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is one of the most amazing palaces of France, located just 55 km from Paris. This XVII century estate is surrounded by 500 hectares of park and is a perfect location for chateau wedding in France. The palace was built for Nicolas Fouquet serving as minister of finance at King Louis XIV court. Unfortunate course of history and some slander from another aristocrat aiming for his position sent Fouquet to prison with lifelong sentence for embezzlement of the royal treasury. Impressed with Vaux-le-Vicomte, Louis XIV commissioned its authors to build the famous Versailles palace for him as the biggest and grandest palace of all times. The manicured gardens are dotted with numerous fountains, each a piece of art themselves. The park imagined by Andre Lenotre surrounds the splendid palace. Geometrical shape and symmetry of his creation are mind-blowing. The grand salon is one of the best and most exclusive halls available for weddings in France. The chateau offers limitless opportunities for grand events and weddings. Click for an example of luxury birthday party in Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Inspired by Vaux-le-Vicomte, the palace complex of Versailles became the real triumph of architecture. Several palaces surrounded by the most impressive park in the world are able to marvel the most sophisticated guests. Grand Trianon, which belongs to Versailles complex was built in 1687 for Louis XIV. It was designed to be the getaway palace where the King could enjoy some rest from his duties. The palace is decorated with red marble and impresses its guests by its sophisticated architecture, endless colonnades and abundance of light. Napoleon Bonaparte and Charles de Gaulle chose the palace to spend significant amounts of their time in the elegant and cozy interiors. A unique orangery with hundreds of exotic plants from all over the world is placed next to the palace. One of the most exclusive venues for chateau wedding in France, Grand Trianon offers all the exclusivity and luxury you can dream of.
Chateau de Villiers-le-Mahieu
Château of Villiers-le-Mahieu is conveniently located to the west of Paris. Built in 1642 with its medieval turrets and a moat it reminds a fortress. After major interior and exterior restoration, the site transformed into modern prestigious château-hotel. Thanks to quick and easy access, the château of Villiers le Mahieu makes a delightful setting for chateau events and chateau wedding in France in a private and elegant atmosphere. High quality, discreet and attentive service, beautiful décor of reception rooms and greenery of surrounding gardens make Villiers le Mahieu the ideal venue for an unforgettable chateau wedding in France.
Chateau d’Esclimont, the jewel of Renaissance is located less than an hour from Paris in the lush greenery of its own huge park. One of the most popular venues for chateau wedding in France. It’s a beautiful and very popular castle with terraces, towers, stone bridges, moat and even a lake was built in 1543. The walls of Esclimont can remember many famous residents. At the beginning, in 1639 Claude de Bullion, the counselor of King Henry IV was its owner. In 1807 the estate came into a property of renowned noble family La Rochefoucauld, the ancestors of Chateau Challain owners. Today Chateau d’Esclimont estate includes a romantic palace-hotel and several additional buildings, called Trianon, watch tower and the House of Hunting Trophies. A vast well-kept park surrounds the estate. All 53 rooms and 6 suites remind of a lavish style of the royal epoch. A refined restaurant named La Rochefoucauld after castle’s last proprietors offers amazing culinary creations. Chateau d’Esclimont can host wedding receptions for up to 400 guests. Numerous leisure activities including helicopter tours, horse riding and fishing are available for the guests of chateau. Home to over 20 of our events, Esclimont is a great option for chateau wedding on a budget.
Chateau wedding venue in Loire Valley
Chateau Challain offers a luxurious setting for destination weddings of all sizes. Located in the Loire Valley, it takes just 90 minutes to get there from Paris by high-speed TGV train, or an hour from the airport in Nantes. It is a fabulous chateau wedding venue to make your celebration a dream-come-true. It is a grandiose Neo-Gothic castle from the XIX century built for Count and Countess La Rochefoucauld-Bayers. It has preserved the glory of the past and provides an enchanted fairytale setting for your chateau wedding in France. Castle’s current owners will warmly welcome you and ensure a comfortable and relaxed stay for your guests. One of the recent weddings that we produced in Chateau Challain took place on the spacious lawn behind the castle. We are continuously impressed by the support from the owners and the quality of gourmet dishes served for wedding dinner.
Property of the Crown and royal residence later on, Chenonceau Castle is an exceptional site due to its original design and the unbelievable location over a river. It is the most origial venue for your chateau wedding in France. The furniture and decorations impress visitors along with its incredible history. The “Château des Dames” was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, and successively passed to Diane de Poitiers and then Catherine de Medici. Chenonceau was protected during the revolution by Madame Dupin. The Castle has an exceptional museum collection of the Old Masters’ paintings. It is home to works of Murillo, Le Tintoret, Nicolas Poussin, Le Corrège, Rubens, Le Primatice, Van Loo and an extremely rare selection of Flemish tapestries of 16th century. Throughout its history, this Castle has always attracted and inspired great artists. The castle combines beauty and elegance of architecture and preserves original artifacts from the time it was a major residence. Numerous flower compositions add to the elegance of every sumptuously furnished room of Chateau Chenonceau. The room of Five Queens, and the living room of Louis XIV; the grand gallery overlooking the River Cher, and fabulous kitchens constructed in the piers of the bridge; the Green Cabinet of Catherine de Medici… Chenonceau takes you back in time as you walk in its grounds. One-of-a-kind architecture, beautiful locations for the wedding photo session and superb options of spaces to host your wedding reception make Chenonceau a real gem of chateau wedding venue.
Chateau de Rochecotte
A unique location soaked with history, Château de Rochecotte is situated between Tours and Saumur in the Loire Valley. This elegant castle from the Empire Period offers luxurious and charming atmosphere. 50-acre landscaped park surrounds the 4-star castle-hotel. Its 18th-century style was infused with contemporary comforts and ambiance. Inside and out, the Château is home to amazing treasures. Noble materials, refined authentic furnishing from Italy, rare collection objects are a delight to visitors. The spacious rooms and suites offer the ultimate comfort and sumptuous furnishings. The Château de Rochecotte boasts elegantly decorated dining rooms and lounges. Deliciously refined cuisine in French culinary traditions will add flavor to your chateau wedding. Wandering around the château’s park and French formal gardens you can admire two-thousand-year-old Lebanon cedar tree, which stands proudly next to the hotel entrance. If you decide to stay for a couple of days, your guests can enjoy a lovely walk or relax by a heated pool not far from the lime tree alley.
Paris and Loire Valley are not the only regions with rich architectural heritage. French Riviera can also offer some unique historic chateau wedding venues.
Chateau wedding venue in South of France
Chateau de Cremat
Château de Cremat, the gem of Bellet wines, is conveniently located 10 minutes from the center of Nice and just 8 kilometers from the International Airport of Nice Côte d’Azur. This tiny vineyard located in the hills above Nice is one of the oldest in France. Its vines were first planted by the roman legions. A large part of the cellars date from that distant era. Today this unique site overlooking the sea is one of the jewels of the French Riviera. The castle has a unique Neo-Tuscan style. The French garden of 2500 m2 in the heart of château is an art gallery under the open skies where you can discover works of artists from the prestigious school of Nice. The peaceful haven is bordered by an orange grove. Four comfortable function rooms can welcome chateau wedding receptions. Outstanding place, great wine and traditional Mediterranean cuisine by well-known chefs will create the perfect recipe of your chateau wedding.
Chateau de Berne
Château de Berne is a 1,500-acre private estate, situated in unspoiled Provencal countryside between small towns Lorgues and Flayosc. This truly exceptional site dating back to the 18th century, inclines to relaxation and wellbeing. It is the ideal choice for those who appreciate wine tourism. The old vineyards of Château de Berne are located right in the heart of Provence. You can expect a comfortable stay in friendly and warm 5 star Relais & Châteaux property featuring 27 beautifully appointed rooms. Far from the gray atmosphere of traditional venues, Château de Berne will help you experience the joy of celebration on 1,500 acre grounds. Simply amazing chateau wedding venue for people who value real exclusivity. This oasis of greenery provides the perfect setting for all kinds of events. Portrait Gallery Room is the original wine production area. Entirely refurbished, this large day lit area is ideal for seated celebrations of up to 60 people. The Bacchus Room is the perfect space for reception and entertainment of up to 160 people. It offers panoramic views over the Estate wine cellars, vaults, arches and elegant curtains. The Jasmine Garden set amid vines and pine trees, is a magnificent conservatory with the capacity to seat up to 180 people.
Chateau de Garibondy
The history of Chateau de Garibondy started in 1750. This elegant property is situated on top of the hill, within ten minutes’ drive from the center of Cannes and thirty minutes from Nice Airport. A magnificent pine tree providing a shade to the terrace reminds of estate’s famous visitor, Queen Victoria. The Chateau has a spacious interior with high ceilings, hallways, and large reception rooms. Two south facing terraces ideally suit for outdoor dining opening the views of the sea and Alps. The sun bathes the lawns and terraces of Chateau from early morning till dusk. The magnificent and Romantic Château de Garibondy is an amazing venue for a chateau wedding on French Riviera. The gardens can accommodate up to 200 guests for a plated dinner or over 300 people for a cocktail.
Chateau de Castellaras
Château of Castellaras stands in the heart of little village Castellaras le Vieux, surrounded by two hectares of well-kept park. Built by Jacques Couëlle in 1927, it is situated 20 minutes from the airport of Nice Côte d’Azur and 25 minutes from Cannes. The exceptional beauty of this place ideally suits for a chateau wedding reception. The Château, constructed with authentic materials from the 12th, 15th and 16th centuries, offers a unique historical setting. These elements came from ruins in the Pyrenees and Provence buildings, giving them a new life. Your guests will enjoy the panoramic view of the park and the charming and lively villages of Mougins and Valbonne which are only three minutes away. It is only nine kilometers to Cannes, its beaches, restaurants, boutiques, and festivals. 11th century chapel on the ground of property is a superb location for your wedding ceremony.
These are just 11 of hundreds of amazing venue options for your Chateau wedding in France. Il-de-France region surrounding Paris accounts for over 250 chateaus in our database. Loire valley is home to another 120 chateau venues we selected. But these two regions are just the most famous ones for historic venues. All around the country, we can find fairy tale chateaus, castles, fortresses and beautiful mansions worthy of your wedding, private celebration or corporate event. We can make everything happen. The choice is yours.