Wedding in France & Wedding venues in France
The abundance of breathtaking wedding venues in France is mostly due to its rich history, art, and culture. Wedding in France will be memorable for you and all your guests, whether it’s a destination wedding or you live in this beautiful country.
From Paris to Cote d’Azur and from Normandie to the Alps, France offers thousands of stunningly beautiful wedding venues.
Located in Western Europe, France is a fascinating country. In ancient times, the country was known as Gaul or Gallia and its present name is derived from the Latin word Francia which means “the country of Franks”. They were Germanic tribes that conquered the territory in the 5th century. France became a separate country in the 9th century. Since its foundation, France has been a major player on the European stage and contributed greatly to the common cultural heritage of humanity in music, literature, theatre, poetry, sculpture, painting, philosophy, and architecture. No wonder that it is the most popular tourist destination in the world when it comes to cultural tourism. With its châteaux, fortresses, castles, museums, galleries, churches, palaces, and cafes, France has something for every taste.
France is also a special place for couples seeking a perfect wedding destination for many reasons. Romantic cities, picturesque countryside, a stunning architecture, an artistic atmosphere, elegance, beauty, charm, delicious food, and glorious wine are just some of the things that make people dream about an amazing destination wedding in France and draw them to exchange their vows in this beautiful land of romance.
Wedding destinations in France
Today’s France is made up of 13 administrative regions and all of them have their own unique character. The most popular destinations in France are:
- The Paris region or Ile-de-France
- Loire Valley and its Chateaux
- South-West France and Bordeaux region
- Provence in the South of France
- French Riviera
France is a land of an amazing diversity of sights and scenery. There are long beaches and flat fertile lands in the north, impressive mountain regions (the Pyrenees and the Alps) with high mountain peaks, rocky coastline in the west, numerous rivers and streams in inland France, green hills in the Loire Valley. Regions of France also showcase an incredible variety of traditions and cuisine, culture and heritage.
Chateau Wedding in France
With their romantic atmosphere, great food and wine, many of wedding venues France offer really good value for money. Are you dreaming of a fairytale wedding? Then chateau wedding is just what you need to make your dream come true. There are a lot of castles to choose from.
The Château of Versailles is one of the largest castles in Europe and is associated with the name of King Louis XIV. The palace has extraordinary gardens which were designed by famous landscape architect André Le Nôtre. You will never forget the most special day in your life if you host your France wedding in the Orangerie of the Versailles Palace and enjoy the beauty and majesty of the place. It’s the perfect venue for a luxury wedding on a grandiose scale because the space can welcome 1,500 guests.
Fontainebleau is the royal and imperial chateau that accommodated Kings of France from the 12th century. It is located on the edge of a forest and is surrounded by an immense park. A beautiful venue for luxury weddings.
Domaine de Chantilly is located 40 km north of Paris and offers a prestigious setting for grand events and celebrations. Chateau de Chantilly is a stunning 16th century palace. If you host your exclusive wedding in France here, you’ll be surrounded by ornate architecture and natural beauty.
Luxury Wedding Venues France: French Riviera
French Riviera is the Mediterranean coastline in the southeast of France and a major wedding destination. It is known all over the world for its glamour and beauty as well as captivating scenery and extraordinary cuisine. The climate here is mild and warm nearly all year round. From May to October, there is plenty of sunshine with warm days and nights.
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is a peninsula between Monaco and Nice. You can find here some of the most expensive houses in France. Cap Ferrat has always been home to rich businessmen, kings, and actors. These days Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is also home to international jet-setters. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild located in the heart of Peninsula is an exclusive wedding venue along with Four Seasons Cap Ferrat hotel.
Nice is the biggest resort of the French Riviera and is one of the busiest cities on the Côte d’Azur. The city has a famous flower market and there are a lot of hotels. Tourists enjoy world-class dining, exciting nightlife, and luxury shopping. Those who love art are sure to appreciate the Matisse and Chagall museums. And you will have an unforgettable experience if you host your wedding at Hotel Negresco or Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée that overlook the beach.
Grasse is a small town which lies several miles away from Cannes. It is famous as the world capital of perfumery. One of the most important wedding venues in Grass is Château Diter – a luxury villa with 7 hectares of vineyards, olive groves and gardens with beautiful fountains and Roman columns. It’s an ideal setting for organizing premium and luxury weddings and events.
Cannes is a fashionable destination famous for its annual film festival and synonymous with the famous and rich. The city is also a popular venue for trade fairs. It’s the perfect place to host your wedding on a sandy beach or in the beautiful ballrooms of the historical hotels. Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic and Intercontinental Carlton Cannes are both located on the Boulevard de la Croisette and offer exceptional service and gourmet menus.
Antibes is a famous resort situated between Cannes and Nice. The historic old town is surrounded by fortified walls that face the sea. There are 48 beaches, many of which are perfect for weddings and events. Our favourite is Plage Keller – an attractive beach in one of the most beautiful parts of the French Riviera – a fantastic place for your destination wedding in France.
Your Dream Wedding in France: Paris
Paris is a majestic and timeless city known for its sophisticated style, incredible art scene, and romantic appeal. If you choose to host your wedding in Paris, consider numerous palace hotels to have an exceptional experience on your wedding day.
Opera Garnier is the 19th century masterpiece that easily impresses with its gilded interior design, its grandiose chandeliers, mosaics, busts, and exceptional sculptures. It is one of the most exclusive wedding venues in Europe. Opera Garnier is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue for an unforgettable wedding reception in France.
The Ritz Hotel on Place Vendôme is the world’s most iconic hotel. It was home to Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Chopin, and other celebrities. With the exquisite setting of the private salons and Haut Cuisine, it is a perfect venue for hosting a romantic and elegant wedding in the city of love.
Plaza Athenee Hotel is situated in the famous Avenue Montaigne and is a fantastic location for your wedding celebration or corporate event. You will be surrounded by luxury and prestige. Your reception can take place in the magnificent ballroom or in the famous courtyard. You will definitely receive the highest level of service.
Le Meurice is an iconic hotel facing the Tuileries garden. The beautiful rooms and suites are decorated in Louis XVI style and every room is unique in detail. The ballrooms are a perfect choice for those who are looking for a traditional luxury Paris wedding venue.
Hotel de Crillon is located at Place de la Concorde and dates back to the 18th century. When it comes to hosting your wedding, Crillion offers 6 unique wedding venues suitable for celebrations of all styles. Salon des Aigles is the palace’s grandest venue.
Shangri-La Hotel was a former palace and offers a wide range of elegant wedding venues and ballrooms. It is very popular and we do recommend booking your receptions well in advance.
Looking for a Special Venue for Your Destination Wedding in France?
France is a diverse country and there are lots of beautiful and iconic regions that you can choose for your destination wedding. Each region of France has its own scenery and culture, its own lifestyle as well as a specific style of architecture and art.
The Loire Valley is one of the most romantic areas in France and an ideal place to hold the wedding of your dreams. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is one of the most visited places in France. In the past, Loire Valley was beloved by nobility and royalty and the region flourished during the Renaissance. Now the valley is famous for superb wines and there are more than 300 incredibly beautiful castles and mansions.
Chateau de Challain is the jewel of the region. Neogothic in design, the chateau was built as a private residence in 1854. This castle is decorated in luxurious style with gothic dark furniture, life-sized stuffed lions, pictures, and artworks. The marble white spiral stairs are illuminated by chandeliers. Each guest room is uniquely decorated and offers a wonderful view of the green park that surrounds the chateau. Chateau de Challain is a fantastic wedding venue.
The southwest of France is a popular destination especially among our clients from the UK. The landscape is dotted with small villages, vineyards and fortified cities. Atlantic surfing beaches, fabulous mansions with parks and endless forests make it an unbelievable wedding destination.
Bordeaux is located not far from the Atlantic coast and is a vibrant city that attracts a lot of visitors every year. It is well-known for its wine industry and its beautiful architecture. The city has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many of the local chateaux such as Chateau de La Ligne host weddings and you can rent them for a week or a weekend. Imagine a romantic wedding celebration with excellent wine and food for your reception.
Biarritz is the major Basque city and one of the most popular seaside resorts. It is also a major surfing destination. Enjoy a beautiful destination wedding with an Ocean view from a historical villa, grand chateau or a beach.
Famous for its views and relaxed lifestyle, Provence is one of the most popular destinations in France. The area around Gordes offers stunning nature and attracts numerous couples from all over the world to host their weddings in the region. Aix-en-Provence and its surrounding area is the second-most-popular part of the region. However, Provence is actually quite multi-faceted and offers very different venue types and styles of surrounding nature.
Normandy is a picturesque region on the France’s northern coast with quiet villages and beautiful architecture in modern city of Le Havre and medieval city of Rouen. Chateau de Carsix is a perfect example of the 18th century wedding venue. It was built at the end of the reign of Louis XV. The chateau is perfect for large summer weddings. The estate is surrounded by a park and combines the nobility of a brick and stone building with the charm of a pristine rural location.
Finding the right spot for your destination wedding France can be a bit overwhelming because there are so many gorgeous wedding venues to choose from. But we are here to help. Expert event managers from Magic Day know everything about each destination in France and will help you find the ideal venue and organize the most romantic France wedding you will never forget.