France is synonymous with fairytale romance, especially with its centuries of history and Renaissance art and architecture. It is the land of castles, forts, rolling hills, country villas and estates, all perfect for a dreamy destination wedding across the channel.
To help narrow your search for that historic, authentic French venue that oozes timeless romance and a fairytale air, we’ve made a list of the top three historical wedding venues in France. Each are beautiful in their own right, with cultural elegance and gorgeous spaces in which to host a wedding. You can thank us later!
This beautiful Chateau was designed to host prestigious parties and events in the 17th century, complete with private lounges, ballrooms, dining rooms and landscaped gardens. Situated in Southern France, near Toulouse, is the small commune of Pennautier, surrounded by wineries, vineyards and this lovely Chateau venue.
Here you can enjoy the exclusivity and serenity of the French countryside, as well as elegantly decorated rooms in which to celebrate. The Louis XIV Gallery is perhaps the most spectacular, with painted ceilings, authentic family portraits and tapestries, able to host up to 200 people. Alternatively, you can opt for beautiful lounges or function halls.
In the heart of Provence, between the Alpilles and Luberon area, you’ll find this charming 18th century guesthouse surrounded by lush green acres and tranquil waters. The team at this venue are particularly specialised in destination weddings, so you can expect a flawless day for you and your guests, without the difficulties of organising a wedding far from home.
Imagine getting married in such a picturesque venue, with a backdrop of dramatic cliffs, rolling hills and the setting sun. Your guests will particularly love their delicious menu and their luxury accommodation.
One of the most popular wedding venues in Bordeaux, which also makes its own delicious wines. Enjoy the 18th century classical style of architecture and decoration, with a majestic gallery that can accommodate between 30 and 180 guests. Elegance takes its form in the chandeliers, the gothic windows and The Grand Entrance that opens up to landscaped gardens.
This venue is reminiscent of French regal glamour and can be the impressive surroundings of your emotional vows. It can sleep up to 34 guests, who will relish in the luxury of two swimming pools and a delicious local Bordeaux food.
So which of these magnificent venues is your favourite? It all depends on whereabouts in France you are dreaming of having your wedding, and how many guests you are looking to entertain/accommodate. One thing is for sure though, a wedding in any of these venues will be unforgettable.