15 best luxury wedding venues in France

Sep 28, 2023 | Planning
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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild | Holly Clark Photography

From the endless rolling hills and purple-washed lavender fields to the picture-perfect coastline and majestic snow-capped mountains, France has it all. It's no surprise that couples travel from all over the world to celebrate with a destination wedding in France and enjoy the exceptional wine and gastronomy that the French do so well.

If you're considering a destination wedding in Provence or elsewhere in France, you'll have your pick of incredible wedding venues from historical chateaux and country houses to beautiful vineyards and ancient chapels. Read on for our pick of the best luxury wedding venues in France and you're sure to find the perfect location for your dream destination wedding.

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Château de la Napoule | Photography: Holly Clark | Planning: Lavender & Rose

Wedding venues on the French Riviera

Château de la Napoule, Cannes

About: Standing proudly along the coastline of Mandelieu la Napoule, 7km from Cannes, Château de la Napoule is a restored French castle that was classified as a historic landmark in 1993. This neo-medieval castle is striking and unique with a pretty garden for your ceremony, elegant courtyard for dinner and a grand hall for dancing. The venue is a sophisticated balance of modern and timeless décor with classic stone architecture, roman towers, romantic manicured gardens, fountains, historic sculpture, modern art, and exquisite sea views.

Location: 453 Av. Henry Clews, 06210 Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Capacity: outside 400 / inside 200

Price range: POA

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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild | Holly Clark Photography

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

About: Located between Nice and Monaco, overlooking the Mediterranean, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a magnificent palace surrounded by nine stunning themed gardens. The iconic pale pink façade and Belle Epoque style, which evoke memories of the European Golden Age, makes it the ideal choice for a luxury celebration in the French Riviera.

Location: 1 Av. Ephrussi de Rothschild, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Capacity: up to 300

Price range: $$$$

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Château Saint-Martin, Vence

About: Located just 35 minutes from Nice airport, Château Saint-Martin combines old world charm with contemporary elegance. You can reserve the entire château to host your wedding weekend with 52 rooms and enjoy wine tastings, spa sessions and relaxing by the infinity pool. You can choose from eight event spaces for your ceremony and reception, including a Michelin-starred restaurant and terrace with Riviera views.

Location: 2490 Av. des Templiers, 06140 Vence

Capacity: 100 guests

Price range: POA

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Bastide du Roy, Antibes

About: If you can't choose between Cote D'Azur and Provence for your French destination wedding, Bastide du Roy could be for you as it offers the perfect mix of both with its vast green spaces, scenic views and olive groves. The residence was given to Henry IV as a wedding present in 1608, then sold to the City of Antibes by Louis XV in 1779. In more recent years, the bastide has hosted many A-list guests and is the ultimate venue for chic weddings in a luxury setting.

Location: 3055 Avenue Jean Michard Pellissier, 06600 Antibes

Capacity: 280

Price range: $$

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Wedding venues in Provence

La Bastide de Gordes

About: Perched above the valley, overlooking the listed village of Gordes, La Bastide is a charming, typically Provencal palace, with an exceptional view over the Luberon massif. A true jewel of the region, the golden light of the south shines across the venue to add an extra touch of magic to your day. Its exceptional location overlooking the Luberon valley, excellent restaurants and the warm and intimate atmosphere make it a unique events space in the heart of Provence.

Location: 61 Rue de la Combe, 84220 Gordes,

Capacity: 120

Price range: POA

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Château de Fonscolombe | Photography: Laura Gordon | Planning: Lavender & Rose

Château de Fonscolombe, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade

About: Château de Fonscolombe is a beautiful 18th century castle in the heart of Provence. The château has 50 rooms and suites, and is just a 15-20 minute drive to Aix-en-Provence and one hour journey to Marseille airport. The majestic property sits on 10 hectares yet has the magical feel of a luxurious home from home, with expansive gardens, swimming pool, gym, petanque and tennis courts on site.

Couples can choose from several different sites for their wedding, such as an 18th Century chapel, the Four Seasons Gardens, the front of the château overlooking parkland or one of the many locations shaded by mature trees. Inside, couples can use one of the indoor galleries or transform the Orangerie into a magical fête.

Location: Rte de Saint-Canadet, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade

Capacity: Up to 100

Price range: POA

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Venue: ​Château La Coste | Photography: Laura Gordon | Planning: Lavender & Rose

Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade

About: With its vineyards, art, architecture and stunning Provençal landscapes, Château La Coste is an ideal venue for a truly unforgettable wedding. Spanning some 200 hectares, the château boasts a wealth of history, including a wine-making tradition which dates back to Roman times, in a remarkable setting featuring cypresses, stone pines, olive trees and oak.

Location: 2750 Route De La Cride, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade

Capacity: up to 120

Price range: POA

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Château de la Gaude | Photography: Remi Dupac

Château de la Gaude, Aix-en-Provence

About: Château de la Gaude is an 18th-century Provençal bastide nestled in a green haven in the heart of Aix en Provence. Located 30 minutes from Marseille airport, the historical estate hosts a celebration of wine, art and gastronomy. The château has 17 rooms and suites, plus a spa, swimming pool, room service, private helicopter rides, and fitness a center.

Location: 3959 Rte des Pinchinats, 13100 Aix-en-Provence

Capacity: Up to 150

Price range: $$$$

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No3 The Chateau | Photography: Katy Lunsford

Wedding venues in southwestern France

No3 The Chateau, Salles-d'Angles

About: Built in 1805, No3 The Chateau is a boutique château and cognac distillery situated in the vineyards of the Grande Champagne region of Cognac. The house and grounds have been fully restored to an exceptionally high standard and offer a breathtaking setting for luxury weddings. Located within easy access of Bordeaux, Limoges and La Rochelle airports, the chateau can sleep up to 12 people in six suites. You’ll also find a stunning kitchen, salon, dining room, display wine cave, cocktail bar and cinema room.

Location: 3 Chem. de Saint-Martin, 16130 Salles-d'Angles, France

Capacity: Up to 150

Price range: POA

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Chateau Gassies, Latresne

About: Just 10 minutes from Bordeaux St-Jean train station, you'll find Château Gassies located high on a magnificent 14 hectare parkland with exceptional views over Bordeaux and the local region. The superbly restored outbuildings of the 18th century château house an impressive 190 m2 reception room, showcasing beautiful traditional Bordeaux stone walls, adorned with antique mirrors and tassel chandeliers that shimmer from above.

The beautiful original orangery can be used to host an intimate dinner, amongst family and friends, the evening before your wedding and is the ideal place to cater for the children during the reception. Two large beautiful courtyards are the ideal place for the brunch or the ceremony in the event of unexpected weather.

Location: 26 Rte de Brun, 33360 Latresne

Capacity: 160

Price range: POA

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Chateau de la Roche Courbon, Charente-Maritime

About: Built as a fortress in the 15th century, Chateau de la Roche Courbon was transformed into a private residence during 17th century and has seen many transformations since. Besides the building’s stunning architecture and fascinating history, the sprawling gardens and surrounding forest make a magical fairytale backdrop for your wedding photos.

Location: Rue de la Belle au Bois Dormant, 17250 Saint-Porchaire

Capacity: 320

Price range: $$

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Wedding venues in Northern France

Château de Vauchelles, Hauts-de-France

About: Located in the stunning valley of Vauchelles-lès-Domart, Château de Vauchelles is a classic 17th century property, set within 30 hectares of private grounds. Its vast space is ideal for large parties, accommodating garden parties and lawn soirees to celebrate your nuptials. There’s also a private gallery, should you choose to take the party indoors.

Beyond your big day, the estate offers a secluded spot for lounging and spending time with loved ones, and with room for up to 50 guests and a stunning outdoor pool, there’s no reason why not to. All this, within an hour and half of the Channel Tunnel, what’s not to love?

Location: Le Château, Rue de Mouflers, 80620 Vauchelles-lès-Domart

Capacity: 190

Price range: $$

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Chateau De Villette, Condécourt

About: Located 40 minutes away from the center of Paris, Chateau De Villette is one of the most remarkable châteaux in France. Classified as a historical landmark since 1942, it is set in a 75ha woodland park, with two lakes, a magnificent cascade fountain, a glass house and orangery, plus incredibly lavish interiors. It truly epitomizes elegance, luxury and the famous French expression art de vivre (the art of living).

Château de Villette is a perfect choice for a refined event that takes celebration seriously. Picture an outdoor ceremony in a classic French parterre garden accompanied by a grandiose fireworks show, cocktail party inside the Orangery followed an indoor wedding reception in an exquisite historic setting - there are multiple options to personalise your day.

Location: One, Rue de la Maison Blanche, 95450 Condécourt

Capacity: 120 inside / 1,000 outside

Price range: $$$$

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Wedding venues in the Loire Valley

Chateau Challain, Loire Valley

About: The ultimate fairytale castle, Chateau Challain is an enchanting wedding venue in the heart of the Loire Valley. As you enter the gates of the chateau, you'll be immediately captivated by its grandeur and charm. With its 365 windows (one for each day), 52 fireplaces (one for each week) and 12 turrets (one or each month), Château Challain is a truly unique destination wedding venue. From the exquisite architecture and picturesque surroundings to the on-site church and magnificent bedrooms, it offers everything you need for a magical wedding day.

Location: 1 Rte de Candé, 49440 Challain-la-Potherie

Capacity: 120

Price range: $$

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Wedding venues in Languedoc

Chateau Les Carrasses, Quarante

About: A 19th century wine domaine in the Languedoc Chateau Les Carrasses is extensively restored as a luxury self-catering estate, comprising a unique collection of luxurious self-catering residences, on site restaurant, winery and first class hotel facilities. Surrounded by vines, with spectacular views and spacious grounds, the chateau has the feel of a private club with great service and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Location: Route de Capestang, 34310 Quarante

Capacity: 100

Price range: POA


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