France's Most Exclusive Château Wedding Venues
Is there anything more romantic than saying, ‘I do’ in a fairy-tale Château tucked away in France? A Château in France is the perfect luxury wedding venue for traditional wedding celebrations. Whether you’re after a gothic Château with high ceilings, oak panelled interiors and a dining room straight out of a period drama, or you have imagined getting married at an idyllic country mansion surrounded by rolling countryside and flowing rivers, we will find the perfect French castle for your dream destination wedding in and around Paris.
Many of Hollywood’s royalty choose a towering Château hidden away in France, as they often come with large swathes of private land offering the ultimate privacy as a wedding venue. From Canadian singer Avril Lavigne’s marriage to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger at Château de la Napoule, to business mogul Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West’s wedding rehearsal at the Palace of Versailles and Eva Longoria’s nuptials at Château Vaux le Vicomte, choosing a coveted French castle as your wedding venue is sure to make you and your loved one envied by all.
Château Vaux le Vicomte
Château Vaux le Vicomte is a dream wedding venue yucked away in the picturesque village of Maincy. 55 km southeast of Paris, Maincy has a Romanesque church, flowing canals and ivy-covered cottages, making the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding. Vaux le Vicomte boasts 17th Century style gardens, showcasing the talents of 17th Century gardener André Le Notre. If you want an outdoor wedding reception, we will erect a marquee in the formal garden grounds, where you and your guests will celebrate in the summer sun.
The Ceremonial Room features opulent architecture and is perfect for a small and intimate wedding reception - seating up to 50 guests, you could even have pre-ceremonial wedding celebrations before having a larger wedding reception in the Grand Salon, fitting up to 200 guests. American businesswoman and actress Eva Longoria wed NBA star Tony Parker, at this stunning wedding venue - their wedding reception was a weekend of celebrations, where guests were swept off their feet in the breath-taking marble floored ballroom.
Château de Chantilly
In the Picardy region of France, the sleepy village of Chantilly features the stunning 16th century Château de Chantilly - a fairytale French wedding venue. Surrounded by a mesmerising lake and sweeping countryside, this incredible French wedding venue makes the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos, or for Chinese couples - the traditional pre-wedding shoot. The interiors of Château de Chantilly drip in history and culture, telling the tale of its romantic history. Vitrines of art, gold leaf decor and high ceilings nod to the years of the Belle-Époque, and look like they have come to life from a page in a fairy-tale. The 115-hectare garden is perfect for a large scale outdoor marquee wedding in the summer. For smaller scale pre-wedding traditions, there is no better place than the Anglo-Chinese gardens with the Hamlet that was the muse for Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet.
The ceremony is traditionally held at the idyllic ‘Island of Love’, a charming island with its 80m long aisle and gorgeous gazebo. Sylvie’s 17th century house makes a wonderful venue for a much smaller and intimate affair. When you choose Château de Chantilly as your destination wedding venue for your American, Chinese or traditional wedding, our wedding planners will ensure that your guests are chauffeured to and from their five-star accommodation such as the nearby Auberge du Jeu de Paume and the Château Hotel Mont Royal Chantilly. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy one of the most important days of your life.
Château de Fontainebleau
55 km southeast of Paris in the commune of Fontainebleau hides one of the largest royal French châteaux. A 4-hectare carp pond and pavilion surround the castle and have been there since the reign of Henry IV in the 1500s. Dripping in history, this breath-taking château boasts an array of museums and an eclectic collection of art, telling the tale of its rich history. Impress your relatives with the Chinese Museum and rooms that were built for Empress Eugenie in 1863. Empress Eugenie commissioned Eugène Petit to decorate the floral motifs in the Salon des Fleurs and can fit up to 19 people - perfect for a smaller affair or a pre-wedding tradition. These spectacular rooms house her collection of Far-Eastern treasures.
The château boasts over eight centuries of history and is a designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Salle des Colonnes features sumptuous Neo-Renaissance decor that combines trompe-l'oeil marble colonnades, mirrored walls and coffered ceilings. This stunning space fits up to 200 guests and makes for a spectacular wedding dinner created by a Michelin starred chef. The Galerie des Cerfs was decorated during the reign of Henri IV and offers cavalier views of the forests and residences of the crown representing the royal hunts. Fitting up to 350 people, it is perfect for a grand scale royal wedding ceremony.
In a quiet commune in France, Château Bouffémont boasts Belle-Epoque furniture, Louis XIII style architecture and is surrounded by picturesque countryside scenery. Bouffémont is 30 km from Paris and is surrounded by the Montmorency forest. Built during Napoleon’s reign in 1860 by the Vallée family, this stunning château is perfect for a luxury wedding. When you choose Château Bouffémont as your luxury wedding venue in France, you will have this beautiful castle exclusively at your disposal and become the head of the household during your stay. Accommodating up to 27 guests in the bedrooms, the venue has ample space for a marquee and a destination wedding at this venue is one that is sure to be vividly remembered. With 3 dining halls and 5 hectares of garden and grounds, you’ll feel like you’ve fallen in love all over again.
The Château can hold up to 200 guests for dinner in the grounds, and our luxury wedding planners will organise transport from and to your guests five-star hotels in Bouffémont, leaving you to celebrate this brand-new chapter in your life. What makes Scarlet the best experts to plan your luxury wedding, from a Chinese wedding in Paris to an American Wedding in France, our highly skilled event planners know the best vendors between London and Paris, meaning that when it comes to sourcing superlative entertainment, food, wedding decor and so much more, you’ll all expectations will be significantly surpassed.
Château de Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is a thirty-minute drive from the centre of Paris, and a truly spectacular wedding venue. Only hosting three weddings a year, should you manage to have your wedding here, it will be a truly unique experience. Originally built for King Louis XIV in the 1600s, The Palace of Versailles was home to the former French sovereign, until they were dethroned during the French Revolution.
The interiors of this grand palace feature delicate paintings, invaluable sculptures and incredible furnishings. Whether you want a garden wedding, or an indoor wedding, there are plenty of rooms to choose from. The Cotelle Gallery of Grand Trianon hosts up to 400 guests, and the luxurious Gallery of Battles can host up to 800 guests for cocktails. The staff at the Palace of Versailles are second-to-none, and will go above and beyond to ensure you and your guests want for nothing.
Luxury Chinese Weddings in Paris, France
When you choose to hire Scarlet to plan your luxury Chinese wedding in Paris, or the rest of France, you will have an unforgettable experience. Our highly experienced wedding planners have organised many Chinese weddings and will ensure that all aspects are taken care of. We will arrange the pre-wedding photoshoot outside the Eiffel Tower or the Arc De Triomphe, which will then be displayed during your wedding ceremony at your desired Château in France. From the catering and transport, to the entertainment and flowers – we have the very best contacts throughout Europe.
Luxury American Weddings in France
Choose Scarlet to plan your luxury American wedding in Paris and be sure to have the most memorable day of your life. Our highly skilled wedding planners have a lot of experience when it comes to planning a beautiful American wedding - from the catering to the transport, we’ll do everything in our power to exceed your expectations. Our destination wedding planners have years of experience in organising luxurious weddings across the world, especially in Paris, and we would be delighted to help you plan your dream wedding, taking care of every detail. We will ensure you can take a step back and enjoy your special day with your loved ones, in the world’s most romantic city.
For more information about France’s most exclusive château wedding venues, and about planning your wedding in a French castle, please contact us or speak to one of our wedding planners.