Just thirty minutes away from the centre of Paris sits a venue of dreams - the Palace of Versailles; a grand French Château that was built during the reign of the Roi Soleil (King Louis XIV) in the mid-17th century. Meticulously landscaped gardens lead onto rustic hamlets, flowing rivers and flourishing foliage. If you are looking for the most regal, palatial Parisian wedding venue that was once home to the King of France, the Palace of Versailles is the perfect choice. Whether you wish to have a Chinese wedding in Paris, an Arabic wedding or a traditional wedding, this incredible venue will make every single event feel all the more special.
The Palace of Versailles is the ultimate dream French Chateaux wedding venue - with spectacular surroundings, magnificent interiors and a long history, this iconic French venue is sure to secure your social status as a brand new, married couple. The palace features antique chandeliers, refined touches of gold and deep regal purples - ensuring a beautiful backdrop to all of your photos.
A Parisian Wedding Venue Full of History
The Palace of Versailles was once home to 60,000 people and at the epicentre of the French Revolution. This flamboyant wedding venue was prospected by power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and has held ceremonies for Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni, Vinita Mital’s wedding to Amit Bhatia in 2004 and Wafic Said's daughter Rasha to Khaled Khawaja in 2012.
Work on these infamous grounds began in 1661, with more than 30,000 soldiers and workers creating the estate under the guidance of architects Louis Le Vau and Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Frescoes, marble, wood carvings and gilt were added to every moulding, cornice, ceiling and door of the palace, along with paintings from Greek and Roman mythologies.
In 1777, Marie Antoinette started reconfiguration on the Trianon Gardens and created the English Gardens. A whole model village was built around an artificial lake and took inspiration from a plethora of rural architecture. Now, this picturesque hamlet features a farm with a variety of animals that are looked after by the Foundation for Animal Welfare. The whole estate was truly an innovation at the time.
A Royally Decadent Wedding Venue
You no longer need to be royalty to get married like a royal - when you choose Scarlet to plan your luxury wedding or celebration at Palace of Versailles, you’ll have an exclusive venue that hosts fewer than 3 weddings each year. The interiors of the palace boast an abundance of priceless sculptures, paintings and other pieces of artwork, and there are a plethora of rooms for you to choose from depending if your event will have after dinner dancing.
Cotelle Gallery and The Gallery of Battles
For large weddings, the Cotelle Gallery of Grand Trianon fits up to 400 guests for cocktails. This ornate room opens onto manicured gardens that surround the exteriors, and its walls are decorated with paintings depicting Versailles Park and Groves during the reign of Louis XIV.
If you want an even bigger celebration, the vast and luxurious Gallery of Battles can host up to 800 guests for cocktails. Crafted by King Louis-Philippe in 1837. The monumental room runs the entire length of the first floor of the South Wing. Paintings illustrating the important military events in the history of France adorn the walls, alongside gold leaf frescos.
If you want a space that’s flooded with light and opens onto the gardens overlooking 1,200 exotic trees, then consider the Orangerie. Open from May to October, this exclusive space at Palace of Versailles has a lengthy waiting list. Perfect for grande receptions and parties, when you choose to have your wedding at the Orangerie in the Palace of Versailles, you can fit up to 1,200 seated for a dinner. Should you desire to have live music or a performance at your wedding reception, the Orangerie will be the perfect location.
Hall of Crusades
For a smaller affair, the Hall of Crusafes will welcome up to 400 guests. Made up of five rooms, the pillars and ceiling are adorned with coats-of-arms from the most distinguished crusaders, and the walls also feature frescoes of 19th century crusades. These neo-gothic style rooms are perfect for couples who want something a little different.
Should you desire live music or a stage performance for your wedding at the Palace of Versailles, there’s no better place than the Royal Opera. With a huge stage, perfect acoustics and bespoke 18th century decorations, it is one of the most spectacular theatres in the world.
Trianon Palace Hotel
Within walking distance of the Palace of Versailles is the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Hotel - a magnificent 5-star wedding hotel and venue. Tucked away in the middle of a verdant park with century old trees and colourful flower-beds, the grounds of Trianon Palace Hotel will make the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. For large parties and celebrations, the main ballroom is the perfect space should you wish to celebrate in Versailles without the logistical challenge of hosting inside the Palace. Or with 199 rooms, if you are hosting your event inside the Palace then you may choose this as the main hotel for your guests.
Have the wedding of a lifetime with Scarlet
What makes Scarlet the best experts to plan your luxury wedding party is that our knowledgeable team of event planners are are familiar with organising weddings and events in Parisian Châteaux alongside some of the best vendors from around the world. We have organised events in Château Vaux le Vicomte, Château Chantilly and so much more. This means that when it comes to logistical planning and sourcing superlative entertainment, food, decor and so much more, you’ll find your expectations have been thoroughly surpassed.
Our destination wedding and party planners are experienced in organising luxurious weddings and events in France and across the world, and we would be delighted to help you plan your dream wedding in Versailles, taking care of every detail, to ensure you can take a step back and enjoy your special day with your loved ones.
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