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The World of Château Bouffémont: An Interview with Billy Folchetti of Luxe X Billy Folchetti

Wedding days are a dream come true – a tangible realisation of love and celebration of a lifelong union. Uniquely special, these days come in many forms; at Château Bouffémont we’ve been delighted to see everything from an elopement to the romantic streets of Paris to intimate gatherings on our terraces and grand destination weddings in our royal château. And of course, every wedding needs an architect working behind-the-scenes to make these dreams a reality.

 

 

Weddings run through the heart of our Château and, with the same sense of inevitability, through Billy Folchetti’s career – including how he got started. “I was at a point in my college years where I was feeling a bit uninspired and insecure that my study choices were actually going to lead me where I wanted to go in life. At the same time, as the universe would have it, I was offered a sales job working for a company focusing on Vietnamese weddings. Prior to this opportunity I had never considered the wedding industry but I very quickly fell in love.”

 


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The World of Château Bouffémont: Valentine’s Day at the Château

Imagine a little world all of your own, where only you and your loved one really exist. We welcome you to celebrate your love at Château Bouffémont this Valentine’s Day, in an intimate world that reflects the unique beauty of your connection.

 

Although there are at least three martyred saints named Valentine, the first of them is said to be a holy priest who defied Emperor Claudius II to perform marriages for lovers in secret, despite it being banned by Claudius. Valentine was sentenced to death for his defiance, becoming a saint after his death. Thus it is that recognising St. Valentine’s Day is ideal for celebrating everything that marriage represents.

 

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The Château Bouffémont Vlog: Château Bouffémont Wedding Photo Contest

 

The Château Bouffémont Vlog N° 009: A New decade 2020

 

Our monthly Vlog series offers an invaluable peek behind the curtain at the Château Bouffémont to let you see how the magic really happens. This month in our Château near Paris, exclusively for the Château Bouffémont Vlog, we’re looking back on a wonderful decade. We’ve had parties, events, weddings and so many beautiful couples – and of course, we started vlogging! We’re officially in a new decade, and this is our first vlog of 2020. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we’ve enjoyed making those memories.

 

 

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The World of Château Bouffémont: Thanksgiving Day at Château Bouffémont

 

Autumn is ending and long nights are drawing into winter; the trees in the Montmorency forest are almost bare and all is peaceful along the leaf-lined forest paths. We’re entering a time of quietude and reflection, the necessary dormancy for nature to regenerate in time for spring – but within the cosy rooms of Château Bouffémont, the glittering festivities are just beginning.

 

 

Thanksgiving is here, a celebratory and joyful day of bonding with loved ones, on which we enjoy plentiful food symbolising a good harvest and a warm table. From North America to Japan, Germany to the Netherlands, days of thanks are celebrated in many different countries – each formed with their roots in the celebration of a good harvest. But what they all share is a focus on loved ones coming together to bond over thoughtfully prepared meals: on this day, they share gratitude for each another and the food they’re enjoying together. And what better setting for joyful celebration than our royal château near Paris?

 

 

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The Château Bouffémont Vlog: How to Organize the Best Private Dinner Party

The Château Bouffémont Vlog N° 006: Organizing A Private Dinner Party

 

With its immaculately-designed luxury interiors and 19thcentury beaux-arts architecture, Château Bouffémont is renowned as the perfect setting for a destination wedding in France. But that’s not the only option – while an undoubtedly elegant backdrop for a French chateau wedding, Bouffémont is also available as a special occasion venue near Parisfor anniversary parties, birthdays, christenings, family reunions, and more.

 

These smaller gatherings and parties can be trickier to plan than larger events – there is a greater focus on details, and a desire to ensure that every single element is perfectly personalised. For this month’s vlog-to-blog instalment, we talk you through the top tips for hosting an intimate dinner party at the chateau, with guests who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with us.

 

From choosing the menu to picking the best music, styling the venue and maximising the décor, we have you covered. A chateau for hire outside Paris, Château Bouffémont is well-suited for everything from a small dinner party under the crystal chandelier, to a large Gatsby-style bash with a ‘20s theme. Read on to discover the best insider information to help you plan the best private dinner party for a smaller group.

 

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Just for Two at Château Bouffémont

 

Discover Château Bouffémont’s new smaller-ceremony options – ideal for intimate ceremonies, romantic getaways, wedding proposals or renewal of vows.

 

 

Château Bouffémont is globally-renowned as an elite wedding destination just outside Paris, thanks to the romance and grandeur of the castle’s 19th-century setting. Now we are offering a new option designed to suit smaller and more intimate wedding occasions – a small-scale ceremony.

This small ceremony option is available on weekdays, during a maximum period of four hours – offering a miniaturised encapsulation of the Château’s timeless sense of luxury.

 

 

“Just for two”

Thinking about eloping to get married, or looking to do a surprise wedding proposal? Château Bouffémont is one of the best places in the world to celebrate romance, thanks to our idyllic setting of lush, fairy tale grounds and opulent interiors – and our small ceremony option is no exception.

The special couple will gain private access to the entirety of Château Bouffémont – from our five magnificent halls, to the grounds’ five hectares of gardens and terraces. A fully customisable small ceremony includes:

– A complimentary bottle of champagne, plus appetisers
– Availability for up to 15 people (including the couple)
– Access to a suite of your choice for photoshoots
– Usage of Château furnishings

 

 

It’s not just large, extended celebrations that are romantic – a lavish French castle is the perfect spot to execute a unique elopement idea or a surprise marriage proposal. If you’ve ever been tempted to run away and get married, you can’t fake the influence that such venue would make. This might be the closest thing we’ve seen to a perfect excuse.

 

Our “Just for two” option also makes a smart choice for those looking for a unique place to make the love of their life their soon-to-be wife through a surprise proposal followed up by a surprise engagement just outside Paris.

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The Sought-After Special Offers Enable You to Get Even More Out of Your Stay With Us

Whether money is tight or flowing freely, everybody wants to get the most out of it. The most enjoyment, the most fun and the most wonderful experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

The unique idea that more and more people are sharing is to catch a flight or the Eurostar to a French Chateau near Paris and make the short trip to its delightful leafy green surroundings.

Chateau Bouffemont is a romantic idyll welcoming visitors from around the world since it’s construction in the 19th century by noted industrialist Edouard Empain. Set in stunning grounds taking up five hectares, the Chateau has a well-deserved reputation for its warm welcome and romantic charm.

One of the best ways to take full advantage of the Chateau’s breathtaking salons, suites and rooms is to consider one of their sought-after special offers. These exclusive and bespoke deals offer the best experiences available at reasonable competitive rates. Whether on vacation or celebrating a special occasion, there is a deal that’s just right for you.

A Baronial Vacation Retreat

The perfect chance to relax and unwind with close friends and family or live the life of one of one of the Barons of Empain at their traditional seat. The Baronial Vacation Retreat is based on six nights staying at the Chateau with several of the rooms occupied based on the number of accompanying guests.

Think of it. Your own private Chateau for a week. A full-board gourmet experience includes the exclusive use of the Chateau and its grounds for you and your guests.

These include the five grand halls, bar and games room; nine suites and rooms for accommodation and an additional separate guest kitchen accessible 24 hours a day during your vacation.

To complete the experience a dedicated full-service team is assigned during your stay including housekeeping, concierge, chef and of course, a private butler.

All meals – breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner – are served with the most appropriate paired wine and champagne is always available for adults on arrival; with special home-made cookies for children.

Alternatively, if a week is impractical or too long then you can also enjoy The Perfect Long Weekend at Chateau Bouffemont.

Whether it’s just the two of you away for a romantic break in the City of Lights or a family trip, take advantage of the same luxurious location and amenities.

The same rooms and suites and the same personal service of professionals including a private butler are at your disposal for the length of your weekend stay.

If you have made the excellent decision to get married at Chateau Bouffemont then you can take advantage of another incredible offer.

If you choose to Tie the Knot on a Weekday then you and your guests can enjoy the exclusive use of the chateau with nine suites and rooms available for accommodating up to 30 of them along with our excellent complimentary breakfast for all staying guests. There is a 20% reduction from the regular nightly rate and a late check-out for the day after the wedding of 4pm as we understand that it can take a longer time to say goodbye to your loved ones and get ready to set off on your honeymoon or journey home.

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas and New Year and spending some of the Festive Season at Chateau Bouffemont. From December 1 2018 to January 10 2019, the Chateau becomes a winter wonderland with spectacular decorations and floral arrangements, roaring fires and cosy seats to settle down in on a winter’s night.

All the areas of the Chateau are available for exclusive use along with the personal service staff and additional 24-hour guest kitchen. For two nights, you can enjoy the perfect holiday season activities and amusements and relax in the most sumptuous of surroundings.

The first night features a festive five-course dinner with wine, following pre-dinner drinks and canapés followed by more drinks by the fireplace of the charming Salon du Baron.  The second day starts with a savoury brunch followed by a choice of winter activities such as horseback riding, a cycling trip around the village or a relaxing stroll in the park.

A three-course lunch follows with the best locally sourced ingredients followed by movies and games in the Dandy Lounge, a champagne afternoon tea and a four-course dinner with a Chef’s surprise.

However or whenever you choose to spend your time at the Chateau Bouffemont, you can be assured of the warmest welcome, the best food, the most peaceful surroundings and hopefully the happiest memories of your life.  

Ever Considered Hosting a Family Reunion? Start Planning Now.

Chateau Family Reunion

As a magnificent venue of rich heritage, Château Bouffémont continues to attract the interest of families around the world interested in organising a reunion or other family event in a friendly, intimate location.

But if you are considering organising your own family reunion – whether with the aim of reuniting half a dozen of your closest relatives or a great number more of your brood – there are many details to which you will need to pay particular attention.

Here are just some of them.

Who are you planning to invite?

The matter of who you would like to attend the family reunion will naturally greatly influence other elements of your planning, such as the date and location.

The basic parameters of the invite list – such as whether you only intend to invite immediate brothers, sisters and cousins, or instead more distant members of the family who you may not have been in contact with for many years – will need to be decided first.

This is the very least you will need to know before you start to send out invitations for your family reunion – which, as the Gathered Again website explains, is an aspect of your event that deserves plenty of thought in its own right.

Determine a date and location

Once you are sure of which family members are both likely and willing to attend, you will be able to survey them on the location, venue and date that they would prefer for the reunion. On establishing a decent idea of the wishes of your would-be guests, you could then forward each of them three nominated venues to rank in order of preference.

It is a good idea to plan such an ambitious event as a family reunion at least 12 months in advance, not least because you may need to allow such an amount of time to ensure the desired venue is available.

Whether you are interested in a venue in France, the UK, the United States or anywhere else in the world, you will naturally wish to ensure that every member of your intended party can reach it easily and will be appreciative of the surroundings you ultimately choose.

What makes our own venue an excellent choice?

Various factors are likely to guide your prospective attendees’ preferences in relation to the venue itself. Given the disparate nature of the wishes expressed within families for such an event, it is no surprise that Château Bouffémont is such a sought-after family reunion venue.

After all, we offer it offers the finest of all obvious worlds – a tranquil location in Montmorency Forest, but also with the big-city stimulations of Paris and the international connections provided by Charles de Gaulle Airport within easy reach.

All the while, hiring Château Bouffémont for your family reunion also means all of the benefits inherent in an exquisite and luxurious stone-built residence with large, sprawling grounds. Both indoor and outdoor activities can be arranged for your reunion event, bearing in mind what may be the widely varying ages of your family members.

Consider appointing people to organise your reunion

It is unlikely that such a significant event as a family reunion can be planned to the most intricate detail by just one person.

It may, therefore, make sense to appoint members of your family to positions related to various aspects of the event, encompassing such responsibilities as keeping an eye on finances and booking accommodation, right through to sending out invitations and organising activities and excursions.

Finally, it will be time for you to spread the word about your impending family reunion among the people that matter! Contact our professionals here at Château Bouffémont to discuss how we can best accommodate your intended event.