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How to have an Intimate Destination Wedding in France

Intimate Wedding

It is unsurprising that so many couples wish to tie the knot in France, which is, after all, perhaps the country on earth to be most indelibly associated with romance. However, whatever your own preferences or plans for your special day may be, it is vital to be well-informed with regard to the legalities and other practical aspects of formalising your union overseas.

 

What kind of venue do you desire for your big day? 

France is such a frequently dreamed-of wedding destination in part due to its abundance of highly distinguished and enchanting venues.

A French chateau wedding is surely the archetypal romantic occasion, as we have good reason to appreciate here at Château Bouffémont, on account of the many enquiries received in relation to hiring the magnificent heritage property for ceremonies and receptions.

While France is blessed with a variety of wedding venues to cater to different aesthetic tastes, it is also crucial to consider the logistics of your special day, including travel connections and the ease, or otherwise, with which your intended guests will be able to reach your chosen venue.

This is another factor that often heightens the appeal of such a well-situated venue as Château Bouffémont, which can be found in the heart of Montmorency Forest, a mere 40-minute journey from central Paris, and 20 minutes from Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget airports.

 

The legal dimension of getting married on French shores

As explained by such online sources as TransferWise, there are many elements and rules that one must follow if they wish to hold a marriage ceremony and/or reception in France.

Some of the legal requirements for a wedding in France – such as for both parties to consent and be at least 18 years of age – may seem easy enough to meet. However, one frequent barrier to those wishing to officially marry in the country is the need to provide proof of residency in France for a minimum of 30 days prior to the application being made, for at least one of the parties.

It is for this reason that many couples ultimately elect to have a legal wedding in their home country, followed by a religious or symbolic ceremony at a French venue of their choice.

This was the approach taken by Natalie of the Weddings Abroad Guide website, who explained: “My husband and I ‘secretly’ got married in the United Kingdom prior to our wedding in France and had a Humanist wedding ceremony on our wedding day in France.

“Our civil ceremony in the United Kingdom was purely to take care of the legalities and our wedding day in France is when we considered ourselves married.”

 

All of the intricate touches required for a very special wedding

When you are interested in holding a destination wedding that will warm the hearts of everyone present and leave positive memories to last a lifetime, you can scarcely hope to select a more suitable venue than Château Bouffémont.

The noble stone-built property offers an extraordinary setting of manicured French gardens that lends itself beautifully to the most endearing photography. On the inside, meanwhile, you will find the opulent furnishings and crystal chandeliers that practically define the most intimate and charming of wedding venues.

Combine these elements with the exacting service characterised by the highest level of attention to detail, and you may have the ideal venue for your own intimate French chateau wedding.

Tips to Make Your Summer Chateau Wedding an Iconic Event

If you have often seen friends and relatives enjoying chateau weddings, you could be understandably attracted to the idea of having a similar ceremony for your own big day. The Château Bouffémont could be the perfect location for your nuptials.

However, if you intend your wedding to happen during the summer, you might wonder how you could make it stand out from such weddings your guests have previously attended. Here are some ideas…

Keep the engagement period short

One way of leaving a positive lasting impression on your guests is making the wedding a surprise. You could do this by renting Château Bouffémont for your intended wedding day and then sending out the invites – except omitting the detail that the event will be a wedding.

If you indeed go down this route, you could hold the wedding shortly after announcing the engagement. Otherwise, someone could let slip the big secret before time, as Vogue cautions.

Give your guests good reasons to travel

This can be imperative if you are seeking to keep the wedding under wraps for now, as even well-meaning friends and relatives could be reluctant to make long journeys for anything other than significant milestones. Therefore, you should try strongly incentivising them to travel.

If you book Château Bouffémont, you could draw attention to its proximity to Paris. The stunning refined building is just 30 kilometres from the centre of the French capital and its many attractions.

Offer drinks with a difference

At a summer wedding, it can be standard practice to hand glasses of champagne to guests as they arrive. However, as recommended in another Vogue piece, you could instead place decorative pitchers of fruit-infused ice water at the entrance to the venue.

This can have the dual benefit of not only giving your guests another unique little detail to fondly remember but also helping to keep them cool – a purpose that some fruits are especially effective at serving.

Put together an inventive game plan

When you rent Château Bouffémont for use on your wedding day, you can tailor the on-site services that we provide to prevent boredom setting in among your guests.

For example, you could ask our fully dedicated staff to make refined cuisine that meets various guests’ specific culinary preferences. You could even book private fitness and dance classes or let guests try cookery or taste-test wine. It’s all possible at our chateau.

Encourage a quirky-but-practical dress code

If you have attended many weddings in the past, you might have understandably felt anguish about how you should dress for these occasions. After all, discerning how to dress in a way that makes you stand out but not show up the bride can seem like a delicate art.

To prevent your guests struggling to strike the right balance, you could show them these tips from Harper’s Bazaar. You can then start preparing for other aspects of the wedding; here at Château Bouffémont, we warmly welcome reservations for chateau weddings for dates during the summer.

Getting married in a French chateau

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Pierre Atelier / Paris / photographe mariage / destination wedding photographer

France has many attractions as a country in which to get hitched. Those attractions include delicious food, fine wines, lots of sunshine, and – of course – a reputation as one of the world’s most romantic settings in the world. That’s why a French chateau can make a beautiful backdrop to a wedding, especially Château Bouffémont. Continue reading

Planning a Chateau Wedding in France | Château Bouffémont

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Chateau. France. Wedding. It’s what dreams are made of.

Elegant, refined and enchanting, perhaps nothing could better meet your expectations than a chateau wedding in France. Saying your ‘I do’s’ in the Land of Romance, in front of friends and family with the beautiful backdrop of a picturesque chateaux gives your special day the magic of a fairytale ending. Continue reading

A Romantic French Château for your Wedding

Photography: Katie Mitchell Photography
Coordinator: Vanessa Et Caroline
Cinematography: Erwan Cloarec Visuals
Venue: Château Bouffémont
Stationery: Dancourt
Flowers: Michaël Leal
Cake: Carette
Hair: Coiffure Nirvana
Makeup: Toni Lazzaro
Dress designer: Fabienne Alagama
Props/furniture rentals: Bernardaud, Zara Home, Verreries Des Lumieres, Cote Noire & Christofle
Jewelry: Messika Joaillarie

A TAILOR MADE WEDDING MENU

 

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A glittering champagne reception with mouth-watering canapés outside on theChâteau’s beautifully appointed terrace is the perfect way to commence the wedding festivities.

Whilst your guests sip their champagne, they can enjoy the delightful views over the accompanying gardens and grounds.

For an intimate wedding party, our acclaimed chef will create a bespoke wedding banquet for an enchanting dining experience. Gourmet ingredients will be sourced and blended together to concoct a culinary masterpiece designed in accordance with your wishes.

The Château’s sommelier will be at your disposal for advice on the selection of the finest wines to harmonize with your wedding feast.

For a bigger reception, the Château will assist in the engagement of exclusive caterers to provide a divine wedding breakfast with tantalizing delicacies.

©Motif Creatif, Katie Mitchell, Château Bouffémont

AN EXTRAORDINARY WEDDING

 

 

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Enveloped by luscious green gardens with panoramic views, Château Bouffémont makes an idyllic destination to celebrate your landmark day in a fairy tale setting.

 

Bask in majestic elegance with a lavish wedding at this distinctive residence displaying rich colours, beautiful décor with breath-taking views. The sumptuous design of the Château showcases the refined architecture whilst the decorative furnishings boast exquisite taste and style.

Allow true romance to blossom and celebrate your love story with a timeless wedding at Château Bouffémont.

The Château’s concierge service will embrace your visions to guide you effortlessly through your wedding journey to create for you the most magical day. The concierge service prides itself on its ability to create and design the most memorable of wedding experiences and can cater to all needs and tastes.

It is the wholly customized approach of the Château that makes the wedding preparations so seamless and the concierge service can advise and assist with all aspects from menu planning, music organization to floral design and setting inspiration.

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FAIRY TALE ROMANCE

 

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Enveloped by luscious green gardens with panoramic views, Château Bouffémont makes an idyllic destination to celebrate your landmark day in a fairy tale setting.

Bask in majestic elegance with a lavish wedding at this distinctive residence displaying rich colours, beautiful décor with breath-taking views.

Allow true romance to blossom and celebrate your love story with a timeless wedding at Château Bouffémont. The Château’s exceptional concierge service will embrace your visions to guide you effortlessly through your wedding journey to create for you the most magical day. The concierge service prides itself on its ability to create and design the most memorable of wedding experiences and can cater to all needs and tastes. It is the wholly customised approach of the Château that makes the wedding preparations so seamless and the concierge service can advise and assist with all aspects from menu planning, music organisation to floral design and setting inspiration.

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A glittering champagne reception with mouth-watering canapés outside on the Château’s beautifully appointed terrace is the perfect way to commence the wedding festivities. Whilst your guests sip their champagne, they can enjoy the delightful views over the accompanying gardens and grounds.

Our acclaimed Chef will create a bespoke wedding banquet for an enchanting dining experience. Gourmet ingredients will be sourced and blended together to concoct a culinary masterpiece designed in accordance with your wishes. The Château’s sommelier will be at your disposal for advice on the selection of the finest wines to harmonize with your wedding feast.  If you prefer, the Château will assist in the engagement of exclusive caterers to provide a divine wedding breakfast with tantalizing delicacies.

The Château with its sweeping staircase, symmetrical entrance way and elevated ceilings provides a dramatic backdrop for your wedding photography. Stunning floral arrangements, romantic lighting and elegant décor will create the most memorable wedding ambience. Château Bouffémont will work with you to transform your inspirations into a wondrous reality. Experience nuptial delight in an oasis of romantic tranquility and exclusivity at Château Bouffémont.

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