A popular trend with couples looking to celebrate their big day in a glamorous location while enjoying a getaway with family and friends, destination weddings are always in style.Thanks to it’s picture-perfect scenery, blue skies and year-round sunshine, the French Riviera is a highly sought-after area for destination weddings with a fantastic selection of venues available to hire.
Whether you’ve always dreamed of getting married in a fairy-tale castle, would like to go full Hollywood glam or are hoping for a boho chic wedding on a beach, the French Riviera has wedding venue options to suit all tastes and budgets. From a laid back rustic atmosphere in the hills around Nice to modern minimalism in Monaco or classic chic in Cannes, the French Riviera has it all.
When choosing the location for your French Riviera wedding, we recommend booking a venue with separate spaces for the ceremony, the cocktail reception and the wedding dinner to allow your guests to move around easily. We would also suggest hiring a venue with enough inside space to be able to move the party indoors after 22h to comply with local noise regulations or in case of bad weather on the big day.
While the Riviera’s balmy Mediterranean climate is definitely a plus for outdoor weddings, there are a few things to consider when renting your venue. Before booking, it’s definitely worth checking that your space has air conditioning and/or fans to ensure that your guests are comfortable during the day. Plus you may need to keep your dates flexible during the summer season to ensure availability at your chosen venue.
With many couples choosing to extend their wedding celebrations over a few days or even a week, renting a wedding venue with accommodation is a great way to enjoy your stay. As the French Riviera is easily accessible by car, train or plane for those coming from farther afield, you could also throw a pre-wedding party and/or a post-wedding brunch to really make the most out of your destination wedding.
While you need to be a French resident to get legally married in France, many couples choose to get legally married in their home country and then host a second ceremony here on the French Riviera. What better way to honour your union than by holding a symbolic ceremony at your chosen venue then spending the evening celebrating your love with all your favourite people on the beautiful French Riviera.
When it comes to planning your big day, we recommend you take the stress out of the preparations by working with a local wedding planner. An invaluable source of local knowledge particularly if you don’t speak French, a wedding planner can work with your suppliers and manage the wedding set-up onsite to ensure that you’re free to enjoy the day with your brand new partner and your guests.
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