Weddings on the French Riviera: Useful Tips
Congratulations! You’ve said yes to the love of your life and now it’s time to start thinking about your big day. As romantic as it is beautiful, the French Riviera is the ideal location to enjoy a truly unique wedding. To help you organise your dream day, we’ve put together a useful guide to planning your ceremony and reception in the South of France. We’ve covered it all from when to start planning to how to how to find the very best venues across the Riviera plus with top tips from people who’ve been there and done it themselves. Read on to learn more about planning the perfect French Riviera wedding celebration below:
Make a timeline:
As with any big event, the earlier you start to plan, the more time you’ll have to organise all those little details which will make your big day so special. We recommend planning your French Riviera wedding around a year in advance if possible to ensure you have plenty of time but we also know that sometimes time is of the essence so if necessary we can help you make decisions and keep you on track with the planning process.
“I’m American and I married my French husband in Ramatuelle in 2018.
My best piece of advice is if you are having a civil ceremony, try to
get your paperwork together as soon as possible, especially if you are
a foreign citizen. You may need to travel to your consulate or order
copies of your birth certificate from your home country before having
them translated into French. I didn’t wait until the last minute, but
I do wish I had started getting everything together earlier.”
Set the Date:
Depending on when you want to get married, choosing a wedding date can sometimes be more complicated than it seems. If you’re opting for an outdoor ceremony, you’ll want to make the most of the Riviera’s balmy summer weather, but you may also need to consider keeping your dates flexible during the summer season to ensure availability at your chosen venue. The good news is, once you set the date, everything else should then start falling into place.
“My French husband and I got married on the French Riviera in early
September and the temperature was in the mid-30s on the day of our
wedding. If you’re planning on getting married during the summer
season, I would highly recommend checking that your chosen venue has
air conditioning and/or fans to ensure that your guests are
comfortable during the ceremony and reception.”
Fix your Budget:
Possibly the most important step when it comes to planning your big day, you’ll need to finalise your budget early on in order to confirm your reservations. Things to consider when fixing your budget include the number of guests attending, the time of year you want to get married and your catering/entertainment requirements. Whether you’re going all out or planning an intimate ceremony with just your closest family and friends, we can provide options for every budget to help match your spending requirements whilst enjoying the best day of your life.
“If finances allow, it’s definitely worth thinking about hiring a
wedding planner - even just for the day of the wedding. It was a huge
help to have someone else manage the schedule and solve problems on
our wedding day, allowing us to host, celebrate and enjoy the evening
with our guests instead.”
Pick a Theme:
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 overlooking the Mediterranean, your perfect wedding should reflect your unique personality as a couple. From a laid back rustic atmosphere to modern minimalism or classic chic, once you’ve picked the theme for your big day, we can help you design the perfect ceremony as well as finding you the ideal venue to hold it in.
“My biggest piece of advice when planning a wedding in the French
Riviera would definitely be not to spend so much time stressing about
the big day that you forget why you are doing this in the first place.
Things probably aren’t going to be 100% perfect and that’s okay, the
little details are what will make your special day even more real and
enjoyable, imperfections and all!”
How to make your mark in Cannes this year
Tired of booking the usual villa or throwing the same parties every year?
This year Native Spaces are offering Cannes festival-goers a few hand-picked and extraordinary spaces we’ve chosen for their unique story, design or location. These are properties with that elusive ‘wow’ factor - wonderful places to host events or use as a base during the festival.
What’s more, we’re here to lead you on a pain-free saunter through the logistics. We take care of the myriad of ‘stuff’ - so your only job is to enjoy the festival and the sunshine with complete peace of mind.
Here’s a taster of what we’re talking about:
Ultimate luxury, overlooking Cannes
This amazing villa has a large heated swimming pool, huge gardens, a spa, cinema, wine cellar, you name it…
Nos offres saisonnières
Découvrez un ensemble d’espaces disponibles et profitez de nos offres spécial été!
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Dans une ambiance urbaine, à quelques pas du Palais des Festivals et de La Croisette, dans le quartier animé de Cannes… Voici le lieu idéal pour un concept store éphémère, un tournage de film, un cocktail, un défilé ou un événement marketing.
@ les maisons les plus tendances – Vous souhaitez exposer vos créations au public cannois cet été et être parmi les designers reconnus dans le milieu du luxe ? Ce magasin éphémère (et pourquoi pas avec un rooftop et un concept bar ?) semble être l’opportunité parfaite.
Une remise spéciale est disponible pour les utilisateurs qui réservent un espace aux mois de juillet et/ou août.
Our seasonal offers
Discover a set of unique spaces available as part of special summer offers!
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In an urban atmosphere, located only steps from the Palais des Festivals and La Croisette, in the busiest part of Cannes… this is the perfect, central location for a pop-up concept store, film screening, buzzing cocktail party, catwalk show or marketing and launch events.
@ the trendiest Fashion houses – want to expose your creations to the Cannes crowd this summer and be amongst the established designers in the centre of luxury? A pop-up store here (and why not together with a rooftop a bar concept) may be your perfect opportunity.
A special promotion deal is available for those of you who book the summer months, enquire here.
The Very Best Creative Experiences in Cannes
Cannes - Let your creativity shine
A focal point for the creative communications industry, Cannes has been inspiring artists, writers and storytellers since forever. The ideal setting to showcase projects, host events and network, Cannes is also the perfect place to reset your batteries and get a fresh perspective on life.
Here are a few of our recommendations for the very best creative experiences to enjoy while you’re in town:
Take a masterclass in creativity by enrolling in the Cannes Lions Creative Academy. An exceptional programme overseen by legendary advertising director Bob Isherwood, the Creative Academy is designed to help students achieve their full potential. Attend classroom sessions and workshops lead by some of the biggest creative talent in the world and get full access to all the Cannes Lions talks, events and awards ceremonies. A one-of-a-kind opportunity, why not expand your creative horizons in Cannes.
Capture that Riviera lifestyle and discover hidden Cannes with an exclusive photoshoot shot by American photographer James Pouliot. Based on the Cote d’Azur and specialising in portrait photography, James will introduce you to the authentic side of city life during your trip. Stroll along the Croisette or wind your way through the streets of Le Suquet as James shoots original headshots or photos for your professional portfolio. The perfect location to take unique and memorable images, turn this stunning resort town into your ultimate backdrop.
Hidden away in the streets of Le Suquet, the Association des Beaux Arts in Cannes is a paradise for artists of all genres. Founded in 1902 by Louis Pastour, the association runs art classes in the stunning former Ecole de la Castre which overlooks the Bay of Cannes. Let your imagination run wild in a sculpture workshop or express yourself in watercolours, pastels, oils and more in a private painting class. Lead by the association’s highly-qualified and dedicated art teachers, increase your creativity and open-mindedness at the Association des Beaux Arts.
Take a break from your everyday life and use your time in Cannes to press the pause button with a silent retreat held at the magnificent Lérins Abbey. Located on the tiny island of Saint-Honorat just off the coast of Cannes, the 5th Century Abbey offers mindful meditation set against breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. An increasingly popular way to escape from the modern world, spend a few days in silent contemplation on this glorious island. At the end of your stay, head back to Cannes fully energised and creatively inspired for your next adventure.
Christmas company and team events - tips and ideas
Christmas is right around the corner - literally one week from now it will be time for presents. I don't know about you but the Christmas spirit got me as stressed out as excited this year.
If you are like me and you will be spending the holidays with a bunch of people, no matter if they are friends, family or coworkers, you probably know it could get a bit overwhelming. That's why we at Native Spaces decided to share with you some of our tips and tricks on how to make the best of the holiday season.
SPLENDID MANOR FROM 1830
TIP #1 CHOOSING THE PERFECT VENUE
If you are the one to organize the event, you need to choose the venue very strategically so that everyone can enjoy. You should start with deciding who is going to make it to the invitation list and basically figure out how you can make them happy.
NATIVE SPACES SOLUTION: This beautiful château with calm Provencal atmosphere situated amidst vineyard and history, is ideal for a team-building party weekend to celebrate the end of the year.
TIP #2 ACTIVITIES
If we are talking about work Christmas party maybe a venue that proposes multiple activities would be the best option. When bringing people with different interests that also might be from different generations, it could get tricky to organize a pleasant experience for everyone.
NATIVE SPACES SOLUTION: Build you team spirit by benefiting from the various activities available onsite including wine tasting, hiking, quad rides and cycles. If that isn't enough next door you can find a golf and spa resort as well as a medieval village.
Business Events on the French Riviera in 2019
The French Riviera undoubtedly attracts millions of tourists every year with it's charming coast cities and beautiful landscapes, not to mention the various events that take place all year round.
While most people would associate the French Riviera with Fun and Leisure (which to be honestest is quite understandable), it is actually also a hub for Business, Industry and Science events.
In the list down below you can find our top picks of most intriguing Business, Industry and Science events in the South of France in 2019.
PART II BUSINESS EVENTS
IAU SYMPOSIUM STELLAR PULSATION AND EVOLUTION CHALLENGES
Do you have a passion for everything astrology and beyond? Well, the symposium of the IAU (International Astronomical Union) should not be missed if you want to learn all about stars and the technology used to discover and investigate the depths of space.
When: 14 – 18 January 2019
Where: Hyatt Regency Nice Palais De La Méditerranée
Fun and Leisure Events on the French Riviera in 2019
There are many events you can choose from if you come to Nice, Cannes or any other charming little place in the French Riviera in 2019.
South of France is recognized all over the world for its beautiful landscapes, Mediterranean coastline and the quaint little villages waiting to be discovered in the never-ending summer days.
At the same time, the list of events to keep you busy all year seems quite impressive and you have to understand that we only selected the most interesting ones from a great number of business, social, cultural and artistic activities taking place on the Provence – Alpes - Côte d'Azur region in 2019.
PART I FUN AND LEISURE
PROM CLASSIC 2019
What better way to start 2019 than choosing to participate in the 20th edition of the PROM Classic, a “short” 10 km track on the Promenade des Anglais? You can come by yourself, with your friends or with your colleagues. It is a good moment to reclaim your powers after the End of the Year party and a great opportunity to admire Baie des Anges!
When: 6 january 2019
Where: Promenade des Anglais
The Language of Flowers: How to Choose the Flowers for Your Next Event
If you are curious to find out the meaning behind a few of the most popular flowers and how you can interpret them in various events and occasions, read on to find out my take on the matter. To be honest with you - I just love flowers, they make everything better - from room decorations to meaningful gifts. If you feel the same way, you will probably further find yourself in the next few paragraphs. I will share a few of my favorite flowers, their meanings and some alternative advise on when are they best to be used or offered as a gift.