There are many reasons for keeping your big day an intimate occasion, amongst them the fact that you will be surrounded by the people who love you and the day will feel more like a celebration than a performance. And with the average price of a wedding now at over £20,000, a smaller wedding will save you some money.
As part of our job to bring you some of the very best properties in France to rent, we discovered 3 gems. Each offering an idyllic location with enough space and accommodation to host an intimate ceremony.
Les Chardonnerets, Vendee
Set in the village of Mouzeuil St Martin in the South Vendée, Les Chardonnerets is a former farmhouse and barn, re-developed to create one stunning property that can sleep up to 24 people in 12 bedrooms. The property’s swimming pool will ensure you and your guests get the opportunity to cool down and relax after your big day.
The Vendee has many attractions but it is the golden sandy beaches that line 140km of coastline that prove the most popular amongst visitors. The nearest beaches to Les Chardonnerets are at L’Aiguillon, La Faute, La Tranche and Longeville all of which regularly receive European Blue Flag accreditation. For more information on the property and the area, please visit Les Chardonnerets
Le Pavillon de St Agnan, Dordogne
The picturesque Dordogne, a favourite French destination amongst many British people, is where you will find the walled estate of château le Pavillon. This large property located at the heart of four hectares of parkland offers 5 holiday gites within a restored farmhouse surrounding a horse-shoe shaped courtyard.
The property can sleep up to sixteen people in six bedrooms offering plenty of space to host your small wedding party. Outside there are two swimming pools; a private terrace with sun beds; tables and chairs with parasols; a BBQ; a balcony and a veranda overlooking the estate. For more information on the property and the area, please visit Le Pavillon de St Agnan
La Demeure du Bost, Limousin
La Demeure du Bost located in the department of Creuse in the Limousin is a truly spectacular French chateau, offering romantic charm and the perfect setting for your wedding party.
The restored chateau has an excellent pool and the beautiful grounds will ensure you have the setting to make it an occasion to remember for many years to come. Near La Demeure du Bost are green forests and a wide range of watersports are possible courtesy of Lake Vassivière to entertain your guests. For more information on the property and the area, please visit La Demeure du Bost
There are a few legal points you need to understand about getting married in France. These are best explained on the UK Government website https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/the-british-consulate-in-paris-advises-on-marriage-in-france
A popular alternative is to hold a full marriage ceremony in the UK and arrange a blessing ceremony with your closest family and friends in the grounds of a French Chateau. Please do get in touch with the owners of the chateau who will be able to help you with blessing ceremony arrangements and may also be able to help with arrangements for a full marriage ceremony in France.