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Top 10 Châteaux de France for your Destination Wedding

March 6, 2024

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If you’re envisioning a sophisticated and refined destination wedding, France is an optimal choice. The French culture is renowned for it’s romantic displays of affection and timeless, architectural beauty. The French landscape boasts not only stunning châteaux, but vineyards, beaches, mountains, historic mansions and converted monasteries, as well as, the world renowned Paris cityscape. While there are many beautiful French wedding venues, this journal post will exclusively highlight the top 10 châteaux de France for your destination celebration.

Top 10 Châteaux de France for Your Destination Wedding:

1. Château de Chantilly: Located just north of Paris, this opulent château is surrounded by a vast estate, including gardens and a grand canal. The historic charm and beautiful surroundings make it a sought-after destination for a romantic wedding.

2. Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte: Vicomte is known for its breathtaking gardens and exquisite architecture. This 17th-century château provides a regal setting for any fairytale wedding. In the evenings, the candlelit gardens and stunning interiors create a magical atmosphere.

3. Château de Versailles: The Palace of Versailles needs no introduction. While hosting a wedding within the palace might be a challenge, its expansive gardens, like the Orangerie and the Grand Trianon, offer an imperial setting for a lavish celebration.

4. Château de Fontainebleau: A UNESCO World Heritage site, Château de Fontainebleau, is renowned for its rich history and stunning architecture. The picturesque surroundings, including the French formal gardens, make it an ideal choice for an elegant wedding.

5. Château de Chenonceau: A personal favorite, Chenonceau is known as the “Ladies’ Château” and spans the River Cher with its iconic bridge. The romantic setting and the château’s unique architecture make it a captivating choice for an intimate and enchanting wedding.

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6. Château de la Couronne: Nestled in the heart of the Loire Valley, this château offers a blend of history and luxury. Surrounded by vineyards and gardens, it provides an idyllic backdrop for a romantic and sophisticated wedding.

7. Château de Bouffemont: Situated in the Beaujolais region, Château de Bagnols is a 13th-century fortress turned luxurious hotel. With its vineyard views and beautifully restored interiors, it offers an intimate and exclusive wedding backdrop.

8. Château de Champlâtreux: Château de Champlâtreux is conveniently located, just fifteen minutes from Charles de Gaulle airport and half an hour from the heart of Paris. With its four spacious reception rooms and expansive decor, it proves to be the perfect venue for hosting a variety of celebrations.

9. Château de Villette: Situated just 40 minutes from the heart of Paris, Château de Villette stands out as one of France’s remarkable châteaux. Villette is nestled in a 75-hectare woodland park adorned with two lakes, a stunning cascade fountain, a glass house, and an orangery.

10. Château de Chambord: Chambord’s sprawling estate offers diverse photo opportunities for every couple. The châteaux façade is extremely intricate and flows into the expansive landscapes featuring picturesque French gardens and reflecting waters. Chambord is truly an architectural masterpiece.


When considering a French château wedding, it’s essential to book your venue well in advance. For example, it’s best to consider booking your venue 12 to 18 months or more before your desired wedding date.

As always, a wedding planned amidst the beauty and luxury of a French châteaux brings unique charm and elegance to any couples’ wedding day.

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