Wedding & lifestyle
It’s easy to see why it’s a popular choice for a destination wedding in south of France.
The south of France exudes beauty, glamor, and luxury. The breathtaking French Riviera with its panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, colorful architecture, and amazing cuisine… The romantic countryside of Provence, with its natural beauty, olive groves, hilltop villages, and relaxed charm…
This region of France has some stunning luxury wedding venues, from private villas and castles to the finest hotels, private estates, and vineyards.
Being a passionate international wedding photographer who has photographed happy couples for their weddings in some regions of southern France, I know quite a bit about the place. So this time around, I decided to take you on a journey to top wedding destinations in the south of France. Exciting, right?
Here are some amazing venues to provide the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding.
- Domaine De Manville
- Bastide Saint Julien
- La Lauren
- Chateau Les Carrasses
- Chateau de Blomac
- Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild
- Hotel Les Roche Rouge
- Chateau Saint-Martin
- Château Naudou
- Château de Puissentut
- Château Périgourdin
- Château Du Redon
- Château Cèdre
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Where to Get Married in South of France
There are plenty of beautiful wedding places to opt for in the south of France. There are luxurious hotels that come with a range of services and facilities that make your wedding day all the more enjoyable and comfortable. Also, if your guests are planning to stay over for your wedding, a good hotel is just the right place for your wedding in South of France.
And then there are chateaus spread all across the region that make just the most amazing wedding venues in the south of France. The cozy chateaus with stunning landscapes offer quite a variety of spots for the most romantic photoshoot ever. From the photography point of view, vineyards, meadows and forests around the chateaus in southern France add a lot of charisma to your wedding photographs.
Moving on, you can also do your destination wedding South of France in a spectacular villa. There are quite a few with top-notch amenities and great hospitality in the different cities in southern France.
When deciding on a venue, you’re likely to find yourself torn between villas, mansions, hotels and chateaus in southern France. My suggestion is to contemplate the following factors before deciding on a venue:
We all have a personal preference regarding everything, including clothes, places, holidays, food etc. Similarly, you may have thought of a certain type of venue for your wedding too. Discuss your personal preferences with your partner, and think of the kind of place you two would really like to get married in. Once you know your likes in terms of venues, selecting wedding destinations in southern France will be way easier.
Obviously, you want to have a comfortable experience throughout your wedding. The facilities and services offered in your wedding venue play a big role in making that happen. Make a list of the amenities you and your partner want for a nice, relaxing experience and then look for those in your desired wedding venue. Perhaps, you’d like to have a swimming pool in the venue, so once you know that, you’d look for venues that come with a pool.
If you are planning on having guests who’ll stay over for your wedding, you need to have a venue that offers accommodation too. Plus, it should also have a room for you and your partner to stay in in case you want to spend the night there. If you are okay with a venue that doesn’t have accommodation, you’d need to look for someplace to stay nearby.
Ease of access
Does that venue have easy access to the rest of the regions where your vendors will be coming from? Is the basic infrastructure available there? Is it close to the airport? Focus on these questions before selecting wedding venues in south of France.
Honestly speaking, it is your wedding photos and the memories you make that stay with you for a lifetime after your wedding celebrations end. So the photographs need to be just magical. Every time you look at them, they should take you on a beautiful trip down your ‘wedding day memory lane.’ When analyzing wedding destinations in south of France, pay attention to the photography element. Does a venue have the kind of spots you’d like to feature in your photographs? Is it as breathtaking as the love you and your partner share? Will you two be able to move around there with ease and have fun?
Spend some time reflecting on these points with your partner over a cup of coffee and some hugs, and then go through my collection of venues for weddings in south of France.
Best Venues for Weddings in South of France
I have divided the different venues for weddings in the south of France into different categories depending on the region and area they are located in the south of France. Let’s begin our voyage then.
Best Wedding Destinations in Provence, South of France
1. Domaine De Manville
If you’re searching for a unique location, consider Domaine de Manville, which hosts only 2 weddings annually. It is an excellent wedding location if you want to host all your guests in a luxurious setting. The courtyard and glasshouse are both beautiful and large, making great reception areas. Domaine De Manville is a popular tourist destination for its picturesque scenery and its rich history.
A 5-star hotel surrounded by olive trees, wild herbs, and lush grounds.
Domaine De Manville is a quaint hilltop located in a valley near the bustling town of Les Baux in France. It is widely known for being one of the most beautiful medieval villages in the area. It is set on a 100-acre estate and was originally operated as a farm.
It has a total capacity for about 250 people.
This hotel’s prices start at a very reasonable €275/ day. Overall, a wedding there costs between €20,000 and €50,000.
You and your guests will love the location because it can accommodate guests staying on-site. With 30 rooms, suites, and 9 villas, it can provide a comfortable stay for many guests.
- The following features and amenities are available:
- Private pool
- Large light-filled spa
- A fitness room
- An 18-hole golf course
- Starred buffet breakfast
2. Bastide Saint Julien
In search of a luxurious and homey venue for your wedding? Bastide Saint Julien, with its Mediterranean climate, is the perfect location to host a destination wedding. Plus, your guests will enjoy the area’s many markets, restaurants and vineyards, to explore in the days leading up to and after the wedding.
It’s a gorgeous villa, one of the most stunning wedding destinations in south of France.
In the heart of the Var region, just 45 minutes from Aix-en-Provence, lies Bastide Saint-Julien. With a magnificent view of the Loube hills, the Bastide St Julien is the perfect setting for your wedding.
This space is perfect for hosting large gatherings of up to 400 people.
Depending on the number of guests you have and the services you get, a wedding would cost around €20,000 and €60,000 here.
- Rooms up to 24 persons
- Reception up to 350 to 400 persons
- Swimming pool
- Food and beverages
3. La Lauren
This medieval castle is surrounded by some of the most exquisite and imaginative gardens you will ever see. Nestled in the Provencal countryside, it truly blends with nature.
You can host your wedding reception outside on the lawn with views of the rolling green hills and lavender fields if the weather permits. The chateau’s little country dance hall is where you can listen to the music later in the evening. And also enjoy dancing to wonderful music with the love of your life in your arms. The chateau features medieval fireplaces in addition to a lot of antique and traditional furnishings.
It is a Medieval chateau that you’ll love if you like ancient venues.
This venue is ideal for more intimate wedding ceremonies, as it can accommodate up to 80 guests. The lavender fields and French garden provide a beautiful backdrop for your big day.
If you need a place to stay, the venue can sleep up to 6 people. Additionally, there is additional accommodation available in the village nearby.
1000 meters above Ferrassières, Situated between Mont Ventoux and Luberon, La Lauren enjoys a commanding view of the landscape of lavender, wheat, and spelled fields.
Prices vary depending on the package you choose for privatizing your domain.
- Lavender fields
- French garden
- Reception room
- Parking facility
4. Château Les Carrasses
The beautiful turreted Chateau les Carrasses, set within expansive grounds and approached via a French tree-lined driveway, feels both luxurious and homely and is quite a suitable venue for destination weddings in south France. Vineyards and forestland frame it, and the Pyrenees are in the distance.
Your ceremony can take place at a location that is special to you, whether it be the church, gardens, or glass garden house. All of these locations are unique and beautiful in their own way. It’s said that Gustave Eiffel, famous for the Eiffel Tower, built the glass garden house himself!
The reception will then continue either on the main terrace or within a marquee set by the pool, with the opportunity to take the evening festivities into the atmospheric wine cellar, where you can keep the party going well into the night.
It is a Villa that has hosted many weddings in south of France.
Château Les Carrasses is a beautifully restored luxury wine estate located on the banks of the Canal du Midi, near the picturesque Minervois region of the Languedoc in southern France.
Approximately you’ll have an expense between €15,000 and 50,000 for a one-day wedding celebration here..
This villa can easily accommodate 120 guests across 30 suites, cottages, and flats. Some of the larger properties even boast private pools and gardens.
- Infinity pool
- barbecue area
- floodlit clay tennis
- Wine cellar
- Free parking
5. Chateau De Blomac
Chateau de Blomac is a charming and elegant wedding venue in the picturesque wine country with a distinctly French flair. The perfect setting for an outdoor wedding, the private parkland and sheltered terrace make for a stunning backdrop.
And when it’s time to hit the dance floor, the ‘place de la fete’ is a hidden gem, complete with a bar and illuminated boho marquee, perfect for a night of dancing under the stars.
It is a chateau in the south of France for weddings, making a lovely cozy venue.
The Chateau is conveniently located in the center of a picturesque village, 35 minutes from Carcassonne and 90 minutes from Toulouse. Your guests will have no trouble enjoying all the village offers during their stay.
For just €27,145, you can get an all-inclusive package for 30 people! Now that’s a deal you can’t afford to miss!
It can host a wedding of about 120 people, but not more than that.
The venue can sleep up to 32 people across 7 suites, but we think you’ll be too busy celebrating to get any rest.
- Outdoor swimming pool
- LGBT friendly
- Bbq area
- Parking area
- Breathtaking views
- Great hospitality
I have also covered 10 of the best wedding venues in Provence that you can read here to ensure you put your best foot down when deciding where to get married in France.
Beautiful Wedding Places in Côte D’Azur, South of France
6. Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild
Located on the stunning Cote D’Azur, the Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild is a truly breathtaking sight that looks like it could be straight out of a Wes Anderson film.
Nestled in a tranquil corner of the city, this unique venue is a perfect choice for couples looking for a romantic and unforgettable experience for their wedding in the south of France. Your guests will feel truly blessed to have been allowed to share in your special day.
The venue offers many photo opportunities and moments of wonder with its large ornate pond and carefully manicured grounds. With floor-to-ceiling windows, it is full of light and offers up to nine separate themed rooms.
It is a Villa and one of the best wedding venues in south of France.
It is located on 1 Av. Ephrussi de Rothschild, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France. Nice airport is only a 30 min drive away, making it easy for you and your guests to get to. Monaco airport is even closer, at only a 20 min drive.
The costs associated with hosting an event at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild vary depending on the number of guests you invite. For example, catering and venue rental for 30 guests costs €20,000, while 80 guests will set you back €29,500. Before you start planning your guest list, be sure to check with the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild staff for the most up-to-date pricing information.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild can host up to 230 guests for a seated dinner indoors. Additionally, the villa can accommodate 300 guests for a seated dinner in its outdoor areas.
There’s no room at the villa, but you can pick any hotels nearby, like The Royal Riviera, which is just a few minutes walks away.
- Water fountain display
- 9 gardens
- Great views and landscapes
- Parking area
- Food and beverages
7. Hotel Les Roche Rouge
The entire venue is inspired by the glistening blue Mediterranean and the fiery orange rocks, and it has a laid-back and tranquil atmosphere right on the water. A private beach where you can exchange vows and a floating bridge for your guests are available at the hotel, which will be all yours for the evening.
The hotel’s 30-meter saltwater pool, nestled among the rocks and spilling out into the sea, is breathtaking. Imagine bathing in the pool with your love and having some beautiful photographs of those moments.
It is a hotel and quite a spectacular venue for having a wedding in south of France.
You may be distracted by a strikingly white mid-century modern building nestled between the ocher-red rocks of the Estérel and the deep blue sea as you weave along the coast.
Starting at just €349 per night, you can have the luxury wedding you’ve always dreamed of here. Overall, having a wedding here would cost between €20,000 and €60,000.
This event space can accommodate up to 60 people, making it the perfect place to host your intimate wedding in south of France.
There are 44 rooms in total, including a sea view suite for the newlyweds, complete with champagne and breakfast in bed.
- La plage
- Family suites
- roof-top swimming lane
- Rooms with gorgeous views
8. Chateau Saint-Martin
Chateau Saint-Martin is a historic gem set on the beautiful French Riviera. With many intriguing tales to tell, this is a truly captivating place.
You can tie the knot in their 12th-century chapel on site, then celebrate among the shady olive groves or in one of eight different event spaces.
You’re in for a treat with the food at this Michelin-starred restaurant, not to mention the stunning sea views.
It is a chateau in south of France for weddings.
Looking out over the French Riviera, Château Saint-Martin & Spa is the perfect place to host your special event. Just 30 minutes from Nice International airport, it’s a destination of the highest prestige.
This place can fit up to 150 guests if they’re sitting down and 200 if they’re standing up.
The chateau has 52 suites, so even if you invite all your friends, there’s plenty of space for them to stay.
- A/v equipment
- Bridal suite/changing rooms onsite
- Valet parking
- Ample parking onsite
- Onsite restrooms
- Garden infinity pool
Venues in Dordogne and Lot, Midi-Pyrenees for Weddings South of France
9. Château Naudou
There are plenty of ways to keep your guests entertained during the wedding weekend, from an orchard to a flower meadow full of wild orchids. You can have your wedding inside or outside, under the fairy lights, and take in the stunning views of the valley.
The on-site chef and wedding coordinator at this location have more than 11 years of combined experience in ensuring that your wedding weekend runs smoothly and effectively bringing your ideas to life.
If you have any free time over the weekend, be sure to explore the nearby village of Auvillar. Auvillar is officially classified as one of France’s ‘most beautiful villages,’ so it is worth checking out!
It is another chateau for a beautiful wedding in south of France.
Nestled between Bordeaux and Toulouse, Chateau Naudou gives off vibes of a French and Italian chateau combined. Only being a short drive away from Toulouse (70 min), Bergerac (80 min), and Bordeaux (90 min), this spot is perfect for your dream wedding.
For just €10,950, you can have three nights of wedded bliss, including the services of a wedding planner!
This space is perfect for small gatherings of up to 80 people. If you’re looking to host a larger event, you might want to look elsewhere.
The chateau has 14 guest rooms, and the domain can house up to 26 people on the property. A two-bedroom cottage is also available, and the Pigeonnier has four. The main kitchen is available for use by visitors as well.
- Swimming pool
- Tennis court
- House chef
- Parking area
- Amazing views
10. Château de Puissentut
The half-timbered Chateau de Puissentut, which is tucked away among the undulating hills, exudes a rustic and ethereal aura, and is surrounded by lovely rose and lavender blooms.
The welcoming and approachable owners act as “wedding facilitators,” which is a slightly different role from that of the typical wedding package. This means that they can offer a variety of packages and day-of coordination in addition to recommending the best vendors in the area.
Starting with holding a wedding blessing inside the 17th-century Pigeonnier with views across the valley, there are many places on the grounds to enjoy your day. If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can also hold the reception in the spacious, light-filled barn instead of on the lawn or in the courtyard.
It is a medieval manor house that is amongst the beautiful wedding places in south of France.
The Chateau de Puissentut is located in the Gers in the Southwestern region of France. The house has a picturesque view of a valley with the Pyrenees mountains in the backdrop.
The price range is from €30,000 to €72,000, depending on the number of guests you have.
The venue is perfect for parties of up to 120 people.
This 14-bedroom abode can accommodate up to 26 slumberers.
- Pool on site
- On site chef
- Wedding facilitators
- Parking area
11. Château Périgourdin
This location offers a wide variety of intriguing locations for wedding ceremonies. On the property, there is a chapel, a Garden a la Française with many rose bushes and fruit trees, and even a wooded area with a cave that houses a statue of the Virgin Mary and offers views of the Dordogne River. If you enjoy nature, you’ll love this chateau for your wedding in south of France.
It feels like a combination of a stately mansion and a humble country cottage, making it an ideal place to get married if you’re looking for something homey and intimate.
If you’re looking for a breathtaking view, Chateau Perigoudin is the perfect spot. With a picturesque view of the Dordogne river, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most sought-after locations.
It would roughly cost you around €30,000 to €62,000 to have a one day wedding celebration here, but the cost does depend on the guests you invite.
This massive venue can host up to 500 people, making it one of the largest on this list. The reception can be held inside for under 130 guests in the connecting lounges or outside in the garden overlooking the valley.
The chateau can accommodate up to 60 people in the grounds, with 14 bedrooms sleeping 32 people, an apartment sleeping 4 people, a cottage sleeping 8 people, and two farmhouses opposite sleeping 15 people. There is also plenty of accommodation available in the villages nearby.
- BBQ areas
12. Château Du Redon
Chateau de Redon is a modern building with all the traditional elements you would expect, like old wooden floors and fireplaces, as well as detailed woodwork around the property.
The setting feels opulent and roomy, giving your guests plenty of space to socialize during the wedding and stay overnight. With a spacious dining area for brunching with your wedding party and a big, comfortable lounge for lounging in the day after, it truly has a “home away from home” feel.
You can eat outside for the reception beneath the fairy-light-draped trees, surrounded by a 2-hectare private park.
It is located on lieu-dit redon, 24390 Granges-d’Ans, France.
The total expense of a one-day wedding celebration here would be around €20,000 to €72,000.
The chateau has the ability to host up to 140 guests for the wedding reception.
Sleep 16 people maximum, with 8 spacious suites for your guests to stay in.
- heated saltwater swimming pool
- Large terraces or BBQ
- tennis court
13. Château Cèdre
The lovely Chateau Cèdre is the ideal setting for a fairytale wedding, with its soft blue shutters and wisteria-covered facade. The 19-meter pool in the courtyard, which is bordered by rows of majestic cypress trees, is the perfect place for guests to unwind.
Before its transformation into an Italian palace in the seventeenth century, this ‘Monument Historique’ was an ancient fortress. Today, it offers visitors an authentic and elegant setting with a grand courtyard and historic stone arches.
The lovely Chateau Cedre is fortunate to have an ideal location in the middle of Gascony, halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, close enough to the Dordogne and the Lot-et-Garonne.
Your total expense of having a wedding here will be around €15,000 and €65,000.
The building can accommodate a whopping 300 guests outside and 180 guests inside, making it the perfect venue for your next event – whether it’s a large gathering or a more intimate affair. With six reception rooms that can accommodate up to 180 guests, the main courtyard, or a marquee set up on the grounds, you’re spoiled for choosing where to host your reception.
Chateau Cedre has two charming guest houses with a combined capacity for 24 guests across 12 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.
- Fenced, salt-water swimming pool
- Poolside terrace
- Off-road parking
- Tennis court (newly renovated in 2020)
- Table tennis
How much does a wedding in south of France cost?
For weddings in south of France catering to about 50 guests, expect to around 10,000 Euros that would include: a 4-course meal, canapes, aperitif, drinks, champagne, wine, flowers, decoration, servers, bridal bouquet, DJ, celebrant, make-up and hair artist, buttonholes and a photographer.
Moreover, the venue you select for your wedding in the South of France will largely determine the cost. While many options look quite luxurious, you may be pleasantly surprised by more affordable choices. It’s always best to email or contact the owners to inquire about pricing, which can vary depending on the season or day of the week you are planning to wed. An estimated cost of hiring a beautiful château or a domain in the South of France can start from 3000 euros to 50,000, depending on its fame and luxury. The cost of a wedding in Bordeaux, south of France, is roughly the same. Some of the prices that are usually put up in season during June, July and August are mentioned here.
What will it cost for a 2-night, 3-day stay?
- A chateau can averagely cost €40,000
- A stunning villa can averagely cost €20,000
- Domaine averagely costs €30,000
Keeping your budget in mind, pick an affordable and elegant venue for your wedding in south of France.
What is the Best Season for Getting Married in France?
According to popular opinion, Spring, Summer and autumn are the best times to have a wedding in France. But that doesn’t imply a winter wedding will be any less magical. If you are in for an indoor wedding, Christmas is quite the perfect time for an absolutely fairytale-like wedding.
The lovely weather in the south of France in April until October will not disappoint you, and this is the best time to get married there.
Generally, the cooler months are April and May, when the temperature is between 20 and 25 degrees at the beginning. June, July and August are obviously a little hotter and the temperature can reach levels between 30 to 40 degrees. You can anticipate lovely warm temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees from then until the end of October.
If the weather refuses to cooperate, the good news is that these venues have beautiful indoor locations you can move into for your plan B.
Okay, so we have discussed the venues for weddings south of France, discussed the weather, and analyzed the costs, but there is still one important thing left…
Wedding Photographs of Your Wedding in South of France
Your wedding celebrations will eventually come to an end… But there’s no need to be sad because there is one thing that will remind you of your most amazing destination wedding south of France for many years to come. Yes, you got that right- your wedding photographs!
The photographs should be as stunning as your wedding venue and overall celebration. They should exude the love, passion and trust you and your partner share for one another. Moreover, they should tell the store of your magical wedding day; of course, they must be pleasing to look at.
So when you hunt for a destination wedding photographer for your perfect day, look for someone who understands all of these elements, can make you feel at ease, and take honest, candid and spectacular photographs without making you pose unnaturally.
Oh Btw, We Do That Too…
Mishka and I have captured gorgeous, diverse, bold and brilliant couples on their wedding day for many years. We love being on a wedding day and captivating the magical moments through our lens. Our documentary and fine-arts-styled photographs tell the unique story of your wedding day in a very innovative style.
Plus, we are there all the time without being overpowering and annoying in any way. You’ll find us with our camera moving around, taking candid and honest shots all the time, but we also know when to give you a break and just fade away in the background. With us as the wedding photographers for your wedding in the south of France, you need to worry at all.
Another thing, we know different vendors for weddings south of France, so we can connect you with them and help you out as much as possible. And not to forget, we love our work so be sure to expect something absolutely brilliant for your special day. How about we talk about it in detail over a call?