A Romantic Château Wedding experience in France
Getting married in a French Castle
One of the most sought-after countries for destination weddings in France, and then one of the top venues on that list is a French château. A castle is a venue that offers a melange of elegance and romance, filled with history and surrounded by beautiful gardens that provide plenty of alfresco celebration options.
Among those searching for living the chateau wedding experience, we had a good friend of ours, resulting in being blessed to be invited to her wedding. We will share a bit about this memorable experience and the highlights along our road trip from Paris to the castle.
Famous castles for weddings in France
A château offers a historical backdrop for one of the most important days in your life, and France, due to its history and location, has a wide range of magical castles to choose from.
Weddings, anniversaries, or family gatherings can be hosted in the magical setting of a castle.
Netflix has made one castle primarily known as a wedding venue in France. We have enjoyed watching the series Escape to the chateau, highlighting the lives of a couple that buys and renovates the 19th-century Château de la Motte-Husson, now used as a wedding venue.
This story begins more than 20 years ago when I studied at the Alliance Francaise for five years (I loved not only learning this nice, fascinating language, but also the beautiful people I met during the time I spent there. I completed all levels and passed the DALF exams as some of my closest friends)
At the Alliance Francaise, I met Sofy, who I was lucky to see again in Paris a couple of years ago, and then she met my husband. These are the kind of friendships that last forever. Sofy invited us a year ahead to her wedding to make sure we could make it. We were very grateful, and together with my husband and another good friend from the Alliance Francaise, we made it to the wedding.
First stop, Paris
We rented a car from Paris to Saintes, though there were floods and instead of 5 hours the trip took us 10 hours. We met Dieguito at Saintes and spent the night at a French Airbnb, a beautifully decorated farmhouse.
A historic town located in western France has many attractions and things to do. Here are 15 things to do in Saintes.
The wedding church, Saint Porchaire
The wedding was held at Saint Porchaire, a church not far from the castle.
The château wedding experience at château de la Roche Courbon
We had to start the day early the day after the wedding because of the traffic and the flood we needed to leave as early as possible. So, unfortunately, we could neither stay until the end nor attend the brunch the bride and groom had organized the day after.
From Saintes to Paris
Along the way, we found more medieval sites that just got us awe-inspired.
This was the fantastic view from our Airbnb apartment in the 13th arrondissement in Paris.
End of the trip
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