10 exclusive venues for a small and intimate wedding in France

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When it comes to wedding venues, France has a lot to offer. Small venues and medieval chateaux makes this European destination a great spot for an intimate destination wedding.

To make your wedding all the more romantic, you should definitely consider a small and intimate venue in France.

Today’s blog post is showcasing a list of 10 of the most exclusive locations where to host a small and intimate wedding in France.

Whether you’re looking for a medieval château in the Loire Valley, a luxury hôtel in the center of Paris or somewhere rustic for your wedding destination, France has it all.

Panoramic view of château de Bois Rigaud, a small wedding venue in France
View of Château de Bois Rigaud, a small and romantic wedding venue in the heart of rustic France. Picture Aljosa Petric

A chic wedding in the South of France: Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat near Nice

With a stunning sea view on the French Riviera, Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat is one of the best wedding venues in Europe.

As well as amazing interiors, this luxury hôtel also has an excellent reputation for first-class food and drink. Their in-house team of wedding planners and chefs create bespoke wedding packages that you’ll never forget.

An intimate wedding in the picturesque Loire Valley: Château des Marquis

Panoramic view of Château des Marquis, a small wedding venue in the French Loire Valley
Château des Marquis in the French Loire Valley is the ideal wedding destination for an intimate wedding in France.

Château des Marquis is a small medieval château set in the heart of the French Loire Valley.

It sleeps up to 40 guests on-site and offers a chic and charming atmosphere for an intimate wedding weekend.

A perfect wedding in the South West: Château de Seguin

Château de Seguin near Bordeaux is surrounded by the most beautiful vineyard countryside.

Château de Seguin offers charming gîtes on-site and a romantic wedding reception room.

A luxury wedding in the center of Paris: Shangri-La Hotel

The Shangri-La hotel, set within walking distance from the iconic Eiffel tower in Paris is perfect for intimate weddings.

Wedding ballroom at Shangri-La Hôtel in Paris
Shangri La Hotel in Paris is a stunning location for a luxury destination wedding in Paris.

Enjoy a drinks reception in the Grand Salon or in the private gardens of the palace before sharing an incredible dinner with your lovest and dearest.

A romantic wedding destination in the Auvergne region: Château de Bois Rigaud

Château de Bois Rigaud is a small historic farm house that has been converted into a beautiful contemporary wedding venue.

Château de Bois Rigaud is a small and beautiful wedding venue set in the heart of rural France in the Auvergne region
Château de Bois Rigaud is a small and beautiful wedding venue set in the heart of rural France in the Auvergne region. Picture: Chronique des clans

This little chateau is ideal for an intimate destination wedding in France. It can sleep up to 40 guests on-site and offers top of the range amenities.

Château de Bois Rigaud offers everything you need for a rural wedding. The wedding package includes access to a beautiful wedding barn that can sit up to 120 guests, private gardens, bedrooms and a gîte, a spa and an outdoor marquee. These perks all combine to create an estate that you will never want to leave.

The staff at Château de Bois Rigaud can accommodate all of your needs to create a tailor-made service. The château is dog friendly and it is also suitable for micro weddings.

The cost of hiring Château de Bois Rigaud for your wedding in France is affordable. Wedding packages at the château range from 9, 000 € to 12, 000 € depending on the time of year, the length of your stay, and the number of suites you hire.

A small elopement near Cognac: Château de Brives in Charente

Ideal for countryside elopements, Château de Brives is located a stone throw away from Cognac in the South West of France.

Château de Brives is a secluded castle in the South West of France
Château de Brives is a secluded castle in the South West of France.

The Chateau sleeps 18 guests and couples can organize their wedding dinner in a beautiful stone coach house or alfresco. Extra gîtes are also available nearby.

The ideal wedding ceremony in the Provence region: Château les Carasses

Set only 30 minutes away from Valras beach in the south of France, Château les Carasses is a unique estate for your wedding day.

Magical views and beautiful landscaped gardens give you the chance to organize a charming wedding ceremony in a secluded atmosphere.

A sweet escape in the Burgundy area: Château d’Aleny

Panoramic view of Château d'Aleny, a small wedding venue in the Burgundy region
Château d'Aleny in Burgundy offers top of the range amenities for destination weddings in France.

Nestled in the heart of the charming Burgundy region, you’ll find Château d’Aleny, a grand old stone castle that chimes with history and tales from by gone years.

Château d’Aleny dates back to the 18th century and combines charming original features with modern amenities. A beautiful chapel is available on-site for intimate wedding ceremonies, as well as beautiful French gardens.

A lavish wedding destination in Paris: the Ritz Hôtel

The Ritz Hôtel is one of Paris’s leading luxury wedding venues. It is a world famous location that hundreds of brides and grooms choose as their wedding venue every year.

For hundreds of years, the Ritz Hôtel has provided the backdrop to glittering wedding banquets and lavish celebrations.

A small wedding in a French gîte near Bordeaux: Château de Soulac

Wedding reception rooom at Château de Soulac, a small wedding venue in the Bordeaux region
The reception room of Château de Soulac near Bordeaux is the ideal setting for a wedding ceremony in the French countryside.

Château de Soulac in the Dordogne area near Bordeaux can make its enchanting gardens, its grand salon and 3 gorgeous gîtes available for the most beautiful day in your lifetime.

The Château de Soulac estate can be privatized for an exceptional weekend stay.

Questions to ask before booking a small wedding venue in France

When you’re deciding on your wedding venue in France, take the time to compare locations, packages, budget and amenities.

A couple getting married in France holding hands

Before you book your destination wedding in France, there are a few important things to consider:

  • Accommodation – Does the venue offer on-site accommodation? Is there enough accommodation for all guests? Are there gîtes nearby for guests to stay at?

  • Cost – Prepare an overall budget before you start viewing wedding venues. Take a look at our blog post on the cost of a wedding in France.

  • Travel – Is your wedding venue easily accessible from an international airport, by train or by car? If you are booking your dream wedding in France in the center of Paris, it will be much faster to arrive at your final destination than if you have to travel for miles to get to a countryside venue.

  • Amenities – How many guests do you plan to invite on your wedding day? Are you planning a romantic micro wedding, or a large event with more than 100 guests?

  • Covid – Since 2021, it hasn’t been easy to plan large gatherings. If you come from abroad, that is even more challenging. Consider if your guests will be able to be compliant with the sanitary measures that may come in force at that time (i.e. covid passes, face masks etc).