A beautiful Chateau wedding is something many people can only imagine. The look, style, and aesthetic is something that belongs in a movie set or a Fairy Tale! If you’re looking to plan your dream Fairy Tale wedding, a Chateau wedding is definitely worth considering. And if you’re looking to have a classic Chateau wedding, what better place to have it than in France? - The land where these mansions originate? Here are all of our tips to help you find the perfect Chateau for your wedding in France.
1. Establish Your Chateau Wedding Budget
The first thing that you always need to think about when you’re looking to host a wedding in a Chateau is your budget. It goes without saying that when you’re renting a historic and elegant mansion for your wedding, this won't come as low-cost option.However, the cost doesn’t always have to be so absurd, as there are many French Chateaux that offers an affordable fee or package for your wedding. You should also make sure that you are clear about your budget from the start. And that you ask any questions about cost as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
2. Think About the Aesthetics
There are many different types of Chateaux available. No two Chateau wedding venues are the same! Some chateaux are incredibly old, as some were built all the in the Renaissance period or even earlier. However, some chateaux have since been renovated to take on more of a modern style. This means that the aesthetic and the decor of the chateau will differ depending on the architect and the period when it was built or renovated.
For example, a chateau from the gothic period will have tall spires and round glass windows, which are the key characteristics of constructions from that time. On the other hand, a chateau that was built during the Victorian era will be much more symmetrical and squared.
Take a look at the beautiful Chateau de Lisse, pictured in the gallery below:
3. Consider the Amenities
Aside from the construction, the other elements such as garden arrangement, amenities, and the compatibility with modern technology are also something that you should consider.
Many couples plan to spend the entire weekend of their wedding, or even longer, at the Chateau. Therefore, you want to be sure that there are plenty of options to keep everyone entertained and occupied. Chateau reps or wedding planners can help you find this information, and will usually be aware of all that the Chateau has to offer.
4. Check Out the Regional Weather
You should also check the weather condition during the time you’re planning to host your wedding. As chateaux provide such beautiful backdrops to a wedding, most couples choose to have their celebrations, and even ceremonies, outside. So, you'll want to check the time of year you've chosen for your Chateau wedding offers the likelihood of good weather.
You should also check that the typical French regional weather for the area you've chosen for your Chateau wedding. If you're looking for a beautiful and sunny Summer wedding, we recommend the South of France for your wedding celebrations.
5. Find Out if the Chateau Can Handle Poor Weather
Even if the region you've chosen is likely to have nice, sunny weather, you'll also want to make sure the Chateau can handle poor weather. If you plan to have your wedding outside and it rains, you should always have a backup plan.
Make sure that the Chateau has plenty of suitable indoor options in case Mother Nature decides to rain on your parade. This could include indoor dining halls, reception rooms and dance or ballrooms. The chateau and its facility should be able to handle the weather condition and offer plenty of 'plan B' options in case of bad weather.
6. Factor in the Rest of the Wedding
When booking a Chateau venue, you'll need to make sure that it is also wedding compatible. Do they allow external suppliers or do they have preferred suppliers that they use exclusively? Will you be allowed to decorate the Chateau to the style you want? Is the kitchen available for your wedding caterers to use? How many people will you be able to invite to the Chateau? How many of these people will be able to stay, and how many will need to find other local accommodation?
These are all important questions to ask when booking a French Chateau wedding. And in most cases, the booking agent or wedding planner for the venue will be able to answer all of these questions for you. Which brings us to the last top tip:
7. Find a credible representative
Much like any other type of rental properties, there are agents who liaise between bookers and chateau owners. If you are having difficulty finding the best options, you can contact Chateau agents to discuss your needs.
Another option is to work with a wedding planner, such as The Impeccable Pear, who are exclusive suppliers for some of the best Chateaus in France. Typically, these professionals will be able to cater to your needs and will go to great lengths to make sure you have a good experience during your stay.
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