We can help you to create a unique and romantic ceremony within the estate of the Chateau de Varennes
* Our Chapel can host beautiful intimate ceremonies (up to 80 seated guests and 100+ if standing)
* Larger groups can use the lounges inside the main chateau or go to a local church (a church seating 300+ guests is located just outside the gates of the property)
* If you fancy a fully outdoor event, we can set up an outdoor ceremony in the gardens (see photos of in our outdoor ceremony section or outdoor wedding ceremonies in our blog or a video of a fully outdoor wedding on this link)
* You can bring your own celebrant or you can hire a local celebrant (Catholic priest, Church of England vicar, non-religious celebrant, etc). Some local celebrants also speak English and they all welcome couples coming for a destination wedding.
* You can use ipod speakers or you can hire live musicians. We already hosted ceremonies with all kind of musicians (harps, violins, cellos, guitars, pianos, singers, gospel bands, live bands, etc.)
* We can also assist you in styling your ceremony with customized decorations and flowers
Hosting all the wedding reception (ceremony, cocktail period, photos, dinner and dancing party) in the same place leads to bigs savings (transport, rental fees, flowers that can be re-used from the ceremony to the reception area, etc.). It is also much more relaxing as you will not have to rush from one place to another. Saving more time to socialize with your dear ones will be much appreciated on such a busy day.
FAQ : can we have a civil wedding at your place if we do not live in your area ?
Yes, it is possible under certain conditions but paperwork can be quite time-consuming and costly for foreigners (for example for translating your official papers in French and in English or your local language). Therefore we usually recommend to have a civil ceremony at your local registry office then a symbolic blessing or a religious ceremony at the chateau (guests are invited only for the second ceremony and reception then). It is compulsory in France to have two ceremonies and guests are all aware that the paperwork is already done before the actual ceremony and reception. Usually only the parents and the bridal party will attend the civil ceremony and it is usually followed by a kind of rehearsal dinner. A few weeks later, all the guests are invited to the real ceremony (blessing of rings and exchange of vows) and reception in a wedding venue (usually a chateau).
Doing the paperwork beforehand is allowing couples to make their “real” ceremony more personal as civil weddings are quite dull in France (nothing can be customized while your religious or symbolic blessing can be fully personal from readings to songs or decor).