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Wedding in French Riviera: 8 top-notch venues

Muriel Saldalamacchia, the author here!

Muriel Saldalamacchia, the author here!

For more than 10 years in the destination wedding business, travelling the world for weddings, Muriel is France based, but has also rocked in Italy few years ago.

Asides her travels with her clients, Muriel is also an International Speaker, dealing with her peers onto the Luxury and destination Wedding Market.

Recently named as one of the TOP100 Luxury Planners of the World, you can rely on her savoir-faire to create the most memorable experience for you and your guests. from head to toe.

Muriel is also a French author. Her first book "The Anti-Ghosting-Method" is available on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles. A business book that already helps thousands of sales person and entrepreneurs.

With its deep blue sea, yachts, highly regarded art, and charming towns, having a wedding in French Riviera is a synonym of a luxurious experience.

Moreover, Cannes was in the top 5 list of the world’s most luxurious cities by square kilometer few weeks ago.

Looking forward to hosting a wedding there? Check out the Best venues in Côte D’Azur.

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Wedding in French Riviera: Top 8 venues to get Married

The French Riviera, or Côte D’Azur, is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. It includes Monaco, Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Saint-Tropez, and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

F.Scott Fitzgerald even described the region as the “hot sweet South of France.”

Want to get married in Côte D’Azur? I’ve prepared my favorite high-end list of venues for your big day.

 

1. Château Diter: a Tuscan Palazzo for extravagant weddings in French Riviera

Looking for a secret gem? Located in Grasse, one of the most famous and picturesque villages on the hills of Cannes, this Chateau offers a unique feeling: quiet, luxurious, and yet obviously simple. Furthermore, every corner and every stone had been chosen on purpose by the owners. In this venue, you’ll find a spectacular view, manicured gardens, and ah-mazing indoors for your wedding in French Riviera.

Above all, this vast property is perfect for weddings and celebrations from 80 to 200 guests. Likewise, with its 18 rooms, you can easily accommodate your bridal party during one night, two nights, and more.

Love everywhere

I love the long path entrance to the Property as it gives you a feeling of grandeur and yet authenticity. Equally important, you can feel the love everywhere: the love the owners placed in the creation of this Palazzo, the love that had been celebrated there.. 

The main terrace above is ideal to host your welcome dinner with up to 45 people. 

Futhermore, I also love the way you stay close to the main building, before being allowed to go down and walk down the gardens the day after for the wedding day. 

Make sure you can rent the property 4 days, 3 nights for your wedding in French Riviera: it would be a shame not to have indoor moments. It’s beautiful in every room. And don’t miss out Le Cabinet des Curiosités: Patrick Diter brought every pieces from his numerous travels.. and you’ll see why curiosities had been named this way 🙂

See one of the wedding we imagined, created an produced there for Lis & Tris awe-destination wedding at Château Diter. This destination wedding had also been featured on International Blog Magnolia Rouge. 

Photos by Jeremy Ferrero 

2. Domaine Le Beauvallon: your private Belle Époque palace in the Côte d’Azur

First, this private luxury estate in the Bay of Saint Tropez is the only remaining Belle Époque palace between Cannes and Marseille. Over the past century, Le Beauvallon has welcomed distinguished guests like Audrey Hepburn, Pierre Cardin, Winston Churchill, and Senator Edward Kennedy. 

Above all, the good news about Le Beauvallon is that it can be booked exclusively all year round for events like weddings. As a result, you and your guests will be able to enjoy its private experience in a world of shimmering blue seas, scented hillsides, and warm starry evenings – the perfect scenario for your wedding in French Riviera. Also, the property offers reception space with or without accommodation.

Le Beauvallon is composed of a 4-floor main building with the following amenities:

  • A main suite, ‘Sky Pad’, 26 traditional suites and 14 traditional guest rooms with a total maximum occupancy of 88 people, each with en suite bathroom

  • 2 Spa rooms with massage table

  • Private function room (marriage, event)

  • Private projection room and karaoke.

  • Fully equipped fitness room available for the sole use of persons over 16 years of age

  • Playroom for children under the permanent supervision of an adult from the CLIENT’s party

  • Games room (I loooove the series of Guitars hang on the walls.. Air Guitar Tournament is a must do!) 

  • Dance studio

  • Private dining room

  • Winter garden overlooking an outdoor terrace

  • Interior lounges, library

  • Banqueting hall

  • Indoor and outdoor furniture

  • Helipad

  • 5 acres of landscaped gardens

  • Outdoor spaces and dining areas

The maximum authorized occupancy of the hotel’s guest rooms, totaling 88 people. 

Well read : 88 guests! 

Needless to say that ST-Tropez bay is offering a large choices of accommodations for the guests.  (and we’re also helping and advising on this) 

Last but not least: the establishment also offers a private Beach Club located between the road in front of the HOTEL and the beach:
  • Bar-terrace, jacuzzis
  • Heated swimming pool
  • “Pavillon Ito” of 300m2 – contemporary work of art by the architect Toyo Ito, a metallic and glass structure.
  • Private dock : One more detail : Private shuttle boat to the port of Saint Tropez. can be organize. Only 15 minutes of Sail, while it could take more than 1hr30 of drive in peak season. Easy to make a decision, isn’t it?

Happy to plan you next wedding there as I know each corner of the Property since we have already planned a destination there (175 guests ish)

 
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Photos by David Bastianoni + Le Beauvalllon

3. Villa La Vigie: the former home of Karl Lagerfeld

Nestled in a leafy setting overlooking the bay of Monte-Carlo, this property had an illustrious resident: Karl Lagerfeld. The stylist completely renovated its 600 square meters area in the 1980s, while offering a 237 sqm Terrace.

To sum-up, it offers six bedrooms, four bathrooms, two dressing rooms, and high-end facilities. You can host up to 300 people for a cocktail there. 

I would recommend a wedding there for 80-120 guests, to make sure you’ll enjoy every spaces offered by the property. 

For your wedding in French Riviera, you’ll find a modern and sophisticated decor with marble, columns, fireplaces, parquet flooring, and a high ceiling.

Villa La Vigie is also rounded off with a stunning garden, an outdoor jacuzzi, and a terrace with breath-taking views of the bays of Monaco and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

Fine cuisine

And last but, not least : don’t think I’m only fine-dining obsessed (I mean, I am.. but have quite few other obsessions ha!). Villa La Vigie offers the very talented and creative cuisine from the Monte Carlo Beach, by :

  • Head Chef: Pascal Garrigues. The chef pays homage to the Mediterranean with healthy, authentic cuisine at one with nature.
  • Pastry Chef: Giuseppe Vitrani. Mouth-watering and magical, the Chef’s creations will take your event to the next level.
  • Head Baker: Thomas Subrin. Winner of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Thomas never fails to rise to the occasion, transforming flour, salt, yeast and water into a hearty dose of cheer. 

 

I love Villa La Vigie so much. Every corner there is full of elegance but also brings creativity to the extra miles. From aesthetic to wow-views, I adore the team we have there to imagine your unique moments on site.

Bonus tip : As I also create many outdoor receptions, see how to plan a garden style wedding in France.

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4. La Bastide du Roy: get married like a rockstar in the French Riviera

Have you ever imagined getting married in the same place as Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger? Well, you can do it at La Bastide du Roy. Throughout its history, this unique venue in the Côte d’Azur belonged to some prestigious people like king Henry IV and the fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin’s daughter. 

Authenticity

If you are expecting an easy-going venue for your wedding in French Riviera, La Bastide du Roy is just perfect, as it mixes Côte d’Azur and Provence’s charm.

Are you looking forward to hosting different types of events? Sounds like it is the perfect plan! 

In addition, this venue offers several gardens to host various events on-site while providing your guests with a new experience. 

What to expect also? 

  • The upper part of the park composed of 3 hectares of fenced areas.

  • The main courtyard, the gardens around the Bastide including the olive tree’s pavilion. All wooden floor covered, maybe you’ll choose this area to hots the dinner as it is absolutely fairytale at night. 

  • A large pool we can use during the wedding celebration – Ideal for a pool party! 

Many times spent there, I also know the property like my own house. Can’t wait by the way to meet with Apolline and Divina again! Maria & Fabien’s Wedding is scheduled there for this upcoming August. 

Photo: Courtesy of La Bastide du Roy – Divina Gismondi.

5. Villa Ephrussi: a sumptuous palace between Nice and Monaco

Located between Nice and Monaco, Villa Ephrussi is surrounded by nine magnificent gardens overlooking the Peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Therefore, you’ll be able to celebrate your wedding in different scenarios. 

Hence, the Grand Patio is perfect for holding receptions, just like Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, and even to have your dance floor – with a capacity of up to 250 guests. At the Oriental Dining Room, you’ll find a gorgeous view of the Bay of Villefranche and the lights of the boats – it is perfect for a wedding in French Riviera of up to 100 guests. On the other hand, iIf you prefer to have a larger outdoor wedding, the French Garden is the best place with palm trees and flower beds. 

Photo: ©Culturespaces – C. Recoura

6. Grand Hotel Cap-Ferrat (St Jean Cap Ferrat): the epitome of Côte d’Azur chic

With sumptuous rooms with views from Nice to Monaco, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat has received honored guests throughout its history – from Elizabeth Taylor to Winston Churchill. By hosting your wedding in French Riviera in this hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy a Michelin-starred Provençal and Mediterranean cuisine in a palace-style setting of classic French romance.

At this iconic destination, you can walk down the aisle surrounded by beautifully manicured French gardens or exchange vows overlooking the Mediterranean. Then, you and your guests will enjoy the reception at Club Dauphin – a cornerstone of Côte d’Azur chic since 1908. Besides all that, you’ll be delighted with the savory menus featuring fresh ingredients and craft cocktails infused with local flavors.

Photo: Copyright © Grand Hotel Cap-Ferrat

7. Château de la Chèvre d’Or (Èze): let the nature inspire you

Are you ready to get lost among gardens, sculptures, fountains, waterfalls, trees, and shrubs? At the Château de la Chèvre d’Or, you’ll be taken on a voyage through its gardens, full of magnificent colors and a unique view over the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll love being surrounded by scents of jasmine (I love Jasmine, don’t you? ) , bougainvillea and roses. 

Ideal location with its 45 rooms and suites, spread into the village, Le Château la Chèvre d’or is an ideal choice for an intimate yet unique wedding experience.

Wedding timeline

The timeline would go this way :

  • 11am: Having your getting ready in Suite Panoramique with your girls gang. The view (I know.. again!) and its private terrace are the ideal choice for a memorable and intimate moment with your crew.
  • 3pm: after an incredible  photoshoot in the streets and paths of the Château, you’ll be impatient to celebrate your wedding ceremony in the gardens overlooking the sea.
  • 4.45pm: You said yes to the man of your life : time for joining the cocktail terrace , still overlooking the sea, but on another level. What is luxury here is its vegetation : lush, super green : it’s an enchanting path to go from a place to another, while always entertaining and wow your guests.
  • 5.30pm: Not forgetting The Bar du Château, with its breath-taking views of the Côte d’Azur, would be just perfect to launching the reception. 
  • 8.30pm onwards : dinning, & partying!

You can choose a gourmet dinner or a private reception in one of the restaurants depending on the number of Guests that you invited for your wedding in French Riviera. As for example Les Remparts can host up to 80 guests for a seated diner while Le café du Jardin can host up to 40 guests (still seated).

Cherry on top – and surely an extra reason to succumb to the charm of the place: its cuisine. With its 2 Michelin Stars, join the refined cuisine of Chef Arnaud Faye and Pastry Chef Julien Dugourd. Very creative and elegant, Arnaud Faye offers a Mediterranean cuisine, very local from Mercantour to counstrysides products. A gem for your reception if you’re foodie.

All combined, Le Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or had also been awarded last September in the World’s Best Awards for 2021 by “Travel & Leisure”.

Are you excited by this place? Get some more inspirations for a day-after celebration and  see how to create a beach party for your wedding abroad. 

©Photo credit Courtesy of La Chèvre d’Or

8. Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo (Monaco): do it like Grace Kelly

Next to the Casino and the Opera House, Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo combines Monaco’s glamour with Belle Époque architecture and the Mediterranean as a backdrop. Especially, you will find the 3-Michelin-starred Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris, the Salle Empire overlooking the vibrant Place du Casino, and Le Grill.

Do you want to get married in Grace Kelly’s style? With its 150-plus-year history, the hotel hosted the wedding dinner of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace. You and your guests will be able to enjoy a full five-star experience for your wedding in French Riviera. From modular meeting rooms to a banquet, event, and gala spaces that can accommodate up to 464 people, the Hôtel de Paris brings together exceptional venues, offering a taste of the good life.

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See the most common questions about weddings in French Riviera

Château Diter Wedding in French Riviera
Photo: Jeremy Ferrero

How much does a wedding in French Riviera cost?

The average cost of a destination wedding on the French Riviera could range from 90.000€ to more than 500.000€ for a hundred guests. The French Riviera is one of the most expensive areas in France as it’s iconic and famous.

Where can I get married in the French Riviera?

The region offers some options for couples looking forward to a luxurious wedding, like châteaus and villas. Most of them offer beautiful gardens, terraces, and a sea view.

How much does it cost to have a wedding at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild?

The average cost of hiring Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild could range from 20.000€/25.000€ to more than 50.000€. It depends if you need nights of mantling. Bear in mind Villa Ephrussi is open to public at day, and no work can be done with public.

Can you get married in the South of France?

Absolutely . The South of France offers many luxurious venues to get married – all of them with great architecture and gorgeous landscapes.

Can tourists get married in France?

Yes, they can have a symbolic ceremony, but not a legal one. To get legally married in France you have to be a resident. Now you know what to do: I can help you connect with a real estate agent to buy your next home in France 😉

How quickly can you get married in France?

Usually, I suggest planning your wedding in France 5 months/01 year in advance. It’s been my way of working for 13 years, and it has always been a success for my clients. This way, we can book all the vendors in advance and organize everything as you dream of.

What's the best time of the year to get married in the French Riviera?

The sunny season is long on the French Riviera. This is why it's very popular & safe to get married in the French Riviera, from mid of May to early October.

Planning your wedding in French Riviera?

Simply ask for a first chat, and we will be more than happy to answer each of your questions.

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