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Wedding in Provence vs Tuscany: why choose the timeless elegance of Provence?

Photo by Valéry Villard
Photo by Valéry Villard

With over 15 years of experience, Muriel expertly assists couples in realizing their dream wedding. She is distinguished by her exceptional level of care for her couples, consistently exceeding expectations to establish an exclusive connection.

As a renowned wedding planner, she also leads international conferences. Her best-selling book, "The Anti-Ghosting Method", is an invaluable resource for wedding professionals.

Why choose to plan your wedding in Provence instead of Tuscany? Experience the beauty and romance of a Provence wedding, creating unforgettable memories for you and your guest.

When we think of destination weddings, Tuscany is often the first place that comes to mind. With its picturesque landscapes, charming villas and delicious wine, it’s no wonder that many American couples choose this region of Italy for their special day.

But for those looking for a touch of French luxury and romance, Provence is the ultimate wedding destination in France. Located in the southeastern part of the country, this region boasts stunning landscapes, exquisite cuisine and an undeniable charm that will make your special day truly unforgettable.

The beauty of the Mediterranean landscape as a backdrop for your wedding in Provence

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Toscane landscape
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Provence landscape

As a destination wedding planner specializing in creating fairytale weddings, I am frequently asked about the most picturesque locations. While Tuscany has long been a popular choice, let me share with you why, in my opinion, Provence offers an unmatched level of charm and beauty that will truly make your special day unforgettable.

Imagine the breathtaking Mediterranean landscape, providing a stunning backdrop that will take your breath away. Picture yourself surrounded by rolling hills adorned with enchanting olive groves and vibrant lavender fields in full bloom. The beauty of Provence never fails to leave a lasting impression, captivating couples and guests alike.

But it’s not just the natural beauty that sets Provence apart. This region is steeped in history and culture, boasting quaint villages and majestic chateaus that showcase classic French architecture. Whether you choose the charming village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence or the awe-inspiring Chateau d’Estoublon in the Golden Triangle of les Alpilles, each spot exudes its own unique charm, leaving you spoilt for choice.

Let me also mention the magnificent Château de la Gaude in Aix-en-Provence, where the elegant cypress trees blend seamlessly with the exquisite “Jardins à la Française”. The combination of refined beauty and breathtaking views will undoubtedly create an enchanting ambiance for your wedding celebration.

However, the appeal of a wedding in Provence extends beyond its stunning scenery. Indulge in the tantalizing local cuisine, complemented by exquisite wines, and experience the warm hospitality that is characteristic of this region. Saying “I do” in Provence is an experience that goes beyond the ordinary, offering a perfect blend of natural splendor, cultural richness, and culinary delights.

While Tuscany may indeed be a beautiful location, if you want your wedding day to be truly unforgettable and filled with romance, there’s no place quite like Provence to bring that dream to life. Let me help you create a wedding celebration that surpasses your expectations and leaves you with cherished memories for a lifetime.

Provence’s advantage: accessibility

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When it comes to choosing the perfect destination for your wedding, there’s no denying that Provence is a must-consider option. And while it can be tempting to compare it to Italy’s Tuscany, there’s one clear advantage that makes Provence the standout choice: accessibility. With not just one, but two international airports within a 45 minutes of a drive, as well as two additional airports for those arriving via private jet, getting to Provence has never been easier. And when you’re planning a wedding, that’s not something to overlook.
You want your guests to be able to join you with ease and not have a 3 hour drive from the airport, like it is in Tuscany, without having to worry about complicated travel arrangements. So whether you’re dreaming of a picturesque outdoor ceremony or a romantic reception at a beautiful chateau, Provence is the perfect place to say “I do”.

French luxury and elegance for your wedding in Provence

When it comes to wedding destinations, Provence reigns supreme. This picturesque region in France exudes luxury, elegance, and charm, making it the perfect location for your dream wedding. Imagine exchanging your vows amidst the rolling lavender fields, with the warm Mediterranean breeze gently caressing your skin.

The unique cuisine of Provence is a culinary delight that will tantalize your taste buds. It combines the flavors of the local produce with Michelin-star quality seasonal dishes, ensuring a memorable feast for you and your guests. From delectable appetizers to mouthwatering main courses and decadent desserts, every bite will be a celebration of Provencal gastronomy.

Provencal gastronomy for wedding in provence
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But it’s not just the cuisine that will leave you in awe. The French culture for flowers and floral aesthetics is renowned worldwide, and Provence is no exception. Imagine walking down the aisle surrounded by exquisite organic and aerial floral arrangements that showcase the natural beauty of the region. The fragrance of blooming flowers will fill the air, creating a magical ambiance that will take your breath away.

And let’s not forget about Art de la Table, the French mastery of tableware. In Provence, every table setting is a work of art, meticulously arranged with elegant plates, crystal glassware, and polished silverware. The attention to detail is impeccable, ensuring that your guests will be impressed by the exquisite table settings that grace your reception.

Choosing Provence for your wedding celebration means choosing an experience that is truly unique, beautiful, and unforgettable. From the stunning landscapes to the culinary delights, from the floral arrangements to the impeccable tableware, every aspect of your wedding will be infused with the charm and sophistication that Provence offers. Your special day will be an unforgettable journey for you and your loved ones, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

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French gastronomy, the height of refinement

French gastronomy, synonymous with refinement and sophistication, truly comes alive in the heart of Provence. Here, food is not merely a necessity – it is a serious affair, a celebration of life’s finest pleasures. Provencal cuisine is renowned for its fresh, local ingredients and delicate flavors. Take, for instance, the iconic Bouillabaisse, a fragrant fish stew that draws its essence from the fresh catch of the day and aromatic herbs. Then there’s Ratatouille, a hearty vegetable medley that sings of sun-drenched fields and the region’s agricultural richness. Not to forget the Tarte Tropézienne, a dessert as charming as its seaside town of origin, St. Tropez. Each bite of this cream-filled brioche is a testament to the exquisite simplicity that defines French gastronomy. Dining in Provence is a sensorial journey, a gastronomic experience that embodies the elegance and richness of French culinary traditions. From intimate Michelin-starred restaurants to quaint family-owned bistros, Provence offers a plethora of dining options that will delight even the most discerning palates.

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Apart from its culinary excellence and picturesque landscapes, Provence is also renowned for its world-class wines. The region is home to some of the most celebrated wine appellations in France, such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes de Provence, and Bandol. Take a stroll through the vineyards and discover the art of winemaking while tasting some of the finest wines in the world. Whether you want to impress your guests with a wine pairing dinner or have a romantic picnic among the vines, Provence offers endless possibilities for wine lovers.

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Get married in an exceptional setting

Discover my top five exquisite wedding venues in Provence, each teeming with unparalleled charm and character. These romantic settings, steeped in history and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, offer an idyllic backdrop for your dream Provencal wedding. Your extraordinary journey to the altar begins here, in the enchanting heart of France, discover :

  1. Château d’estoublon
  2. Château de Tourreau
  3. Château de la Gaude
  4. Château de Fonscolombe
  5. Château des Alpilles

1. Château d’Estoublon

Château d’Estoublon, located in the heart of Provence, captures the essence of crafting exceptional weddings. Its countryside charm seamlessly blends with timeless elegance, providing a captivating backdrop for celebrations. Surrounded by sprawling lavender fields and vineyards, it embodies the true essence of French romance.
The chateau’s versatility allows for intimate garden ceremonies or grand affairs beneath the Provençal sky. With its rich history and picturesque landscapes, Château d’Estoublon is more than just a venue; it’s the perfect canvas for creating unforgettable moments. As a native of Provence, we are the ideal destination wedding planners who know every corner and venue, making your dreams come true. Let’s create the wedding you’ve always envisioned in the captivating beauty and allure of Provence.

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2. Château de Tourreau

Chateau de Tourreau, situated amidst the enchanting landscapes of Luberon, captivates my heart as the ultimate destination for extraordinary weddings. Its regal charm and architectural splendor create a captivating backdrop for celebrations. The chateau’s allure lies in its seamless blend of opulence with natural beauty. Whether exchanging vows in the meticulously landscaped gardens or hosting a grand affair within its stately interiors, Chateau de Tourreau offers an unparalleled setting. It is not just a venue; it is a testament to timeless romance. For couples seeking a wedding immersed in the charm of Luberon, this chateau stands as an indispensable choice.

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3. Château de la Gaude

If you want something different, something that reflects your unique style or interests, we will help to make your vision come true with a range of nontraditional and customized wedding venue options. Experience a vintage movie-set wedding venue, forest, green, or cliffside weddings and other such distinctive wedding venues options.

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Château de la Gaude

4. Château de Fonscolombe

Chateau de Fonscolombe, located near Aix-en-Provence, is a fairytale venue, ideal for an unforgettable wedding in Provence. With lush gardens, vineyards, a charming courtyard, a grand ballroom, and intimate lounges, this enchanting chateau exudes timeless elegance. It seamlessly blends luxury, romance, and modern amenities, making every chapter of a couple’s love story magical. It has also a pool, a french garden and a stunning small chapel as well. With approximately 50 on-site rooms, guests can fully immerse themselves in the wedding in Provence experience, creating cherished memories in the heart of this captivating region.

Château de Fonscolombe

5. Château des Alpilles

Château des Alpilles, a meticulously preserved family-owned boutique hotel, offers an unparalleled setting for an exclusive wedding experience in Provence. With its rich history and elegant charm, this enchanting venue hosts a select number of weddings each year, ensuring a private and intimate celebration in a picture-perfect location. The manicured gardens and sophisticated interiors provide a timeless backdrop of beauty. Impeccable service and personalized attention are the hallmarks of this cherished event, with a limited number of bookings available. Celebrate your love in a refined and intimate ambiance, surrounded by the enduring charm of Chateau des Alpilles, a storied estate synonymous with unforgettable weddings in Provence.

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Château des Alpilles

Provence, with its enchanting chateaus like Chateau d’Estoublon, Chateau de Tourreau, Chateau de la Gaude, Chateau de Fonscolombe, and Chateau des Alpilles, offers a magical tapestry for weddings in Provence. From the historic charm of each venue to the exquisite landscapes and intimate settings, couples can curate a unique and personalized celebration, creating unforgettable memories amidst the beauty of this iconic region. The seamless blend of rich history, breathtaking scenery, and exclusive venues makes Provence an exceptional destination for couples seeking a truly magical wedding experience in Provence.

The wedding in Provence of Lily and Oliver : Prestige & unique was the order of the day

Bride in love at their wedding in Provence
©Flora & Grace - Lily & Oliver wedding in Provence

Lily and Oliver’s wedding weekend began with a charming welcome dinner at a quaint local vineyard, where guests were introduced to the finest wines that Provence has to offer. The rustic ambiance of the vineyard, combined with the warmth of the setting sun, gave the evening a magical aura that set the tone for the days to follow.

The wedding ceremony was held in the village, Fontvieille – one of the most ancient and gorgeous villages in Provence. There’s no doubt this place belongs to the Golden Triangle, made of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence + Les Baux-de-provence and Fontvieille. As Lily walked down the aisle in her exquisite dress, there wasn’t a single dry eye in the crowd. Oliver, looking dapper in his tailored suit, greeted her with a love-struck smile. Their vows, heartfelt and sincere, were a testament to their deep love and commitment for each other.

Following the touching ceremony, guests were ushered into the grand reception garden named “le Jardin des Fêtes”. Its natural gardens combined with very selected rentals we picked at our favorite partner, brings something magical as the sun starts to go down. The floral décor, yet timeless and simple , projected an air of royal elegance. The caterer rose to the occasion, presenting a lavish spread of French cuisine that was nothing short of a culinary delight. Each dish was crafted with precision and artistry, delighting guests with their flavor and presentation. The evening was further enhanced by a strolling band that performed a mix of classic and contemporary numbers, keeping the dance floor lively and full.

The wedding festivities concluded with a relaxed brunch the next day. Set in the Chateau’s pool and picturesque gardens, it was a casual affair that allowed guests to mingle, reminisce about the wedding, and bid their goodbyes. The menu featured traditional French pastries, fresh fruits, and an array of cheeses, providing a fitting end to a weekend of lavish dining.

The hotel accommodations selected for the guests were nothing short of exceptional. From the plush, comfortable rooms to the attentive service, every detail was taken into account, ensuring guests a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The easy accessibility of the venues and the professional, friendly hotel staff added to the overall positive experience, making the wedding not just a memorable event for Lily and Oliver, but for every single guest.

Lily & Oliver’s wedding in Provence was a perfect blend of romance, tradition, and luxury. Every aspect of the wedding was thoroughly planned and flawlessly executed, ensuring that the couple and their guests had a truly unforgettable experience. Provence, with its natural beauty and French elegance, was indeed the perfect choice for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

If you’re an American bride-to-be contemplating a magical destination wedding, look no further than Provence. While Tuscany, with its scenic landscapes, delightful villas, and renowned wine, may often top the list of destination weddings, the real gem for those seeking an infusion of luxury and romance is undoubtedly Provence. Situated in France’s southeastern corner, this region is a spectacle of splendid landscapes, superb cuisine and a matchless charm that promises an unforgettable wedding day.

When the scales of preference are tipped, Provence outshines Tuscany with the enchanting allure of its quintessential French charm. Where Italy’s rustic charm may capture hearts, the elegant luxury of France in Provence steals them away. Imagine this scenario as deciding between an Italian wine and a French champagne; both have their distinct qualities, but if you value finesse and elegance, the French champagne, like Provence, wins hands down. So, in the contest of choosing a destination for your wedding between Tuscany and Provence, Provence emerges as the clear winner. Remember, wherever you choose to celebrate, relishing every moment of your special day is paramount.

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