French elopement locations and wedding venues
Where to get married in France
A selection of beautiful regions and romantic cities for getting married, renewing your vows or eloping in France.
Most people, when they imagine an elopement in France, immediately think of Paris. What could be more romantic than eloping to Paris with your love and saying “I do” with the iconic Eiffel Tower as your ceremony backdrop? Have your intimate wedding in Paris with a movie-worthy setting and make long-lasting memories.
This isn’t just a cultural gem of South-West France, it’s also a great place to host a destination wedding in the heart of French countryside! Destination weddings in Dordogne have really peaked in popularity in recent years, attracting a great many talented English-speaking wedding professionals to the area.
South West of France has become more popular for destination weddings in recent years, attracting many talented English-speaking vendors to the area. It’s fairly recent coming to fame also means that prices for a wedding in South-West France are more affordable than in the more popular South of France.
If a luxury wedding on the French Riviera is what you’re after, then you can’t go wrong with a wedding in Cote d’Azur. Think exclusive villas, luxury 4 and 5 star hotels, top of the range restaurants and polished super yachts. Destinations such as Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez, Antibes and Monte Carlo (Monaco) await you.
If you’re thinking of eloping in South of France in the middle of summer, why not choose a colorful wedding in the lavender fields of Provence? The blooming season varies each year depending on rainfall, but it can usually be at any time between the last week of June and the first week of August, typically peaking in July.
In our opinion, a wedding in Bordeaux combines the best of everything that France has to offer. Within an hour from this vibrant city you will find a peaceful French countryside with many historic chateaux and rustic country houses, the famous wine producing town of St. Émilion and sandy beaches of Arcachon.
Fanatics of seafood should definitely consider hosting their destination weddings in Normandy! This is France’s primary region for producing the freshest oysters, scallops and mussels. And whilst you’re unlikely to find any vineyards here, Normandy is the biggest producer of apple cider in France.
Great food is one of the many reasons to host your French destination wedding in Brittany. It’s famous for galettes (savoury crêpes) and a variety of local pastries such as kouign aman. Cider and seafood are also commonly found here. Bretagne also has a beautiful rocky coastline with spectacular cliffs.
The Loire Valley region of France is most famous for its wine production and the many spectacular castles of both Gothic and Renaissance styles. If you’ve always dreamt of getting married in a beautiful castle that looks straight out of a Disney fairytale, a wedding in The Loire Valley is your perfect match.
Types of wedding venues in France
Some of the most popular types of wedding venues in France for ceremonies and wedding receptions.
If you are a wine-loving couple then what better place to celebrate your love for each other than among the famous vineyards of South West France? A vineyard wedding in the Bergerac and Cahors regions offers a tranquil environment to get married and celebrate with a glass of delicious wine afterwards.
A “pigeonnier” is the French word for dovecote, a structure for housing doves and pigeons. Mostly unused today, they are dotted all around France in various shapes and sizes. We love these pigeonniers as a unique location for an intimate wedding or a vow renewal ceremony in the French countryside.
There is no shortage of beautiful wedding chateaux to get married in South West France! From medieval fortresses to romantic fairytale castles. Whether you are eloping to France with just the two of you or having a small wedding ceremony with a handful of guests – there is a chateau for every personality and style!
En plein air
“En plein air” literally means “outdoors” in French and is without a doubt the best way to exchange vows with your loved one. The rural French countryside is bursting with unspoiled woodland, rolling green hills and peaceful lakeside spots which are perfect for an intimate outdoor elopement in France.
Bastides are fortified towns and villages built in the medieval era and mostly found in the Dordogne region. Many of these bastide towns are now listed among the ‘most beautiful villages in France’. Usually built on a hill, these medieval villages offer unrivaled views of the French countryside and wonderful places for micro weddings!
Churches & abbeys
Predominantly a Catholic country, France is rich with historic abbeys and churches where you can tie the knot. If you're dreaming of a religious ceremony, then eloping to France in a quirky hilltop chapel is a wonderful way to make your commitments to each other. Church of England weddings can also be organised.