All you need to know to get married on the French Riviera - Audrey

All you need to know to get married on the French Riviera

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Whatever the place you are looking for for your wedding on the French Riviera, you will find something that makes your heart sing.

From Chateau, villas to grand hotels, there is something for everyone.

You know my love for Paris, but I have to admit that in the summer, I love to do weddings on the French Riviera, because of the sun, the sea and the art of “dolce farniente” (the sweetness of doing nothing, just like in Italy) in the south are all there.

I have prepared a list of my favorite places for your luxury weddings on the French Riviera.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you are looking for a wedding photographer in the area and wish to be introduced to these places. 

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What is the French Riviera? 

Located in the extreme southeast of France, the French Riviera is the entire coastline bordering the Mediterranean Sea, from Marseille to Menton. The French Riviera is characterized by its Provencal and Mediterranean character. 

It offers beautiful sea views, hilltop villages, beautiful yellow streets and seaside walks that you will not see anywhere else. Its most famous cities are Nice, St Tropez, St Jean Cap Ferrat or Cannes. Each towns and villages of the French Riviera has its own charm, and is home to beautiful places. 

Why get married on the French Riviera? 

How is the weather on the French Riviera? 

The French Riviera is the region where it is “good to live” as they say. It is a region that is sunny most of the year, with its 2700 hours of sunshine per year. Temperatures almost never go below 0, and even in winter it is not uncommon to find people on the terrace. 
Mild temperatures begin to arrive in late March and last until late October. If you are planning a wedding on the French Riviera, the risk of bad weather is very low compared to other regions. 

How to access to the French Riviera?

The main airport is Nice, located in the middle of the French river, and in addition to being well situated, it serves international flights. There is also the airport of Marseille located at 1h30 by car from Nice. Paris airport also serves Nice and Marseille airports in only 1 hour.  
The region is also well served by trains and buses between the different cities. 
But be careful once you get in the cities, it is better to travel by Uber or cab as local transport is rare or difficult to access. 

What to do on the French Riviera? 

The French Riviera is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, so you can enjoy many water activities during your wedding on the French Riviera. For example, you can go boating in the calanques, scuba diving for the more adventurous, or even rent a deck chair for the day and sunbathe for hours with a cocktail in hand!
For the gourmets, the cuisine of the French Riviera is a mixture of sea flavors with Provencal flavors, the gastronomy is very famous. 
And for the wine lovers, several famous Chateaux and vineyards are located on the French Riviera, a wine tour is a good idea for an activity. 

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What are the most amazing luxury venues to get married on the French Riviera?

Villa Ephrussi: The Pink Villa overlooking the sea. 

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Why getting married at the Villa Ephrussi? 

Located in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat in the heart of the French Riviera, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is one of the most incredible venues for your wedding on the French Riviera. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, by overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and offering a breathtaking view, is a special venue for every event celebrated there. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is considered one of the most exceptional wedding venues on the French Riviera due to its signature pink color. The construction of this monument took 7 years, and the villa opened its doors for the first time in 1912. The villa is remarkable, not only for its renowned beauty but also for the nine themed gardens that surround it, which are: Florentine, Spanish, Garden à la Française, Japanese, Provencal, Garden de Sèvres, Exotic, Rose Garden, and a Stone Garden. The nine gardens are all perfectly maintained throughout the year which accentuates the luxury of the Villa. Having your ceremony and even cocktail and dinner in the gardens will give an enchanting feel to your wedding in the villa Ephrussi. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild can host up to 230 guests inside for a seated dinner, outside up to 300 guests for a seated dinner. 

How much does it cost to get married at the Villa Ephrussi?

The privatization of the villa starts at €20.000. 

To see my post about the wedding at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild click here.

Four Season St Jean Cap Ferrat: A Luxury Experience for your wedding

Why getting married at the Grand Hotel Four Seasons St Jean Cap Ferrat? 

This iconic 5 starred hotel located on the French Riviera is one of the best places to host your wedding. The Grand Hotel Four Seasons steeped in history offers a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea, which is a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. The Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat is a venue that offers a unique and luxurious experience for any size wedding. The hotel was awarded the prestigious “Palace de France” certification by the French government in 2011 in recognition of its high standards. Located on a beautiful stretch of coastline, the hotel is at the highest point of Cap Ferrat. The hotel has a range of world-class facilities for you to use during your stay. The Grand Hotel Four Seasons also has a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves delicious French/Provençal dishes. The Dauphin Club, is home to the hotel’s magical pool, overlooking the shoreline. It is also ideal for hosting the evening portion of your wedding. The Grand Hotel can host a maximum of 200 guests outside and 150 guests inside. 

Hotel Cap-Eden-Roc: The most historical and luxurious venue for your wedding on the French Riviera 

Why getting married at the Hotel Cap-Eden-Roc? 

The Hotel du Capo-Eden-Roc opened its doors in 1870 and has continued to amaze the world ever since. This luxury haven is the perfect place to host an upscale wedding. The Eden Roc hotel offers a complete service for you and your guests throughout your stay. From romantic candlelit dinners for you and your spouse, to the La Prairie Spa for pre-wedding relaxation, to sports workshops with a breathtaking view, the hotel is sure to entertain you and your guests. Choosing the Eden Roc Hotel for your wedding is choosing a venue filled with History, a grand venue, that will be a major component of your dream luxury wedding. The incredible Salon Ile de Lérins has a capacity of 200 people for dinner, and with a total of 116 guest rooms, you can be sure everyone will be able to stay over. 

Hotel Cap-Estel: An exceptional estate on the French Riviera 

Why getting married at the Hotel Cap-Estel? 

Originally built in 1899, the Cap d’Estel hotel was renovated in 2003, combining original elements with modern furnishings. Located on a secluded peninsula overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Cap Estel is a large, luxurious manor house. The views and gardens of this magnificent venue offer a bewitching landscape and a perfect setting for your wedding. This charming boutique hotel is perfect for high-end weddings, surrounded by palm trees and immaculate terraced gardens. Located on the exclusive Côte d’Azur, and not far from Monaco, Nice and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the Cap Estel hotel offers five-star luxury accommodation in the beautiful and peaceful setting of Eze. The Cap Estel estate can accommodate up to 350 guests for a reception. This private hotel has 14 suites and 4 rooms spread over the four different sites of the estate: the Cape, the Sea, the Gardens and the Park. 

Chateau Saint Martin: A haven of luxury and peace for your wedding 

Why getting married at the Chateau Saint Martin?

The Chateau Saint Martin, perched on the heights of Vence and enjoying a breathtaking panorama of the Nice hinterland, the Chateau Saint Martin & Spa is a true haven of peace where priceless treasures and precious pleasures reign side by side. The hotel also has its own private beach on the Cap d’Antibes. Their magnificent 14-hectare gardens are sublimated throughout the summer season by exhibitions. If you are an art lover this is the castle for you. Named “Best Romantic Luxury Hotel in the World”, the Château Saint-Martin & Spa combines charm and prestige with excellence. The Chateau Saint Martin hotel has a private and intimate chapel for the exchange of vows, a spa to prepare the bride and groom with a breathtaking view. The 52 suites of the Chateau Saint Martins will welcome all of your guests. The Chateau Saint Martin can accommodate up to 180 guests for a wedding. 

Chateau de la Messardiere les Airelles: A luxury and modern venue for your wedding 

Why getting married at the Chateau de la Messardiere? 

This luxury hotel of the Airelles group is up in the hills of Saint- Tropez with a 180-degree view of the Mediterranean Sea. Its 12.5 hectares of gardens offer one of the most magical settings in France, both during the day and at night, making it ideal for luxury weddings. Evolving for the modern traveler, Château de La Messardière now offers a redesigned experience within the estate, with every detail taken into account for a total peace of mind; meaning all you’ll have to do is come and relax before your wedding. With its 103 rooms and suites, the Chateau de le Messardiere has enough room for most, if not all, of your guests. The Hotel de la Messardiere has a capacity of 250 people maximum for standing cocktails and 200 for seated dinners. 

Hotel Hermitage Monaco: A unique place with opulent luxury 

Why getting married at the Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo?

Built between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is the pinnacle of luxury. The hotel’s interior is characterized by the regional peace, economic prosperity and optimism of the Belle-Époque. The entrance to the hotel immediately propels you to another era, with its large Eiffel dome, the gilded details and the immense crystal chandelier. This hotel is the very definition of elegance, luxury and romance. If you are looking to get married in an iconic and very luxurious location, which has hosted many stars such as Marilyn Monroe, then the Hotel Hermitage is the place for you. Perfectly located in the principality of Monaco, this hotel is in the heart of the French Riviera and has an incredible view of the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel can accommodate up to 200 people for a seated dinner or 300 people for a reception. The Hotel Hermitage also has 280 rooms including 43 suites. You will be able to accommodate all your guests to the fullest! 

Chateau Diter : A Tuscan palazzo for a luxurious wedding on the French Riviera 

Why getting married at the Chateau Diter? 

This breathtaking yet little known place is located in the city of Grasse, well known as the city where the great perfumers come to get their flowers. This Chateau is a true haven of peace, calm and luxury. 
The owners of this sublime building have chosen themselves each stone and decided on each corner.
This place is ideal for your wedding on the French Riviera, indeed, it offers an incredible view on the hills of Grasse, it has absolutely beautiful Italian gardens and a breathtaking interior. 
The Chateau Diner is perfect for weddings and celebrations from 80 to 200 guests. Likewise, with its 18 rooms, you can easily accommodate your closest guests for one night, two nights, and more.
The main terrace is ideal for hosting your welcome dinner with up to 45 guests. 

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