7 Stunning French Wedding Venues Near the UK
With Europe on our doorstep, there’s endless opportunities for a quick trip over the pond. For couples looking for a wedding abroad with ease France is the perfect choice, with plenty of stylish venues available.
Think grand Chateaus, medieval architecture and the breathtaking countryside – there’s something for every taste and budget.
In this feature, we reveal six of the best French wedding venues in the north of France.
French Wedding Venues close to the UK
These French Wedding Venues are close to Ferry ports and Eurostar and are highly accessible by land, sea and air, and make superb choices for your big day.
You could be forgiven for thinking you’re in an English manor… that is until the glorious sunshine hits you. Located in the stunning valley of Vauchelles-lès-Domart, Château de Vauchelles is a classic 17th century property, set within 30 hectares of private grounds.
Its vast space is ideal for large parties, accommodating garden parties and lawn soirees to celebrate your nuptials. There’s also a private gallery, should you choose to take the party indoors.
Beyond your big day, the estate offers a secluded spot for lounging and spending time with loved ones, and with room for up to 50 guests and a stunning outdoor pool, there’s no reason why not to. All this, within an hour and half of the Channel Tunnel, what’s not to love.
Distance from the Channel Tunnel: 115km / 75 Minute drive
Nearest Airport: Paris Airport – 65km
Like something out of a fairy-tale, the spiked domes adorning Chateau Vieuville conjure up romantic visions of French love affairs. Indeed, this Neo-Gothic home is everything you could wish for in a romantic setting: jaw-dropping architecture, glamorous décor, and whimsical views across the river.
The castle has been sympathetically restored, preserving its place in history and timeless grandeur. Its elegant Rose Garden is a popular choice for exchanging vows, although it’s also well located to nearby churches for religious ceremonies. The events team are available at your disposal to create the wedding of your dreams – be it dining under the stars, or partying into the night from the comfort of a marquee.
You won’t have to stumble far to bed, there are five-star suites on hand for up to 24 guests. With its three-day hire minimum, it’s an ideal choice for making a long weekend of your celebrations in good company.
Distance from the Channel Tunnel: 237km / 3 hour drive
Nearest Airport: Paris Airport – 65km
In the stunning setting of Ile-de-France, it feels a world away from the bustle of Paris – a mere 20 minutes away. This makes Chateau Bouffemont a popular choice with couples looking for French chic, without the hassle of far-flung travel.
Say ‘I do’ in the heart of the Montmorency Forest, with sweeping views across rolling hills, a world-class golf club, and the French countryside at your feet. The private setting is nestled within three hectares of land, with the opulent manor at its heart.
The on-site wedding planners can cater to your every whim, to create a truly personalised experience, with excellent food, wine and hospitality at the heart of your celebrations – you’ll leave feeling pampered and deservedly smug!
Distance from the Channel Tunnel: 260km / 2.5 hour drive
Nearest Airport: Paris Airport – 20km
Eurostar: Just 20 minutes from the station in Paris
Don’t turn down the opportunity to host your wedding at Chateau de Villette. This first-class venue positively oozes sophistication with a hint of aristocrat vibes. If you want to feel like royalty on your special day with a no-expense-spared gathering, this is the place for you.
Overlooking two lakes, fountains, and 74 hectares of cascading gardens, the breathtakingly beautiful grounds are incomparable. Surrounded by coiffed topiary, the 18th century home sparkles like a jewel, as only a property designed by the former architect of Louis XV could. You won’t be surprised to learn that it’s listed among the top Historical Monuments in France.
When it comes to exchanging vows, there’s a private chapel on site, as well as plenty of outdoor space within its French woodland style park. Take your celebrations throughout the estate, including the charming Orangerie. In all, the property can accommodate up to 1,000 guests outside, and makes for a truly impressive venue.
Distance from the Channel Tunnel: 280km / 2.5 hour drive
Nearest Airport: Paris Airport – 49km
On the outskirts of Paris, you’ll find one of the most famous wine regions in the world: Burgundy. Within easy reach of the UK, this renowned destination is a popular choice for those who enjoy luxurious touches. Welcoming of large wedding parties, Chateau de Valley is a masterpiece built by the same architect that constructed the Louvre. This is evident to see in its renaissance touches and thoughtful design throughout.
There are several options for hosting your ceremony, including its romantic and private rose gardens, or perhaps in the nearby historical church. Perfect for raising a glass, both the Music Room and Grande Galerie make a wonderful choice for your reception, with delicious canapes and world-class wine and champagne.
In keeping with the theme, there’s plenty of entertainment for guests, including wine tasting in its medieval cellars, and a luxurious heated pool, open around the clock. At the end of the evening, why not dazzle guests with a fireworks display, the vast outdoor grounds are ideal for making the most of this beautiful destination.
Distance from the Channel Tunnel: 390km / 3 hour drive
Nearest Airport: Paris Airport – 78km / 1.5 hour drive.
Travelling to France from the UK
Having a wedding in Northern France gives your guests lots of options to travel across for your wedding with out having to fly, while there are plenty of flights daily across to France you don’t have to fly.
The Eurostar train travels from St Pancras direct to Paris Gard du Nord., or you can take the channel tunnel from Folkstone to Calais before driving onto the venue in France.
P&O Ferries goes from Dover to Calais, while Condor Ferries sails from Poole, Guernsey and Jersey to St Malo.