With its gourmet cuisine, stunning chateaus and close proximity to the UK, France is clearly a premium destination for wedding celebrations abroad. From the beautiful south to the chic countryside, there’s spellbinding castles of every scale dotted around the country in idyllic locations to host the fairytale wedding of your dreams.

Wedding Chateau’s in France

Looking for inspiration? Here’s eight fabulous chateaus for bride and grooms to-be to say ‘I Do’ in France. Indulge in these gorgeous Chateau’s French wedding packages and dry hire venues.

One look at Chateau Bouffemont and you’ll be captured under its spell. This is a castle with a ‘wow’ factor, set within five hectares of chic grounds, including a revered golf course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus.

Conveniently close to Paris (just 19 miles away), it’s the perfect location for the society wedding of your dreams. Exchange vows in its sumptuous gardens, sip champagne in one of its five grand reception halls, and get caught up in the majesty of its grandeur. Sophisticated, stylish and oh-so chic, Chateau Bouffemont is versatile enough to host an intimate soiree, or medium-size wedding party.

If you grew up dreaming of being a princess for the day, this is the venue for you! Resembling something out of a Disney fairytale movie, the magical venue will transform your wedding dreams into a romantic reality.

The Chateau itself has a rich history, dating back to the early XVIth century. It’s nestled within the luscious and rural French countryside, the ideal location for those seeking refuge, and privacy. The woods lead to the Garonne river, with the faint view of the Pyrénées mountains peeking through, creating a truly majestical feel.

With romance in the air, it’s all about the holy matrimony in Saint-Martory!

To the north of France, this easy-to-reach estate brings wedding luxe to a new level.

Be prepared to be dazzled. There’s nothing subtle about this chateau, that proudly shouts its castle-credentials from its pointed roof tops!

Steeped in romance the extensive property, which spans 82,000 square-feet, dates back to medieval times. Its neo-Gothic architecture creates a sense of importance, fitting for life-affirming moments, like the union of two people.

There’s jaw-dropping views at every turn – inside and out – making it an ever-popular choice. Ideal for larger groups and bespoke lavish ceremonies, it’s easy to see why Chateau Challain is always in demand.

When one castle just isn’t enough, Domaine d’Essendiéras boasts two Chateau’s, ‘wow’ is an understatement! Dating from the sixteenth and nineteenth century, nestled in the heart of the Dordogne your guests will revel in the glorious panoramic views.

The opulent elegance here takes you away and for a little taste of home there’s the picturesque English garden with familiar floral scents. Périgourdine tradition restoration of the two Chateau’s is splendidly authentic and offers the most luxurious of settings for your true French fairytale wedding.

Grandeur every which way you look, Domaine d’Essendiéras is the venue for unforgettable memories.

Are you ready for something special? Proving that no two castles are the same, Chateau de la Couronne has a touch of aristocratic manor, meets stately home about it. With its characteristic turrets and white stone walls, the romantic gothic architecture is made for occasions like this.

The chic and cheerful venue is best suited for medium-size parties, and comes with an affordable price tag. Stylish and modern, without losing any of its historical charm, it brings together the best of both worlds.

With an outdoor pool and accommodation for up to 26 guests, it’s a great location for making the weekend of it.

This chateau-come-country house, gives off all the Great Gatsby feels! Screaming opulence and elegance, it’s a first-class choice for luxury weddings on a grand scale.

Simply put, this is the place to throw the party of the century. With masses of room to fill your entire catalogue of friends, family and extended relatives, you’re unlikely to find anywhere bigger, or grander.

Like something out of a royal household, the impeccable gardens include whimsical views across the lake and shrubbery coiffed to perfection. Inside can only be described as a kingdom, with uncompromising five-star touches and unrivalled hospitality to guests. Put it this way, royalty wouldn’t feel out of place here.

Promising to impress, Chateau de Villette is made for ultra-luxe weddings.

To the northern tip of France, Chateau de Carsix is within easy-reach of the channel waters. This marvellous property delivers sophisticated luxury even for limited budgets. With its vast rooms and acres of space, it’s ideal for larger gatherings, or couples that want to take over a property for a long and indulgent weekend. Helpful then, that is has accommodation for over 100 guests.

The 18th century chateau brings an unmistakable touch of French flair to the fore. Its fusion of countryside charm and rural chic, create the perfect setting for your wedding day and a lifetime of happy memories,

Serene and tranquil, Chateau Plombis is tucked away in the south-west of France. This natural beauty spot is known for its glorious weather and gentle surroundings, the perfect place for settling into married life.

Set within 23 hectares of gardens, woodland and hay meadows, it’s the perfect venue for taking over and making the most of its enviable location. There’s space for up to 26 guests on site, along with exclusive use of the grounds and its facilities, including a pool and tennis court.

Come your big day, happy couples can choose to dine al-fresco, or impress inside, with sweeping views at every turn. Despite its size, there’s a genuine homely feel to this chateau, coupled with first-class hospitality, it’s a wonderful wedding choice.

Read Our guide to getting married abroad here.