Why Choose a Destination Wedding in France?

Photo by Firehorse Photography

The timeless romance, the poetic landscapes, the famous food (and wine!), the golden sunshine…there are endless reasons why people from all over the world flock to beautiful France for their wedding day and it’s not hard to see why.

It may seem a little daunting to choose to have a wedding in a different country, despite the dreamy elegance and visions of mountains and rivers, sun and sand… 

Never fear! Creating your dream French wedding is easier than you think, and you do not necessarily need a huge budget to achieve your goals either. With the right tools, planning a destination wedding is surprisingly straightforward and you will be filled with the buzz of wedding planning excitement before you know it. 

Here are just a few reasons why a French destination wedding could be everything you’ve always dreamt of!

Reason 1 - Make it a Holiday

So many married couples say that their wedding day felt like it had ended before it even began. They feel they’ve not had a chance to speak to all their guests and that they haven’t been able to spend as much time with their friends and family as they would have liked as the day flew by in a happy blur.

Many report a feeling of post-wedding guilt as they realise they hardly spoke to that friend who travelled over 500 miles for the special occasion.

A destination wedding is an excellent solution!

With a destination wedding in France, most couples choose to combine their wedding day with several other days of celebrations, reunions and quality time with their nearest and dearest.

Here at Château du Raysse, we recommend booking a week’s stay so that you have plenty of time to relax and unwind before and after your special day and have the opportunity to enjoy everything the region has to offer. 

And, P.S., having a longer wedding celebration certainly doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to have that romantic honeymoon as well! 

Reason 2 - Take the Stress out of Your Day!

There’s no doubt about it, wedding planning is often considered a very stressful process for any self-respecting bride-to-be. But it really doesn’t have to be that way! 

There are a few reasons why a destination wedding in gorgeous France actually reduces the stress in the build-up to the big day.

One key reason is that, as we have mentioned, your wedding day extends to become a holiday with your loved ones. This dramatically reduces the pressure to make that one day absolutely perfect and to spend time with everyone when it just isn’t feasible. You can settle back to enjoy your day, safe in the knowledge that you are going kayaking with those uni friends the day after tomorrow and that you are going to go to a traditional local restaurant with your close family later in the week. With a destination wedding, you will have plenty of time to create such lasting memories with all the special people in your life (as well as your new spouse of course!) 

T & P
Married under the archway on front lawn
Photo by Firehorse Photography
J & R
Married under the balcony on back lawn
K & C
Married under the trees by Maison du Parc

Reason 3 - C'est La France!

Need we say more? We may be just a little bit biased, but France is undoubtedly an excellent choice for a destination wedding. Step away from the ordinary and give your guests an event to really get excited about. The land of châteaux, wine, elegance, outstanding food and, of course, romance, is just waiting to be discovered. This charming country is also host to brilliant activities and a warmer climate than that of the UK – just the ticket for your perfect day!

With major airports aplenty serviced by low-cost airlines and excellent road and rail links, including quick and easy crossings from the UK via the Channel Tunnel, Eurostar and ferry, getting to your dream destination is a breeze for you and your guests.

Here at Château du Raysse, the main line from Paris is just five minutes away in the nearby town of Souillac, meaning your guests can travel from London via rail with ease. There are also several major airports nearby and driving is also a great choice with the efficiency of the autoroutes and plenty of stunning towns to stop and visit along the way. Find out more about getting to the Château.

Reason 4 - That Unmistakable French Wedding Style

The French are known for their style and sophistication and this is no more true than when it comes to weddings. Combine this with beautiful scenery throughout the country and that unmistakable golden light so loved by the impressionist painters, you’re on to a winner.

If you’re looking for endless class and charm, rustic sophistication and a relaxing vibe without compromising on the delivery of an unforgettable event, then France is the place for you! 

Hold your wedding at a historic location, which is yours to enjoy as you wish for your stay. What’s more, the unfaltering army of French suppliers (many of them ex-pats or English speaking) means that you will be able to find everything you need for your destination wedding with ease. We’ve listed a few of our favourites here.

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If you’re looking for a destination wedding venue with a relaxed vibe, beautiful views and the freedom to truly make your day your own, you will love Château du Raysse.

If you have any questions or would like more information about getting married at the Raysse Estate, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch shortly.

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