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Situated in Vence, near the charming medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence, the Château Saint Martin & Spa is part of the Oetker Collection, the same hotel group as the magnificent Hotel du-Cap-Eden-Roc, and abides by the same principles of understated luxury and excellence in service. The hotel is also a member of the highly respected Relais & Chateaux international hotel guide.

While I was working at event management company JG Events, I was involved with the organisation of a winter wedding at the Château Saint Martin & Spa back in December 2008 for a lovely young Russian couple who hired the hotel for exclusive use over a long weekend. The venue was absolutely perfect for a festive season wedding with its cosy log fires and warm comfortable furnishings.

The Chateau Saint Martin by David Brenot

The Chateau Saint Martin is in fact equally as fabulous at any time of the year, offering traditional Provencal architecture, amazing views over the French Riviera coast, luscious gardens for wedding ceremonies, superb terraces for outside dining as well as versatile indoor function spaces. The Château Saint Martin & Spa even has its very own chapel , an idyllic place for an intimate wedding blessing .

Offering a total of 51 rooms, the Chateau Saint Martin has 39 junior suites and 6 private villas located in the hotel’s grounds .

If great food and wine is high on your list of priorities, then you will definitely not be disappointed with the Château Saint Martin. Run by head chef  Yannick Franque, protégé of the celebrated chef Alain Ducasse, the Château Saint Martin’s gastronomic restaurant has been awarded 2 Michelin Stars.  The hotel’s head Sommelier Jean-Christophe Rault always picks out the perfect wines for each menu and offers wine tasting in the hotel’s attractive Cave à Vine.

The Château Saint Martin is also a fantastic wedding venue for couples who would like to experience the ultimate in relaxation and wellbeing in calm surroundings. The hotel’s La Prairie Spa offers revolutionary health and beauty treatments in a truly luxurious setting. The Chateau Saint Martin’s heated outdoor swimming pool is set amongst olive groves and beautiful Provencal gardens.

The Château Saint Martin & Spa and its 51 rooms and suites can only be hired for exclusive use for weddings at certain times of the year; from the beginning of February to the end of May and again from the end of September to mid November. This is because the hotel’s regular individual clientele is privileged during the high season months of June to August and the venue closes annually from November/December to January/February. Rates are charged on a per day basis, with a minimum stay policy of 2 nights. If you do not wish to hire the entire hotel for your wedding, it is possible to organise a dinner either in the Rôtisserie; a large dining room with a capacity of 110 people seated or the Salle Matisse; a private salon with its own terrace perfect for small groups of up to 45 people seated. Hiring the venue for exclusive use is the only solution if you would like to have a dance party after dinner with either a DJ or live music, so not as to disturb the other guests staying in the hotel.

If you would like to receive more information and rates for wedding at the Château Saint Martin & Spa, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the venue directly, you can get in touch with Sales Manager Lucy Hervé on my behalf by email on lherve@chateau-st-martin.com or by telephone on +33 (0) 4 93 58 40 75. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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The Abbaye Hotel and its restaurant, le 541, is a traditional yet trendy wedding venue located in the village of La Colle Sur Loup at a little over 15 minutes drive from Nice airport and 30 minutes from Cannes. Although La Colle Sur Loup does not have the same charm or impressive views as nearby Saint Paul de Vence, the Abbaye itself is packed full of character and provides a wonderful setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The Abbaye’s décor has been designed with the utmost care. The combination of the old-style exposed stonework and fun, contemporary furnishings is absolutely ravishing.

The venue can be booked for weddings year round and accepts groups of  between 50 and 130 people. During the high season (15 May to 15 September), the Abbaye stipulates that for weddings held on a Saturday, group sizes be a minimum of 80 adults and 50 adults for all other days of the week. During the low season months, the minimum group size can be negotiated.

The Abbaye has a beautiful chapel which can hold up to a maximum of 70 people standing. Alternatively for larger groups, ceremonies can be held in the venue’s gardens (please note that for ceremonies in the garden, chairs for your guests must be sourced from an outside supplier at an additional cost). The gardens can also be used for a pre dinner drinks reception.

Depending on the weather conditions, either the Abbaye’s courtyard or the interior restaurant space can be used for seated dinners. All discos take place inside the main building of the Abbaye and music is permitted until 02.00.

The Abbaye offers a wedding package priced at 95 Euros per person in low season and 120 Euros per person in high season which includes the exclusive use of the entire venue from 17.00 to 03.00, canapés, starter, main dish, cheese and dessert or wedding cake, 1/2 a bottle of wine and 1/2 a bottle of mineral water per person, coffee and petit fours. Champagne and other drinks to accompany the canapés for the aperitif are charged at an additional cost. The venue can also provide an open bar which is chargeable on a per bottle basis according to consumption.

The venue has a total of 15 rooms and suites that are all tastefully decorated using a modern black, white, cream and taupe colour scheme. A suite for the Bride & Groom on the night of the wedding is included in all wedding packages. If you would like to rent out all of the rooms in the hotel for your wedding, a special 3 day, exclusive use accommodation package is available. The Abbaye also has a lovely swimming pool which is open for use by all guests staying in the hotel.

For more information or to enquire about weddings at the Abbaye in La Colle Sur Loup, please do not hesitate to email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or simply leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Abbaye directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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The Belles Rives began life as a private villa in the 1920s with prominent personalities such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald amongst the property’s famous visitors. Situated in an enviable location right on the sea-shore of the exclusive Cap d’Antibes close to Juan-les-Pins, today, the Belles Rives is a 42 bedroom family run hotel and a fabulous venue for weddings on the French Riviera.

Wedding cocktail receptions and dinners at the Belles Rives hotel take place directly by the sea on a manmade beach-like terraced area. The beach terrace has a maximum capacity of 300 people but is ideal for groups of between 50 and 150 people. The beach terrace also has a tent to offer protection in case of rain which has a seated capacity of 70 people with a dance floor area and 100 without a dance floor.

 

Belles Rives beach terrace & tent

 

Belles Rives beach terrace

 

Belles Rives tent

 

The Belles Rives offers various wedding ‘packages’ ranging from 140 Euros per person depending on the type of menu that you decide to go for. All packages include Champagne and canapés, main dishes, a cheese course, wedding cake, wine, mineral water and coffee. The per head price includes chairs, tables and table decoration (candles, flowers, menu holders) as well as one nights accommodation for the Bride and Groom on their wedding night. More à la carte tailor-made proposals are also available.

 

Wedding at the Belles Rives hotel

 

Wedding at the Belles Rives hotel

 

For wedding ceremonies at the Belle Rives, either the same beach terrace or the Terrasse de la Passagère with a capacity of 140 people seated can be used. An additional fee applies for the exclusive use of the Terrasse de la Passagère. Timings for the start of ceremonies at the Belles Rives in either space depends on the season.

 

Wedding ceremony on the Terrasse de la Passagère

 

Wedding Ceremony on the Terrasse de la Passagère

 

Rates and conditions for weddings at the Belles Rives change slightly depending on the time of year. For example during high season (15 June to 15 September) the time limit for music is midnight as opposed to 02.00 during the mid season.

For more information about weddings at the Belles Rives hotel, do not hesitate to contact My Riviera Wedding. Simply send us an email or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Belles Rives directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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The Château-Hôtel La Vignette Haute is definitely one of the most character-filled wedding venues that I have ever come across on the French Riviera. Nestled into the luscious green Tanneron hills overlooked by  the charming 13th century village of Auribeau-sur-Siagne, this medieval style hotel and restaurant is located conveniently at only 30 minutes drive from Nice airport, 20 minutes from Cannes and the nearest beach and 10 minutes from Grasse. Despite the fact that the venue was constructed only 20 years ago, the place feels so full of history that one could believe quite easily that the property dates back to the same era as Auribeau-sur-Siagne.

With its 16 bedrooms, the majority of which are situated in the beautiful, ivy covered main building, the Château-Hôtel La Vignette Haute has a 4 star luxury rating and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. If you wish to rent out all of the rooms in the hotel and have the venue just for you and your guests for your wedding, the 16 rooms are priced at 220 Euros per room per night.

Bedroom

En suite bathroom

The 110 metre square terrace has a fabulous view and along with the swimming pool area is an ideal spot to start your wedding celebrations with a pre-dinner drink.

View from the Vignette Haute Terrace

Swimming pool area

Swimming pool area and terrace with tent

When darkness falls, the venue is lit by over 400 oil lamps, creating a super romantic atmosphere.

La Vignette Haute by night

Dinner can be served either inside the cosy restaurant (maximum capacity 150 seated, 200 standing) or on the terrace (maximum capacity 100 seated, 150 standing) depending on the season. The restaurant is composed of 3 different spaces, which can be left completely open to make one big room or closed to create either 2 or 3 smaller spaces depending on the size of your group. For weddings, clients are granted exclusive use of the entire restaurant for upwards of 110 guests. One of the most wonderfully quirky things about the Château-Hôtel La Vignette Haute is that while eating your dinner, you have a couple of sheep, goats and a pony for company in a glass-walled animal pen adjacent to the restaurant!

La Vignette Haute restaurant

La Vignette Haute restaurant

The wedding menu is priced at 120 Euros per head and includes canapés, starter, main course and dessert with the option to have a traditional french ‘Pièce Montée ‘ wedding cake, wine, mineral water, coffee and petit fours. On the menu are a mix of typically Provencal dishes and French classics with a Mediterranean twist. The venue allows clients to bring their own Champagne for a corkage fee of 4 euros per person. An open bar with Champagne and a full range of alcohol is priced at 30 Euros per person for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours of service. The Château-Hôtel La Vignette Haute can put together a special menu for children from 4 to 10 years of age, priced at 50 euros per child. Under 4s eat free of charge.

All dance parties must be held inside the restaurant area due to sound regulations in the local area. After 1am, 230 Euros must be paid for each supplementary hour.

The venue only has a few parking spaces but there is ample parking in the village car park located at a very short walk from the Vignette Haute.

For more information, about this extremely original, unpretentious venue for weddings in the South of France, email Kerry or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Château-Hôtel La Vignette Haute directly, you can contact sales manager Karine Martinelli by telephone on +33(0) 4 93 42 20 01 or by email. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.


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Located in the heart of the Grasse countryside, the Bastide Saint Antoine is the ideal wedding venue for all you foodies out there. In 1996, the Bastide Saint Antoine was bought by celebrated French chef Jacques Chibois and only one year after its opening, the hotel’s restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars. The establishment has recently just been awarded a 5th star in reconnaissance of its superb facilities and quality of service and is part of the ‘Relais & Chateaux‘ group. The venue can also be found in the ‘Grand Tables du Monde‘ gastronomic food guide.

The Bastide Saint Antoine dates back to the 18th century and is packed full of Provencal charm. The 16 bedrooms and suits are decorated in a chic modern style and the hotel can accomodate up to 32 guests. The venue’s gardens are a wonderful place to start a wedding reception with a welcome cocktail moving onto the 120 people capacity terrace for a seated dinner.

The restaurant can also be used as an inside space for seated dinners and can fit 120 people maximum spread over two different rooms. For groups of above 120 people, the Salon Jasmin function room can fit up to 180 people. The Salon Jasmin is also the area in the hotel best suited for live entertainment and discos.

The venue offers one of two different pricing options for wedding hire. Either couples can rent the entire hotel for a minimum stay of 2 nights with full exclusive use of all the hotel’s facilities, or alternatively the Salon Jasmin function room can be rented on a per night basis for a dinner and dance party. In the second instance, couples are required to take a minimum of 3 bedrooms for 2 nights.

The chefs at the Bastide Saint Antoine can put together fabulously tantalising menus priced at approximately 180 euros for 6 courses excluding alcohol and beverages. Drinks and canapé packages are also offered and special children’s menus can be arranged.

Due to sound regulations, music must strictly end by 02.00 but if you want to continue the party without music, this is negotiable and payable at a supplementary hourly rate of approximately 325 euros per hour.

In terms of additional services, the venue can arrange babysitting, can install a dance floor upon request for 763 euros and will allow guests to bring their own Champagne (a ‘bouchon’ fee does however apply).

For more information and enquiries about weddings at the Bastide Saint Antoine, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Bastide Saint Antoine directly, you can get in touch with Sylvie Venzac-Rouve by email or by telephone on +33 (0)4 93 70 94 63. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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Grand Hotel du Cap FerratSince its construction in 1908, the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat has welcomed aristocrats, politicians, celebrities, acclaimed artists and high net worth individuals from around the world. Today, the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat is one of the most stunning if not the most stunning hotels in France. What makes the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat so special is that it is just so perfect. Since mass renovations last year, this 5 star hotel has been given a new lease of life and entered into a new league of luxury. It is no coincidence that the venue has won many tourism awards such as the Conde Nast Traveller Gold List 2009 for the best location in Europe, and the National Geographic 2008 award for the best swimming pool in the world as well as the first prize for service in Europe awarded by Travel and Leisure magazine in 2006.

The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat is located on the tip of the highly exclusive Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsular between Nice and Monaco in an extremely private, secluded area. The hotel’s main building, a pristine white ‘Belle Epoque’ style mansion house is set in luscious Provenal gardens and enjoys a magnificent uninterrupted sea view. One of the main renovation projects was the construction of several luxury suites with private swimming pools in an annex building a few metres away from the main building.

The hotel’s Michelin star restaurant Le Cap is run by head chef Didier Aniès and offers ‘haute gastronomie’ using the very best local ingredients. The restaurant opens out onto a huge terrace spread over two levels, an ideal place for a cocktail reception. The hotel’s lobby area with its lounge and huge bay windows is often used for seated dinners at weddings as the stunning white décor lends itself perfectly to such an occassion. An equally spectacular space suitable for events is the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat’s ‘Club Dauphin‘ located at the sea-shore a few minutes walk from the main hotel. The ‘Club Dauphin’ is a 300 m² restaurant located side by side with the hotel’s amazing infinity pool which melts into the Mediterranean sea. The ‘Club Dauphin’ is accessible via an air-conditioned mini railway or by foot down a small path and has a seated capacity of 120 and a standing capacity of 200 for weddings and events.

For your wedding ceremony, the  Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat has a stunning walk way going from the main building through the gardens towards the ‘Club Dauphin’ which is ideal for a bridal procession. A ceremony could take place in the hotel’s gardens or equally on the terrace overlooking the sea.

The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat has a total of 49 bedrooms and 24 suites of which 8 have private swimming pools with accommodation for over 150 people. The hotel has a magnificent spa with 5 open air treatment zones.

I would recommend the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat for large budget weddings only as the venue is known for being the most expensive in France. Just to give you an idea, in high-season rooms go from 560 Euros for the lowest category up to 4200 Euros for a deluxe suite per night. I imagine that the hotel does however negotiate special rates if you wish to hire the entire hotel for exclusive use.

If you would like to know more about holding your wedding at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat directly, you can get in touch with Thomas Mee, Marketing and Sales director at th hotel on my behalf by email tmee@ghcf.fr or by direct line  + 33 (0)4 93 76 50 42. Thomas speaks excellent English and some Russian. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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hotel du cap eden roc 7This five star luxury establishment is for me, the wedding venue on the Cote d’Azur ‘par excellence’. The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is exclusive yet has a relaxed vibe, is luxurious yet homely and friendly without being intrusive. The exclusive nature of the venue comes from both the high price tag and the fact that the venue only accepts weddings at certain times of the year. The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc does not allow weddings during the months of July and August due to the fact that the Hotel prioritizes its regular clientele many of whom return year after year. The establishment prefers not to put any area of the hotel out of bounds so as not to compromise the enjoyment of their individual guests during their vacation. The hotel closes annually between mid October and April for upkeep thus leaving only the months of April, May (excluding the Cannes Film Festival period – 10 days in mid May), June, September and the first part of October available for weddings. Weekend dates during these periods are scarce and are often reserved well in advance.

With my wedding planning company Lavender and Rose, I organized wedding at the Hotel du Cap in April 2012. You can see the photos on my company website at the following link: http://www.lavenderandroseweddings.fr/real-wedding-hotel-du-cap-eden-roc/

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Mariage de Dana & Mazen à l'Eden Roc le 03 Septembre 2007, Cap d' Antibes, Agence CMX.
Hotel du Cap wedding 4

The majority of the couples who are lucky enough to get married at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc do so as they have been coming to the establishment for years with their family on holiday, the venue has cherished childhood memories for them and is therefore an obvious choice for their own wedding in adult life.

The Hotel du Cap Eden Roc has several spaces well adapted for wedding celebrations and ceremonies. At the heart of the beautiful gardens is a romantic rose garden where a small, quiet ceremony could take place with your nearest and dearest. Alternatively for larger groups, the roof of the Eden Roc pavilion offers panoramic sea views over the Lerins Islands and the Cannes bay. Another option for ceremonies is the long, dramatic, tree-lined alley leading from the Hotel du the Eden Roc. The Eden Roc pavilion has a wonderful terrace running right the length of its various function spaces; the Eden Roc restaurant, a formal dining area with fabulous gastronomic cuisine, the Eden Roc Grill and Lounge Bar, a more relaxed environment perfect for dancing and cocktail receptions, and the Rotonde Piano bar and terrace, great for pre-dinner drinks.

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Mariage de Dana & Mazen à l'Eden Roc le 03 Septembre 2007, Cap d' Antibes, Agence CMX.

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For those wishing to dance on into the early hours of the morning (they sky is the limit thanks to the lack of neighbours), the hotel obliges that the whole Hotel and Eden Roc pavilion is hired for exclusive use due to the fact that many of the hotel’s bedrooms are located above the function rooms. However, if you do not mind finishing loud music at a reasonable hour not as to disturb other guests, an exclusive use fee is not always necessary.

The Hotel du Cap Eden Roc is best described in images rather than words; their website has many lovely photographs and contains additional information.

If you would like to enquire about holding your wedding at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the venue directly, you can get in touch with Nicole Soechting by email nsoechting@hdcer.comPlease don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

 

 

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