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The Château de Cremat is a venue for weddings and events which I do not have the impression is very well-known by the Anglophone population on the French Riviera. This is somewhat surprising as the venue ticks several boxes that foreigners often look for in a wedding venue in the South of France. First and foremost, the Château de Cremat is, as the name indicates, a castle. What’s more, the venue is also a wine producing domain with its own vineyards and excellent AOC wine. Finally, the Château has a great 360° view of the Cote d’Azur coastline over to the Alps in the North.

The venue is located in the hills above Nice, up a steep, windy road leading to the peaceful hilltop village of Cremat. The site was originally constructed on ancient Roman ruins at the turn of the 20th century in 1906. The Château has since been completely renovated and extensions have been built onto the original parts of the building.

The Château de Cremat has four main spaces which are hired out for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Firstly, the ‘Cour du Château’, a 600 metre squared terrace area with a tent structure and fountains, fantastic for outside dining and pre dinner campagne & canapés. Secondly, the Provencal gardens, located adjacent to the ‘Cour du Château’ provide shade in summer and an attractive area in which to meander and socialize with guests. The third space available for rent is the ‘Salle Antoine Mari’, an indoor, totally sound proof function room with a maximum seated capacity of 160 people  and 250 standing. Finally, the ‘Plein Ciel’ terrace, located on top of the Salle Antoine Mari offers fantastic panoramic views and is a great place for the obligatory photo session.

In summer, ideally a ceremony in the gardens or on the ‘Plein Ciel’ terrace would be followed by an aperitif in the ‘Cour du Château’, a dinner under the tent area on the ‘Cour du Château’ (170 maximum seated capacity), ended with a dessert buffet and disco in the Salle Antoine Mari.

Rates for exclusive use of the Château de Cremat vary depending on the day of the week, the season and the spaces rented. To give you an idea of price, the venue’s 2010 rental rates for weddings start at 3200 Euros for the privatisation of the ‘Salle Antoine Mari’, the gardens and terrace on a week day in low season from 15.00 in the afternoon until 3am (possibility to extend rental later than 3am at an additional hourly rate), excluding catering and all other services. The Château de Cremat prefers that clients drink the wine produced by the venue which, for weddings is reasonably priced at 16.50 Euros per bottle for the red, white and rosé varieties.

A little anecdote to finish off with… Legend has it that the original  Château de Cremat logo inspired Coco Chanel to create the famous Chanel logo (the two interlocking Cs). Coco herself reportedly spent a great deal of time at the Château which was owned by a friend of hers in the 1920s and supposedly asked the venue if she could use their logo for her new perfume. The CC logo can indeed be seen in many places around the venue, from the stained glass windows and the stone work to the door frames.

If you would like to enquire about weddings at the Château de Cremat, don’t hesitate to contact Kerry at My Riviera Wedding by email or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Château de Cremat 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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Following my disastrous experience at the Cannes wedding fair last year, I have decided to give ‘Lune de Miel’ one last go. I figure that the Acropolis being a much larger, more prestigious venue compared to Palm Beach in Cannes, that the overall quality of the wedding show might be better, I certainly hope so anyway!

If you like me are at a bit of a loose end this weekend and live near Nice, you might want to drop by the Lune de Miel wedding fair at the Acropolis. More more information about the Nice ‘Lune de Miel’ wedding fair, you can take a look at the article I have just this minute written for Riviera based online magazine FR2DAY.

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