Venues for a French Country Style Wedding

Planning a destination wedding is a little challenging, especially finding the perfect venue for the event! I have always dreamed of having a French country style wedding, so I wanted to check out a bunch of venues in Paris and outside of the city. My fiance and I went to Paris for a long weekend and checked out several venues that we could have both our wedding ceremony and reception. The venues on the top of our list are as follows:

1. Four Seasons George V, Paris 
http://www.fourseasons.com/paris/weddings

{View of one of the ballrooms typically used for smaller weddings}

{View of one of the ballrooms typically used for smaller weddings}

The Four Seasons hotel was absolutely breathtaking! The hotel is right off of the Champs-Elysées in the heart of Paris. The hotel is first in class and the Salon Vendôme ballroom as seen in the photo above is exquisite and grand! I could definitely see us having our wedding here, however, the only drawback is that there is not an outdoor space to potentially have the wedding ceremony or cocktail hour, and it is not the French country style that I was looking for, but nonetheless beautiful and on our list as a potential venue.

2. Maison de l'Amérique Latine, Paris
www.mal217.org

{View of one of the rooms used for a wedding reception. All of the rooms that are used for the reception have large chandeliers like this}

{View of one of the rooms used for a wedding reception. All of the rooms that are used for the reception have large chandeliers like this}

{View of the large garden in the back of the chateau. This space can be used for cocktail hour and can be lit up at night.}

{View of the large garden in the back of the chateau. This space can be used for cocktail hour and can be lit up at night.}

Translated as the "House of Latin America", this chateau is located in the 7th district in Paris. It is home to the Latin America diplomatic and cultural  community in Paris. The chateau was beautiful inside with large chandeliers in every room and had a large garden in the back, as seen in the photos above. It was exactly what I was looking for, the French country style chateau in the heart of Paris, which would be more convenient for our guests. Also, an advantage to choosing this venue is that we would not have to share the venue with another wedding or event, which was also a huge plus!

3. Chateau de Montvillargenne, Chantilly 
http://www.chateaudemontvillargenne.com/en

{View of the front of the chateau}

{View of the front of the chateau}

Chateau de Montvillargenne is a castle located in Chantilly, France, about 40 minutes outside of Paris. This setting was exactly what I was looking for. It was peaceful and serene and had all of the elements of "french country". The chateau is very large and has two ballrooms that are used for weddings (one upstairs and one downstairs).  The chateau also has 120 rooms available if guests wanted to stay here.   This venue met all of my requirements for a possible venue for our wedding, however, it was not convenient to Paris for our guests. It was approximately 25 minutes via car from the airport and approximately 10 minutes from the nearest train station. The chateau does offer car service for an additional charge.  Also, we would likely have to share the venue with another wedding, which was another downside. Overall, the chateau made it to our top  3 list of possible venues to have our wedding.

{View of the back of the chateau}

{View of the back of the chateau}

{View of the back garden that overlooks the Chantilly Forest}

{View of the back garden that overlooks the Chantilly Forest}

Which venue did we choose to have our French country style wedding? Check back in later posts to see which venue we chose.