A Destination Chateau Wedding Is Easier to Plan Than You Think

If saying "I do" at an 18th-century estate sounds like your jam, read on.
by Alyssa Longobucco

The newest twist on a destination wedding? Renting out a whole property for you and your crew for the vacation meets wedding of a lifetime. Here’s how to turn even the most aspirational venue (like this gorgeous European chateau) into the perfect spot for a personalized party.

1. Follow the Décor DNA of the Venue

When hosting at an opulent chateau, look for ways to complement, not fight, its luxe interior. Embrace vintage textiles and ornate wallpaper by letting them inspire your color palette, and accent regal architecture (hello, spiral staircase) with blooms.

2. Work the Property

One perk to renting an estate (trust us, it’s more affordable than you think) is having all your pre- and postwedding parties at different spots on the grounds. Throw a welcome dinner in the greenhouse,
walk down a tree-lined “aisle” on the lawn and dance all night on the patio.

3. Dine in Style 

Fully embrace an “I live here now” attitude by making your reception meal one big dinner party. Dining among the halls of a home will instantly have all your guests feeling welcome, while an on-site chef and concierge team will ensure everyone leaves full and happy.

4. Stay and Play Local 

To make the most of your visit, plan events unique to the area as entertainment. At Chateau de Courtomer in the Normandy region of France, guests can taste local cider, visit the market and cook with an in-house chef, watch a cheesemonger make fresh Camembert and even take a hot air balloon ride over the nearby farmland. Um yes, please!

Obsessed with this stunning property? (Uh, same.) Good news, you can rent Chateau de Courtomer in France for your own celebration!

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