Considering a destination wedding in France? The team behind Chateau du Bijou in Provence offer up their expert tips

For many years, British couples have stepped away from the traditional English-style wedding and opted for a more relaxed wedding celebration in France or further afield. Here, the team behind planning your destination wedding, but ultimately, you should choose what is right for you. Unless you’re having an intimate family celebration, you’ll more than likely invite friends and family to join in the fun. Think about guest numbers and how they’ll all fit in the venue you choose; whether it be an exclusive-use wedding venue, a hotel, restaurant or landmark. Think about how your day will flow, the plans for formalities, photographs, eating and where evening festivities will take place.

Think about location and accommodation

If you’re going to ask friends and family to travel abroad, you should ensure that the location you choose is easily accessible. You may need to arrange transport to and from airports or train stations if your venue is nestled deep in the countryside. Depending on the time, date and month of your wedding, your guests may wish to holiday in the country before and/or after your wedding. Accommodation on site will obviously be a benefit, but if you’re restricted with bedrooms, check that there are plenty of hotels/AirBnBs nearby – especially if you plan on celebrating over a whole weekend.

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Take the hassle out of planning

Choosing a specialist destination wedding venue will take the stress out of planning your celebration. See if you can visit the venue to get a feel for what the staff, surroundings and service are like. You’ll want to make sure your decision is right, and that the team can fulfil your requirements. Bijou Weddings provide couples with the use of an online wedding planner; a tool that they can use to communicate and store their wedding plans from anywhere in the world. This makes discussing the day, the food, accommodation and questions about the day easy and enjoyable.

Celebrate in style

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Styling your wedding in France should be fun! Speak to local suppliers when it comes to flowers and décor, or take accessories down with you in the car if you plan on driving. Speak to your venue about the food, wine and fizz that you’d like to serve and, as experts, see what they suggest. If you’re lucky with the weather, your chosen wedding venue may suggest al-fresco dining. Take full advantage of your surroundings and perhaps book a wedding photographer who is familiar with the area. Your venue should be able to recommend a few.

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