The ultimate list of the best wedding venues on the French Riviera / Côte d'Azur - map included

Welcome!

If you’re here, it’s because you’re considering the French Riviera for your wedding, wether it will be a destination wedding in France or an elopement.

Planning a destination wedding can sometimes feel overwhelming, and as you’re ready to find the perfect place to host your big day, you’re presented with so many options, you can’t decide which one will be the best for you.

This is why I created this ultimate list of the best wedding venues on the French Riviera (or Cote d’Azur). This is not a sponsored list of any kind, I just gathered all the informations I had learned after shooting more than 150 weddings for 7 years, and I compiled them for you.

So, let’s dive in!

1) What is the French Riviera / Côte d'Azur?

The French Riviera is the most southern part of France, located right by the mediterranean sea. It boasts with beautiful sea views, perched villages, beautiful yellow streets and seaside walks you will remember.

Landscape

The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French, is a small part of the coastal region by the mediterranean sea in France, that spreads from Toulon to the Italian border. It is part of the administrative French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (Provence-Alps-French Riviera). It is famous for its beautiful coastal villages, like Saint Tropez, Cannes and Menton, as well as beautiful cities like Nice and the Principauté de Monaco. You’re also in for a treat if you’re looking for quaint villages overlooking the sea, perched on top of magnificent hills, whose streets smell like a beautiful summer day. But let’s dive in!

First things first, here is a map of the venues I will talk about in this article, so you can locate them first. Looking for a place close to the Nice airport? Done. Prefering the coastal area and its beautiful villages? Done. More up for a place in the little Estérel Massif or the Maures Massif? Well, here they are.

Weather

It’s always sunny on the French Riviera. I mean, not litterally, but with more than 2700 hours of sun per year, it’s part of the sunniest region of France. The temperatures rarely go below zero, and can climb really fast during the hottest months of summer (July and August). However, this is also the moment when the sea temperature reaches its highest, so it’s really up to you to decide what you would like to experience. Generally, the best months to visit the French Riviera are during spring (April and May) when the weather is nice and warm, the trees beautiful, and the sun is always out. Fall is also a nice season but it might rain more than Spring.

Access and transportation

The main airport is located in Nice, and is easily reachable with international flights. If you prefer to land in Paris, the TGV (high speed train) travels from Paris to Nice in a whopping 3 hours and a half. After that, you will either have to rent a car or have a chauffeur drive you to the venue, as the local transportation is scarce and difficult.

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Local life

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The sea is a big part of the local culture. Mediterranean food is generally inspired by fish and lamb, and uses only olive oil for cooking. Grilled vegetables and soups are a good thing to try (like the Pesto Soup or the Bouillabaisse). Don’t hesitate to also try the local wines!

2) Châteaux wedding venues on the French Riviera

A private estate in the North of the French Riviera

Sleeps 14

Also known as Le Petit Versailles

Sleeps 14

Founded on an historic site in the hills behing Cannes, with a panoramic view

Sleeps 24

3) Luxury wedding venues on the French Riviera

A 5-stars palace on the coast

117 rooms

A luxury hotel with one of the most beautiful pools of St Tropez

37 rooms and suites

20 villas in a 13 hectares estate

Sleeps 90

Timeless elegance, lasting memories

278 rooms and suites

An exceptional view on the Mediterranean sea

44 rooms and suites

Hotel set on the hills with a view on the sea

38 rooms

Hotel Cap Estel

Set right on the sea, on a location unique in France

18 suites

A luxury boutique hotel on the French Riviera

14 rooms and suites

Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat

100 years of Grand Design

132 rooms and suites

Hotel Belles Rives

A beautiful palace that brings back to life the sweet frenzy of the Roaring Twenties

43 rooms and suites

4) Wedding venues on the French Riviera that are perfect for a reception outside

Bastide St Mathieu

An 18th century venue in the middle of olive fields

6 rooms and suites

Chateau Saint Martin

Hilltop retreat amidst nature and art

46 rooms and suites

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

A beautiful estate with 9 lush gardens

Reception only

5) Wedding venues on the French Riviera with breathtaking views

Lou Casteou

A beautiful chateau located in the stunning esterel mountains

15 rooms

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

Step into this timeless legend

118 rooms and suites

Chateau de la Napoule

A medieval castle right by the sea

Reception only

And that’s it for the list of the best wedding venues on the French Riviera / Cote d’Azur.
If you know a place you would like to see added in this list, please leave a comment and let me know! I hope you found this list helpful to plan your wedding on the French Riviera, and if you need more informations, please contact me and I’ll happily help you.

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