Cathedrals & Castles
Perhaps you are seeking the ultimate French wedding. Look no further than one of central France's many impressive cathedrals or castles. When it comes to a cathedral wedding, you will need to not only check the government's marriage requirements, but also those of that particular church. Once you jump through all of that red tape, however, there are so many beautiful venues to choose from. Magnificent examples of local cathedrals include the Cathedral of Sainte-Croix of Orleans and the Limoges Cathedral.
While most brides claim to feel like a princess on their wedding day, you can actually feel like royalty when you host your destination wedding in a castle. Consider the Chateau d'Ainay-le-Vieil in Cher or the Chateau de La Celle-Guenand for an extravagant venue for your big day.
Vineyards & Farms
Want a pastoral setting? Nothing beats central France's abundance of vineyards and farms. The wines produced in this area are some of the most renowned in the world. Exchange vows at an elegant estate and remember to send home a few bottles to sip on special anniversaries. These are generally more rural settings, so although you might not have all the modern amenities you'd find in Paris, the idyllic charm more than makes up for it.
Local farms are equally lovely, even if they are a little less grand. Rolling hills are dotted with cows and sheep. You can get married under the shade of fruit trees or in front of a centuries-old stone farmhouse. Rent out an entire manor for a week that will sleep everyone invited to your intimate destination wedding!
This region of France is blessed with many beautiful parks and rivers perfect for a low-key elopement. The Regional Nature Park of Millevaches features stone bridges, historic buildings, and lovely meadows, all set along the River Taurion. The La Brenne Nature Park in the Loire Valley is a wildlife habitat perfect for the couple that wants to spend the day in the countryside.
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