08 Sep 2017

Wedding in France

My husband and I choose France for our wedding location. Our venue was 100km south of Paris, in a stunning château called Château de Condé see www.chateaudeconde.fr for more details. I found the venue online after much trolling through websites. It seemed to tick a lot of boxes we wanted for our day and so we made an arrangement to visit in November, we hoped to get married the following September.

Our first visit to the venue was somewhat of an ordeal. We had delayed flights, an extra nights stay in Paris (not the worst place in the world to get stuck!) and eventually when we arrived, the venue had forgotten our booking!

It soon became apparent that planning all this on our own, with such a short time frame, would be a challenge. Much to our excitement Ciara was willing to help us even though she generally plans and helps couples planning back home in Ireland.

With Ciara on board thankfully things began to run more smoothly. We had fallen in love with the venue on that first visit and we just knew it was the place for us for our wedding. We booked the venue exclusively for 2 nights. The château is a self-catered venue so there was a lot to arrange.

There was plenty of accommodation on site and extra guests were able to stay in nearby guesthouses. We had 90 guests in total and for an overseas wedding that is a great number to have to travel with us. We did need to source caterers, flowers, cake supplier, transport, fireworks etc. but with Ciara on board and her French language skills, we were in good hands.

The biggest challenge we had was how to get our guests from Beauvais airport to the venue and back the day after the wedding. It was a long journey and we needed to source something affordable as we were covering that cost for our guests.

Ciara helped out there too and found an amazing, reliable bus company with an English speaking fun driver to transport our guests; we still don’t know how she managed to do it! Ciara is reliable and will go out of her way to help you in anyway she can. We would be happy to recommend her for your wedding arrangements.

Emmet and Claire-Ann, France.
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