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Couples dreaming of a very special setting will choose to marry in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.  It is the perfect wedding destination in France offering the perfect combination of beautiful scenery, rich cultural heritage and a dynamic, cosmopolitan city with a spectacular cathedral.

Just over the border from Belgium, a hop across the English Channel and a one-hour TGV ride from Paris lies the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region.  Here you’ll find miles  of coastline, rolling hills dotted with windmills, pristine National Parks and peaceful waterways for river cruising.  You’ll also find cities with impressive architecture from the Middle Ages, beautiful museums and parks and a wide variety of cultural activities.

The region’s main city, Lille, makes an ideal location for a wedding in France.  Lille, whose name originates from the term Isle because the city was built on the river Deûle, first appeared in the Middle Ages.  For many centuries it was the capital of the County of Flanders, ruled by Counts and Dukes until King Louis XIV had Lille annexed to France in 1667. In the 19th century the city was a major industrial capital.  Today Lille is proudly experiencing a renaissance: beautiful ancient buildings have been lovingly restored, the university attracts a young population and the Old Town section is buzzing with people strolling through the quaint streets filled with shops, outdoor markets and cafés.  With its huge cultural diversity and successful renovation, Lille was nominated as the 2004 “European Capital of Culture”.

The Cathedral of Lille is a truly unique structure - perfect for a Catholic wedding in France.  Construction began in 1854 and took nearly 150 years to be completed.  The brand new facade gives a uniquely modern feel to the church : huge translucent sheets of marble and a stained glass window by contemporary artist Kijno allow the northern light to shine through.

When you celebrate your destination wedding in Nord-Pas-de-Calais you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of the wide variety of outdoor activities available in this region.  The “Côte d’Opale” offers miles of sandy beaches and famous seaside resorts like Le Touquet where Parisians and foreign visitors come to relax and enjoy beach vacations.  Here one can still enjoy the charm of the turn-of-the-century architecture in these lovely villages.  Horseback riding, sailing and golfing are all popular recreational activities available at this destination - your wedding guests will have plenty to do and see during their stay.

The Nord-Pas-de-Calais also boasts several Regional Nature Parks where one can savour the peace and tranquillity of rolling meadows and rural plains.  The inland waterway network offers 680 kilometers of navigable waterways.  Why not create a truly unforgettable wedding experience by celebrating your union in Nord-Pas-de-Calais on a nature cruise along the region’s lovely rivers and canals?

This wedding destination in France will certainly appeal to couples who enjoy festive celebrations.  There are carnivals, fairs and festivals year round in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region.  Lille holds an annual Carnival featuring street parades and wonderful costumes.  And for a perfect wedding reception couples have the chance to enjoy all the local specialties including the many locally brewed beers, fresh mussels and other seafood dishes.

Couples choosing to marry in Nord-Pas-de-Calais will discover a region with a rich cultural heritage, an endless variety of outdoor attractions and a capital that combines well-preserved history with contemporary pleasures,