Destination Weddings in Picardy
Thinking of planning a destination wedding in Picardy ? This region just outside of Paris makes a perfect wedding location with its wooded countryside, charming medieval villages, stunning Gothic cathedrals and ancient castles and abbeys from the 12th to 19th centuries. The Picardy region boasts 6 cathedrals, 3 basilicas, 16 abbeys, 60 fortified churches and 24 castles.
Picardy’s principal cities include Amiens, Beauvais, Laon, Noyon, Senlis and Soissons and each of these cities features an impressive cathedral which would be the perfect setting for a spectacular wedding ceremony.
The city of Amiens prides itself as being home to the world’s largest gothic building, the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Covering an area of 200,000 square meters it is twice the size of Notre-Dame de Paris. Now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, the cathedral features lovely stained glass windows and a remarkably preserved sculpted façade.
In the small city of Laon there is another Notre-Dame cathedral which can be seen from miles away. It is situated in the heart of the quaint medieval town center and is considered one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles in Northern France.
The city of Soissons, also home to an immense Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, has a rich history dating back to the year 486. Following France’s victory over the Romans, Soissons became the home of several kings and there are many vestiges of the city’s power and historical importance.
Noyon features the highest Notre-Dame cathedral measuring 47 meters high.
The Saint-Pierre cathedral in the city of Beauvais is the highest in the entire Christian world. Its breathtaking interior includes the highest choir in the world as well as the world’s oldest chiming clock dating from the year 1302.
Should you wish to get married in Picardy in a smaller church, several towns throughout the region offer beautifully restored churches in quaint town centers with their traditional markets featuring local specialties. Senlis is a perfect example with it’s lovely church, cobblestone streets and lovely medieval houses.
Imagine the thrill of getting married in a 14th century château in Picardy. The region has an impressive selection of private and public castles which were home to famous French kings and emperors. It was in the Château de Compiègne that the royal family resided from the late 14th century. Later Napoleon III held spectacular receptions in this stunning setting. For an example of architectural style on the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Château de Pierrefonds is ideal. In Chantilly one finds one of the region’s jewels : a château surrounded by a moat with an authentic drawbridge and some of the country’s most famous horse stables.
When you choose to plan a destination wedding in Picardy you’ll have the pleasure of discovering some of France’s most beautiful forests, gardens and sandy coastline. The forests of Picardy were the hunting grounds of kings for centuries. Today this is where Parisians come for rest and relaxation. In these lush forests one can find wild boar, deer, century-old trees and mushrooms. There is an abundance of trails for walking, cycling or horseback riding.
The Picardy countryside features nearly 60 official gardens of exceptional beauty open to the public. These gardens make an ideal setting for wedding photos during any season of the year. The Gardens of Valloires are perhaps the most popular as they surround a 12th century Abbey and contain over 5,000 varieties of plants and bushes.
It is here in Picardy that you’ll find vast stretches of sandy beaches and majestic white cliffs. The Baie de Somme where the Somme river meets the sea has been a popular inspiration to impressionist artists such as Degas, Sisley and Seurat. Today it is still one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
Picardy offers everything you’re looking for in a wedding destination. Castles and cathedrals as settings for wedding ceremonies. Quaint towns with medieval architecture to visit. Miles of serene woods and beaches for plenty of outdoor activities. It is certainly the perfect