The combination of French food, year-round sunshine and sparkling beaches make Nice the perfect place for a wedding. No matter whether you’re having an intimate day on a budget or a lavish villa ceremony, Nice is so beautiful that your day will be everything you could have imagined!
Hotels are one of the simpler (though usually pricier) Riviera venue choices. They do have additional perks, though: you can take advantage of the Michelin-star chef and the private villas for rent at Hotel du Cap Ferrat, or spend a bit less and soak up the history at one of the centuries-old mansions in the Villefranche-du-mer, such as the Villa Vauban. If you can and want to go big, though, the star of wedding venues is the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The seaside gardens of this magnificent estate are unparalleled along the Riviera. And there are even seaside churches, like the Eglise Anglican de Nice, where you can celebrate your nuptials in your religion but still enjoy the ocean views.
Of course, with such beautiful weather, why not take the ceremony outdoors? The expanse of beaches along Nice’s waterfront is divided into private and public beaches, and many private beaches are available for exclusive use for a fee. The cliffs and hills around the city also make a lovely place for a wedding. To take advantage of the outdoor settings, it can be useful to use one of Nice’s many wedding planners. A planner can help you pick out flowers, you can visit one of the many florists in town, or do things spontaneously and on the cheap and just go to a flower market day-of and pick out what looks most beautiful.
For a large dinner or reception, there are a number of places that seat large groups out in fragrant gardens – the perfect spot for a pre- or post-wedding gathering. Au Rendez Vous des Amis fits the bill, with simple yet refined French food, group seating, and a great wine list. Any last minute needs? Send guests without an outfit to BM to get dressed up in style, and anyone needing a last minute gift or some socks can find what they need at Galeries Lafayette.
[photo courtesy of julie@organikal]