Open Day Success – 2014 Wedding season begins!

We would like to thank everyone that was able to attend our Open Day at the Chateau on Monday 14th April. It was great to meet with so many wedding industry suppliers. For those that were unable to attend, we will be holding another Open Day at the end of the season. If however, you would like to arrange a visit directly before then, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Many changes have taken place at the Chateau over the past year. We have completed the upgrade of the complimentary Bridal suite, added additional spaces such as the Winery (150 seats) and the Grange (90 seats) to increase indoor reception space when needed.

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The addition of these spaces now enable us to cater for almost any size of wedding reception;

Formal Lawn – 120 seated

Orangery – 70 seated

Terrace – 68 seated

Courtyard – 200 seated

Le Vin – 150 seated

Le Grange – 90 seated

Formal Dining room – 20 seated

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La Residence is now exclusively available for the Bridal party or close family to stay and comprises 3 x Triple bedrooms and 1 x Twin bedroom. These guest rooms are available to book via the Bride/Groom once they have a confirmed booking with the Chateau. The rooms are not available for general bookings.


Once again we would like to thank you for making our Open Day such a success and look forward to working with you in the future.

Should you require any immediate assistance with quotations or more specific information on our facilities please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our website.

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PRESS RELEASE : Competition Winner Announcement!

We are delighted to announce the winner’s of our Wedding Competition to celebrate our 850th Anniversary in May 2014 is Chantal & Octavio from Miami, Florida, USA.


The lucky winners were drawn from the hundreds of entries submitted from across the globe.  On hearing the news Chantal said ” Oh my Lanta!!!!!!!!, Ahhhh this is the bestest news ever!!!, Thank you so much for this honor! I’m still in a state of shock if not I’d be a little more expressive lol!! ”


Chantal & Octavio met on the 24th May, 7 years ago and so it is fitting they they will hold their Wedding Ceremony & Reception at Chateau des Buis on this same date in 2014. This month coincides with the 850th birthday of the Chateau and so we will have a double celebration!

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Win your ‘Exclusive Hire’ fairytale wedding venue at a beautiful French Château


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We are starting May off with a BANG over here at French Wedding Style as I have such an amazing competition to launch with you today – the chance for one couple to win their own fairytale wedding venue in France!

Win your ‘Exclusive Hire’ fairytale wedding venue at a beautiful French Château worth €10,000 euro for up to 50 guests to be held in May 2014.


To mark Chateau des Buis historic 850th Birthday celebrations in May 2014, they are offering one couple the chance to win exclusive hire of the Chateau for you and 50 guests.

Chateau des Buis is a 13th Century Chateau in the Rhone-Alps that throughout its long history has been home to only two families, with the current owners having lived there for the last 350 years. Château des Buis is situated in an elevated position, overlooking the Ain Valley, near the town of Bourg-en-Bresse (between Lyon and Geneva). It derives its name from the type of box hedging that can be seen around the formal gardens and is typical of borders used in both French and Italian (Italianate) garden designs in many Châteaux and Palaces – including Versailles.

Chateau des Buis is set within scenic French countryside allowing both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions.  In addition to the beautiful gardens they also have State recognised unique historical fresco’s in both the courtyard and the Fresco room in the main house adding to the unique setting for your wedding day.

How to enter to WIN your own fairytale wedding venue in France

Please tell us in 250 words or less, why you think you should be the lucky winner of this luxury wedding day. This is the perfect opportunity to win the fairytale wedding of your dreams.

You can enter online by emailing your entry to with the subject header Château des Buis Wedding Competition. The closing date for entries is 30th September 2013. The lucky Winner will be announced on the French Wedding Style Blog on 30th October 2013.

The competition prize includes the exclusive hire of the Château des Buis facilities (grounds, orangerie & bridal suite) for a ceremony and reception for up to 50 people and 30 bottles of Château des Buis Grand Cru wine for the Aperitif. It includes the use of all designated facilities, dedicated Wedding Planner, ceremony Officient, complimentary overnight stay in the Bridal Suite for the Bride & Groom followed by Champagne breakfast.

The prize does not include catering, which will be charged separately (based on the selection specified by the winning couple).

Château des Buis has an exclusive contract with Belle Momenti Photography for the provision of photographic services for all weddings. This service is excluded from the above prize and will be subject to an additional charge. Château des Buis does not permit any other professional photographers to photograph at the venue.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The wedding competition is open to all couples, however the prize must be taken between 1st – 30th May 2014. The actual date of the wedding must be agreed and booked in advance.
  2. The prize will include the elements listed above (VALUE €10,000) – any additional requirements must be booked and will be subject to a separate charge
  3. All wedding catering is provided by external award winning caterers. The Prize specifically excludes all catering services, which must be booked separately and will be subject to additional charge.
  4. Coverage of the prize winners and their wedding, including photographs will be required for publicity purposes. This will be discussed and agreed with the winners.
  5. All entries must be in writing and sent online as described above.
  6. The competition prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer for
    Château des Buis.
  7. Employees of BMP Services (UK) Ltd or FrenchWeddingStyle are not eligible to enter.
  8. FrenchWeddingStyle Editor’s decision is final – no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. No cash alternative will be given in lieu of prize.
  10. Further details on Château des Buis (and its services) can be viewed online at
  11. Your details submitted in entering this competition may be maintained for communication purposes, but will not be passed onto any 3rd parties.

Good Luck everyone!

Best Wishes


Monique Trulove

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Chateau des Buis – Renewal of Vows Ceremony

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Aaron and Sheena had their hearts set on a French Chateau wedding, but opted for a three day Asian/Western wedding celebration in their home country.  In order to achieve their wedding wish they decided that they would one day renew their vows abroad and achieve their French wedding dream.

Through their mutual love of travel, culture and all-things European, they decided that the location should be in an authentic, real-life fairytale castle – Château des Buis, situated in the Rhone/Alps region of France. The Château is family-owned and has been passed down over the generations for the last 350 years. At nearly 850 years old, the Château is steeped in history and filled with French ambience and tradition, giving Aaron and Sheena the privacy and intimacy they were seeking, with breath-taking views over the surrounding countryside.

Groom Aaron: “My wife and I both had a long filled desire to wed in a French chateau for our wedding day. As we were unable to fulfil this ambition at the time we both decided that we would one day renew our vows abroad. We were after a location which would provide us with an authentic feel, filled with French ambience and tradition, yet giving us the privacy and intimacy in wonderful countryside surrounding to enjoy our special day.

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We were lucky enough to stumble upon the magical Chateau De Buis on the web and immediately made an enquiry online. Although the chateau itself was not open during our preferred date of 24th Feb, the organisers were kind enough to make an extra special exception to facilitate us on this date (as they are only open between April and October).

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From the moment our party arrived we loved this AMAZING place. Set in a traditional rural village which had stood still in time, with the backdrop of rolling lush countryside hills, it had the exact setting we were after. The chateau itself was deceptively large but beautifully kept with periodic decor with all the mod cons, but kept with embracing a rich family tradition full of character and history.

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From the moment we arrived, everything ran like clockwork, and we were very well looked after with a great team involved. The hair stylist and makeup ladies were exceptional – bubbly and friendly characters and did a great job making my wife look her best. The flower arrangements were exactly what we had asked for, and the chateau and the grounds itself were enchanting providing a stunning backdrop with a beautiful boudoir and bridal chambre.

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The food was to die for and was very well received by all guests, and the staff could not do enough for us. The photographers, Belle Momenti, were truly amazing and friendly and really knew how to capture the best photos and moments around the Chateau.

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Following the intimate wedding ceremony and photographs, Aaron and Sheena moved into the Écurie, for a lavish yet intimate reception meal with their friends and an appropriate toast of the Château’s own Grand Cru Rose wine. After cutting their cake – a chocolate gateaux covered in a Chantilly cream icing, the couple fed each other ‘Tart au praline’ – a delicious specialty of the region.

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Unbeknown to the happy couple, their family and closest friends had contacted the Château beforehand, to offer their congratulations and loving wishes. Lucy, the Château’s dedicated wedding planner, transferred these messages to handmade labels and tied these with coloured ribbons onto a wishing tree…adding a further surprise to their day!

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To end the celebrations, Sheena changed into her Asian wedding dress, which she wore on her wedding day, before joining Aaron to dance under the candle lit lanterns that Lucy had arranged for them.

“Overall we had a truly enjoyable experience and only wish we had actually got married here, with the only disappointment being having to leave! We would highly recommend Chateau De Buis to anyone wanting to capture their special day in France.”

I love the idea of renewing your vows and it is certainly something that I would/ have considered for the future.

How do you feel about renewing vows or have you already done so?

Monique xx 

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Wedding Venue: Chateau des Buis
Planning, catering and Flowers: Chateau des Buis
Photography: Belle Momenti Photography

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Renewal of Vows Ceremony – Teaser Photos

Despite the Chateau being in its closed season, the Venue agreed to a special request from a lovely couple wishing to renew their vows to each other on 24th February 2013.

It was a small, yet intimate event which showed that even in the most adverse weather conditions, it is still possible to have your fairy tale dream wedding in a castle.

The Chateau staircase, just off the Bridal Suite.

The Chateau staircase, just off the Bridal Suite.

After the ceremony in the Orangerie, the couple had some stylised photos around the Chateau grounds and in particular the renaissance paintings of the front coach entrance.

The renaissance paintings covering the coach entrance ceiling.

The renaissance paintings covering the coach entrance ceiling.

These are just a couple of images from the beautiful day. We will publish a full feature blog as soon as the images have been processed.

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30 Bottles of Sparkling Wine FREE when you book your wedding reception

Chateau des Buis extends its love of engagements, weddings and all things that bring happiness to this world. Our 2013 Valentine’s Special Offer is for 30 Bottles of Chateau des Buis Grand Cru Rose Sparkling Wine for your Wedding Reception, free of charge!.

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This offer is valid on all bookings made prior to 30th April 2013 (event booked, not wedding date). To claim your free wine simply quote VAL2013 at the time of booking. Visit for more information.

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30 Bottles of Sparkling Wine FREE when you book your wedding reception

Chateau des Buis extends its love of engagements, weddings and all things that bring happiness to this world. Our 2013 Valentine’s Special Offer is for 30 Bottles of Chateau des Buis Grand Cru Rose Sparkling Wine for your Wedding Reception, free of charge!.


Valentine Day Special Offer

Valentine Day Special Offer

This offer is valid on all bookings made prior to 30th April 2013 (event booked, not wedding date). To claim your free wine simply quote VAL2013 at the time of booking. Visit for more information.

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