Destination Wedding Château in France

A wonderful online feature of our Destination Wedding Château courtesy of Kim at Love Wed Bliss.

Château des Buis

Ceremonies in the beautiful gardens of the Chateau

Ceremonies in the beautiful gardens of the Chateau

When I think of France, my mind drifts to a place of beauty, history and sophisticated elegance. Forever seductive, forever enchanting, and the most romantic wedding destination you could ever hope for. As far as I’m concerned, escaping to the French countryside, immersing yourself in luxury, and tying the knot like European royalty would have to be the absolute ultimate. Well, my lovelies, if you think like me, prepare to get giddy, because I’m about to reveal how your fantasy can become a reality….

Introducing France’s best kept secret – Château des Buis.

Located between Geneva & Lyon in the Rhone-Alps region of France, is the exclusive Château des Buis. This majestic 13th century family home which overlooks the Ain Valley, has been home to just 2 families throughout its history. Until recently, it was only made available for private family weddings. Now, that’s all about to change.

In April 2013 the Château des Buis will open its doors to the public as an exclusive wedding venue. For the first time in history, discerning couples seeking a high-end destination wedding experience an take advantage of the beauty, elegance and superb amenities this historical venue has to offer.

Elegant manicured gardens, sweeping grounds and historical architecture literally take your breath away. The Chateau is your bona fide fairytale wedding backdrop.

Stunning original hand-painted fresco paintings adorn the courtyard and interiors, instantly transporting you back to a medieval era full of mystery and passion.

The peaceful and tranquil surrounds, soothe the senses and create the perfect ambient atmosphere for a romantic soiree.

This idyllic wedding venue can accommodate an intimate wedding party of up to 50 wedding with facilities for both a breathtaking outdoor or indoor ceremony and reception. What’s more, every aspect of your wedding at Château des Buis is expertly catered for. Not only do you have exclusive use of the beautiful formal gardens and grounds on the day, but your wedding package also includes the bridal suite for your wedding night, the services of a professional wedding planner, and the talents of award-winning photographers Belle Momenti Photography to capture every moment of your amazing day!

But, the wonderful French hospitality does not stop there. Le Chatelain (the head of the family) will be your wedding host, providing guided tours of the Chateau’s historical artifacts – including the “Salle des Fresques” – the beautiful Renaissance wall paintings which decorate the house. And for that extra touch of luxury, Le Chatelain will also make available his vintage Alfa Romeo Spider sports car to include in your wedding portraits in the courtyard (how amazing is that!).

There is no question a destination wedding in France is both incredibly special and unique. But when you combine it with an exclusive European venue such as the Château des Buis – it’s totally what dreams are made of!

Get in touch with Château des Buis today to begin planning your once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Online feature by Kim at Love Wed Bliss

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Style Me Pretty – Little Black Book

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty

Chateau des Buis is delighted to have been included in Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book for a second year. Our inclusion in the 2013 Little Black Book is recognition of our venue as a unique Destination Wedding location. We are one of only a handful of venues from France that have the honour of being listed in this unique online directory.

SNP Little Black Book

SNP Little Black Book

You can view our entry in the Style Me Pretty – Little Black Book here

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Celebrate in style – new 2013 Ceremonial Sash arrives!

Exiting times at Chateau des Buis as we take receipt of our new 2013 ceremonial sash. Worn by the Officiant who will undertake the wedding ceremony, the sash has been redesigned to incorporate our family crest onto the traditional French tricolor.

Chateau des Buis Officiant Tricolor Sash

Chateau des Buis Officiant Tricolor Sash


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{ Wedding Venue Spotlight: Chateau des Buis }

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Ceremonies in the beautiful gardens of the Chateau

Ceremonies in the beautiful gardens of the Chateau

It is time to look at some beautiful french property in today’s wedding venue spotlight, a 13th Century Chateau in the Rhone-Alps that is opening its doors for exclusive weddings for the first time from April 2013, Chateau de Buis.  Throughout its long history, the Château has been home to only two families, with the current owners having lived there for the last 350 years.

The venue can accommodate wedding parties of up to 50 guests and has facilities to offer either outdoor or indoor ceremonies and receptions. In addition, a beautiful bridal suite is available to the couple for their wedding night. This comprises a fully refurbished bridal bedroom, separate bridal preparation room and en-suite bathroom, all housed within the Château property, ensuring privacy for the bride and her bridal party prior to the wedding, whilst the guest are looked after in a separate part of the grounds.

The Chateau remains a family home with Le Chatelain (head of the household) looking to sharing the beautiful Chateau as the backdrop to your French wedding celebrations. Not only is Chateau des Buis  set within scenic French countryside, but 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.

Ceremonies in the beautiful gardens of the Chateau

Ceremonies in the beautiful gardens of the Chateau

Although Chateau des Buis is being opened to the public as a wedding venue for the first time, the Chateau itself has seen many family weddings throughout the years.  Le Chatelain is on hand on our wedding day to act as your host and can incorporate a historical tour around the Chateau and grounds for your guests.

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.

To ensure the best possible experience for you on your Wedding Day, our package includes the full time services of our own wedding planner and professional experienced photographers (both of whom have extensive experience organising and photographing destination weddings across Italy & France).

Exclusive use of Chateau des Buis includes the following:

  • Exclusive use of the Château, excluding rooms currently occupied by the owners
  • Complimentary Bridal Suite comprising: Bridal Suite for the wedding night, Bridal Preparation Suite & En-suite Bathroom
  • Formal Gardens – for outdoor ceremony, reception dinner, aperitif
  • Courtyard – for reception drinks/aperitif
  • Orangery – for indoor ceremony, reception dinner & evening dance
  • Stables – for external caterers
  • Terrace – for outdoor reception & aperitif
  • Swimming Pool Terrace – for outdoor aperitif
  • Vintage Alfa Romeo Spyder Car (in white) for Bridal photographs in the courtyard
  • Guided historical tour hosted by ‘Le Chatelains’ – to include The Grange, Salle des Fresques & hand-painted Coach Entrance
  • Celebrant – to officiate the wedding ceremony

To find out more about Chateau des Buis visit their website or email Suzanne.

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Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year to all our friends and customers. A new year brings a new dawn at Chateau des Buis. We are finalising the finishing touches to our winter refurbishments for the 2013 Wedding Season and will bring you updates and images as we near completion.



All images courtesy of Belle Momenti Photography at

Our Bridal suite has been undergoing a complete refurbishment in keeping with the traditional feel of the 800 year old Chateau and will be provided on a complementary basis to our 2013 Bride & Grooms. This also includes a large Bridal Prep room where the full bridal party can change for the event.

Finally we have undertaken major reconstruction work of the Orangery to enable indoor wedding ceremonies and indoor wedding receptions as well as all night disco entertainment.

2013 will be an exciting year for all at Chateau des Buis and we extend our best wishes to all that have recently become engaged and look forward to sharing our historical venue as your Destination Wedding dream.

Where Fairytale Weddings really do come true...

Where Fairytale Weddings really do come true…

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