Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte a truly luxury wedding venue near Paris
Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte wedding photographers insight
First of all, it just screams the word Luxury. I was lucky enough that my clients had booked this wedding venue just for us, so there where no guests hovering around in the background. It was my absolute privilege to be a wedding photographer in this luxury wedding venue. Having booked it for ourselves meant we had a very limited time to work on our stuff, but we managed with the last bits of the daylight. If you’re looking for a truly luxury wedding venue near Paris, this is the one. For more photos see my journal – Dior inspired pre-wedding photoshoot in Paris.
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If my previous two wedding venues haven’t quite sold you on getting married in France, this one might just do the trick. But the price tag for this one is way higher, I don’t have exact numbers but I hear they’re good. The luxury wedding venue Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte lies not that far from the crowds of Paris – only 55km. It’s a 17th-century masterpiece and it was created by the same people who built Chateau de Versailles.
The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a Baroroque French Chateau located in Maincy in the Seine-et-Marne department of Ile-de-France. The great talents of the 17th century came together to build “mini Versailles” with its spectacular gardens. In later years gardens of Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte became an influencer of the French garden style (Jardin à la Française). Did you know that it took 18.000 men and only five years to build the castle?
Short history of Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte
The man behind this palace – Nicolas Fouquet was the Superintendant of finances of Louis XIV or as we would call him today – minister of Finance. Name “mini Versailles” was inherited from the fact that the team involved in building the palace was also responsible for the creation of Versailles. Today Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte is the largest private estate listed as Historical Monument in France.
The chateau opened its doors to the public in 1968. Couples who choose to get married in Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte must definitely enjoy the luxury and indulgence it provides. Walking and admiring the interior of the castle leaves me feeling that each room in this castle is like a small gilded painting, that has been redone dozens of times to indulge its precious and sophisticated style of Nicolas Fouquet himself and that he has never left the place anyway. The vibe of the 17th century can be found throughout the castle – be it d’Hercule upstairs or distinct suites, everything is perfectly made, so that the guest with only a little effort could imagine the luxurious life, parties, and celebrations of that time.
Once after one of its most epic parties the king Louis XIV was so jealous that he ordered to imprison Mr Fouquet for embezzling vast sums of money. He spent his final 19 years of life in prison. If we can learn anything from that story is not to invite a king to your party.
Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte gardens
If you’re suddenly fed up with that picturesque masterpiece of the interior, and want to have some fresh air, the chateau offers you the most beautiful French garden. The garden was made as an optical illusion so that with an eye they look closer than they actually are. The fountains and the flower beds of the garden are another unparalleled photography spot. Luckily Louis XIV is not alive anymore as he would get jealous of photos like mine. I just wonder what he would have done to the couple.
Top 5 questions and answers you must be interested in
1. How far from Paris is it and how to get there?
The Chateau is 55 km away from Paris. If you take a car, it takes about 45 minutes to get there. If you prefer to go there by train, start at Gare de l’Est, take the direct train line P (direction Provins), get off at the Verneuil l’Etang train station. There’s a “Chateaubus” shuttle that will pick you up from the Verneuil l’Etang train station to the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte.
2. Can I do a pre-wedding photoshoot in Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte?
Yes, you can. You have to buy a pass to do the pre-wedding photoshoot in the chateau and the gardens. You can also have an option to have the entire chateau and gardens free from visitors, but that will cost you way more. My photoshoot over there was planned by my wedding planner in Paris – Iris Wedding s Paris, who took good care of all arrangements and made the pre-wedding photoshoot pass seamlessly.
3. What kind of wedding ceremonies do they provide?
You can choose to have an outdoor wedding in the Formal Gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte or an indoor wedding in the Ceremonial Room that is perfect for a smaller crowd. It can host about 50 seated guests. For bigger parties, the Grand Salon can fit up to 250 guests.
4. What else is there to do and see?
Every Saturday evening from May to October 2000 candles enlighten the chateau and the gardens, and you can have an unforgettable candlelit tour throughout the chateau. Isn’t it amazing? There’s also a period costume rental available, a game booklet for children, electric car rental to roam the 33 hectares of French Chateau gardens. A permanent exhibition in the basement explains the history of the chateau and also in the stable block there is a rare carriage museum.
5. How much does it cost to book a wedding or pre-wedding photoshoot at Vaux-le-Vicomte?
Although I don’t have exact numbers for booking the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, I’m sure it’s adequate and should be handled through a wedding planner. If you’d like to book a photoshoot in Vaux le Vicomte – get in touch.