I always knew getting married in a French Chateau was going to be unforgettable but Chateau St Julien is a truly magical place. I spent months researching other Chateau’s and nothing came close to St Julien. The size of it and history really blew me away and meant all of our guests could be together for the whole week. Not only is the Chateau restored and kept beautifully the grounds are truly spectacular. The tree lined alley is truly a majestic place. I knew from the minute I saw it on photographs that I wanted my ceremony to take place there. It didn’t disappoint, the sun was sparkling through the trees and bats were flying around! I will never forget it. It was the perfect setting to say ‘I do’.
The most important thing for us was when planning our wedding was that we didn’t want a package wedding which you find a lot when getting married abroad. We wanted the freedom of creating our own wedding with our own style and at Chateau St Julien the opportunities are endless. The grounds are so huge and varied, you can have your wedding as unique as you like. We also like to party and didn’t want anyone telling us we had to turn the music off or down by a certain time. You can’t play music outside past 11pm (reasonable) but we created our own disco/club in the dinning room and partied into the small hours. The place is so big we staged a party in a different room every night!
Another plus to book this place was that the Chateau manager Tiphaine is also a wedding planner. It gave me confidence to trust her as she knows the place and area inside and out, she has a huge suppliers list that she has experience working with and she was amazing at negotiating great prices for us (in French). We couldn’t of done it without her. She was patient and organised and went above and beyond her position to help not only plan the wedding day but the wedding week! She helped us organise many activities during our stay which wasn’t an easy task when your trying to manage 55 people who keep changing their minds every other day! She was fantastic, I cannot recommend her enough and I will miss our Skype calls and emails.
I had guests coming from all over the world so it was great having Poitiers international airport 25 minutes away and the train station for links from Paris. The supermarket was a 10 minute walk away which had everything you needed. The nearest resort also has an outdoor swimming pool which you can use for 5euros (day pass) with a gorgeous restaurant. The place is perfect and has everything you need.
My guests were blown away by the chateau, the children had a fantastic time (especially playing in the secret staircase and ringing the bell!) everyone said it was one of the best week of their lives and some even said it was the wedding of the century!
It is a wonderful place and I know we’ll be back again to visit in the future.
Paul and I are so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Tiphaine and her team at Chateaux Avenue.
We met Tiphaine while searching for Chateaux across France for our wedding. She was managing one of the Chateaus we visited and we are so delighted when she informed us she was also a Wedding Planner. We ended up booking with a Chateau not too far from where she was located and we were lucky because she was familiar with the layout of the grounds and had worked with the owner before.
We had always wanted a wedding in France for several reasons. We loved the culture, food, language, people, style and of course how much cheaper it was to have a wedding there compared to England, for what we had envisioned. We booked our Chateau for 1 week at the end of June. Tiphaine not only helped us with our wedding day, she helped organise catering for several days at the Chateau for all our guests. On the lead up to the wedding, Tiphaine and her team alleviated any additional stress we had by their attention to detail, their resourcefulness and their confidence throughout the entire wedding planning process. Without them, our incredible wedding might not have gone as smoothly!
When our wedding day arrived, we knew we had absolutely nothing to be worry about as we knew Tiphaine and her team were on it. Every little detail, every step of the way, I couldn’t have asked for a better planner and we are grateful that we picked her to help us throughout our wedding planning. They just took the weight completely off our shoulders! As soon as we signed with her, we both took a deep breath and began to enjoy every step of the wedding planning.
Tiphaine, thank you so much to you and your team from the fullness of our hearts for all your vital help! You saved us in so many ways and made our week at the chateau and our wedding run so smoothly! We hope this is not the last time we see or work with you again! Wishing you and your team all the very best in future!
Love, Paul & Baharak xx
It’s hard to know where to start! We are so grateful that Tiphaine was able to put us in touch with such fantastic suppliers. We still can’t get over how beautiful the flowers turned out, how brilliant the wedding video was, how delicious the cake tasted and how perfect the food was – all were on her recommendation which not only saved us time interviewing/emailing/speaking with lots of different suppliers, it also gave us peace of mind that they had been vetted by her and they were all exceptional!
We also can’t thank Tiphaine enough for being available on email, Skype and in France in the run up to the wedding. Being able to run through all the little details with her was so reassuring – she was the ‘glue’ that brought everything together, during the planning stages and on the day. It also massively helped that she is such a kind and thoughtful person we enjoyed getting to know and spend time with in the process. Tiphaine was so accommodating to all of our requests and changes and were so calm and professional throughout the process. Nothing was ever a drama.
The wedding was really the best few days of our lives and the fairytale we’d always dreamed of, which was largely down to Tiphaine’s efforts and planning, which we’ll never forget so thank you thank you again. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the chateau, or Tiphaine as a wedding planner (and already have to a friend’s friend actually!).
The most beautiful place to get married! Chateau St julien will always hold such lovely memories for me, my husband, and our families. Thank you for making our very special day absolutely unforgettable!
So we are back from our honeymoon….. It was amazing and now we begin our married life:)
I just wanted to say again thank you so much for all your help/support/love for our wedding weekend. We and everyone were blown away!
I can’t believe it rained!! But it all was fine in the end….. It stayed dry for when it needed too. Our memory’s will stay with us forever. Also the crazy storm the night before the wedding was like something out of a film!
Lots of love my darling xxxx
Thank you Tiphaine and Château St Julien for such a beautiful wedding venue, we loved every minute!xxx
After our spring engagement we have decided to get married only a few months away from our big day, which meant we had limited time to decide on the place where we would like to get married. With France being a country of love we had no doubts we want to have a destination wedding in France.
We were looking for a French style chateau which could accommodate up to 50 people. Chateau St Julien l’Ars has appealed to us the most due to its rural beauty and well kept gardens as well as beautiful on-site church, which was one of the most important aspects to us, since we wanted to have a church wedding.
Other important and major benefit of the chateau was an easy accessible location from London and other European countries, which played an important role to us when planning a destination wedding, since all of our guests had to travel from abroad.
Not being French speakers has proven to be a difficult task when planning a wedding in France, which without a doubt has lead us to hiring a French wedding planner Tiphaine, who is also a manager of the chateau St Julien l’Ars.
Tiphaine was a real help when it come to planning our wedding especially with only a few months to go till the big day. She was very professional and helped us to organise everything we needed and desired. We have experienced some difficulties when it come to organising a church wedding, since we are not French speakers, but Tiphaine was there to help us and to help solve this dilemma, so we did have a church wedding in the end!
One of the best decisions we made when planning a wedding was to choose a destination wedding. Our amazing venue made our wedding one of the most memorable life events to us and our family and friends. We all felt very relaxed throughout the long weekend, as there was so much to do and see and we even wish we stayed longer than 3 days as it felt more like a mini break away rather than a stressful wedding.
The chateau had everything we and our guests needed including the best wedding planner Tiphaine and the amazing chef who made it all happen for us, including baking fresh croissants every morning, which you would expect in France, but perhaps not as good as the ones in St Julien l’Ars.
Having a wedding in the historic chateau also meant that we have the most amazing photographs and memories of our big day in France, the country of love.
Goda & Bill, London, UK
Chateau St Julien has appealed to us due to its rural beauty and well kept gardens as well as beautiful on-site church, which was one of the most important aspects to us, since we wanted to have a church wedding.
Chateau manager Tiphaine was a real help when it come to planning our wedding especially with only a few months to go till the big day. She was very professional and helped us to organise everything we needed and desired. We have experienced some difficulties when it come to organising a church wedding, since we are not French speakers, but Tiphaine was there to help us and to help solve this dilemma, so we did have a church wedding in the end!