Our wedding was a fairytale! Getting married on the Riviera was so unique because we hosted activities all week long. By the time the wedding day came, all of our guests were so comfortable with each other-- and this created the most romantic and intimate environment. Take it from my wedding, you can have a beautiful wedding with a limited budget! Yes! It's possible! I did it.
My approach was this: I decided to choose gorgeous venues and keep the decorations and florals minimal. As you can see from the pictures, the backdrop speaks for itself. Choose the best locations (all of which are listed above) and then keep other aspects simple.
July is a beautiful time of the year in the South of France, the weather was lovely. Our wedding day was 75 degrees and sunny. Wedding Mapper was a great resource to share with our guests who had never been to Europe. We'd highly recommend using it!
This venue was by far the best part of the whole wedding. We hosted a bbq and pool party after our legal ceremony.
It is one of the few places that will exceed the expectations you have and satisfy the anticipation you feel. You are in the French Riviera. You are on a mountain. You are overlooking the Mediterranean ocean from the infinity pool. Everyone is smiling and enjoying themselves.
Gerard, the proprietor, is endlessly warm and gracious. Theres nothing to big or small he can't find for you. He genuinely enjoys seeing his guests enjoy the property.
The location is walking distance from the Eze Sur Mer train station, the beach, and Anjuna Plage Privee, a great local restaurant. Nice, Eze Village, and Monte Carlo are all a short drive away, but you will not want to leave. There is no reason to leave. You are in paradise.
You could easily have a wedding at this Villa. It can easily hold 150 people and creates such a warm and intimate environment that people just unwind and become the best possible version of themselves. I cannot speak highly enough about this venue.
This florist is young and hip with a wonderful sense of fulfilling the couple's vision of their wedding. In my case, I had a very limited budget and she was able to take my favorite flowers (lavender and baby's breathe) and make the whole venue look whimsical. She will drive to you to meet, is completely flexible and very affordable.
Mathilde is the wedding coordinator of all coordinators. She is young and energetic and knows how to handle any bump in the road with ease. Trust her advice on everything you should do. She is fantastic. She also has small surprises for her brides and grooms that you aren't even expecting on the day of your wedding. She is genuinely kind and loving.
Anyone who is reading this-- please. Just go to the website. Watch one of his wedding videos. You will be at a loss for words. Gabriel Menassier turns your wedding into a feature film. He is also the KINDEST and friendliest person in the world given his talent. He makes the bride and groom so comfortable and at ease. He is completely worth it.
Our guests loved our food. We had the mediterranean sea bass with garlic potatoes and farm fresh vegetables. The appetizers and hors d'oeuvres were the best part. The head chef Bruno will customize your meals to fit any taste you like.
Jamie Mostofian Design is definitely the best up and coming wedding coordinator in the entire industry. She is so good at what she does that she planned my wedding in the French Riviera from North Carolina USA! You would have thought she was from the French Riviera with the way she was able to coordinate tux rentals, catering, and everything in between.
From the moment you meet her you can feel that she genuinely loves weddings... and then you start working with her and see she has the talent to back it. As soon as I hired her she sent me a package in the mail. It had a 12 month custom calendar with all of my favorite pictures of my (then fiance) husband and I on it. Then she also included custom Thank You cards with me and my husband's picture on it! How do I even say thank you enough to her for that?! And she sent the perfect amount (100 cards and envelopes) so that it was one less thing I had to think of.
Since she is from Los Angeles she has a super hip perspective while maintaining the classic essentials that every wedding deserves. From the color palet to the florals, she literally thought of everything before I even had a moment to stress about it.
When it came to the Save the Dates and Invitations, she asked me what my style was-- I sent her a small paragraph about what my husband and I like-- and then she came back with a document of about 10 options that I absolutely loved! It saved me so much time from browsing the internet through hundreds of different templates. I just picked one and she took care of the rest!
Then the wedding day arrived. As soon as I arrived in my bridal suite I had a glass of champagne in my hand, relaxing music playing in the background, and all my hair and makeup stylists were already there. I didn't have to worry about a THING. I am sure much more went on behind the scenes that I wasn't aware of but looking at Jamie gave me reassurance that everything was going to be perfect.
Without a doubt my favorite part about having Jamie Mostofian plan, design, and coordinate my wedding is that I made a life long friend from it. She is a true diamond in the industry and is an asset to every bride's wedding experience.
The Mont Leuze is a beautiful place to have a wedding on the Riviera. Having at least 100 people makes the space worth it. The views are unlike any other. The guests went absolutely nuts over it.
The formal ceremony and reception took place here.
Guests could rent a fully furnished Villa or studio right on the property. It is like a small community which encourages everyone to hang out while at the same time each villa is extremely private. It is so reasonable for a week, much cheaper than a hotel! And you don't have to worry about anyone drinking and driving.
Enjoy the grounds where you have complimentary parking, tennis courts, a pool, gymnasium, and gardens. A wonderful way to end our wedding week with our guests.
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