We are missing Paris, so, we’re taking you back with us in our magical teleporter and continuing our tour of Paris wedding venues with Part 4 and the Bois de Boulogne. Bois de what? Yes, it’s not necessarily an area of Paris you’ve heard of, but after you hear all about it, you’ll want to add it to your list of Paris wedding venues.
Located on the edge of the 16th arrondissement, this large public park is not only a wonderful place to experience but is lovely for a destination wedding. The Bois de Boulogne is super lush and green and how many places in Paris can you say fit that description? It reminds me a bit of Central Park in New York (although more than double the size) in that it makes you want to wander and explore. There are lakes, gardens, greenhouses, a chateau, a zoo and amusement park and even the all new Louis Vuitton Foundation museum designed by Frank Gehry resides in the park.
What I like about the Bois de Boulogne is that it transports you to a different world within Paris. While still easy to get to via metro or taxi, you feel like you are somewhere new and yet at the same time, somewhere old. You can feel the history here in the trees and buildings, but it’s not noisy. There is a peacefulness that surrounds you. Perfect for a destination wedding, the Bois de Boulogne lets you have all the city aspects you love about Paris while also taking you away to a quieter private outdoor almost country-like space to celebrate your wedding.
There are two Paris wedding venues I’d like to share today in the Bois de Boulogne. The first is the Bagatelle. This restaurant was once the site of the stables for the castle grounds built for Marie Antoinette’s brother, Count of Artois. Today it’s a lovely restaurant with a few private rooms, a veranda and a fun outdoor terrace. Located right at the edge of the Bagatelle Park (a beautiful park located within the Bois de Boulogne), it’s brick walls and interesting detailing make it a not only a fun destination but a beautiful and warm setting.
To start our tour, I’d just like to show you the building with its brick and detailing. The front is the main entrance, but it’s really the back side closest to the gardens that is my favorite.
On the back side of the restaurant is where the party is. You have access to the private rooms from this side in addition to a few different outdoor terrace spaces including the glass-enclosed veranda. The terraces can hold up to 500 people for dinner or can be transformed into anything you’d like it to be. I can see some really cool lounge spaces set up out here.
The Pages lounge is a small room that can hold up to 60 people. With multiple glass doors, it leads not only outside to the garden and terrace but to the veranda as well. It’s private, but still very open.
The Ecuries lounge has some really interesting detailing and an iron chandelier which is fun. This room holds up to 110 for dinner and also has a door which leads out to the terrace.
But, my favorite of the spaces is the glass veranda. This room has so much possibility and could be used in conjunction with another space or on its own as a ceremony area, as a cocktail area, for dinner for a small wedding or even dancing.
What is great about Bagatelle are the many different spaces you can choose from (or you can rent the entire restaurant) to create the wedding you are looking for. The pricing will vary by the time of the year as the warmer months are their peak season. You can dance until 4 am (although dancing is only allowed indoors) and you can use their onsite chef or bring in your own caterer which is a rare option for a restaurant venue. One of the best things about this particular venue is that it’s right next to the Les Jardins de Bagatelle or the Bagatelle gardens which are so nice to wander and explore. This gives your guests the opportunity to enjoy the park as a part of your destination wedding experience.
The second Paris wedding venue in the Bois de Boulogne that I’d like to share with you is Les Pavillons des Etangs. This area of the Bois de Boulogne has historically been a gathering space used for various sports like skating and pigeon shooting. Much more recently the Les Pavillons des Etangs has been renovated and opened as an event venue.
What is great about this venue is that it has both a modern space and a more historical one to satisfy different needs and styles. The venue is also positioned right next to a lake which adds to the wonderful scenery. I’ll be sharing photos below, but if you also want to check out a Periscope I did there, you can watch the video here.
We’re going to start with the manor house which has been fully restored retaining it’s historic character, but with some modern upgrades. It has a more rustic cottage feel to the outside and comes with some great indoor and outdoor spaces.
The outdoor spaces include the terrace right in front of the house and a connecting covered terrace as well. Great for a ceremony and cocktail hour, you can look out over the lake and enjoy all the beauty. There is lots of space for a ceremony, for lounge furniture, a bar, food stations and more.
After your ceremony and cocktail hour, you can head indoors for dinner in the Salon 1899. Beautiful ceilings and neutral tones lend itself well to this lovely space. It can hold up to 120 for dinner and dancing or 160 for dinner alone. It’s all setup with kitchen access for your caterer, a built-in sound system and lighting.
A nice perk of this venue is the extra upstairs room, the Salon Boire. Perfect for the bride to get ready in or for the couple and wedding party to sneak away to. It’s also a great room for kids. Bigger than most extra rooms, it also has a great view.
Now you can just have your wedding in the manor house or you can use the modern Dovecote/Pigeonnier space in conjunction with it. You can also use the Dovecote singularly as well, but I think for most weddings you’d want to use it in tandem with the manor house. The Dovecote is more sleek and modern with glass doors and streamlined ceilings. So, if you want something with a cleaner look, this space is a great option. You can use it for all of your events (it can hold 280 for dinner and dancing), but I personally think this space is perfect for dancing. There is lots of space for a lounge and bar setup and there is even a hidden upstairs DJ space that looks out over the floor. Lighting and sound equipment are already built in which is a nice perk.
What is great about Les Pavillons des Etangs is the variety of spaces and it’s ability to cater to your style. You can stick to just one space that you like better or use a combination of both. There is no time limit for your event and there is lots of flexibility when it comes to vendors. They have vendors you can use but have no problem with you bringing in your own. And I must say I really like the lake. I think there are lots of opportunities to use it in photos, as a backdrop for your ceremony and even the ability to design it up.
The Bois de Boulogne has so much to offer for a Paris destination wedding – great private venues and green outdoor spaces all while still being close to the hub of the city. You can have a Paris wedding, but with a country feeling to it. It’s a great option for those who want a little bit of everything.
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