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Wedding Notes

Weddings in France

There are significant impediments for a non-French resident being married in France. French marriages are carried out by a local mayor at the town hall, and are sometimes followed by a religious blessing of the vows. 

To date all participants have been legally married elsewhere before coming to Detilly to have their vows blessed.

Our Objective

It is our aim to offer the wedding couple the opportunity to plan their celebration in line with their budget. Many venues give the couple a series of options with little opportunity to make changes. At Detilly it is possible to have a grand celebration or a more modest one; 6 or 7 course feast or a barbeque with a roast pig on a spit, or an option of choice. 

Wedding Coordinator

We have the services of an English lady who is bilingual and lives nearby who can act on behalf of the couple to organize those items which the owner does not offer. For example the catering, supply of flowers, musicians, hairdresser, beautician, photographer and of course the vicar, priest or non religious celebrant. The chapel is consecrated so that religious ceremonies can be held there if so desired. 

Based upon our experience we are able to offer improved facilities as it has become apparent that on the wedding day there is a crush to iron clothes and change attire at the property. With the Chateau and Coach House fully occupied and with staff generally running around there has been congestion. 

We have therefore increased the number of irons and ironing boards available for guests to use. Above the laundry and Orangerie we have installed three further toilets and hand washbasins plus a separate shower room, together with two large rooms for changing. Needless to say these rooms have many mirrors to aid adjustments to appearances. 

The owner has been advised by past participants that the inclusive cost of a reception at Detilly, even after including the travel costs is less than 50% for a similar quality reception within the London area. 

It is strongly recommended prior to making a decision that a quick visit is made to the Chateau to make an on the spot evaluation, to meet the wedding coordinator and to obtain detailed costings for the type of celebration the couple have in mind. 

Travel to the Chateau for an inspection visit is relatively simple from the UK, Ryan Air flies direct from Stanstead to Tours at a reasonable cost. Tours airport is about 55 minutes from the Chateau. It is also possible to commute to St Pierre des Corps station in Tours, which again is approximately a 50 minute drive. Car hire is available at both airport and station, alternatvely we can arrange for guests to be collected from the airport or station and driven to the chateau.


The chapel is suitable for christenings; in the summer of 2006 and 2007 we had occasions where the vicar issued a certificate for the blessing of the vows and the christening of their baby. There is also a planned christening for the summer of 2015. The owner is willing to consider a discount for those couples who return to have their offspring christened.

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Chateau de Detilly is an intimate, romantic and beautiful setting for your fairytale wedding. You deserve the very best and we will provide everything you need to make your romantic dream wedding a reality.


Our availability calendar is updated regularly, please check for your preferred dates.


The grounds at Chateau de Detilly are a little paradise. Sweeping lawns, flower gardens, fountains, statues, and lampposts reminiscent of 19th century Paris add to the old world ambiance.