It goes without saying that if you’re travelling abroad for your wedding, you’ll want to go somewhere spectacularly beautiful. However, another big consideration for several couples has to be the food – after all, what’s a great party without a great meal?
If you’re a bride or groom with a passion for cuisine, the Dordogne should rank fairly high on your list of must-visit places. Not only is it filled with fairytale castles, it’s also internationally famous for the quality of its cooking. When it comes to destination weddings for foodies, you’ll find it hard to beat these three idyllic locations.
The name of this town alone will make bookworms think of Cyrano de Bergerac, the eloquent and large-nosed soldier who nobly helped his friend win his love by writing beautiful poetry for her – even though he secretly loved her too (it’s either that or John Nettles and Jersey, but that’s hardly as romantic). Add the town’s picture-perfect looks to its amorous past and the romance box has definitely been checked – and that’s before we’ve even mentioned all the gourmet restaurants.
Try Restaurant L’Imparfait for a decadent dinner, then hold the big day itself at the exquisite Chateau des Truffles, one of our most spectacular holiday rentals in Dordogne. This 17th century chartreuse blends rustic charm with opulent luxury and has room for 20 guests – perfect for a bijou bridal party.
Given that the Dordogne’s former name, Périgord, is shared with the finest truffle in France, it’s a particularly apt choice of location for truffle enthusiasts. The lovely town of Sarlat hosts a truffle market in the early months of the year that’s full of these elusive and aromatic treats. At any other time of the year, visit the daily food market held in the Gothic church of Sainte Marie.
This town might be best known for its wine, but it’s also a foodie haven. Visit the La Tupina bistro in town to enjoy local classics like confit de canard and terrine de campagne au foie gras in the cosiest setting imaginable. When it comes to the wedding, the quirky Villa Le Bassin has a great balance of old and new that makes it truly unique. Its chic modern interiors are coupled with old stonework, there’s a beach just a quick stroll away and, most importantly, you can choose to be fully catered if you feel more like eating than cooking!Dana Moos, Delicious food via Party Lin, Food market, France via Curtis Poe