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The chateau is a magnificent venue for a wedding reception. Our location allows you to experience the style and adventure of a French wedding without the typical costs of a wedding held abroad. By Eurostar and taxi, the chateau is just two hours from St Pancras station. By car it is only three hours from Junction 5 of the M25, via the Eurotunnel/ferry. You and your guests will have the fun of coming to France without spending lots of time and money on the journey.

There is a beautiful village church which can be hired for a blessing, which is just a minute’s walk away. Or you can hold a ceremony in the gardens in a place that you choose.

We have masses of wedding contacts for everything you might need, and we can provide wedding planning and help with the language if required.

Couple at wedding venue Big Chateau, Hallines, Pas-de-Calais, Northern France

The chateau itself is the perfect base for a wedding. The grand entrance is ideal for formal pictures, we have a wonderful bridal suite — and there are two large areas for bridesmaids and groomsmen to dress. We even have two staircases in the house, so accidental sightings of each other before the ceremony can be avoided! Most importantly, the chateau is large enough to allow a wedding party of up to 26 to stay together in great comfort. The dining room table seats 30 — ideal if you are planning a dinner the night before the wedding for family and friends. We can also park 30 cars on a lawn away from the chateau to keep everything looking beautiful.

The Stables

The renovation of the stables was completed on schedule in May 2019. It was originally built to house the chateau’s team of horses and carriages, and it is a spectacular space. It can seat 120 guests, it has wonderful light for photographs and great acoustics for speeches. The building can be completely open on one side if the weather is good, or closed if not. In addition to the main area, there is a bar, a dance area, kitchens, storage and toilets.

Arriving at the stables
Covered seating area
The stables
160m² space for entertaining
Seating for 120 guests
Plating-up room
Dance area
Stables bar
Superb acoustics
We had a corking good time!
25,000 fairy lights!

We run weddings at the chateau to start at around midday, and to end at midnight. This gives the option of having your guests return the next day for a picnic in the grounds, or for a relaxed buffet lunch in the stables.

There is a very nice two-star hotel only a five-minute taxi ride away, and every other sort of accommodation in the area, from five-star hotels to Bed and Breakfasts.

Champagne bottles
Vintage car at wedding venue Big Chateau, Hallines, Pas-de-Calais, Northern France

If this sounds like it might suit you, please get in touch to chat about your plans — or arrange a visit. We’d love to meet you!

Flowers at wedding venue Big Chateau, Hallines, Pas-de-Calais, Northern France
Wedding FAQs
What's included when renting the stables?
  • the exclusive use of the stables, with its central area for up to 120 guests and the kitchen, bar, dance area and toilets
  • access to the stables throughout your stay, to enable pre-wedding decorating and a post-wedding lunch if required
  • tables, linen tablecloths, chairs and cushions, small vases
  • permission to have more than thirty guests on site (which is the maximum allowed in our normal chateau rental)
  • lists of local wedding suppliers
  • a member of staff on hand to help with technical issues and make sure things run smoothly
  • parking for thirty cars, fifty metres from the chateau
  • rubbish disposal and glass recycling
Do you supply crockery, cutlery and glasses?

No. Your caterer will supply them. The local wine shops can also supply glasses.

Are there any rules about which wedding suppliers we can use?

You can book anyone you choose to supply anything you want. We can recommend suppliers who have catered for us before, but you are free to pick anyone you like. All we ask of your chosen caterers is that they leave the kitchen and storage areas of the stables as clean as they found them, and they do not use the kitchen in the chateau to cook or wash up.

Do you have a wedding coordinator, or someone to help with the language, and would they be there on the wedding day?

Yes, if you want. Some wedding supply discussions can get quite technical and Google Translate can struggle with things like florists’ arrangements! Amanda is happy to help out with wedding planning. She charges an hourly rate of £40. She can be there on the wedding day.

Why do weddings cost more than renting the chateau?

Weddings require the use of our renovated stables as an event space. They are very significantly more work than a normal chateau rental. While the chateau will be the base for up to twenty-six of your guests, much of the wedding itself will take place in the stables.

Does a wedding need to include the rental of the stables?

If your wedding is for thirty people or fewer, you don’t need to hire the stables. Your wedding breakfast can be in the dining room and we will treat it as a normal chateau rental. If you are inviting more than thirty guests, then you do need to hire the stables because the chateau, though large, is not set up to be a wedding venue. Even if you wanted your guests to be seated in the garden, the stables would still be needed for preparing the food and drinks, for the dancing – and in case of rain.

How can we see what rental dates are available?

On our website Homepage, click on the top right icon and select Booking & Rates. The dropdown menu will then show Availability.

What is your minimum rental length?

Our minimum rental is three nights. Check-in time is 5pm, and check-out is 10am. For a relaxed wedding we recommend at least four nights.

What do we have to pay, and when do we have to pay it?

To secure the booking, you need to pay half the chateau rental fee. The other half, along with the security deposit and the stables hire are due two months before the start of the rental.

What are the cancellation terms?

If you cancel more than sixty days before your booking, we will return your money in full. After sixty days the full payment is due, and then if you cancel, we retain 25% of the full rental (but refund the wedding fee/stable hire in full). If you cancel with less than thirty days before the rental starts, we retain 50% of the full rental fee (but refund the wedding fee/stable hire in full).

Are there any extra costs involved?

We offer all our renters an exit clean charge of £260. This is optional, but we strongly recommend it for weddings as we’re sure you’ll have enough to do without cleaning and tidying before you leave!

Do you charge corkage?

No. Your caterer might charge a fee, but we don’t.

Can we have a pay-bar at our event?

No. We don’t have a licence for the sale of alcohol, so alcoholic drinks need to be provided to guests free of charge.

Why do you schedule weddings to end at midnight?

We find that twelve hours is a good length for a wedding. It allows for plenty of dancing, doesn’t require a second shift of staff and lets guests get back to their hotels while local taxi firms are still operating. We also need to comply with French laws about noise, as we are on the edge of a village. If you want your guests to return the next day for lunch, it’s also a good idea to bring things to an end at about midnight. If you are very keen that your party should extend beyond midnight, however, we are happy to talk about how we can try to do this.

Is the venue suitable for disabled guests?

Yes. The stables are all on ground level, the floors are all tiled, and there is a disabled toilet. Those staying at the chateau need to be able to climb stairs.

What are the bad weather options for the service?

In case of bad weather, a blessing can either take place in the stables or you can use the entrance hall or dining room of the chateau.

How many toilets are there?

There are four toilets in the stables. One of them is a disabled toilet with a fold-down nappy-changing station. If needed, there are a further six toilets on the ground floor of the chateau.

Can guests stay in tents and campervans in the grounds of the chateau?

No. We can put up four extra wedding guests in our cottage, otherwise there are B & Bs in the village, and a hotel that’s five minutes away.

Can we have round tables?

We supply rectangular tables at the stables. This makes best use of the space. It is also the most sociable layout as guests can talk to those sitting opposite them as well as either side. It also means that guests will not have their backs to the top table so that everyone can easily watch those making speeches. But if you would prefer round tables, you can book a French caterer that will be able to supply them. We would slightly reduce our venue hire charge in these circumstances.

Do you have a sound system?

We have a portable speaker with a plug-in microphone. This can be used during the blessing, but those conducting blessings usually bring their own. Ours can be used for speeches, but the acoustics are so good in the stables that it might not be needed.

Can we throw confetti?

Confetti for your guests to throw in the gardens or at the church needs to be dried flower petals. If you search online for “wedding confetti petals”, you will find plenty of suppliers.

How can we reduce the carbon footprint of our wedding?

A wedding at Chateau d’Hallines is an environmentally friendly option because your guests are likely to come by car, and the Eurotunnel or ferry, rather than flying. The chateau and the stables are naturally cool in the summer and do not require air-conditioning. Food and drink can be sourced locally. We recycle all glass, plastic and paper.

Can we have fireworks?

No. By the time that it gets dark in the summer, it’s too late to be letting off fireworks. In the winter this might be possible, subject to getting permission from the Mayor.

Can we have a marquee?

No. We renovated our stables to be a wedding venue. If your guests cannot fit into the stables, then you need a different venue!

Do you supply bunting?

Yes. We are happy to put up white bunting – or to put up yours if you bring your own (about 44 metres is needed).

A PERFECT HOME FOR YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION

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