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One of my favorite beach club venues for a pre-wedding cocktail party or post-wedding brunch is in French Glamour magazine this month. Paloma Beach encapsulates rugged beauty and old-school Riviera Glamour and is totally private, located in stunning surroundings which is what makes it the perfect private beach event venue! With my team, we have already worked on one pre-wedding beach party there and will be doing a brunch there this September, the venue largely earns a place in our recommended venue list!

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The Belles Rives began life as a private villa in the 1920s with prominent personalities such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald amongst the property’s famous visitors. Situated in an enviable location right on the sea-shore of the exclusive Cap d’Antibes close to Juan-les-Pins, today, the Belles Rives is a 42 bedroom family run hotel and a fabulous venue for weddings on the French Riviera.

Wedding cocktail receptions and dinners at the Belles Rives hotel take place directly by the sea on a manmade beach-like terraced area. The beach terrace has a maximum capacity of 300 people but is ideal for groups of between 50 and 150 people. The beach terrace also has a tent to offer protection in case of rain which has a seated capacity of 70 people with a dance floor area and 100 without a dance floor.

 

Belles Rives beach terrace & tent

 

Belles Rives beach terrace

 

Belles Rives tent

 

The Belles Rives offers various wedding ‘packages’ ranging from 140 Euros per person depending on the type of menu that you decide to go for. All packages include Champagne and canapés, main dishes, a cheese course, wedding cake, wine, mineral water and coffee. The per head price includes chairs, tables and table decoration (candles, flowers, menu holders) as well as one nights accommodation for the Bride and Groom on their wedding night. More à la carte tailor-made proposals are also available.

 

Wedding at the Belles Rives hotel

 

Wedding at the Belles Rives hotel

 

For wedding ceremonies at the Belle Rives, either the same beach terrace or the Terrasse de la Passagère with a capacity of 140 people seated can be used. An additional fee applies for the exclusive use of the Terrasse de la Passagère. Timings for the start of ceremonies at the Belles Rives in either space depends on the season.

 

Wedding ceremony on the Terrasse de la Passagère

 

Wedding Ceremony on the Terrasse de la Passagère

 

Rates and conditions for weddings at the Belles Rives change slightly depending on the time of year. For example during high season (15 June to 15 September) the time limit for music is midnight as opposed to 02.00 during the mid season.

For more information about weddings at the Belles Rives hotel, do not hesitate to contact My Riviera Wedding. Simply send us an email or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Belles Rives directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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Mandala Beach is one of my favourite beach restaurants in Cannes and is somewhere I love to go and eat dinner with friends on a summer’s evening. The Mandala is an ideal venue for both beach wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. The venue can be hired for exclusive use year round, even during the high season months of July and August (with the exception of the evenings which the Cannes firework competition takes place). This is rather exceptional as the majority of the private beaches along the Cote d’Azur that rent out sun loungers for sun bathing are often not available for exclusive use during the high season.

The Mandala has a wooden decked terrace area which can be covered in case of bad weather or left fully open. The terrace area can hold up to 150 people for a seated dinner. Weather permitting, tables and chairs can also be placed directly on the sand for a more relaxed vibe. The venue can provide tables and chairs, table cloths and napkins, crockery and cutlery and glass ware for up to 200 people. The beach is really at its best following the addition of decoration and lounge furniture (not provided by the venue but can be organised through the beach’s preferred decoration supplier JD Deco).

The menus proposed by the Mandala for weddings offer pretty good value for money, priced upwards of 80 Euros per head including privisation of the venue, a welcome cocktail, canapés, 3 courses, coffee, wine and mineral water (minimum guest numbers apply). On the menu are a large range of delicious French specialities using quality ingredients such as ‘fois gras’, scallops, king prawns, lobster and duck. The Mandala can provide a sushi bar, a cocktail bar and dinner canapé menus as an alternative to a seated dinner.

For more information or if you would like My Riviera Wedding to contact the Mandala on your behalf to obtain a quote, do not hesitate to get in touch by either leaving a comment below or sending us an email. If you prefer to contact the Mandala Beach directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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L’Ecrin beach is for me by far the best beach in Cannes for weddings. Tucked away off the Croisette on the east side of Port Canto, L’Ecrin offers a private setting for beach wedding receptions.

Open in the day time as a private beach with 180 sun loungers, L’Ecrin also functions as a restaurant and lounge bar. With a décor designed by the same artist as the Man Ray in Paris and New York and the Buddha Bar in Paris, L’Ecrin oozes a relaxed trendy vibe.

For weddings, L’Ecrin has 3 different spaces that can be used: the main restaurant which is totally under cover, a terrace which is really a continuation of the restaurant which can be either open air or covered with an extendable shelter and the lounge bar, a wooden decking chill out area opening out onto the sand. The restaurant and terrace combined have a maximum seated capacity of 200 for stated dinners. For cocktail parties, the venue with its 3 event spaces can fit larger groups of up to 400 standing.

I have eaten at L’Ecrin several times and the food is pretty good. The menu is mainly French cuisine (mediterranean not gastronomic) with asian specialities often on the specials board. For weddings, L’Ecrin can put together a tailor-made buffet, seated dinner or canapé menu depending on your requirements.

L’Ecrin can set up a dance floor area and provide sound and light equipment. The venue can also recommend DJs with whom they work frequently. One thing to keep in mind is that sound regulations on beaches in Cannes are quite strict. The venue should take care of applying for a late licence which will allow you to have music until 02.00. If you want to add a touch of magic to your reception then you could also ask the venue about the possibility of organising a firework display.

For more information about weddings at the Ecrin beach, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the venue directly, you can get in touch with the Ecrin events team by telephone on +33 (0)4 92 59 60 60 or by email. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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