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There are several beautiful locations for weddings on Château du Sureau’s grounds. However, because of this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s jewel box setting, nuptial parties have to be modestly sized.
The hotel’s restaurant, Erna’s Elderberry House, can seat 90 -100 individuals at capacity. Most of the estate’s other shared spaces are designed to be intimate, so planning to have more than 100 guests is inadvisable. Erna Kubin-Clanin, the hotel’s builder and proprietress, recommends having an outdoor wedding so you can take advantage of the hotel’s beautiful Old World architecture and the warm, sunny weather if you’re planning your wedding for the spring or summer. An outdoor wedding also allows you to maximize your guest capacity and have your wedding photos taken in beautiful natural light.
For larger weddings, couples usually tie the knot in the hotel’s front courtyard. This spot features a grand staircase for the bride’s descent, as well as a manicured walkway that serves as an aisle. The ceremony itself can take place under the courtyard’s arbor or in front of its lovely multi-tiered fountain.
Weddings with smaller guest lists have a few additional options. If you want a private ceremony, you can use the hotel’s woodland gazebo. This beautiful space has a quaint Victorian look, room for close family and friends and a small pond in back. For couples who enjoy a meeting of minds as well as hearts, there’s also the option of reciting your vows on the hotel’s granite, life-sized lawn chessboard, which can accommodate 15-20 guests, along with the queens, kings and their full retinues.