Founder and Director
Lauren has worked in the wedding industry for 11 years both in the UK and France. In the UK Lauren had a wedding cake company, but in 2017 she moved to France with her husband and young son for a change in lifestyle and to enjoy all that France has to offer, however she still very much wanted to work in the wedding industry!
It wasn’t until the summer of 2018 after much planning that French Wedding Venues was born! It has rapidly grown into the largest wedding venue directory in France for the English speaking market. Lauren has always had a love of France and is passionate about helping couples find their dream wedding venue in this beautiful country!
When not talking about weddings in France Lauren loves spending time with her family, travelling and running.
Oliver moved to France in 2017, something which he had dreamed of doing for a long while whilst working in the city for many years. After setting up their first business in France, Luxury Loos France in 2015 and working in the wedding industry Oliver and Lauren started French Wedding Venues (FWV) in 2018. Since then FWV has grown to be the largest English speaking wedding venues directory in France. Oliver is primarily focussed on developing new relationships within the industry and promoting FWV to new partners.
When not working Oliver loves spending time with his family, motor racing and rugby.
Wedding Consultant and Sales Executive
Josie got married in the Dordogne after she and her now-husband decided they wanted a romantic wedding abroad which could be combined with a wonderful holiday with their friends and family. Finding a venue was a real challenge and this is partly why she was interested to start working with FWV! Josie's role with FWV is to market the platform to venues looking for more exposure and to help them with any queries they may have.
Josie also currently manages a Chateau in the Dordogne, meaning that she is able to view things from the venue owners/managers perspective, meaning she knows what they are looking for in terms of marketing.
She also has a lot of experience in marketing in the wedding industry, having worked at two premium wedding destinations in the UK over the past six years to promote the venues and all that they can offer.
She loves travel and languages - having studied Spanish at university in the UK and French while studying at la Universidad de Granada in Spain. She has lived in South America (Argentina) and is currently based n the UK with her young family.
Kate moved to France, a country that she has always been passionate about 18 years ago seeking a change of lifestyle and career!
She started working as a wedding planner 14 years ago in the South West of France with a wedding planning company and then two years ago set up her own wedding planning / consultancy business. Kate has an in depth knowledge of weddings in France and has a wealth of experience planning people's big days.
In the UK Kate worked as a social worker and a teacher where she gained a wide range of skills and knowledge which have proved invaluble in her new career as a wedding planner. Kate is bi-lingual in English and French and is looking forward to working with you to with you to find your dream venue.
Kate loves life, meeting new people, walking and wild camping!
Originally from Scotland, Hannah moved to rural South West France in 2002. Previously, she worked in London coordinating large scale live events and design projects, as well as organising corporate days out and parties. In 2013, she set up her own wedding and event planning business, which she still runs. Having organised wedding events in a wide variety of locations, she now offers a venue consultancy service for those interested in having an At-Home wedding or looking to set up as a registered venue. All of this experience enables Hannah to understand exactly what couples are looking for in a venue and allow her to make tailored suggestions to them.
She has a passion for all things French, most especially fresh croissants, raspberry macarons and Champagne. When not planning events she likes to play the Irish low D whistle, accordion and sing opera.
Rebecca started her career in events in London as an event manager for an historical venue organising weddings and corporate events. She then worked for an event management company organising large events for the telecommunication, pharmaceutical and airline industries.
After several years in London she decided to travel the world with her backpack visiting South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Upon her return to London she worked for an event management company as the venue finder and then a prestigious country house hotel as the event manager.
Rebecca moved to France in 2007 with her French husband and the first few years were spent raising 3 lively children.
Rebecca is now working as a freelance event professional on a variety of projects from music awards to film festivals, congresses and weddings. She also manages the events, sales and marketing for a Chateau near to Avignon.
With all the experience gained both in work and life, Rebecca aims to help you find your perfect venue to get married in. She loves the detail, the organisation and delivery of an event and doing all this in France is even better - combining her love for the French, food and of course the wine! In her spare time she plays Tag Rugby, goes on energetic walks and enjoy precious family time.
Social Media Manager
Harriet lives and works in London and is our resident social media guru!
Harriet graduated from Loughborough University with a 2:1 in Business and Marketing and has worked for the past three years in the social media industry specialising in the entertainment sector.
When she is not at work she loves travelling, good food and an accompanying G&T (or two).
Rafferty is our minature wired haired daschund and has been part of the team since the very beginning! Having attended numerous weddings himself he is somewhat of an expert when it comes to sniffing out the perfect venue for our clients. When he is not busy venue hunting he likes nothing more than to sunbathe in the summer or lie in front of the fire during the colder months.
Why use French Wedding Venues?
- We provide the largest selection of wedding venues in France
- Intimate or grand we have a full selection of different style wedding venues and something for everyone's budget
- Easy comparisons of the venues facilities
- Trusted wedding venue owners with excellent reputations
- Separate regions to help facilitate your search
- Communication with the venue owners where needed
- Recommendations of wedding planners within your area
- Shortlist feature on our site to save your favourites
- Specialists in the wedding industry for over five years
"I wouldn't have found my dream venue without French Wedding Venues help and guidance."
Mr & Mrs S. Bailey
Found your perfect wedding venue? What's the next step?
Get in touch with the wedding venue directly with our easy to use 'contact the venue' form. Please complete the form with as much information as possible and they will come back to you with availability.
Is the French language an issue?
Don't speak the language, don't worry! We have great bilingual wedding planners that we work with throughout France who can help you with all aspects of your wedding.
We have the best premium wedding venues which are all fully set up to host your magical day throughout France. This means you can trust us with the knowledge that your wedding venue in France will be perfect and of the highest standard.