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Wedding in Arcachon: a waterfront wedding in the Bordeaux region

Plan the wedding of your dreams on the Bay of Arcachon, a place where breathtaking nature meets French elegance. From decorating tips to personalized recommendations from Angélique, wedding planner in Bordeaux, this article is your ultimate guide to a fairytale wedding between dunes, ocean and pine forests.

How to organize the perfect wedding in Arcachon and the Bassin. From Dune du Pilat to Cap Ferret, our tips for a romantic ceremony and unforgettable festivities.


Wedding Bassin D'arcachon
Bassin D'arcachon wedding: a magical setting


Getting married in the Bay of Arcachon: an enchanting setting

Dune du Pilat, Cap Ferret, l'ile aux oiseaux, these are places you know well. Visit Arcachon Basin is full of wonderful places to celebrate the happiest day of your life. With panoramic views over the basin, wild pine forests, white sand and seaside gastronomy, it's an idyllic setting to charm you and your guests. 

An arrival aboard a pinasse or on horseback on the beach - nothing could be more romantic to surprise your guests. 

Whether you wish to celebrate your union in a private villa, in an oyster shack, on the sand, in the heart of nature, or to privatize a restaurant, the basin abounds in treasures adapted to the occasion.                    


The Basin's landmarks

La Dune du Pilat: a breathtaking panorama for an extraordinary wedding

Imagine a moment when, barefoot on fine sand, you stand facing the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean, with only the azure sky stretching as far as the eye can see. The majestic and imposing Dune du Pilat provides the perfect backdrop for an extraordinary wedding ceremony. This natural site, the highest in Europe, stands proudly at the entrance to the Bay of Arcachon, offering a breathtaking panorama that leaves you speechless. Couples looking for an intimate or grandiose wedding will find a spectacular setting here, where nature plays the leading role. Photographs taken on this dune, with the sun setting on the horizon, will capture the very essence of your love, eternal and grandiose. The climb up the dune, although challenging, becomes a symbolic step towards a new chapter in your life, making the moment even more memorable.


Dune Du Pilat Wedding Arcachon
Dune du Pilat Wedding Arcachon


Wedding in Cap Ferret: between ocean and basin

Cap Ferret, the pearl of the Bassin d'Arcachon, is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the calm waters of the basin, creating a landscape of striking beauty. Its wild beaches lined with pine forests offer an idyllic setting for lovers wishing to say "I do" in an authentic, unspoilt environment. The fishing villages, with their colorful huts and small ports, add to the region's unique charm. A ceremony on the beach at Cap Ferret, as the sun sets the sky ablaze with its golden hues, promises to be a magical moment, etched forever in the memory. The location lends itself perfectly to weddings combining simplicity and elegance, where nature serves as the backdrop to the celebration of your union.


Île aux Oiseaux and cabanes tchanquées: a picturesque setting

In the heart of the Bassin d'Arcachon lies a little treasure: Île aux Oiseaux. This island, accessible only by boat, is a haven of peace where nature reigns supreme. The island's emblematic cabanes tchanquées stand on their stilts, offering a unique sight and an ideal backdrop for poetic and original wedding photos. These huts, once used by oyster farmers, symbolize the tradition and history of the region, adding a cultural dimension to your wedding. Organizing your ceremony on the island or near the cabanes tchanquées allows you to create an intimate moment, where time seems suspended, far from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. It's the perfect place for couples looking for a wedding that stands out for its atypical setting and total immersion in nature.


Each of these emblematic locations on the Bassin d'Arcachon has its own magic, capable of transforming your wedding into an unforgettable day. Whether you're drawn to the immensity of the Dune du Pilat, the discreet charm of Cap Ferret or the picturesque character of Ile aux Oiseaux, the Basin offers a multitude of options for celebrating your love in a setting that's just right for you. These places are not just backdrops; they become actors in your story, adding a deep, authentic dimension to the beauty of your commitment.


Spectacular arrivals and original transport for a wedding in the Basin


Wedding In Arcachon Pinasse
Wedding In Arcachon Pinasse


By pinnace: a local tradition

Arrival at the ceremony in pinasseThis traditional boat, emblematic of the Bassin d'Arcachon, is much more than just a means of transport; it's a true immersion in local culture. Gliding elegantly over the calm waters of the basin, the pinasse offers a spectacular and poetic entrance. Imagine the reflection of the sun on the water, the gentle breeze caressing your face, as you approach the ceremony site, watched in amazement by your guests. This tradition, rooted in the history of the Basin, brings an authentic, timeless dimension to your wedding. To find out more about this tradition and organize your arrival by pinasse, consult specialized websites such as Arcachon Basin.


Horseback riding on the beach: for nature lovers

For couples who share a passion for nature and adventure, arrive on horseback on the beach is an option that promises to leave a lasting impression. The image of a couple approaching the site of their union at horse pace, on fine sand, with the sound of the waves in the background, is one of unparalleled beauty and romance. This majestic entrance is not just an aesthetic choice; it also symbolizes strength, grace and freedom, deep values that resonate with the wedding commitment. Local equestrian wedding suppliers can help you plan this magical arrival. For more information, visit dedicated websites such as Equestrian weddings.


Far from being mere logistical details, these modes of arrival are key elements that set the tone for your wedding ceremony. Whether you choose the understated elegance of a pinasse or the majesty of an arrival on horseback, these unique experiences enrich the story of your special day, leaving lasting memories for both you and your guests. By incorporating these local traditions or personal touches, you celebrate not only your love, but also the heritage and natural beauty of the Bay of Arcachon, making your wedding a truly unique and memorable event.


Wedding Dune Du Pilat Arcachon


Wedding in Arcachon and choosing a reception venue: between nature and gastronomy

Private villas and oyster huts: charm and authenticity

The Bassin d'Arcachon, with its unique blend of maritime landscapes and lush natural surroundings, offers a multitude of reception venues for your wedding, ranging from private villas elegant oyster huts traditional. Choosing a private waterside villa means opting for exclusivity and tranquility, with breathtaking water views that add a touch of magic to your celebration. These residences, often hidden among the pines, offer privacy and elegance, with vast gardens where your guests can mingle in a relaxed and refined atmosphere.

On the other hand, the oyster huts, emblems of the local heritage, offer an authentic and immersive experience. These simple yet charming waterfront structures are perfect for couples looking for an intimate, relaxed wedding, in harmony with the maritime spirit of the Bassin. Hosting your reception in an oyster shack allows you to celebrate in a setting that reflects tradition and simplicity, while offering your guests a unique culinary experience centered on the treasures of the sea. To explore the options of villas and cabins available, sites such as can offer you a varied selection.


Shooting Inspiration Villa La Tosca 1 Min
Shooting Inspiration Villa La Tosca 1 Min

Les Cabanes Bartherotte, a breathtaking view of the Bay of Arcachon and the Dune du Pilat

Nestled in the heart of Cap Ferretthe Bartherotte cabins stand like discreet jewels offering a glimpse of the wonders of the Arcachon Basin and the majestic Dune du Pilat. These cabins, emblematic of local architecture, embody the perfect harmony between simplicity and elegance, making them a choice venue for weddings wishing to capture the essence of the Basin.


Cabanes Bartherotte, wedding venue Bassin d'Arcachon
Cabanes Bartherotte, wedding venue Bassin d'Arcachon


The particularity of Bartherotte cabins lies in their ability to merge with the surrounding landscape, providing a spectacular backdrop for your ceremony. The unique architecture of these cabins, with their distinctive woodwork and tiled roofs, blends perfectly with the natural surroundings, creating a rustic yet refined setting for your wedding.

Imagine a moment when, surrounded by your loved ones, you exchange your vows with the panoramic view of the Arcachon basin which stretches as far as the eye can see, and the imposing silhouette of the Dune du Pilat against the sky. The soft light of the setting sun, reflected on the calm waters of the basin, adds a touch of magic to the atmosphere, making every moment captured by the photographers a true masterpiece.

In addition to the breathtaking visual setting, the Bartherotte cabins also offer a private beach, allowing for a spectacular arrival by boat or an exclusive moment of relaxation with your guests. This little corner of paradise, accessible only to those who know its secrets, promises unrivalled intimacy and exclusivity for your wedding.

Opt for Bartherotte cabins for your wedding means choosing a venue that combines natural beauty, history and exclusivity. It means allowing your celebration to take place in an authentic, meaningful setting, where every detail, from the breathtaking views to the iconic architecture, contributes to creating an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. For more information on these unique venues and to plan your visit, please visit the official website of Cap Ferret.


Seaside gastronomy: a treat for the taste buds

Gastronomy is at the heart of the wedding experience, and the Bassin d'Arcachon has a lot to offer in this area. The region is famous for its seafoodin particular oystersconsidered among the best in France. Serve fresh oysters with local white wineOysters, the perfect ingredient for your reception, guarantee an exquisite tasting experience that will delight the palates of your guests. This gastronomic touch is not limited to oysters; shrimps, whelks and other delicacies from the sea can also grace your menu, offering a palette of flavors that celebrates the culinary richness of the Bassin.


Seafood Wedding Arcachon
Seafood Wedding Arcachon


The conviviality of a shared meal, where the flavors of the sea mingle with the delicate wines of the region, creates a warm and festive atmosphere, essential to the success of your wedding. For couples looking for a more informal alternative, the option of a food truck offering local specialties can add an original, casual touch to the reception. Platforms such as La Belle Assiette can help you find chefs specialized in wedding cuisine, capable of creating a customized menu that reflects your tastes and the theme of your wedding.

When you choose the Bassin d'Arcachon for your wedding, you're opting for a place where natural beauty blends harmoniously with exceptional gastronomy. Whether you prefer the sophistication of a private villa or the rustic charm of an oyster shack, the Bassin offers an idyllic setting to celebrate your union, with delicious dishes that promise to make your day even more memorable.


Wedding in the Bassin d'Arcachon: tips for decoration and atmosphere

Pastel colors and natural materials: harmony and softness

To create an atmosphere that reflects the natural beauty and serenity of the Bassin d'Arcachon, incorporate the following into your décor pastel colors and natural materials. These elements bring a touch of softness and elegance to your wedding, while remaining in harmony with the surrounding setting.

  • Pastel colors : Soft hues like sky blue, powder pink, lavender and mint green are perfect for evoking the lightness and freshness of the seaside.
  • Natural materials : Driftwood, linen, cotton and natural fibers like jute or sisal add authentic texture and warmth to your decor.
  • Decorative elements : Consider wooden arches for your beach ceremony straw hats as gifts for your guests and espadrilles for a comfortable, local touch.

Decoration ideas for the big day

Decorative element Description Contributing to the ambience
Wooden arches Streamlined structures for the ceremony Add a natural, romantic setting
Straw hats Gifts for guests Offer sun protection and an elegant souvenir
Espadrilles Shoes for the bride and guests Comfort and casual style for the beach


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Julie Et Laurent 1 Min

Recommendations from Angélique, wedding planner in Bordeaux

For an exceptional wedding in the Bassin d'Arcachon, the advice ofAngeliqueyour wedding planner in Bordeaux, are invaluable. With her experience and in-depth knowledge of the region, Angélique can help you personalize every aspect of your wedding to match your dreams.

Angélique's top 3:

  1. Arrival by Pinasse : an elegant, traditional entrée that will pleasantly surprise your guests.
  2. Seafood tasting : at the village de l'Herbe, for an authentic and tasty culinary experience.
  3. Stroll on the Dune du Pilat : a unique activity for you and your guests, offering spectacular views and moments of sharing.

Angélique can also advise you on the best local suppliers, exceptional reception venues and original ideas to make your wedding in Arcachon or the Bassin unique. Relying on her expertise, you can rest assured that every detail of your wedding will be meticulous, reflecting your personality and celebrating love in the most enchanting of settings.

Whether you want an intimate, elegant or natural wedding, the Bassin d'Arcachon is all you need.

Opt for pastel colors, wood, beige, jeanne dames, arches on the sand, straw hats for your guests, espadrilles...a relaxed atmosphere for a wedding on the Bassin.

Are you dreaming about it? Would you like to celebrate your wedding on the Bay of Arcachon? Come and tell me all about it!

Contact Angélique, wedding planner in Bordeaux



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