Your host region: Lake Geneva
Gently sloping vineyards border the shores of Lake Geneva, with the capital city of Lausanne sitting across from the highest Alpine peaks. Lively towns and small wine-growing villages appear scattered at random. The region seems half a dream and half a reality, but the people in the farm villages who work the wheat fields on the plain above the lake, the inhabitants of the medieval towns and the original inhabitants of the castles have always had both feet planted firmly on the ground.
Lausanne offers the best aspects of a hip city, an historical old town, a holiday resort on the lake shores and an Olympic capital. It captivates you in the blink of an eye, whatever the purpose of your visit. But falling head over heels needs no justification!
The setting of Lausanne is extremely picturesque: It is hardly surprising that the International Olympic Committee has been based in Lausanne since 1914. The town is built on three hills surrounded by vineyard-covered slopes, with Lake Geneva at its feet. Rising impressively from the opposing French lakeshore are the Savoy Alps. The attractive old town is largely car-free. Small alleyways with cafes and boutiques shape the streetscape in the medieval city centre.
Lausanne, Olympic Museum. Photo credit: Lydie Nesvadba
For the most romantic day of your life, a magnificent setting alone is not enough. You need excellent service too.
The Beau-Rivage Palace combines both so that everything is perfect. In good weather, the ceremony and drinks reception can take place outside in the 4-hectare park with a magnificent view of Lake Geneva and the Alps. Dinner in one of the majestic ballrooms is a magical occasion for the happy couple and will remain long in the memory of every guest.
Number of rooms: 168
Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne. Photo credit: Youri Claessens
Welcome reception: Vineyards of Lavaux
At 800 hectares, the terraced vineyards of the UNESCO region Lavaux form Switzerland's largest contiguous vineyard area with terrace after terrace offering magnificent views.
Terraces overlooking the vineyards in Lavaux. Photo credit: Grégoire Chappuis
Symbolic ceremony: The Garden of the Beau-Rivage Palace
Plan a romantic ceremony outdoor in the magnificent garden of the hotel with view on Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Ceremony in the garden of Beau-Rivage Palace
Gala dinner: The historical Sandoz Ballroom at Beau-Rivage Palace
Built in 1908, the Sandoz room is a veritable jewel of Beau-Rivage Palace. Sumptuously decorated and easily adjustable thanks to its generous proportions, the largest room at Beau-Rivage Palace is a majestic, grand and unique setting for weddings, seminars and receptions. With 430 m² of space, it accommodates up to 400 conference guests or 600 people for a cocktail reception.
Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne. Photo credit: Ingila Claudio
Farewell brunch: On a boat cruising on Lake Geneva
Extend your special event and have a memorable time with your guests on a yacht trip on Lake Geneva. The CGN fleet includes both modern and Belle Epoque vessels of various sizes to suit all tastes and requirements. Depending on the destination, the number of guests and the type of catering chosen, we can provide the most suitable private boat.
Steam boat approaching Vevey in Lake Geneva Region. Photo credit: Youri Claessens
Excursions for your guests:
Your wedding guests will enjoy a variety of activities in Lake Geneva Region either before or after the wedding, these include visits to:
- Lausanne: Olympic Museum which houses permanent and temporary exhibits relating to sport and the Olympic movement.
- Chocolate Factory in Broc (Maison Cailler) where you will explore the story of chocolate through a series of interactive and multi-sensorial experiences.
- Castle of Chillon in Montreux, an island castle located on Lake Geneva.
- Chaplin’s World Museum in Vevey, a museum honoring Charlie Chaplin in his former home, with interactive displays, memorabilia and a cafe.
Chaplin's World, Montreux
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