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Leaving nothing to chance on the best day of your life TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: DRIEKONINGEN / STEVE VERCNOCKE
In the west corner of Flanders lies Beauvoorde, an idyllic artist village ten kilometres from the Belgian coast. Here, with the romantic, Renaissance-style Beauvoorde Castle in the backdrop, you will find event location Salons Driekoningen, which specialises in hosting unforgettable weddings. With over 30 years of experience, you can trust that Driekoningen’s head chef Xavier Dehouck and hostess and sommelier Ria Fleurbaey will think of everything, down to the smallest details. “We always aim for perfection,” says Ria. “We listen to the wishes of the couple and then strive to exceed those. When people are so enthusiastic, they tell us the day was far better than expected, that’s when we’re satisfied.” 54 | Issue 24 | December 2015
Driekoningen is a wedding event complex with a restaurant, outdoor veranda and luxury hotel rooms for up to 30 guests. “And for the happy couple, a night’s stay in the wedding suite will be free,” she continues. “We also have excellent connections with the many bed and breakfasts in the area, if more guests want to stay over.” Whether a formal, sit-down dinner is preferred for up to 320 guests, or a ‘walking dinner’ with canapes and small bites, Xavier and Ria will help the couple create a tailor-made menu. “Our chefs have years of experience in creating exquisite food. To guarantee the quality, we only work with fresh ingredients and everything will be made in-house, including desserts,” says Ria.
The name Driekoningen, or Three Kings, comes from the 16th century tavern that was located here. “We wanted to keep this heritage alive,” comments Ria. The adjacent barn still dates from this period, which can be booked for smaller events and dinners. “It is a stunning, authentic barn with an intimate atmosphere.” The gardens around the complex lend themselves perfectly for outdoor celebrations and barbeque receptions for up to 400 guests. “And with the castle in the background, it is also ideal for making beautiful wedding photos. We can of course help to arrange photographers,” Ria adds. Moreover, she can help the couple with their church service held nearby with a local pastor and DJ bookings. www.driekoningen.be
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