I chose him because I loved his editorial work and I still feel so lucky that he was available and willing to be at my wedding. Have five or six different French wines available, with a wine expert or wine-buff friend on hand to pour and explain the different vintages to your guests. Read my first post, archived under January 2009, for more details. We love the idea of giving away pocket-sized French cookbooks, mini bottles of French wine tagged with a personalized wedding label, or small vials of French perfume or cologne placed on each guests' plate. I'm a great believer in ebay for that.
We were so excited to call our friends and family in New Zealand, Australia and London to tell them the news! You might want to check out costume shops for something authentic-looking! I've been living in Paris for 5 months now with my own petit ami, and honestly, I am so grateful for your blog because it seems like you've experienced many of the exact same things I have. Stretch tents look stunning while offering protection from the sun. Plan the wedding on your home turf and let your creativity soar. Cash is also acceptable, or a check sent in the post. These could be musical chairs, hide-and-seek, duck-duck-goose.
Finish off the look with quality cufflinks and, if you want to stand out, a , or silk , the latter a nice winter touch. Few of the men had suits, even fewer had ties. The wedding is in Paris and the reception is being held about an hour outside of Paris in a castle from the 13th century. He has a lovely energetic energy and is really easy to get along with. Colour or pattern is allowed, but keep it classy. Shoes Again, dark leather shoes in winter or tan in summer. However, much of the change happens in the material and structure of the suit, rather than the style itself: Suits A casual suit will be made from fabric with a more open weave and more texture.
Brides are advised then to consider lighter, floatier fabrics, rather than heavily structured, tightly corseted, many petticoated concoctions — there is nothing chic about fainting in the middle of the vows! Note that chateau means castle, but don't be overwhelmed: it is also used to mean place where reception is being held. I suggested the shoe game, which is the only game I've ever seen played at an American wedding. For instance, a yellow blazer or lime green geometric print as a jacket, not a full, garish two-piece. The overall theme was laid back décor with nothing deliberately matching — although I did carry the foliage theme into some of the stationary and table plan which was all designed by my talented Mum, Oonagh Moore at Foxglove Stationery. Otherwise, undo the top button or two no more, Fabio of your shirt. Parasols held high, Mandy and Kevin led the parade to the sound of hardy cheers and laughter. You cross the threshold of the Challain estate through the imposing guard building, and this is where the fairytale comes alive.
I know I must sound crazy, but I just want to be appropriate. Her hair and make-up was by Harold James. By having a symbolic ceremony, you will not need to visit any authorities and no paperwork is needed. But of course as with any wedding there are opportunities for disaster to strike with the smallest thing. I know fashion is of the utmost importance to the French, and I don't want to disappoint. Black Tie Weddings The tuxedo scores top points for sophistication and class.
I thought it was such a lovely idea so I did the same with my bridesmaids. I've had requests for information about what to wear, say and do at a French wedding and decided to compile a little dossier as the big season begins. Before moving to the dinner zone, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed rides on the hot air balloon. It is always good to work with a planner who is in the area of the venue unless they bring their suppliers with them. Suits A dark suit is the foundation of a semi-formal look.
For the purists, pumps with a satin or silk bow on top are the classic shoe, but are quite rare these days. For an alternative, look to forest green, burgundy and earthen hues like camel, brown and the more saturated blues. The Honeymoon Ou est-ce que vous irez? Be original and make it a water tasting. They got engaged on a weekend trip to Copenhagen in May of 2016. Reception capacity: Up to 300 outside sleeps 68 on site 7. It is the ideal period one may think to hold an event outdoor and France has a lot of beautiful settings to offer: beaches, vineyards, Chateau parks and woods. When in doubt, switch in material contrast like a knitted tie or suede monk, instead of a patterned tie or coloured shoe.
A larger percentage of the budget will be allocated towards food and drink, with much less emphasis on things like limos, bridesmaid dresses, favours and formal invitations. Last thoughts: think about how you are getting home and plan ahead for a taxi or designated driver. Very generally speaking, the French wedding industry is not as developed or vast as the American or British one. Their wedding guests danced the night away inside the incredible chateau. If you wish to plan a wedding in France, working with a wedding planner will not only take all the stress away, but will save you money and time.
The final cost will depend on your requirements and may be higher if organising the suppliers yourself. The owners also know a thing or two when it comes to throwing a shindig. I am so grateful for your help. Have a great time, and come back and tell me all about it! Is it the same in Ireland where the men wear suits? The Château de Challain has the grand design of the 19th century combined with the luxury modern amenities. I ended up walking home from a wedding once at 4am, not having considered how that cute little village wouldn't have cute little taxis just idling outside the reception. For weddings, tailor it to the season and time of day. Hoping kitty gets more comments about weddings in France as we will be at one in August.