Like , you are spoilt for choice in the South West and will find wedding venues to suit all tastes, from top end luxury châteaus with all the frills to rustic intimate venues suitable for weddings on a more modest budget. Mind you, I have also seen that this tradition too is changing amongst trendier types to offer chocolate bonbons, local specialities or even jelly beans instead of the sugared almonds. I'm also curiously in the wedding party. Note that chateau means castle, but don't be overwhelmed: it is also used to mean place where reception is being held. Florist Jenny Moss, who had worked with our planner before, was brilliant in fulfilling our wishes. These were under the napkins at dinner and went down a treat.
Guests were from all over France and Europe. There were 4 different zones at this French chateau wedding. Finally, buttons can either be concealed a fly front or on show a French placket. Thanks for the added hat insights. A professional wedding planning service is also available, should you need a bit of help in making sure the big day is perfect from start to finish! It's the tyranny of smart casual. Vladka planned their wedding on her own, long-distance from home in Australia.
To connect with wedding planners in one easy step use the form below and your enquiry will be forwarded to at least 10 wedding planners who work in France. 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. Following the highly emotional ceremony, the guests proceeded to the cocktail zone that was set up under the trees. And lose the tie if the makes an appearance. Last thoughts: think about how you are getting home and plan ahead for a taxi or designated driver. On our special day, in late August, temperatures reached 40° by mid afternoon, forcing us to push proceedings back by an hour, and even then it was ridiculously hot.
There was an all day event between the bride and groom's immediate families the day before the invitation events. Been there, done that and here I am reading your blog - how many French weddings do you go to and still feel over dressed! One thing that surprised me though were the number of women with big fancy hats at the religious ceremony. The reception is at an Abbey in Cernay de Ville outside of Versaille. Leaving your wine glass three quarters full will signal that you do not require any more. The hosts may also offer a champagne breakfast the following morning. I promise to try, and I agree that wine will surely help. With the help of , the couple found a picturesque 16th century manor house as the setting for their wedding weekend.
The main draw of the chateau itself was that it sleeps up to 45 on site which meant that half of our wedding party could be together for those four magical days. Colour or pattern is allowed, but keep it classy. As for the language barrior I am religiously listening to French conversation on my ipod, and my petit ami is also helping me out a bit. My experience is that some women wear hats, some don't - but there's no hard and fast rule in my opinion. Ideal for larger weddings, the château can accommodate a reception of up to 150 indoors and 180 — 200 outdoors.
Everything about the 25-hectare estate is pure Provence, from the purple fields of scented lavender to the olive trees. I usually give money, but seeing as how I don't have a euro checkbook, I think I'm stuck with gifts. I will definitely let you know how everything turns out. My sister in law and I both have nice, similar Scala straw hats that are packable so I think we might tuck these in for the trip and then decide once we get to Toulouse if they'd be nice to wear or not. The weddings I have seen had wedding guests in fabulous suits with matching hats ladies but this was in Paris. A Roman Catholic wedding typically lasts an hour and features readings, music, an exchange of vows and a homily from the priest. My husband was more in style because he wore dark gray pants and a light gray sports coat and dark tie.
The pros: the food is probably going to be great, with 5 or 6 courses and wines to match each one. We then had a group session for my bridesmaids a few weeks later to work out their looks. The department store chain is probably the leading one, and you can buy from their website which, until very recently, had hilariously bad photos of the gifts, maybe from when they sent an intern around the store to take photos on his phone? Jacket, tie, nice dress would be fine. One of the best cover bands of France made the dancing party a real hit. Crillon le Brave This is where my husband and I went for our honeymoon, and it was so beautiful and otherworldly it made us wish we had fecked off to the South of France to get hitched. Some people were crying — again — at their seats.