One question I often get from brides and grooms alike is what goes into designing a destination wedding in France? One of the many perks of being a wedding planner in France is getting to know my couples on a personal level and creating a one of a kind experience for them based on their love story.
First thing’s first, I get to know you as a couple. How did you meet? How and where was your proposal? What are your likes/dislikes? Why did you choose to elope to Paris or choose to have a wedding in France? Is food important to you? Is your wedding style more traditional, rustic, contemporary or minimal? What about your chosen wedding region do you love? If you’re celebrating with many people, what kind of experience do you want them to take away? What wedding day experience don’t you want to have? I say “experience” because France is unlike any other country in the world! Your destination wedding should be an experience like no other!
Depending on where you choose to marry in France, I find it fun to choose elements that represent the region. For instance, if you choose to marry in Normandy in autumn, maybe incorporate apples in your wedding décor or mini bottles of Calvados since this region is known for cider. Or, if you choose to marry in Provence in the summer and you are more of a “gourmande”, it may be fun to choose an olive motif. Go with a fun olive oil tasting in an olive grove for your guests to enjoy at your welcome dinner. Or maybe have a “Rosé All Day” poolside farewell brunch celebration. If you wish to marry in Paris, an intimate yacht celebration is a wonderful option that offers spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. It’s these signature touches that will make your celebration so memorable… it’s all about the details!
I love to find ways to incorporate family traditions or personal details into your wedding design. It could be something that represents that way that you met or an aspect from your first date. I planned a wedding for a couple that stressed early on their love of French literature and poetry since they initially met in their college poetry class. Because of this I made sure to incorporate and showcase literary touches throughout the design. I found elegant and organic ways to incorporate this into the majority of the details! The “Welcome to Our Love Story” welcome sign greeted guests as they entered the château. I used the weathered pages of vintage French novels to accented their invitation suite, had different “Chapitres” designating each course in their wedding menu and even made the flower petal cones from pages of Ernest Hemmingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises” that the bride and groom chose themself! It’s these small details that make your wedding day all the more special.
Each couple’s needs and wedding vision is different. It is easy to say that no two weddings are alike, nor should they be. However, I cannot reiterate enough that what may be right for one couple may not be right for you. I help guide my couples towards specific vendors based on their tastes and preferences so that I may provide them with the ultimate service, care and wedding planning experience.
In theory, it’s simple. To be able to design and curate this experience is truly meaningful and special to me. I know this may seem like a simple statement but I truly love making people happy! At the heart of it, it is such a fulfilling role to be able to be part of creating one of the happiest days of a couple’s life. I fell in love with France, and I understand how magical this country is. It is all encompassing romance that lends itself beautifully to a couple’s love story.
If you are planning and designing a destination wedding in France, get in touch!