There is something extra magical about a French wedding, from the gorgeous chateau and stunning scenery to the balmy weather and elegant ambience. We completely understand why so many choose to celebrate their special day in la belle France. However, the last two years have been tough, and has put many travel and wedding plans on hold. Many brides have been forced to cancel their French dream day and move to a British venue. But just because the wedding may not be in France, it doesn’t mean it can’t be just as magically French in the UK.
When we think of a French wedding, we think of a beautiful, rustic chateau. To create your French style wedding, a Chateau is a great venue option. There are many grand chateau-like venues across the UK to host you on your dream day. Waddeston Manor in Buckinghamshire is absolutely stunning and lends itself to being the perfect venue for a French wedding. With its magnificent grounds and gorgeous white drawing room, it will leave you thinking you are in France! Appleby Castle in Cumbria is another enchanting venue with grand décor and breath-taking countryside views.
Bringing France to the Honeymoon Suite
It may not be the city of love like Paris, or the ultra-glam beaches of Cannes. But there is ample opportunity to turn your home into the romantic French honeymoon suite you’ve longed for. Nothing says luxury French honeymoon suite like Rattan furniture. Our romantic Normandy Rattan Painted Luxury French Bed exudes timeless elegance with a lightly distressed pale stone finish, natural rattan, and a gently curved footboard. For something that has that little extra ‘wow’, our Dreaming Spires Rattan 4-Poster Bed will transport you to a luxury French hotel. Its smooth, sweeping lines are paired together with a fine single-layer rattan headboard, completed with tall and elegant barley twist spires - stunning! A luxury rattan bed deserves luxury bedding. Our Colette Bouquet White Cotton Quilted Bedspread is the perfect pairing – the name itself even mentions a bouquet! The white floral pattern is crisp, elegant and has a touch of vintage French class, perfectly complementing your new French rattan bed.
The table setting is an excellent opportunity to bring a touch of France to your wedding. Chic candleholders lend an instant feel of French romance, and our Aurelia Candelabras are a perfect centrepiece. Charmingly romantic, the hand painted candelabras are chic. Pair with blue tapered candles to really complete the French look. Our top tip? Wildflowers give that ‘straight from France’ feel. Place them in mismatched bottles and jars to complete a rustic French setting.
In France, they don’t have wedding cakes as we know them. Instead, they have delicious ‘croquembouche’; a pyramid consisting of choux pastry puffs piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel – delicious! This French custom comes from the mid ages, where wedding guests would each bring a small cake to the wedding to be piled high. We absolutely love the look of these cakes – and they taste delicious too. If you’re looking for the perfect cake stand, our Provencal 2-Drawer White Rattan Bedside Table could act as a quirky option!
The masterpiece of any wedding is, of course, the dress. In France, the wedding dress is simple but extremely elegant. Effortlessly elegant, French bridal fashion is never showy, and always chic. French brides let the stunning fabrics take the lead. Hair normally follows the ‘less is more’ suit, with French brides favouring simple looks. However, if you want a little something extra, a rustic flower crown looks stunning!
It wouldn’t be a wedding without fizz, and it certainly wouldn’t be a French wedding without Champagne! At a French wedding, traditionally a bottle of champagne is opened using a sabre. It is truly spectacular to see and gives us total 19th century vibes. If real champagne is hard to come by, why not choose an English sparkling wine? There are now more than 100 wineries in the UK, as English sparkling wine becomes an increasingly popular choice to celebrate an occasion in style. We love the idea of a sparkling wine pyramid – a true masterpiece that is sure to impress your guests.