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French Wedding Edit: 10 Super-Chic Ideas

To Give Your Wedding that certain Je Ne Sais Quoi in beautiful French style.

From braids to French bedroom furniture, manicures to couture, there’s a lot the French do well. Synonymous with effortless style, romance and, don't forget cheese, it’s no wonder we want to steal, ahem, ‘borrow’ a few French wedding details to give the big day that 'certain something'.

A dreamy chateau reception, basked in amber sunlight with wafts of lavender on the balmy, Provence air sounds idyllic to us. However, schlepping your nearest and dearest to the beautiful depths of France may not be on the cards. We’ve compiled a few ideas to give your wedding that subtle beauty the French do oh-so-well without the need to pop over the Channel.

Save The Date - French Style

Get your French festivities on their way prior to the big day by turning wine labels into invitations to gift your guests. Vintage stamps, scroll fonts, wax seals and a raffia-stuffed wooden box, are the ideal way to set the scene. Just remember to ensure the plonk is French too!

wedding invitation wine box
Credit: Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography

A French Classic

Your feet will thank you for ditching the heels, a la many a French bride, in favour of a classic ‘French’ flat. For a whimsically femme look try ballet-style, ribbon-tied pumps, or for a touch of glam, take a peek at these Christian Louboutin, crystal encrusted gems.

Soft Pastel Florals

If you’re aiming for the gentle nostalgia of a French country-side afternoon - washed with a water-colour palette, reminiscent of a Monet masterpiece – use gentle, pastel tones in organic, flowing shapes for your floral arrangements. The softest of blush peonies with white freesia, accented with cornflowers and eucalyptus foliage – paint the perfect picture.

French Fragrance

Although enduringly romantic, pass on the rose petal confetti, instead giving your guests muslin bags of fragrant, dried lavender to throw after the ceremony.  

Credit: Jose Villa Wedding Photography

Let Them Eat...

Marie-Antoinette got a lot of things right – beautiful French furniture and trend-setting hair being among them, but we say don’t “let them eat cake”! Switch out a towering sponge for a magnificent macaron tower, in a colour palette to suit your celebrations.

macaron cake tower for french wedding

French Luxury

Give your guests a warm welcome with a glass of Champagne (of course!) with a sprig of lavender.

French Romance

Mimic the eternal romance of the ‘love locks’ of Pont Des Art, with guests leaving padlocked well-wishes to a rustic, reclaimed ornate gate or beautified, framed chicken wire.

wedding pdlocks for romantic wedding

Versailles Style

For a truly regal affair, fit for a Versailles ball, deck your reception with opulent gold chairs, with an ornate candelabra and rich red florals. Then, let the feast commence.

Not Too Cheesey

Another of the many things at which the French excel is cheese – so, when your guests become a little peckish (early on before the meal or as a mid-disco snack) set up a wonderfully French-inspired cheese station, adorned with the finest French fromage, grapes, figs and crackers.

French Bedroom Gifts

Finally, to continue the romance and style beyond the big day, why not contact our in-house stylists, to create your very own French Bedroom Company wedding list, for your guests to contribute to your future together. From beautiful French beds to stunning French-style chandeliers, you’ll have something to remember your day forever.

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