you always dreamed of traveling to Paris and would love
to actually get married there? Did you meet that
special someone while visiting there and would love to
recapture that moment for your wedding? Maybe you
just find a city like Paris to be the most romantic
setting imaginable for your wedding. Maybe you are
going to Paris for your Honeymoon
this would be the perfect way to pull it all
together. Why not bring
that special city to your wedding & reception.
Keep in mind the true
reason for the celebration, a reflection of the bride
and groom and the love they have for each other. Do not
lose the basic meaning of the wedding in the theme. Make
sure that both the bride and the groom are equally
excited about the theme.
The key to pulling off a coordinated
event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair. Whether that
theme is as general as a season or a feeling, or as specific as
a special flower, it should be the subtle thread that ties
everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu,
cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept.
Then, get as creative as you can!
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Select a location that works well
with the theme. For a Parisian theme – an art museum, French
Restaurant, historic mansion in a French architecture.
the style and type of invitations that would coordinate
with your theme and convey your theme to your guests
before they even get there. Look for
Invitations that might have a flower that is very
popular in Paris, or a symbol that people might associate with
Paris, or just word the invitation asking people to join
you in Paris for the evening. Even if you
don't speak French add a touch of French to your invitations.
Mon amour, Mon cher, Bon apetite to name a few. Look up a friend
or your old high school French teacher for ideas. You might add
some silk rose petals in the invitations as well. Whether your
wedding will be formal or informal there are invitations
to convey both.
Find invitations with tulips, roses, hydrangeas,
lilies on them all of which are very popular flowers in
Paris. Use bridal accessories such
as: place cards, napkins, and favor bags, that can be
imprinted with a design and your names & wedding
Diverse colors and patterns give an eclectic charm
to ring pillows.
Wedding Reception actually comes from an old
French custom called chiverie, where
the guests would go to the newlyweds home and under
their window sing and make as much noise as they could
until they were invited in for refreshments.
When planning your
decorations for a Parisian Wedding Theme,
envision a stroll down the boulevard with the beautiful
Eiffel Tower and city skyline as your backdrop, or a
beautiful outdoor café surrounded by fresh flowers and
charming bistro tables. Then keep this setting in mind as you
coordinate all of your details, and your atmosphere will
develop into the perfect place for a charming wedding
The motif is the visual
representation of your theme, which is created by the use of objects or
symbols. This symbol may be repeated on your invitations, program, plates, or
decorations. Sometimes the use of several different symbols will be used
as components of the theme.
Develop your motif using a list of words related to the theme.
Brainstorm a list to create your pool of ideas. This list is very
important for generating ideas that can be applied to all areas of the
event. For a Parisian theme you might come up with words like cafe,
arches, artist, Eiffel Tower, springtime, Harlequin, paintings, Fleur De Lis,
Mosaic, Wine, Perfume, Wrought-iron, Crystal, Tapestry,
Arabesque pattern, Pewter, Olive Wood, Wire Baskets, Fruits (Almonds, Apples, Apricots), Truffles, French Milled Soap,
Create a special entryway
special entryway and guests will feel as if they are
walking down a street in Paris, drinking espresso
Parisian Cafe, or standing in a Paris Garden
overlooking the Eiffel tower.
For example, as guests arrive, they
will take a stroll down a Paris
Boulevard and then enter into your Parisian
Grace a cobblestone
walkway with delicate-looking topiary trees. A shimmering
walkway can easily be created using silver metallic background
material, and cobblestone flat paper.
Capture the romantic atmosphere of a
Paris Boulevard with Lampposts.
Create a Parisian Garden
with trees, flowers a fountain and
the magic of a Night
in Paris to your special
wedding with an Eiffel Tower outlined in Twinkle
lights. Flank the stunning Eiffel Tower with Paris's famous
Pose for photos in front of the
- Wrought-iron or
Pewter chandeliers, candleholders, tables & chairs.
- Crystal candlesticks
and chandelier with crystals
- China & glassware
with a Fleur De Lis pattern.
- Tapestry Chair
- Candleholders or
Lanterns etched, with a beautiful Arabesque pattern
- Olive Wood Items
- Wire baskets filled
with Fruits (Almonds, Apples, Apricots)
- Hang a border of
around the room.
- Rent "carts" and
fill them with flowers or place them around the room
and use them as serving stations for food or place
favors in them for guests.
Be sure to accent your decorations with some
an assortment of yummy pastries, croissants, and
bottles of French wine!
point during the planning stages of your wedding the
subject of linens will arise. When it does stop and
think of all the possibilities available to you
before you go with standard issue white polyester
tablecloths. Remember the tops of the tables provide
you with a very large surface area and covering them
with a beautiful tablecloth is the easiest way to
change the feel of a room.. It is also the most cost
effective way to decorate. Ten tables covered with a
theme or specialty linen print for example will make
a statement that no white tablecloth can make.
Black & White or Black & Cream Toile is lovely as an overlay on tables. For
a splash of color, red traditionally works quite nicely,
with black and cream toile, make sure you choose the right shade, as a red that’s too bright won’t work with the subtler tone of the cream.
Other tablecloths or overlays patterns might include:
Toile in primary and vintage color groups like wine, pastel pink, pastel blue, and lilac.
Black & White Harlequin Chiffon or Satin
Filigree - White with Silver or Gold with Gold
Marquis Damask in Silver or Wedgwood Blue
Fleur De Lis in Champagne
Lafayette Damask in Salmon or Plum
Armani or Deauville Damask in White
The centerpiece of the reception, the wedding cake, can be in Eiffel Tower style. trimmed with roses and surrounded by
ribbons & rose petals. Magnifique!
Harlequin stacked hat boxes (large pink box with black top, medium pink & black harlequin
patterned box, small pink box with black lid, use as
centerpieces or other table accents.
pillar candles by covering the bottom with a border of
Harlequin-inspired studded diamonds.
Plain black sconces
with a mirror background or Fleur De Lis pattern.
French advertisements for
wine & perfume.
Bring a little bit of French summer to your reception with bouquets of dried lavender. The scent is divine and will linger for a long time. Use lavender bunches 20-24" long.
A fresh pear for a place card
rosettes, placed in the center of each plate.
napkins folded in the shape of a bird or rose.
Eiffel Tower tea light lamps
Edible roses and
with a Parisian theme design, Eiffel Tower Silhouette
or with French words along with the couple's name and the date.
Table runners, tablecloth and chairs covered in striped fabric
Copper-colored charger plates or Fleur de Lys charger.
Toile and striped; napkins
China with gently scalloped borders and a Fleur de Lys in a raised motif in gold or ivory
Glassware reminiscent of Versailles, delicately decorated with a shell motif.
glassware with a Parisian design for
Elegant crystal glassware donning a traditional tulip shape, a perfect example of French beauty and grace.
sculpture in the shape of an Eiffel Tower or French
Espresso Cup & Saucer like those found in French cafés
your tables with
Tower Confetti all around.
Mariage Bowl (balloon shaped clear glass bowl, etched in a pattern of grapevines, leaves and fruit clusters) just right for floating candles or flowers.
Medici vase (classic urn shape) filled with spring tulips, wildflowers or red
Eiffel Tower style wedding cake, trimmed with roses and surrounded by ribbons. Magnifique!
full bouquet of fresh spring flowers.
flowers or loose
petals scattered around.
for even more ambiance and romance.
your guests just how much you care by offering Personalized Napkins that complement your theme.
Napkins can be laid out on a buffet table, or can be
displayed at each place setting.
Place napkins in the
center of each place setting at an angle, or unfold
them and place them in glasses for a tall dramatic
The napkins can also be tied (and bundled with
plastic cutlery) with a multitude of items to match
your theme. Try gossamer streamers or ribbon.
Wedding Accessories &
To give your reception a Parisian Flair,
- Hire an Artist or
Caricaturist to sit with a easel, wear a beret,
and paint pictures of your guests that you
can put in a sort of Wedding Scrap Book.
Caricatures would be a lot of fun for all,
and it will be a ball for you to look back
on in the years to come.
- Why not
hire a French Quartet (complete with a Accordion
of course) or just a Accordion player to
stroll around the reception serenading your
center of a French Wedding is Food and French
Although you can't transport your guests to a party at the base of the Eiffel Tower, you can cast the charm of the city's spell at your
country's epicurean delights are- foie gras,
truffles, Roquefort cheese, well-built
crustaceans, succulent snails plucked off
grape vines, sharp-tasting fruit tarts,
(I'll stick with my cheeseburgers thank you
day's eating begins with a bowl of café au
lait, a croissant and a thin loaf of bread
smeared with butter and jam.
dinner are virtually indistinguishable and
can include a first course of fromage de tête
pâté (pig's head set in jelly) or
bouillabaisse (fish soup), followed by a
main course of blanquette de veau (veal stew
with white sauce) and rounded off with a
plateau de fromage (cheese platter) or tarte
aux pommes (apple tart). An
appetite-stirring apéritif such as kir
(white wine sweetened with syrup) is often
served before a meal, while a digestif
(cognac or Armagnac brandy) may be served at
Other beverages designed to aid
digestion and stimulate conversation include
espresso, beer, liqueurs such as pastis (a
90-proof, anise-flavoured cousin of
absinthe) and some of the best wine in the
When it comes to food for your reception, it really is possible for it to be elegant and economical at the same time.
With a buffet meal, you and your guests will be able to mingle and converse more easily than at a sit-down dinner. Serve easy-to-eat finger foods that will lend a casual, comfortable feeling to one of the most wonderful days of your life.
Your menu doesn't have to break the budget. To carry out your Parisian theme, put out baskets of baguettes, oodles of olives, and Smoked Salmon Pâté to spread on toasted baguette slices and mini-croissants.
Serve deli chicken salad to which you have added fresh tarragon.
For hors d'oeuvres, serve Palmiers (puff pastry pinwheels filled with chopped olives), and mini-quiches.
You'll also want to have a variety of French cheeses and champagnes at a Parisian wedding reception. Wherever possible, tie a ribbon bow onto serving pieces.
traditional French wedding celebration cake called the
CROQUEMBOUCHE. [kroh-kuhm-BOOSH] French for
"crisp in mouth," this elaborate dessert is
classically made with PROFITEROLES (tiny, custard-filled
cream puffs), coated with CARAMEL and stacked into a
tall pyramid shape. As the caramel hardens, it becomes
crisp. For added glamour, the croquembouche can be
wreathed or draped with SPUN SUGAR. You will
probably have to find a local Pastry chef or order one
The centerpiece of the reception, the wedding cake, can be in Eiffel Tower style, trimmed with roses and surrounded by
ribbons & rose petals. Magnifique!
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