Ever wondered what it would be like to get married in Paris? Many couples make this dream a reality each year with a destination wedding in the city of lights. Whatever festivities they plan, Paris is sure to be a picture perfect backdrop. And when it comes to taking care of all the rest, there are wedding planners extraordinaire like the ladies at Fête en France.
To coincide with the release of Lancôme’s 2015 Bridal Collection, I met the gorgeous duo Anne and Nancy at Le Saint Régis cafe on Île Saint-Louis to talk Parisian weddings. Both American, about a decade ago they each relocated to Paris and teamed up to build their Parisian wedding planning business. They’re now the go-to-gals to plan the perfect Paris wedding and gave me some great insights about nuptials in the French capital…
Why do most of the couples you work with choose to get married in Paris?
“Often times the brides we work with are American and the groom is French, so Paris is a natural choice for their wedding. Other couples have a special connection with Paris. Either the first trip they took together as a couple was here, sometimes they even met here, or they got engaged here. Lastly, Paris is such a beautiful and romantic place, it's the perfect backdrop for any wedding whether it be a small elopement or large event.”
What are some Parisian wedding traditions?
“Often in France, the groom and his family are very involved in the planning of a wedding, unlike in the states. Since the French typically don’t have bachelor and bachelorettes parties, a lot of the fun family and friend humiliation will happen at the reception, with a funny slideshow or performance, especially from the groomsmen. Of course there is the question of the cake. A traditional French wedding cake is the croquembouche consisting of choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel. They’re spectacular!”
What are some of the most beautiful places to get married in Paris?
“There are so many choices, but definitely the private mansions. They have gorgeous ornate interiors and gardens. The famous five star hotels like the Hotel Crillon and The Ritz are popular venues as well. You can also get married in a gorgeous private chateau in the countryside near Paris.”
How do brides want their makeup to look on their wedding day?
“The best bridal makeup is timeless, soft, feminine and warm, just like the colours in the Lancôme bridal collection. It should be about highlighting the brides natural beauty. Of course, it’s important to remember that you need to stand out on camera, so you will probably end up wearing more makeup than usual. When doing your makeup on your wedding day, you can take it in phases. Start with less, and add more until you feel the look is just enough for the lens without being too much to the naked eye.”