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If you've always dreamed of tying the knot in a ceremony and reception fit for a princess but don't have a big budget, there are still tons of ways to create a stateside royal wedding. Here, eight ways to host a Versailles-inspired celebration.
To clue guests into your themed bash, start with an invitation even Marie Antoinette would approve of like this ornate option from Oblation Papers & Press. When it comes to décor, think of all things classic France. Paper fans and birdcage centerpieces are a slight nod to traditional Versailles styles but can still be interpreted in fresh, modern ways.
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For your wedding dress, Claire Pettibone's vintage, romantic style exudes a hint of French glamour. This sleeveless design, complete with delicate lace and gold details, is fit for your Versailles-inspired wedding day, and when paired with lace-inspired heels from Charlotte Olympia, you'll look timelessly stylish.
One tip to avoid going overboard with your French theme: Save the gilt for small eye-catching accents so it elevates your space but doesn't overwhelm it. Gilded details, like your earrings, frames for table numbers, and as embellishments on your cake, will add just the right amount of glam.
1. Candle, Marie Antoinette bust, $125, Cire Trudon; 2. Birdcage, $158, Seletti; 3. Calligraphy, starting at $2, Papersoul; 4. Invitation, "Antoinette," starting at $845 for 100, Oblation Papers & Press; 5. Cake, Marie-Antoinette rose-framboise cake, $435, Laudrée; 6. Shoe, laser-cut leather sandal, $1,200, Charlotte Olympia; 7. Blush, Météorites Perles De Blush, $53, Guerlain; 8. Earrings, pearl tassel, $240, Miriam Haskell