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Paris: The city of lights, love, and endless wedding inspiration. How could we resist stealing a beautiful bundle of wedding ideas from France's über-trendy capital? Couple a color palette of Parisian-chic shades (think pretty pastels, beautiful blushes, and glowing golds) and a few French-themed darling details and you've got yourself a très belle wedding that'll have your guests checking oui, oui! on that RSVP card the moment they pull the invitation out of their mailbox.
So how does one harness the hauteness of one of Europe's top tourist destinations? A classical-chic wedding invitation paints a picture of the French bourgeois bash to come, with it's cool, clean lines and traditional typography.
Next, choose a gorgeous gown full of that je ne sais quoi fit for a walk down the Champs-Élysées — or wedding aisle! A French mademoiselle knows that she doesn't need a complicated or over-the-top silhouette to shine. This Amsale gown is full of enough grace and elegance to make it totally wedding-worthy while still toting that naturally cool, French girl style. Pair it with a bejeweled clutch that's oh so Coco Chanel.
While a venue that totes a backdrop of the Eiffel Tower would be nice (a girl can dream, can't she?), an international address isn't necessary for a reception dripping with a Parisian vibe. Scent your space like a French girl would, with splurgey fragrant candles. (We love the sweet smells that drift from these Voluspa candles.) And as for your tableware, note that layered glass and crystal pieces reflect light, brightening up your table and giving it an old-world feel.
Pull a Marie Antoinette and let your guests eat cake — a pretty, blush-hued confection to be exact! Then, send them off with those famous French Ladurée chocolate bars, wrapped in daintily-colored papers that match your pretty-in-pastle color palette. Not a chance that they'll be shouting "Off with her head!" after that — no matter how big of bridezilla you end up being!
From top left: Mini chocolate bars, $7 each, Ladurée; Clutch, $1,890, Oscar de la Renta available at Zappos; Wedding cake, $9 per slice, Coco Paloma Desserts; Dress, $310, Amsale Bridesmaids; "Elegant Declaration" invitation, starting at $199 for 100 invitations and envelopes, Wedding Paper Divas; Shoes, $1,495, Marchesa available at Moda Operandi; Candles, $20 to $28 each, Voluspa
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