Monthly Archive for September, 2008

Paris Wedding Salon Season

Paris Wedding Salon Season is quickly approaching, so I wanted to give you a little heads up and low-down as to what you can expect from the more popular shows:

Salon de Mariage Champerret ParisOctober 10, 11, 12 Salon du Mariage et du Pacs - Espace Champerret

This is the first salon of the season, and will give you a nice broad overview of what is available to you if you’re in the early stages of planning your wedding in Paris. With over 140 exhibitors, and 3 runway shows a day, I think this Salon is great for couples who are newly engaged and don’t really know where to begin. It’s typically very crowded, so you won’t necessarily have a lot of face time with vendors, but you’ll leave with tons of handouts and ideas of how to get started.

October 17, 18, 19 Salon du Mariage au Carrousel du Louvre Salon du Mariage Carrousel du Louvre Paris Wedding Show

This Salon takes it up a notch.  In addition to fabulous runway shows and a wide-range of exhibitors in different price points, this year the Salon du Mariage au Carrousel du Louvre will also offer several ateliers for visitors to participate in, including an Atelier de la Mode to help you find the best style and silhouette for your wedding dress, an Atelier des Fleurs in order to explore classic and creative bouquets, centerpieces and decorations for your ceremony and reception, and a sort of “Weddings For Dummies” class for the boys, which will focus on choosing wine, champagne, car rentals and… the wedding band (the music, not the jewelry).

October 25 and 26th, Le Grand Salon du Mariage de Paris, Parc Floral de Paris

Salon du Mariage Parc Floral Paris Wedding SalonPresented by Mariée magazine, like the Salon at Espace Champerret, this salon offers an overview for those who are just beginning the planning process. They will have 150 exhibitors, including a very extensive wedding photographers exhibit, and offer a few ateliers as well.

November 21 and 22 Les Coulisses du Mariage, Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris Wedding Salon Four Seasons Hotel

In my opinion, this is the big girls’ show. La crème de la crème, if you will. Presented by the Four Seasons and 1001Listes, Les Coulisses du Mariage is a small, intimate Salon that highlights some of the finer wedding vendors in Paris.  I often steer my clients to this particular salon because I feel like it’s for the couple that knows what they want- they’ve done their homework and are comfortable with how they want their day to play out. Les Coulisses du Mariage helps them to interpret their vision, and puts them directly in touch with the vendors that can help them realize it. Plus, I don’t have to tell you how sumptuous the venue is- but I will anyway: The Four Seasons is paradise! If you’re planning on getting married in Paris, and are able to do just one planning visit, try to work it around Les Coulisses du Mariage- you won’t regret it!

Chic Parisian Party Cocktail: Ti’ Punch

French party cocktail ti’ punchAfter a few nights out on the town in Paris, you’ll soon start to realize that nothing really seems to get a pawty stawted like a yummy  Ti’ Punch.  Ti Punch (which is short for “petite punch” and is pronounced “Tee Pownsh”)  is a delicious rum-based cocktail which comes from the French Caribbean, but is served in homes, bars and terraces all over France.  Everyone seems to love Ti Punch, and the fact that it’s so simple to make puts it right at the top of my French Party Cocktail Menu:

Ti’ Punch

3 tbsp french Caribbean white rum
1 tsp sugar syrup
1 lime
Cut the lime into 4 wedges. Put them into the glass. Pound and crush them with a blunt rounded object until the juices have fully released. Leave the them in the glass. Add the syrup and the rum. Add plenty of ice and your done. Serve.

Now, I’ve been told that the authentic way to serve Ti’ Punch is to give your guests all of the ingredients in small bowls and have them prepare their own. I’ve also noticed that some places will serve Ti’ Punch with only one or 2 ice cubes, or sometimes none at all. I don’t know if that’s because the French have that weird aversion to ice, or if the drink is supposed to be served that way. Me, I prefer my Ti’ Punch icy-cold with heaps of ice. Enjoy!

Bachelorette Night in Paris: Bar Ladurée

Yup. You read it right. Last week, Bar Ladurée opened it’s doors at 75, Ave des Champs-Élysées. Serving up their world-famous macarons alongside such classics like the Singapore Sling and the ever-present Cosmopolitan, this gorgeous new hot spot has traded in its Napoleon III girlie froo-froo tea parlor dress for a chic and trendy designer look that’s just perfect for a girls night out in Paris. The bar also offers a light food menu and an extensive whiskey list, so if the boys start whining, go ahead and bring them along!

Ladurée Le Bar
75 avenue des Champs-Élysées Paris VIII / 13 rue Lincoln Paris VIII
T: 01 40 75 08 75

Laduree Paris Macarons