Monthly Archive for June, 2010

easy eco-friendly french wedding decoration ideas

If you’ve ever been to the South of France, I’m sure you were as impressed as I was with the starring role that the humble olive plays in the culture down there. Olive trees seem to grow wherever you look- not just in groves and gardens, but in schoolyards, along roads and even in supermarket parking lots.  The markets in Provence are literally overflowing with hundreds of varieties of olives, olive oils, savory cakes and tapenade, as well as rich soaps and fragrant body creams.  For generations, the olive tree has been an enduring emblem of the South of France, possessing a wealth of symbolism like peace, fruitfulness and purification.

Besides the super-romantic significance of the olive tree, their modern silvery gray-green color and fresh scent are also great reasons to consider incorporating them into your French themed or eco-friendly destination wedding or reception. Take a look at a few of these easy “green wedding” deco ideas from Marie-Claire Idées:

a warm welcome for out of town guests: a market basket with a bouquet of olive branches and luxurious soaps and creams from the South of France

a warm welcome for out of town guests: a market basket with a bouquet of olive branches and luxurious soaps and creams from the South of France

chunky pillar candles tied with olive leaves and white ribbon to decorate an alter or mantlepiece.

chunky pillar candles tied with olive leaves and white ribbon to decorate an alter or mantlepiece.

paper cones filled with olive leaves and lavandar

delicate paper cones filled with olive leaves and lavender to scent the ceremony space and decorate the aisle.

diy french wedding decoration idea: small olive branches hung from paper hearts

diy french wedding decoration idea: small olive branches and paper hearts to decorate a sweetheart table.

french wedding favor: wire-strung olive leaves and white ribbon tied around a porcelain saucer of French cookies

french wedding favor: wire-strung olive leaves and white ribbon tied around a porcelain saucer of French lemon cookies (or macarons!)

a string of white party lights intertwined with olive branches for a simple, DIY French centerpiece idea

a string of white party lights intertwined with olive branches for a simple, DIY French centerpiece idea.

All images © Frédéric Lucano, Marie Claire Idées

affordably chic french wedding dresses

Take a peek at this chic and affordable wedding dress collection recently launched by French ready-to-wear boutique chain, 1.2.3.  The 9 -piece collection is a perfect mix of modern lines and romantic detailing- guaranteed to suit any Parisian bridal style- whether your look is short and sassy or long and dramatiquePriced from 195€ to 445€ and with a sweet wedding shoe and accessory collection to boot, this is one stop that any fashion-conscious recessionista will not want to miss on her wedding dress buying trip to Paris!

"colette" french wedding mini-dress, 1.2.3.

"colette" french wedding mini-dress, 1.2.3.

"charlotte" wedding dress, 1.2.3. Paris

"charlotte" wedding dress, 1.2.3. Paris

"clémentine" short french wedding dress, 1.2.3. Paris

"clémentine" short french wedding dress, 1.2.3. Paris

"claire" paris wedding gown, 1.2.3. Paris

"claire" paris wedding gown, 1.2.3. Paris

"chloé" mini wedding dress, 1.2.3. Paris

"chloé" mini wedding dress, 1.2.3. Paris

"camila" french wedding dress, 1.2.3. Paris

"camila" french wedding dress, 1.2.3. Paris

wedding money box: oui or non?

Many of my Paris-based wedding clients are Franco-American couples, and in planning their multi-cultural weddings, one sort of tricky topic that invariably comes up is the issue of the money box.  In the U.S., while money boxes (or card boxes, as they are now more delicately called) can still be found at lots of weddings, there are still many couples who don’t feel comfortable “asking their guests for cash”. In France, on the other hand, it’s expected to have a tirelire de mariage set up for guests to deposit les enveloppes during the cocktail hour or reception.  To keep the peace, I usually suggest that they set one up in an out-of-the way spot, and direct French guests to it when they ask.

If you’ve decided to have a tirelire de mariage at your French or Paris themed wedding, here are some great  ideas from Fanny at Mains et Merveilles. She specializes in scrapbook-style wedding decorations, and has created some really cute money boxes with French quotes like, “ Quand j’ouvre les yeux je te voie, quand je les ferme, je rêve de toi et quand je pense, je pense à nous” (OK, if THAT doesn’t have Uncle Arthur reaching for the old checkbook- I don’t know what will!)  While on Fanny’s blog, be sure to check out her guestbooks (livres d’or) and invitation ideas as well!

je rêve de toi

je rêve de toi

le plus beau voyage

le plus beau voyage

le tourbillon de notre vie

le tourbillon de notre vie

french wedding moneybox

french wedding cardbox

paris themed money box

paris themed money box