Monthly Archive for December, 2011

how to create a royal wedding on a modest budget

Viewers who tuned in to see celebrity couple Tori and Dean design an over-the-top Marie Antoinette-inspired, French theme wedding on the Oxygen network’s “STORIbook Weddings” this week were definitely not disappointed. Every detail of that Hollywood celebration was jaw-droppingly gorgeous- and, some might say, extraordinarily extravagant. Brides should know, though, that a wedding fit for a queen doesn’t have to cost a kings ransom. Here are a few affordable ways that you can bring l’esprit of Marie into your own, home grown wedding.

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a delicate, home-made rose cake, dramatic in its simplicity, sets an understated, yet regal tone: iambaker, work individual feathers into your bridal bouquet for an affordable french touch: weddingbee, add a touch of authenticity with marie antoinette monogram coffee cup wedding favors: boutique des musées, marie antoinette portrait: madame guillotine, vera wang dress: style me pretty james christianson photography, an easy diy project: rented white chiavari chairs, tied with pink grosgrain ribbon place cards: martha stewart weddings, let all of your guests “eat cake” with chateau-inspired pastel and gilded gold cupcakes: cotton and crumbs, soft pastel tapers in mix and match clear glass vases and bottles create a modern candelabra effect: tiny white daisies

And if fluffy, pink froo froo isn’t exactly your style, that doesn’t mean your wedding celebration can’t still get the royal treatment. Remember, Marie Antoinette was also considered to be a bit of a rebel in her day. Tap into your inner enfant terrible and create a Marie Antoinette wedding with black “rock and royal” inspirations!

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stylishly modern centerpieces created with mercury glass vases and pink pomanders,surrounded with dollar store black lace tea lights: weddingbee, set a regal tone with a black baroque-inspired invitation suite: kaboodle, less is more with this pale pink and black tablescape with a black cameo motif: martha stewart weddings, style icon kirsten dunst in sofia coppola’s marie-antoinette, a delicate white cake with black lace details on a textured black cake stand makes a dramatically regal statement: real simple, brightly colored macarons in matte black boxes are a fun, french-inspired wedding favor: ladurée, a few gorgeous peonies tied with a simple black and white striped ribbon make a classic “parisian” statement: style me pretty, a black and pink candy bar with a black cameo motif is another inexpensive way to bring the whimsical side of marie-antoinette to your wedding: the hostess blog


a paris countryside wedding

It still amazes me how you can be in the absolute thick of vibrant, bustling Paris one moment, and then less than 30 minutes later you can find yourself in the heart of the sleepiest, most picture-postcard French countryside.  This really comes in handy when I’m working with wedding clients like Dana and Arnaud- who were both a little bit country/ a little bit rock-n-roll.  The natural solution for them was to have their wedding ceremony in a church just a stones-throw away from the Eiffel Tower, and then move the whole party out of town-  to a quaint little village just 20 minute south of the Paris péripherique.

We carried this City-meets-Country vibe throughout the entire evening, contrasting the vibrant tastes and colors that you’d expect to find in a fashionable bistro on the Faubourg St. Honoré (the dinner menu was designed by the bride, who happens to be a food blogger) with the champêtre ambiance of a country manor.  Friends and family representing over 12 different countries flew into town to share the day with these guys- something that definitely gave their quadrilingual Toastmaster a run for his money.  Glückwünsche! Congratulazioni! onnea! Tillykke! Félicitations to you both!

photo © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux, cake by sugarplum cake shop

photos © fred marigaux

photos © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux

photo © fred marigaux