Tag Archive for 'paris wedding dress shopping'

short dresses for a springtime wedding in paris

La météo may be saying something different, but as of yesterday it is officially Springtime in Paris. Before you know it the scarves will come off, the oversized “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” shades will come out, and the terraces will once again be buzzing with the hub-bub of Paris that we’ve all missed so much these past months.

As in most parts of the world, the arrival of Spring in France also sees the kick-off of wedding season. Here’s a sneak peek at some of my favorite short and sassy Parisian wedding dresses (for all budgets!) from Printemps/Ete 2013 to get you in the mood for the warm weather ahead:

short-paris-wedding-dresses1short-wedding-dresses-paris

l. to r. & top to bottom: delphine manivet, h&m, valentino RED, marie laporte, tara jarmon, mango, carven, chloeshort-wedding-dresses-parisianwedding-dress-shopping-in-paris1l. to r. & top to bottom: sandro, delphine manivet, odile leonard, zara, rochas, azzedine alaia, lanvin, avant premiere at galleries lafayette

a very british affair - the best of british bridal in paris

The very last drop of  Indian Summer that we had here in Paris this year happened the last Friday of Fashion Week. I remember because this was the same night of the “A Very British Affair” wedding event,  which highlighted the best in British bridal to be found on either side of the pond. Tucked away inside the most deliciously discrete voie privée in St-Germain- des-Près,  the private townhouse where this event was held was the perfect venue to host this intimate gathering of some of the UK’s bridal éliteStephanie Allin, Nicki MacFarlane, Hermione Harbutt, Ruth Shaw from Harriet Wilde Shoes and representatives of Sylvia Weinstock Cakes Ltd from the U.S. sipped cocktails on the terrace, while ballroom dancers (led by American in Paris danseur en résidence , Marc Reed) and live jazz musicians swept us away on a cloud of utter Parisian fantasy. I was able to sit down and chat with most of them after the event and will share our conversations in upcoming posts, but in the meantime, here are a few images from that magical evening:stephanie-allin-in-parisbritish-wedding-show-in-paristop to bottom, left to right: sorbet-colored flower girl dresses, nicki macfarlane. noir headdress (black swarovski crystals and onyx): hermione harbutt. gown detail: stephanie allin, swarovski crystal heart booties: hariett wilde. bridesmaid and flower girl collections, nicki macfarlane. parisian townhouse at night, lit up from the inside. laser cut invitations: cutture. paris dance instructor: marc reed,

how to plan a wedding dress shopping trip in paris

If you’re thinking about a “quick little trip” to Paris to shop for your wedding dress, you may be in for a big surprise. While malls and Main Streets across America are teaming with one-stop bridal emporiums like Kleinfelds and David’s Bridal, most bridal showrooms in Paris only carry their own designs or label.  So if you’ve narrowed your wish-list down to, say, Delphine Manivet, Max Chaoul and Suzanne Ermann - with the idea to check out a few others along the way, be prepared to visit 3 different showrooms in 3 different parts of town, with each visit lasting a minimum of 1 - 1.5 hours (if you’re visiting on a weekend and planning to try dresses on). With most boutiques closed on Sundays, your “week-end” buying trip in Paris could end up with you only seeing a handful of dresses and a whole lot of frustration.

If you want to maximize your time during your Paris wedding dress buying trip, I suggest hitting up the major department stores first- Printemps, Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché all have bridal levels offering a small selection of a number of labels. Paris has several Pronovias, Pronuptia and Rosa Clara boutiques as well, but their collections may be what you would find at your home locations. The gold mine of multiple wedding dress options in Paris is Metal Flaque.  Since 2009, Metal Flaque has been the main source in France to find designers like Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Marchesa and more.

Whether you choose to go the exclusive showroom route, or prefer to power through the multi-label boutique options, keep in mind that for many Parisian bridal stores, walk-ins can be frowned upon.  And if you plan to try dresses on, a rendez-vous should be made in advance.  Lastly,  if you’re stumped for a last-minute option (a surprise Parisian vow-renewal, for example?)  you can always rent a wedding dress in Paris!

wedding-dress-shopping-in-paris

Delphine Manivet
93, Rue du Faubourg St Honoré
75008 Paris

Max Chaoul
55 Quai Grands Augustins
75006 Paris,

Suzanne Ermann
29 Rue de Tournon
Paris

Printemps Mariage
64, bd Haussmann
75009 Paris

Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
40, bd Haussmann
75009 PARIS

Le Bon Marche
24 Rue de Sèvres
75007 Paris

Metal Flaque
9 Rue de l’Échelle
75001 Paris