Planning a wedding in France can be daunting – the time difference, the distance, and the language barrier are just a few of the challenges. But all of our clients agree that despite these hurdles, planning a wedding in France (with our help!) was the right decision.
If you’re exploring the idea of having a wedding in France, here are the top things you should be thinking about:
The Wedding Date
The date – or season – has a big influence on the best setting for your day. If Paris is your destination, mid-April to mid-October features mild weather and the best light for photos. November and December can also be a festive time if extended outdoor photos are less important; August should be avoided since many wedding venues are closed and wedding vendors go on holiday. If you’re interested in a château wedding, we recommend sticking to the months of May, June, July and September to be able to enjoy the outdoor spaces.
If you had to envision your day, do you see yourself as the bride and groom, enjoying an intimate day together; surrounded by a small group of family and friends; or in the midst of a bustling reception? We love planning weddings large and small, so to help you figure out the best option for your day, here are some of the pros and cons we’ve observed along the way.
Just the two of us
- Pros: No worries about making other people happy on the day / Take as much time as you like for photos / Allocate the wedding budget to other important life projects (or a killer honeymoon!)
- Cons: Not sharing the day with family and friends
Just the two of us… and a few guests
- Pros: Just the most important family & friends with you to celebrate / Ability to seat everyone at a large communal table
- Cons: Not enough people for a dancing reception
Reception with dinner and dancing
- Pros: Being able to do a wedding weekend but still likely a smaller guest list than you would have had “at home” / Critical mass of guests to create a great party atmosphere
- Cons: All guests may not be able to stay in the same place
City or Country?
Paris is… all of the romantic, delicious, elegant things one could possible want for a beautiful wedding: amazing food and wine; stunning interior decor with chandeliers and gilt detailing; the Eiffel Tower!
But for those of you looking for a bucolic setting, Paris comes up a bit short.
So if you’re thinking of a romantic outdoor setting for your day, France’s regions have much to offer. The Loire Valley is the place to go if your dream is of historic fairy-tale châteaux. Provence is a vintage-chic haven of villas near charming towns with open-air markets. Bordeaux and Burgundy have lovely manor houses perfect for wine-loving brides and grooms. Other lesser know regions have a charm all their own: Brittany, Languedoc, and the Perigord all have hidden treasure to discover.
Be sure to list out your top priorities for your day – this will shape your wedding budget and helps us understand how to best guide you in your choices. Amazing flowers, a touching ceremony to celebrate your union, a talented bar staff to whip up signature cocktails, or a top-notch band or DJ to keep guests dancing all night long – or all of the above – we can help you navigate the options to put together the best. wedding. ever!