How to Plan a Destination Wedding in Paris

The moment you said yes, Paris popped in your mind: The Eiffel Tower, macarons, exquisite food, champagne. No wonder, Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world.

With the time difference, the language barrier and the cultural differences, you might think planning a destination wedding in Paris is impossible. It’s not! Here are some tips to help you plan your dream wedding in Paris!

1. First of all- and probably the most important detail:  you can’t get legally married in France. You have to live in France more than 40 days in a row and have documents (like bills with your name and address) to prove it. What we suggest is to have a civil ceremony where you live and plan a symbolic ceremony in Paris. You can have a religious ceremony in France but you might have to jump through hoops. It can be done, but not always!

2. Hire a planner! It’s always a good idea, especially when you’re trying to plan one of the most important days of your life, when you’re an ocean away from where you live. Paris based wedding planners will help you to select vendors and ensure their quality, help you coordinate your day,  and manage the vendors so you can relax and enjoy Paris!

3. Choose English speaking vendors- even if you have a French wedding planner! The French aren’t always great at speaking make sure you choose vendors who you can converse with comfortably. Or hire American/English vendors; there are a lot working in Paris! It is so much more comfortable to interact easily with the people around you on your wedding day.

4. Always have a plan B in case of bad weather! Oh yes, Paris is beautiful and romantic – even under the rain – but a bit capricious even in spring and summer. It will not undermine your spirit, you’ll still be in Paris, but for your guest’s sake make sure you have a plan B (with your venue) if you have anything planed outside. Rain is a little less of an issue in September and October, so maybe plan your trip for then!

5. French people usually don’t get married between July 15th and August 15th – it’s the summer vacation period. If you plan your wedding during this time before you speak to vendors, you’ll find out that a lot of them may be closed for a few weeks. 

6. This last tip isn’t just for if you’re planning a destination wedding- Take time the day before your wedding to relax, maybe visit a spa, or just walk around! 

Article by: Vanessa Toklu | Photography: Rebecca Yale

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01.30.15 / Featured, Wedding Planning

Traditional and Timeless Croatian Wedding

We never tire of seeing traditional and timeless weddings. And we love how this bride and groom created a magical evening by combining tradition and aspects of their Croatian culture. Keep reading to find out more on how they planned their perfect wedding.

From the Bride:

After almost a decade of dating, Petar proposed to me on June 13th 2013 in NYC during a weekend getaway to celebrate my birthday. Given that I had no idea about the proposal and that I wasn’t a girl who grew up planning her “perfect wedding,” we had work to do.

Our planning revolved around creating an elegant but timeless wedding that celebrated love while honouring tradition and our Croatian cultural background. Every single detail was significant and meaningful to us.

We got married September 13th 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi Croatian church. It was the church we grew up going to with our families. To us, the ceremony was the most memorable and important part of the day. We had a harpist play and all our immediate family members took part in the mass. Upon exiting the church, everyone was greeted by the Croatian instrumental band playing.

The reception was held in the Croatian Hall where Petar and I first met as kids years ago when we participated in Folklore dance. For décor, we had a classic ivory and champagne colour scheme. Pillar candles lit up the room while greenery and white florals filled it.

Our day was full of love, laughter and gratitude. We had and continue to have many guests tell us they could feel the sincere love in the room. We wanted to create a day that not only was about our own love but the love of everyone we were surrounded by. Mission accomplished.

Photography: When He Found Her | Floral Design: Flowers By Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Shoes: Kate Spade | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St. Francis of Assisi Church | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Hair: Cabelllo Hair | Make-up: Mariane Roberto | Wedding Décor: Allure Events | Bride’s Bracelet: Mother of the Bride’s 1st year wedding anniversary pearl necklace turned into a bracelet. | Earring: Belonged to Bride’s late aunt | Butterfly Ring: Tiffany’s. Given to bride by husband on first year of dating Christmas. | Veil: Posh Veils. Embellishments were from Bride’s First Communion Veil | Purse: Worn by bride’s mother on her wedding day | Cake: Shelby’s Sweet Shoppe | Harpist: Judy Kenna

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01.29.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Outdoor Napa Garden Wedding

We’re so excited to share Sarah & William’s insanely beautiful garden wedding in Napa, CA today. Michael Radford beautifully captured the stunning design and concept by Enjoy Events Co. on this lovely California day. Keep reading for more about Sarah and William’s wedding!

From Megan at Enjoy Events Co.:

Sarah & William’s wedding was the perfect blend of sophistication with a bohemian twist. They wanted a celebration that was elegant but relaxed, black tie but not stuffy and romantic but not girly. In keeping with a bohemian style yet having it be just as elegant, I was inspired by the Moroccan Wedding Blanket. The fabric, texture and colors I felt fit the style they were looking for. Beaulieu is such a special venue and provides the most beautiful garden inspired backdrops. From there it made designing and planning the overall event so much fun. Sarah and William are lovers of music so I knew tambourines and music quotes had to be a part of the mix. Guests found their table assignments by a custom made escort board with tambourines and a music quote by Van Morrison to highlight their style. They also pulled one of their favorite Grateful Dead quotes that we used on custom cocktail napkins. And this was just the beginning. Designing each detail for their day from their wedding programs tied to rattan fans with ribbon, to their dinner menus set with rattan chargers mixed with cut crystal glasses was the perfect blend of boho and sophistication. I teamed up with some of my favorite vendors to make their day come to life from the beautiful flowers and grasses, elegant tabletop rentals, unique edison bulb lighting and Moroccan pillows and blankets which all provided the ultimate blend of whimsical beauty for their day.

Photography: Michael Radford Photography | Venue: Beaulieu Gardens | Catering: Paula le Duc | Event design, planning & coordination: Enjoy Events Co. | Floral design: Shotgun Floral Studio | Cinematography: Ellay Films | Makeup: The Glamourist | Silverware & Glass Rentals: Frances Lane | Lounge: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Lighting: Got Light | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Djore of Elan Artists | Invitations: Little Miss Press | Day of paper goods: Enjoy Events Co. | Groom’s Attire: Brioni, Del Toro Custom Shoes | Wedding dress: Mira Zwillinger c/o Mark Ingram Atelier | Hair + makeup: The Glamourist | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Other Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Officiant: Family friend | Vintage Car Rental: Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Shuttles: CA Wine Tours

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01.28.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Calming Beach Engagement Session In Mexico

Ace & Whim took this lovely couple out to the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico, in their own clothing and captured their love in its purest form. Surrounded by only the sounds of the ocean and with the cool water on their legs, this sweet engaged couple simply enjoyed being together. Our favorite type of engagement sessions are no frills, no props, and truly organic and simple. Ace & Whim created something the bride and groom will treasure for years to come..

Styling & Photography Ace & Whim | Film Processing: PhotoVision

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01.27.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog