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The so-called 'cortège' stands for two lovely traditions:
Firstly, the entrance to the ceremony where the groom leads the way with his mother, followed by the rest of the wedding party (mainly close family) in a set order of entrance, and,
Secondly, the presence of children, comparable to flower girls and ring bearers. They either walk down the aisle in front of the bride spreading petals or follow holding her train. They are all dressed the same and choosing their outfits is as much of an affair as it is to choose the bridesmaids.
Oh and by the way, there is no bridesmaids or best man; the words do not even have a translation in French. They are ‘temoins’ i.e. witnesses, usually one for the groom and one for the bride, although this is changing.
Direct translation, “the broom car” is a dedicated car that follows the bridal and guest cars from one location to the other.
Typically quirky, heavily decorated and carrying a trail of pans or tins, its task is to ensure that all guests find their way to the party. A fun custom, although not the epitome of elegance!
This is the cocktail reception. Guests attending the ceremony are invited to join the couple and their families for drinks and canapés.
It is an opportunity to please everybody by inviting not so close friends, work colleagues and acquaintances. Family and close friends will stay for the dinner, which is served much later.
The croquembouche, as we know it in English, is the conventional wedding cake at a wedding in France, a pyramid (the most characteristic shape) of choux buns filled with custard and held together with toffee.
The macaroon version is becoming popular and a prettier alternative offering more choices of color and flavor.
The striking pyramid of flutes or coupes is the highlight of the evening, when the Champagne is poured into the top glass and from there fills all the glasses below.
If you would like to impress your guests with such a display it is wise to let professionals build the tower! They can now be arranged with special lighting effects.
This is a sweet custom that sees the bride and her dad opening the ball with a waltz or similar piece of music. The bride will then change hands to continue with her husband.
An epitome of romance, Paris is insanely beautiful. Chic and stylish, Paris will blush right along with you. The multitude of gorgeous monuments, landmarks, attractions fill up the famous city of love.
One can choose to get married in a hotel or can opt for a castle wedding, or from the very many palaces and ancient residences in and around Paris. One can also choose to get married by the River Seine where a personally styled cruise can be arranged.
The wedding experience here is phenomenal both for the couple and the guests. Choose from world cuisine or French; either ways you are in for a treat! Your guests will love it here and so will you.
No superlatives can possibly describe the love that Paris holds for a couple already in love.
The most visited site in the world, the French Riviera has options galore for a destination wedding. One can choose to have a luxurious wedding at Nice or a beach wedding in St. Tropez.
Cannes has an unforgettable charm of its own and a wedding here would be an enchanting one. Musical fountains, verdant gardens and grandiose architecture will add splendour to your wedding. The personality laden eateries well preserved buildings; dramatic Mediterranean backdrops will keep your guests hooked on.
France is famous for its chateaux & palace weddings. Amongst all other wedding venues in France, chateaux inspire romance like no other. We list here some of the best chateaux to choose from:
1. Chateau de Rivau, — has 14 glorious gardens and a splendid castle,
2. Chateau Philippe de Fay, Normandy — Has a breathtaking rural setting,
3. Chateaux Villermaux , Provence — perfect for a vineyard wedding,
4. Chateau de Brabant, Brittany — Extravagant yet peaceful and spacious,
5. Versailles palace — Royal, luxurious, magnificent, exceptional.
Say “oui” while you throw one of most delightfully spectacular weddings in the vineyards of France. Garden parties, hot air balloon rides, pretty sunsets and medieval ruins; the French vineyards have something really out of the world to offer.
Whether it’s the postcard perfect Bordeaux or the magic filled Champagne or better still the beautiful Bergerac you will be spoilt for choice. With a fairytale backdrop and delectable food, the French vineyards are a glorious choice to have a destination wedding.
Paris is the best place to have a bachelorette party. A shopping mecca with abundant food and some really good nightlife. It really sets the ball rolling for a hen party.
Another option is to take your friends to Nice and go for a wine tasting tour. The vineyards are breathtaking and the wine to die for. The evening can be spent in the lovely restaurants that serve delectable food.
One can also head to Cannes for a day. Cute little bars with heady music are a great way to spend some time with friends in Cannes, or, head to Monte Carlo and enjoy a unique casino experience with your friends.
France has plenty to offer for a bachelor party. Party with your friends in the elegant and stylish Paris, which has some amazing night clubs with groovy music. One can also explore activities such as indoor skydiving, drinks on Seine and even jelly wrestling.
Lyon is another place that one can go for some fun time together with friends. The electro clubs are well known and the food is delish. It also has cool activities like Aerobatics and F1 simulator.
One can also do a vineyard tour in Bordeaux and enjoy activities such as indoor surfing and Jet Ski.
Toulouse is another really good place to be with friends. One can take part in the A320 flight simulator or water sports.
An evening out with friends at the casino in Monaco would give you and your friends a taste of glitz and glamour.
One thing that simply cannot be missed in France is the wine tasting tours. Take your guests to a beautiful wine tasting tour in Paris, Bordeaux, Provence or Nice. The vineyards are breathtaking and the wine tastiest ever.
Some of these places also have very good accommodations and beautiful gardens where the mehendi and sangeet functions can be organized.
Get in touch with your wedding planner who will help you plan a wine tasting session, classes and a guided tour to the region.
Your guests will love learning about the topography, explore some great wines, dance their night away and sample lip-smacking food.
When in France one has to visit the Eiffel tower, a global cultural icon and the most recognizable structure in the world. With the tallest edifice, grandiose structure and decorative arches it makes an incredible sight.
Built by Gustave Eiffel to celebrate 100 years of the French revolution, this cloud piercing structure attracts millions of visitors across the year.
Your guests will love the food at the restaurants atop the Eiffel tower as they view Paris with awe and wonder. A good idea would be to treat them with a glass of champagne and celebrate your sacred union with them.
Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic Cathedral and is the finest example of Gothic architecture. It is the largest and best known building in France or rather the world.
The stained glass paintings and the distinguished antique architecture is awe inspiring. The religious art on the building and inside is unmatched.
Your guests will love the art and the solitude this beautiful church has. Say a prayer and make a wish to be together forever and you’ll feel blessed we promise.
Palace of Versailles is the most opulent and one of the finest architectural castles in France and in the world. A UNESCO world heritage site, it is a must see French landmark.
Your guests will be mesmerised by the palace garden which is the largest in Europe and has pretty bushes in geometric patterns. The Hall of Mirrors is intriguing and so is the Grand Apartment. The royal basins and regal fountains are breathtakingly beautiful.
A piece of history itself, the Louvre museum is immense! It houses some of most magnificent pieces such as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and the La liberte guidant le people.
Your guests will be spoilt for choice as there is huge collection of art works such as paintings, sculptures, sketches, ceramics and more.
We recommend a guided tour to this magnificent building and promise that your guests will find the experience an enriching one.