For those of us who are cozying up on the couch with tea as the big storm begins to brew, here is an idea for a wedding inspired by the French countryside and the glamour of Versailles. The French countryside is the perfect inspiration for the shabby chic wedding! Several years ago when I saw Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette for the first time, I fell in love with the colors and flowers used in the film. Combing casual and formal with a bit of Parisian elegance, you can create a look that is truly unique.
Make your centerpieces works of art. Use containers of different shapes and sizes to hold flowers. Check out local antique stores and flea markets for mason jars, tin milk pitchers, and porcelain floral teacups. Group variations of these containers on your tables. Fill with flowers like lavender, white hydrangea, white peonies, and light pink and white roses.
Over your tables, hang glass or gold chandeliers. Bringing the indoors outside is a great way to create a cozy feel while adding a big glam factor.
Pastels are perfect for bridesmaids’ dresses. Don’t be afraid to mix washed out shades of pinks, blues, purples, yellows, or greens too! For the groomsmen, match bowties in the same pastel hues.
Fill small crystal and porcelain bowls with French Almond Macaroons. They are very colorful and increasingly popular. Here is a recipe!
While you’re shopping for teacups at antique stores and yard sales, try to find floral china you can use at your reception. If you are having a large reception, you can rent china for the event.
This type of wedding would be perfect for May and June when flowers are in full bloom! Here is a gorgeous New Jersey Venue where you can play up the French feel by having your ceremony in front of a little cottage! Check out Crossed Keys Inn for more details.