Couple's from all over the globe travel to romantic and beautiful France for their wedding. The beautiful and historical venues and sites make for beautiful wedding photographs. The weather is nice and the food is out of this world.
We sometimes assume that a wedding in France is just like a wedding in the United States. The fact is, brides in France (just like other countries) has their own unique traditions.
We thought it would be fun to share a few of these traditions and give you some ideas for your French wedding. Your guests will be thrilled to read about your plans on your Plumfund account (www.plumfund.com) and they will help you cover the expenses through their gifting.
La MairieThis is a legal step that couples in France must abide by, so we included it on our list. To be married in France, the couple must be married by the Mayor of the town.
This is done in the Town Hall and all the doors are left open. This is to allow anyone who objects to the marriage opportunity to protest. Many couples then go to their venue of choice for the spiritual ceremony and celebration.
The entrance of the wedding ceremony is led by the groom and his mother. They are usually followed by children in the ceremony, much like the ring bearer and flower girl in the United States.
Their clothes are meticulously chosen at bridal shops like www.azazie.com. They may precede the bride or follow her train. There is no maid of honor or best man. The bride has one “witness” and the groom has a “witness” and this is the bridal party.
In years gone by, the entire wedding party with all the guests followed the bride and groom through the town to various places such as the reception or dinner.
The group made as much noise as possible while walking behind the couple. Modern twists now have the guests following the couple via automobile (as the bride and groom lead the way in their car or limo). The car horns blasts through the town.
This is a very old custom in France. The couple gives gifts of sugar coated almonds to their guests in a pouch (or in modern days a lovely container). The candies are a symbol of long and lasting love.
LA FONTAINE À CHAMPAGNE -CHAMPAGNE TOWER
This is a beautiful French custom that is often seen in the most elegant of weddings in the United States. A tower of champagne glasses (flutes) is stacked in a pyramid shape.
Champagne is then poured into the top glass and is allowed to overflow into the glasses below. This is a beautiful custom that all the guests gather around to see, Unless you are very good at this, let a professional stack the glasses.
Wine is a very important part of the French wedding. The couple drink from a “coupe de mariage”, which is a two handle cup, engraved with their names and date of the wedding. The cup is saved and passed down to the children. Offer a selection of 5 or 6 wines at the reception and have a wine expert there to explain the differences.
There are many other fun costumes you can incorporate into your wedding. Look around and find some that work for you and have a unique and romantic wedding celebration.
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