Rustic French Weddings

Although the rustic trend has been popular for years now, it shows no signs of slowing down. The problem is that so many rustic weddings end up looking alike – the same wooden touches, burlap backgrounds, kraft paper, and mason jars. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of these items, of course. They all work look beautiful together and that’s one of the many reasons why they are so popular! However, it makes it a bit hard to come up with your own unique look.

One way around this is to put a French spin on your rustic wedding! You can still incorporate many of the most common elements of a typical rustic wedding, but now there are so many new ideas you can add which will make your wedding even more beautiful. Rather than thinking of Paris itself and all its cosmopolitan style, focus on the French countryside and areas like Provence.

I actually have a Pinterest board all about Rustic French weddings, which I’ll be sharing some of these ideas from. The board is here, so feel free to follow along there as well.

Now, here are some elements to consider incorporating into your own rustic French wedding.

1. Lavender

You can’t even think about visiting Provence, France without seeing all the gorgeous purple lavender. The lavender fields there are full of these amazing plants. Luckily, they happen to go perfectly with rustic touches such as mason jars and burlap ribbon. You can have wooden tables with lace and burlap table runners and then scattered vases filled with lavender. Or you can wrap a lavender bouquet in a burlap ribbon. Lavender branches can even be scattered among the cake and cookies at the dessert table.

Lavender as table decor

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You can use purple, soft gray, or silver as wedding colors and they would match this theme perfectly.

 

2. More Feminine Touches

It’s true, in most rustic weddings you will see lots of lace, sunflowers, mason jars (of course!) and other feminine bits. However, when planning a French wedding, there are many ways to take it further and make it even more elegant. For one thing, you can mix a lot of beads and sparkles into your decor – think an old, antique French chandelier hanging in a rustic old building in Provence. Some of my favorite wedding decor photos show long, wooden and weathered tables with an antique beaded chandelier hanging overhead, and lots of sparkly cut glass on the table. It’s best to use clear beads rather than gold or colored to get the right effect.

From Tidbits&Twine on Pinterest.

From Tidbits&Twine on Pinterest.

Another idea is to use lots of  white, tulle fabric – tie it over the back of your chair (and possibly add a sprig of lavender), toss it over a rustic photo backdrop, or bunch it around your masons jars instead of the typical burlap and lace. Tulle just screams French, and isn’t too fussy so it won’t compete with your rustic feel.

3. Artisan French Breads and Wine

It’s up to you if you use these French favorites as a decor theme at your reception, or just have lots of it available for guests to satisfy their hunger, but either way it can be an integral part of your French rustic vibe. The easiest way to get the look you are going for is to use lots of old baskets or even little crates. You can stack these up on a weathered old wooden table and fill them with loaves of artisan bread or individual rolls and buns, whichever is easier. (I’ve even seen them used as escort cards, with a label attached to each loaf with twine!) Wine bottles can be displayed with burlap or lace wrapped around them, or you can purchase printed wine bottle labels customized to match your decor.

From BridalGuide magazine on Pinterest

From BridalGuide magazine on Pinterest

 

4. White, white, everywhere

To get a clean, chic French country look one of the biggest secrets is to incorporate as much white decor as you can. From vintage tablecloths, to tons of white candles, to big old fashioned flowers, white will suggest a rustic French chateau especially when combined with the items mentioned above. A garden setting would be spectacular!

 

From Style Me Pretty on Pinterest

From Style Me Pretty on Pinterest

By incorporating the simple ideas above, plus adding in your own unique style, you can create a dream wedding that makes you feel like you’re celebrating in the French countryside! I’ve also added a few invitations and other wedding trinkets below that you can customize to add just the right touch to your rustic French wedding.

Sweet Rustic Purple Lavender on Kraft Look Wedding 5x7 Paper Invitation CardSweet Rustic Purple Lavender on Kraft Look Wedding 5×7 Paper Invitation Card

Rustic Country Mason Jar French Lavender Bouquet Postage StampRustic Country Mason Jar French Lavender Bouquet Postage Stamp

White Rustic Frame Chalk Wedding InvitationWhite Rustic Frame Chalk Wedding Invitation

Elegant Forest Monogram Wedding InvitesElegant Forest Monogram Wedding Invites

French bread at a market postcardFrench bread at a market postcard

Wine Favor Labels | Lace and KraftWine Favor Labels | Lace and Kraft

Wedding Monogram Label | Black Chalkboard Shipping LabelWedding Monogram Label | Black Chalkboard Shipping Label

Elegant Lavender Wedding InvitationElegant Lavender Wedding Invitation

Lavender Wood Lace Rustic Wedding 5x7 Paper Invitation CardLavender Wood Lace Rustic Wedding 5×7 Paper Invitation Card

Blissful Branches Wedding Standard Cocktail NapkinBlissful Branches Wedding Standard Cocktail Napkin

Marsala and Gray Laurel Wreath and Initial Wedding 5x7 Paper Invitation CardMarsala and Gray Laurel Wreath and Initial Wedding 5×7 Paper Invitation Card

Painted Anemones - floral wedding invitationPainted Anemones – floral wedding invitation



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Elegant Glitter and Sparkle Wedding Invitations

One way to guarantee an upscale, glamorous Parisian vibe at your wedding is to choose an invitation with a sparkly look to it. Just think of Paris, the City of Lights, twinkling with its street lamps glowing and the Eiffel Tower all lit up, and you’ll realize how well these sparkly designs will contribute to your theme.

When you are going for a sparkly look, though, it’s always better to be a bit understated rather than having huge and gaudy chunks of bright glitter everywhere! You want to have just enough sparkle to give a bit of a glow while still keeping things elegant. Remember what Coco Chanel said – always remove one accessory before leaving the house, because less is more. The same holds true in your wedding invitation design – even here, less is better.

The following invitation choices all manage to be festive, glittery and sparkly while remaining classy and elegant. Please also keep in mind that all of the invitations here will have the design printed on – there will not be any actual, physical glitter on them when you receive them. Which is a good thing for all of your guests who hate opening an envelope only to have specks of glitter sticking to them! That’s won’t happen here.

Faux Gold Foil Confetti Elegant Wedding InvitationFaux Gold Foil Confetti Elegant Wedding Invitation

White Subtle Glitter Bokeh Wedding InvitationWhite Subtle Glitter Bokeh Wedding Invitation

glitter string lights elegant vintage wedding 5x7 paper invitation cardglitter string lights elegant vintage wedding 5×7 paper invitation card

Gold Glitter Look Wedding InvitationGold Glitter Look Wedding Invitation

Upscale Sparkle Marsala and Glitter Look Wedding 5x7 Paper Invitation CardUpscale Sparkle Marsala and Glitter Look Wedding 5×7 Paper Invitation Card

Faux Gold Foil Confetti Purple Wedding InvitationFaux Gold Foil Confetti Purple Wedding Invitation

Elegant Wedding Sparkling String Black 5x7 Paper Invitation CardElegant Wedding Sparkling String Black 5×7 Paper Invitation Card

Gold Glitter Glamour Chevron Wedding InvitationGold Glitter Glamour Chevron Wedding Invitation

Elegant Red Glitter Hollywood Glam Wedding 5x7 Paper Invitation CardElegant Red Glitter Hollywood Glam Wedding 5×7 Paper Invitation Card


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Macaron Themed Bridal Showers

If you’re looking for a feminine, chic, and very popular Paris wedding shower theme, the ever trendy macaron is a perfect solution!

macaron tower

A tower of macarons

This French treat can be found in cities across the world now, as more and more people fall in love with them for both their delicious taste and their pretty, colorful appearance.

You can use macarons as the favors at your bridal shower; simply package them up in a fancy little bag and attach a sticker or gift tag to each one. For dessert, you can find towers like the one shown here filled with fancy macaron cookies in your colors of choice. Choose the bride’s favorite colors for your macarons, and then match the room’s decoration to those colors for a beautiful result that will feel very French and very feminine!

As far as bridal shower invitations, supplies, and stickers, here are just some of the choices available:

Chic French Macaron Bridal Shower 5x7 Paper Invitation CardChic French Macaron Bridal Shower 5×7 Paper Invitation Card

Colorful Paris Macarons Eiffel Tower Monogram Classic Round StickerColorful Paris Macarons Eiffel Tower Monogram Sticker

Yorkie French Macarons Classic Round StickerYorkie French Macarons Round Sticker

One Dozen French Macarons Merci Thank You Classic Round StickerFrench Macarons Merci Thank You Sticker

Delicate Lavender French Macarons 5x7 Paper Invitation CardDelicate Lavender French Macarons Invitation

Macarons Pattern 9 Inch Paper PlateMacarons Pattern 9 Inch Paper Plate

Paris Macarons StampParis Macarons Stamp

Ooh La La Macaron Bridal Shower 5x7 Paper Invitation CardOoh La La Macaron Bridal Shower Invitation Card

French Macarons Personalized Return Address LabelFrench Macarons Return Address Label

Décorée Macarons Pâtisserie Bunting Bridal Shower Invitation CardDécorée Macarons Pâtisserie Bunting Bridal Shower Invitation

Colorful French Macarons with Pink and Green Standard Cocktail NapkinColorful French Macarons with Pink and Green Napkin

Chic Colorful French Macaron Pattern Green NotebooksChic Colorful French Macaron Pattern Green Notebooks


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Try a Wine Themed Wedding!

One of the many things France is known for is exceptional French wines. Chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot noir are just some of the varieties that you can choose from, and there is nothing better than the thought of sitting at a cafe table in Paris at dusk and sipping a glass of wine! Unless, perhaps, it is the thought of getting married with a wine themed wedding.

As you know just from glancing at this website, there are a multitude of directions you can go when planning a Paris or French style wedding. A wine theme is one such direction, and there are so many DIY ideas you can create such as centerpieces using empty wine bottles, wine barrels as table supports, and grapes and vines as decor for an outdoor wedding.  A quick pinterest search will turn up these and many more suggestions. Even better of course would be having your wedding in a beautiful vineyard! But here are some great ideas for the wedding invitations and various supplies that you will need, all of which will contribute beautifully to an elegant wine theme. You’ll find images of everything from wine bottles, to wine glasses, to grapes, to even wine stain rings!

Here are some ideas for wine themed save the date cards and invitations for your wedding or bridal shower:

Couples Wedding Shower Wine Themed Invitation 5.25Couples Wedding Shower Wine Themed Invitation

Wedding Invitation | Wine Stain Rings 5.25Wedding Invitation | Wine Stain Rings

chalkboard Wine Tasting Bridal shower 5x7 Paper Invitation Cardchalkboard Wine Tasting Bridal shower Invitation

Modern Bride Wine Theme Bridal Shower Invitation 5Modern Bride Wine Theme Bridal Shower Invitation

Vineyard Wedding Invitation (Parchment Texture) 5Vineyard Wedding Invitation (Parchment Texture)

Wine Theme Save the Date Card 4.25Wine Theme Save the Date Card


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And here are some labels you can personalize and stick to wine bottles for wedding favors and gifts:

Ivory Wedding Wine Bottle Monogram Favor LabelsIvory Wedding Wine Bottle Monogram Favor Labels

Tan & Gold Custom Wedding Mini Wine LabelsTan & Gold Custom Wedding Mini Wine Labels

Custom coral heart wedding wine bottle labels shipping labelCustom coral heart wedding wine bottle labels

Wedding Gold Faux Glitter Dots Custom Shipping LabelWedding Gold Faux Glitter Dots Label

Pink and Black Baroque Wedding Mini Wine LabelsPink and Black Baroque Wedding Mini Wine Labels

Chandelier Wedding Mini Wine LabelsChandelier Wedding Mini Wine Labels


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And finally, here are some tabletop supplies that will carry the wine theme throughout your wedding or bridal shower. You can find paper napkins, table cards, stickers, candy tins, favor boxes, and more, and all of them can be personalized.

Elegant Red Grapes Watercolor Paper NapkinsElegant Red Grapes Watercolor Paper Napkins

Table Name Cards | Types of Wine Theme 4.25Table Name Cards | Types of Wine Theme

Vineyard Thank You Sticker (Parchment Texture)Vineyard Thank You Sticker (Parchment Texture)

Wine and Cheese Beach Party Custom Gift Box Party Favor BoxesWine and Cheese Beach Party Custom Favor Boxes

Vineyard Red Barn Bridal Shower Favor Candy TinVineyard Red Barn Bridal Shower Favor Candy Tin

Wine bottles, multi color, dark blue background favor boxesWine bottles, multi color, dark blue background favor boxes


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5 Perfect Paris Themed Bridesmaid Gifts They’ll Love!

five Paris bridesmaids gifts

Chances are, your bridesmaids are a big help to you in your wedding planning. Maybe they’ve gotten together to create some of the wedding DIY’s you had your heart set on. Perhaps they’ve thrown you an awesome bridal shower. Or maybe there are some that are too far away to provide much hands-on help, but they’re always there for over the phone support and are happy to spend the money to travel to be a part of your day. So you want to be sure to thank them with a little gift that they will actually be thrilled to open, not something forgettable that they really can’t use anyway.

Here are several amazing ideas for Paris themed bridesmaids’ gifts – some you may not ever have thought of, some may not be uncommon but the Parisian theme adds some extra chic elegance – but all of them will be adored by every one of your girls!

1. Makeup Bags

Even if she’s not a huge makeup fiend, these little bags and pouches have a million uses. She can store extra change, jewelry, and pens inside instead. If you give your bridesmaids their gifts the night before the wedding at the rehearsal dinner, they’ll even be able to use them on the wedding day to hold lipstick, bobby pins, aspirin, and other little important bits they’ll need. An extra bonus for the girls if you personalize them with each name (something you can easily do with many of these bags).

French Style Fleur de Lis Pattern Cosmetic BagFrench Style Fleur de Lis Cosmetic Bag

French pink with black polka-dot sophisticated bag cosmetics bagsFrench Pink with Black Polka Dot Cosmetics Bag

Choose Any Color French Wedding Vows with Heart WristletsChoose Any Color French Wedding Vows with Heart Wristlets


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2. Flasks

A flask may not be the first thing that comes to mind for a bridesmaid gift, but think about it! There are tons of really cute designs that you can personalize with the name of each woman, and she is free to keep anything inside of it – non-alcoholic if she doesn’t drink. It’s probably not something she would buy for herself, but chances are she will love it. Any of these would make a great conversation piece, and especially if there are going to be several parties over the wedding weekend, these will definitely come in handy. You may even want one for yourself once the wedding is over!

Chic Black and White French Style Eiffel Tower FlaskChic Black and White French Style Eiffel Tower Flask

Pardon My French with Beret Hip FlasksPardon My French with Beret Hip Flasks

modern barnwood crystal chandelier paris fashion hip flasksModern Barnwood Crystal Chandelier Paris Flask


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3. Shirts

A fun, French-themed T shirt would be a great gift for your bridesmaids. They’ll be able to wear them while they get ready for the wedding and not have to worry about getting their other clothes dirty. Plus it will be fun for all the girls (and the bride too!) to wear their matching shirts and have some photos taken they’ll remember forever. Even after the wedding, who couldn’t use an extra t shirt in their closet?

Chic Modern Typography Personalized Bridesmaid Tee ShirtsChic Modern Typography Personalized Bridesmaid Tee Shirts

BRIDESMAID | WEDDING T-SHIRTBridesmaid Wedding T-Shirt

Bridesmaid t-shirt Wedding t-shirtBridesmaid Wedding T-Shirt


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4. Hot Sauce

Okay, this is an original one! But if any of your bridesmaid is a foodie or just loves grilling and barbecues, this gift is sure to be a hit with her. Where else would she get a bottle of delicious hot sauce with her own name on it? And the best part is, the hot sauce is really good. There are five flavors to choose from with various levels of heat, so you’re sure to find something she’d love.

Je Ne Sais Quoi French Quote Hot Sauce

Chic Parisian Pink Stripe Black Eiffel Tower Hot SauceChic Parisian Pink Stripe Black Eiffel Tower Hot Sauce

French Damask, Ornaments, Swirls - Gray White Hot SauceFrench Damask and Swirls Gray White Hot Sauce


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5. Luggage Tags

This is a gift that is both practical and beautiful. There are so many different designs and colors to choose from that it won’t be any trouble at all to choose the perfect luggage tag for each bridesmaid. Many of them can be personalized with a name or monogram on the front, but all of them have plenty of room on the bag of the tag for her contact information. Luggage tags are especially great gifts if you are having a Paris destination wedding, since the tags can go right on their luggage!

Pink | White Paris Eiffel Tower Name Tag For LuggagePink | White Paris Eiffel Tower Name Tag For Luggage

Elegant luggage tag with text | Bon Voyage!Elegant luggage tag with text | Bon Voyage!

Pink and Black Eiffel Tower Adventure Awaits Travel Bag TagPink and Black Eiffel Tower Adventure Awaits Travel Bag Tag


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Romantic Pink Paris Wedding Invitations

Romantic Pink Paris Wedding Invitations
So, after a lot of thought – or perhaps it was actually something you’ve always had in mind – you’ve decided you’ll be having a Paris themed wedding. Of course, I commend your decision! A Paris themed wedding is a wonderful way to ensure your ceremony will be filled with style and elegance. However, once that decision has been made, your next step is to figure out which type of Parisian style you’ll be going for.

Your options are many – elegant, minimalist black and white, shabby chic vintage, or even French rustic with burlap and lace. You can find invitations for every style here in our shop. But today I wanted to focus on Paris style invitations with a feminine edge. If you are looking for the epitome of girly, Paris style that still won’t be at all offensive to your groom, here are some perfect picks for you. These invitations are pink, pastel, yet with that intrinsic French elegance that saves them from being too saccharine. Any of these will be a beautiful choice!

Antique Paris Wedding Invitations 5Antique Paris Wedding Invitations 5″ X 7″ Invitation Card

Eiffel Tower Paris Wedding 5x7 Paper Invitation CardEiffel Tower Paris Wedding 5×7 Paper Invitation Card

Vintage Style Wedding In Paris Invitations 5.25

Eiffel Tower Wedding Invitations 5Eiffel Tower Wedding Invitations 5″ X 7″ Invitation Card

Love Birds Wedding Invitation Love Birds Wedding Invitation (pink) 5″ X 7″ Invitation Card

Pink Scrolls and Eiffel Tower 3.5x5 Paper Invitation CardPink Scrolls and Eiffel Tower 3.5×5 Paper Invitation Card


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Still not sure if this is the look you’re going for? No problem? Browse around through some more invitations to help narrow down your Parisian style preference.

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5 Easy Steps to a Paris Themed Bridal Shower

5 Easy Steps to a Paris Theme Wedding Shower

 

If you’re trying to decide on a theme for a bridal shower you’ll be hosting, a very good choice would be a Paris themed shower! And not just because I am obsessed with all things Parisian. A Paris theme is actually a very simple way to make sure the shower is elegant and stylish, all the while being able to rely on several easy standby items.

Just keep the following choices in mind. Mix and match from among these ideas and you really can’t go wrong!

1. Color

For your colors, make sure to go with a soft and subdued palette. Mint green, blush pink, tiffany blue, and pale yellow will all work. If you do choose the pink, a classic Parisian combination is pink, black, and white and you’ll find many decorations already for sale in this palette which will make things even easier.

2. Pattern

Toile, damask, and stripes are all timeless French designs. Simply do a search for any of these words when you are searching for decor online, and you’ll find a plethora of wonderful choices. If you’re unsure, go for black and white in any of these patterns and then you can add whatever soft color from point one is your favorite and it will coordinate together beautifully. These patterns are what you want to focus on for items like tablecloths, trays, gift wrap, table cards, and any paper products. If you have a great bakery available, a black and white or pink and white striped cake would be perfect!

black and white damask napkin

Black and White Damask Napkin

3. Symbols

There are so many possible Parisian symbols to choose from that you really can’t list them all. Some of the most popular are of course the Eiffel Tower, macarons (which seem to be everywhere today), perfume bottles, and shabby chic birdcages for a vintage French look. The fleur de lis is a classic, traditional choice and then there are more just for fun ideas like the French beret! Once you choose a symbol or two that you prefer, this is the time to start choosing your favors, centerpieces, and napkins – it won’t be hard to find most of these symbols on these products for sale. Of course, if you’re crafty, you can always DIY! Even elegant, understated jewelry like pearls will fit right in here. One easy idea is to fill glass jars with loose faux pearls – all the better if you can find pale pink ones. Scatter these smaller items around the room for a true Parisian touch.

4. Food

Here is where you can really get creative. Just consider the types of dishes that come to mind when you think of “French food”, and run with it!

Adorable French Fries from cakeslikesaparty.com

Adorable French Fries from cakeslikesaparty.com

Croissants are a true French tradition, so why not serve sandwiches on croissant rolls? Of course cheese plates are always an option in Paris, so do the same here and create a spread with lots of delicious cheeses, crackers, and fruit (especially grapes). It will look very fancy and upscale for very little effort, and at any price point of your choice.

If you have a source for them, I have to suggest croissants! I found these crepes at my local Wegman’s grocery store and they were really good and easy to use as long as you are gentle with them. You can fill them with anything you like; I prefer nutella and bananas which is a combination I ate repeately in Paris and everyone seems to like.

Other ideas are loaves of French bread (which can also serve as decor if you put them in nice vintage baskets), tarts, macarons, and even French fries for a fun little treat. French wine can also be offered with the rest of the beverages.

5. Games

Bridal Shower Bingo Card Game

Bridal Shower Bingo Card Game

For games, you can probably stick with the shower games that are familiar to most of us. An old standby is “bingo” played while the gifts are being opened. The possible gift choices are entered onto bingo cards, and guests check off the boxes on their card whenever they match what the bride is opening. You can also do “mad libs”, and even get cards specially printed for these if you prefer.

The Paris part can come in with the prizes for the winners. With a Paris theme, luggage tags would be a great choice, especially if they are decorated to match. A French Manicure nail polish set would also be an inexpensive prize that would fit in well. Bracelet charms of the Eiffel Tower are another option.

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By now, you should be well on your way to planning an amazing Paris theme shower, and it really shouldn’t be difficult to either purchase or make any of the things you’ll need. Of course don’t forget to check out our shop for some more inspiration. Bonne chance!

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French Style Home Accessories for the Wedding too!

French style home accessories for the wedding and afterwards!

If you’ve decided on a Paris theme for your wedding, chances are that means you appreciate French style. This usually means a soft, subdued, color palette with a feminine and chic vibe. The patterns can be lavish and ornate, but even then nothing tends to be over the top. This kind of style happens to look beautiful in your home, too, so you don’t have to limit your aesthetic sense to just your wedding!

Here are some ideas for gorgeous French and Parisian style home goods that you can use during the wedding, and then keep to decorate your home with after the wedding too. They’re a great way to add some chic French style to your home, while being wonderful little reminders of your wedding day.

Paris on Burlap Binder1. Paris on Burlap Binder

French Amour Love Pink and Black Chic Parisian Cosmetics Bags2. French Amour Love Pink and Black Cosmetics Bag

Vintage Paris Eiffel Tower Romantic Collage Pillow3. Vintage Paris Eiffel Tower Romantic Collage Pillow

Vintage French Handwriting Paris Rooster Igloo Ice Chest4.Vintage French Handwriting Paris Rooster Igloo Ice Chest

Chic French Toile Serving Tray5. Chic French Toile Serving Tray

Paris Perhaps Luggage Tag6. Paris Perhaps Luggage Tag


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Item 1: Paris on Burlap Binder – this rustic, vintage style binder will be great to organize all the notes and papers you’ll need for your wedding. Afterwards, keep it at home to organize bills, documents, or even to hold your photos.

Item 2: French Amour Cosmetic Bag – This chic, soft pink Parisian cosmetic bag says “Amour”, or Love, on the front, in French writing. Use it to stash your emergency makeup and hair pins on your wedding day, and then display in your boudoir at home later.

Item 3: Romantic Eiffel Tower Pillow – During the wedding reception, display this cream colored vintage style pillow on the bride’s chair. At home after the honeymoon, it can sit on your sofa or bed and remind you of your wedding while adding a French vibe to your room.

Item 4: Vintage French Handwriting Ice Chest Cooler: This would be adorable if you are having an outdoor wedding or reception. Keep lots of cold water and drinks in here, and it will totally add to your decor! After the wedding, you will have tons of chances to use it in the years to come for vacations, picnics, and trips.

Item 5: Chic French Toile Serving Tray: This tray is beautiful enough to fit right in at your wedding. Display your guests’ seating cards on a couple of them, or offer appetizers to guests on this tray. Then use this later in your kitchen or even in your bedroom to bring some French style to your home.

Item 6: Paris Perhaps Luggage Tag: You could have a lot of fun with this one at your wedding! If your wedding location is totally decked out in a Parisian theme but you are not having a destination wedding, these would be fun to use as wedding favors which you can double as your guests seating cards (just attach it to the back). Or you can give these as gifts to your wedding party. Then when it comes time for the honeymoon, simply attach this to your suitcase and you’re off!

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As you can see, there are lots of ways to incorporate beautiful French home decor at your wedding. You can either use something you already own, or buy something new and then display it in your home afterwards to bring back wonderful memories of the day. If you’re still trying to find the perfect item, there are thousands more Paris style items here on Zazzle to browse through!

 

 

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4 Reasons you should do a First Look

4 reasons for a first look

 

If you’re deep in the middle of your wedding planning by now, or even if you’ve just begun, chances are you’ve been hearing about a “first look”.

A first look is when the bride and groom first see each other in their wedding attire in a private moment, just the two of them. It takes place on the day of the wedding but before any of the guests are present, and in a location of the couple’s choice. People seem to have very strong opinions one way or the other, but the more I consider it the more I feel that a first look is a wonderful idea on your wedding day. Here are just some of the reasons why.

1. A private moment for the two of you on a busy day

Weddings can feel so rushed and there are so many people you have to (and will want to!) see and talk to, that it’s possible you and your groom may barely spend any real time with each other that day. A first look will give the two of you the guaranteed opportunity for a private moment, which many couples find to be very meaningful.

2. It can take the pressure off of you during the ceremony

You are bound to be a little nervous on the day of your wedding, even if you are one hundred percent sure about what you are doing! However, just seeing your fiance on the morning of the wedding and being able to speak to him for a bit ahead of time can definitely help calm your nerves. Also, this way all the excitement of the day won’t be built up on that first moment in the ceremony when your groom sees you for the first time. It will be easier to relax and enjoy the ceremony after the private moments you two have spent together.

3. Often the natural light is better earlier in the day

If you are planning to take outdoor photos, you will often find that the light earlier in the day is more soft and flattering than it will be after your ceremony. Although a good photographer can compensate for the lighting so that all of your photos turn out beautiful, there is something uniquely special about gorgeous natural light.

4. You will have more time to spend with your guests after the wedding

Because you took your photos during your first look earlier in the day, you won’t have to rush away after your wedding to take pictures. That means you can actually enjoy your cocktail hour with the friends and family who you don’t get to see very often, and not have to worry about being late for your reception after rushing around from location to location for photos. The day goes by so fast that any extra time to can spend with your guests will be treasured.

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If you are still deciding whether or not to have a first look on your wedding day, I hope you will take the above reasons into consideration. I really believe that it can be a blessing to you and your groom on what can often be a very busy time. After all, there is a reason the first look is becoming more and more popular!

 

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Six Creative Ideas for Your Save the Dates

Six creative ideas for your save the dates!When it comes to save the dates, there is no rule that says they have to be done a certain way. Save the date invitation cards are nice and do the job of getting all of the needed information to your guests, but sometimes they can be a little boring.

Why not try something different, and a little more creative? Here are several unique ideas for Paris themed save the dates. Some ideas may be a better choice for you then others, depending on your budget and how many guests you are planning to invite. But whichever one you choose, you can be sure that your guests will not just shove them aside somewhere or, even worse, not notice them in the first place – these save the dates are sure to get their attention!

1. Save the Date Bookmarks

If you love to read, this could be a great choice for you. Simply send out your save the dates on heavy paper stock that are in the shape of a bookmark. You can DIY if you prefer; once you get the correct paper you can basically add the needed text and then any decorative adornments that you choose. Or even easier, you can purchase your save the date bookmarks already printed up for you – just use the templates available to enter your information and be sure to pick a style that fits in with the Paris theme. Any 4″ x 9″ invitation should work. Can’t you just imagine your guests tucking these cards into a favorite book they read each night? It’s a sure way for them to remember your upcoming wedding date.

Chalkboard Vintage Save The Date 4Chalkboard Vintage Save The Date 4″ X 9.25″ Invitation Card

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2. Save the Date Coasters

This is another novel idea your guests will love! Probably most of them have not ever received a save the date in the form of a coaster, but they are definitely available. Your budget and guest list is something to take into account before you decide on which type of coaster you will send out. If you are having a small wedding, possibly a destination wedding where only a limited number of select guests will be invited, then it would be a very nice gesture to send an actual plastic or wooden coaster to each invitee (only one per family of course). There are even puzzle coasters that come in four pieces so your guests can have a laugh putting them together! Of course if you are having a larger wedding, it would be more cost efficient to send out coasters made up pulp board – these can end up being just about the same price as normal save the date cards. But the impact of one of your own unique save the date coasters will be much greater than a regular card!

Double Circle of Fleur de Lis Round Paper CoasterDouble Circle of Fleur de Lis Round Paper Coaster

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3. Save the Date Magnets

Although many couples today send out save the dates in the form of a magnet, often they tend to have the couple’s photo as the focus. Which is nice, but unless the invited guests are very close to you and want to see your face every day, they probably won’t keep your magnet up on their refrigerator very long! Try sending out magnets that match the theme of your wedding, but have as their background a beautiful view of Paris or an elegant French symbol like the Fleur de Lis – although all of your wedding information will still be on there, the magnet will be general enough that it will most likely go up on the fridge and be a reminder to them every day. Just be sure to follow the post office guidelines on sending magnets through the mail.

Eiffel Tower Save the Date MagnetEiffel Tower Save the Date Magnet

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4. Save the Date Gift Tags

Save the date gift tags have two important benefits – they’re much cuter than a normal card, and they are also usually less expensive to buy. Choose a color of twine or thin ribbon that matches your wedding colors, and simply thread it through the hole in the tag and tie it, and you’ll have a beautiful and memorable save the date. Again, this is something you can either DIY, or order already made from a template to your specifications.

Save the Date Tags | Chalkboard Design Pack Of Gift TagsSave the Date Tags | Chalkboard Design Pack Of Gift Tags

Pink White Quatrefoil Save The Date Tag Pack Of Gift TagsPink White Quatrefoil Save The Date Tag Pack Of Gift Tags

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5. Save the Date Postcards

Save the date postcards are a sure way to save money. Postcards normally cost less than an invitation, and the cost of postage is also much cheaper for a postcard. There are just as many designs to choose from, or you can even create your own design entirely! And there is another benefit of sending a postcard. With a normal invitation style save the date card, there is always a chance that your invitee will receive it and set the envelope aside somewhere to open later when he has time. Unfortunately, it’s way too easy for it to get forgotten at that point! But with a postcard version of a save the date, there are no worries about that because your guest will automatically see all of your wedding information as they are flipping through the mail.

Pink Watercolor Heart on White Save the Date PostcardPink Watercolor Heart on White Save the Date Postcard

Classic Paris France Wedding Save the Date PostcardClassic Paris France Wedding Save the Date Postcard

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6. Electronic Save the Dates

Of course, you can always go the electronic route and send your save the dates online! Sites like Paperless Post and evite among others make it very easy to do this. And the best part is there are lots of designs to choose from – your guests won’t be getting just a plain, bare-bones email that simply includes the basic information. If you don’t want to bother with postage at all, this is a possible route to take.

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Which of these ideas appeals to you the most? Or do you have an even more original idea for how you plan to send your save the dates? We’d love to hear it! If you’re still not sure, you can get started here by looking through some of the creative save the date templates available on Zazzle – something is sure to catch your eye.


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