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Classic French Style

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HUNTED: { Wedding Style – Classical French Style } 

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Ma Mere is a confirmed Francophile. Some of my earliest childhood memories revolve around holidays in French gites, learning just enough words to ask the boulangerer for croissants and pain-au-chocolat and leaving the shop carrying baguettes that towered over my head.

My love affair with the country had always been moderate. In later years I admired the food, the Parissiene style and the broodingly handsome men, but didn’t go giddy at the thought of a visit. But something has changed. I’ve just returned from a long weekend in Paris. Whether it was a renewed appreciation of French chic, of architectural beauty, of patisseries bursting with pastries and maracons or of the high lilting accent I don’t know but I am in love.

What better way to spread l’amour than by providing some inspiration for a Classic French influenced wedding. Rooted in the time of Louis XIV; Marie Antionette and Rococo styling with a twist of peasant / shabby chic this is classical 18th century French inspiration with a modern update. You won’t find a beret, stripey jumper or string of garlic in sight.

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Wedding Decor

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Rococo Inspiration French Wedding

Style in 18th Century France could be kindly described as elegant, or meanly as lavish and over-the-top. Characterised by gold, pinks and powder blues when viewed today it has the feel of faded grandeur – of whitewashed floors, of worn-out furniture, and of piles of old books with that fabulous old book smell.

French interior wedding inspiration

Depending on your budget and freedom to decorate based on your venue choice, you can mix in as much or as little as you like of the varying styles.

Look for shabby-chic, French or vintage suppliers as avenues for hire / purchase – such as Melody Maison who have wire birdcages and candleabras, or Prop Hire uk if you’re getting completely carried away. Get creative and ask your wedding planner if you have one / friends what items they have in the home already.

French Inspired Wedding Decoration French Inspired Wedding Rococo Teacups Decor

Cut up old books (if you can bear it) into hearts to decorate tables like in this Tumblr image. Use vintage crockery to serve you guests tea – hire available from the likes of Pale Rose. You’ll be mixing your eras a little but the overall look is the same – and more practical than locating 18th century items.

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Bridalwear

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French wedding dress inspiration

When it comes the wedding dress, take influence unashamedly from the flamboyant ruches and bustles of the 18th Century attire (image : Tumblr).

Wedding Dress French Marie Antionette Inspired

If you are looking for a UK designer who can fulfill your big dress ambitions, take a look at the collections by Terry Fox. The fantastic styling in his photos will also give inspiration for hair and accessories. This may be one occasion where gloves are a fit, or a birdcage veil.

French Inspired Wedding Accessories and Jewellery

When accessorising, cameo style necklaces (those with the white face silhouette) fit the period well. Vintage or antique shops will sell them, as does Lisa Angel in a perfect powder blue.

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Groomswear

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Whilst I wouldn’t suggest grooms donning a Louis XIV style wig, there are touches you can make to your outfit to give it a little more je ne sais quoi.

Groom Idea French Silk Cravat

The French are synonymous with style, so why not consider an embellished silk cravat instead of more traditional one, like this one from Etsy.

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Bridesmaids & Flowergirls

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Bridesmaid Dress Young French Designer

If you’re having flowergirls, whilst it’s not going to be appropriate putting them in something that’s Marie-Antionette-sexy, you could at least keep in theme by finding a French designer. This pale blue design via Little Eglatine, above, is beautiful.

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Wedding Stationery

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French inspired wedding invites

When choosing stationery, mirror the theme with use of richly patterned Rococo style invites, like this set by Chartula Studio.

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Food & Drink

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When it comes to catering you are spoilt. French cuisine is some of the world’s finest.

French Inspired Wedding Food Soup

You can’t get more French than French onion soup. Warn your guests – the cheesy croutonny deliciousness may require outfits with expandable waistlines. (image : Simply Recipes)

Wedding Dessert Inspiration French Apple

With sweet options you have boundless choice. For dessert my ultimate French fantasy is a sweet tarte tatin. Serve warm with cream and wait for your body’s emotional response to it’s incredible taste. (image : Tumblr).

Wedding Favours French Edible

French Wedding Favours Macaroons

You can’t get more classically French than Macarons (top image : We Heart It). This fantastic looking sugary delicacies are available in myriad colours and flavours. Serve with coffee instead of chocolates, or give as favours (bottom image : papercakedesigns).

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Favours

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Wedding Favour Inspiration French Merci

On the subject of wedding favours, give your guests some French thanks by using printed “Merci” bags with a Fleur de lis motif, like these ones above via Etsy.

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Classical French Style : you are hunted.

Would you consider a French influenced wedding?

Or have you  been to one and seen some fantastic ideas?

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