(Closed) Anyone getting married in France, specifically Provence???

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hello.

I’m getting married in the Lot et Garonne (half way between Toulouse and Bordeaux) in 2011. We live in Paris but my fiancé’s family is from the South-west. Do you live in Gordes? Have you had trouble finding photographers/caterers? We haven’t really organized anything yet but are going down in June to pick a venue and hopefully reserve the church.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

wow, so jealous; yeah me and my hubby want to take a  vacation in southern France this year the road trip to Italy

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hello back!

I know what you mean about lack of internet resources! Luckily my fiancé’s (C) mother has been doing most of the legwork. There really is not much on the internet.

It seems often a calmer lunch is held the day after the wedding. There is also the tradition of the vin d’honneur to which most members of the community are invited. This is not the same as the reception. It’s just nibbles and a drink. So you can invite people to the vin d’honneur but not the reception. (This would not work in my culture but since all my guests will be travelling they are invited to both). The big hats are definately part of Irish weddings too! I can’t wait for that. Oh and the dragées!! The sweets that are given out in most weddings. 

C’s parents are in Paris now so I’m sure I’ll hear about more traditions and let you know!

 

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We’re getting married in the foothills behind Cannes. A nice touch for a south of France wedding is to have your guests throw lavender (instead of rice or confetti). Also, you can look into giving your guests “dragees” as a party favor. Bonne chance!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hello Bees! FH and I are getting married in the French Riviera September 2011. We’re going in a few weeks to select our venues. I agree that there is a lack of information online, but I’ve gotten better results by googling in French. If you have some french reading skills this might be an option.

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Also, be aware if you are a non-French citizen, the bureaucracy to be married in France is extremely complicated and time-consuming. Start early!

Planning the fun stuff will seem like a breeze in comparison Cool

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not getting married in France but it’s a dream to get married in a lavender field there.  *swoon* 

Post # 12
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Newbee

I just traveled in a few locations in the south of France, and my favorite spot was Marseille. If you would like to get married in a Catholic Church, Notre- Dame de la Garde, is the most amazing cathedral I have ever been to. The interior is so masterfully crafted, that is is truly breathtaking. With the Mediterranean Sea in the background, this is a perfect wedding combined with a vacation spot.

If you would like to have a non traditional wedding, there are many breathtaking spots all over the area.

There are also some wonderful villages is a short drive, and I would have loved to have a wedding there!

 

 

 

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