Post # 1
I just had a brilliant brain storm, one of many since I started planning 3 months ago. I have decided to go with a Paris theme for the wedding. Not so much Marie Anotinette, or Haute Couture, but the idea of "One night in Paris, a lifetime together" I would like twinkly lights and a soft glow. Other than that i am having a hard time finding things. Has anyone had this theme before? Or come across any Parisian ideas?
Post # 3
i saw the idea for eiffel tower cake toppers – i think it was in a martha stewart weddings issue. maybe have a croissant table or french inspired food and favors. you can display photos of classic parisian landmarks and moments.
Post # 4
oooh and definitely consider designing your invitations, menus, etc to have an art nouveau look.
Post # 5
Your table numbers could be in french with the numeral faded out in the background for all us non-frenchies. 🙂 Also you could use the french word for love (or some other word) as a running theme. You could have it faded out in the background of invitations and programs and escort cards, etc. And you could use a big Merci on the front of your thank you cards!
Good luck! And let us know when you start putting stuff together!
Post # 6
Art Nouveau would definitely be a great way to go, granted you are into that style! Hector Guimard designed many of the Paris metro entrances and they have such intricate metalwork that you could pull some designs from. Maybe table numbers could be street names Rue Champs-Elysee and the like or pictures of French Landmarks (I’d personally crop the photos to make it a bit more abstract and less post-cardish…
Post # 7
my fiance and i got engaged in paris and live there now. we’re not having a total paris theme, but trying to incorporate it in small ways.
I used postcards from Paris as save-the-dates (I glued the info to the back, but in hindsight I should have just found a nice Paris picture and printed them out with Vistaprint.) We’re naming tables after paris landmarks and sights and using pictures of those places on the tables. (i.e. Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur). We’re also using a coffee table book full of pictures of Paris as a guest book.
I’m still deciding if I want to buy mini Eiffel Tower key chains to use as favors/weigh down escort cards. (And I love the idea of the cake topper! I may be buying an eiffel tower for that now…)
Other ideas…instead of a regular wedding cake, get a croquenbouche, the traditional french wedding cake. Or give french macarons as favors. Serve french champagne and wine! Choose a menu that is french-inspired.
Snippet and Ink did two french-themed boards a while back (maybe in March?) that you could look for.
i love your description of a soft glow. Sounds so romantic!
Post # 8
One idea is to give macroons as your favors. Macroons from La Duree in Paris are famous but youcan find someone in the US to make them for you and give them away in a pretty box or cellophane paper with bows. I think several bees have given them as favors.
For dinner you could serve steak frites with the fries in a wax paper cone. I think its the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings (not positive but its very recent if it isn’t that one) has a really pretty "cameo theme" with pale, pale pinks and a black accents. I find that to be a very french color choice.
A lot of the Metro entrances in paris have beautiful art nouveau designs that could be inspiration for your invites and menus.
Hope that helps!
Bonne Chance et bisous!
Post # 9
oh alli’s post reminded me, dafont has a font that is styled after the names of the paris metro stops called Paris Metro
Post # 10
Thanks for all the help! Super duper ideas, i love the coffee table book as a guest book.
Post # 11
I love the idea of a Parisian-themed wedding! And I think all the ideas offered could be super…
But just a wee tiny little reminder: There’s an additional meaning/allusion now to the phrase "One night in Paris" … (thanks to our friend Paris Hilton & a certain videotape)
Post # 12
If you have pictures of you and your fiance in the city, I would use those to decorate a table of some sort.
Just make sure you don’t go too theme-y or it will turn into prom quickly.
Post # 13