(Closed) What to Wear to a French Wedding

posted 9 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

It REALLY depends on how formal the wedding is. Any aristocrat wedding you need to wear a hat. what time of day/ what region of france? Are you traveling in france other than the wedding? How fun! I went to a friends wedding in Angers 2 years ago and beware the food just keeps coming! It was probably the best wedding I have been to and my Fiance and I are going to incorporate a lot of the elements of it into our wedding!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Provence. Provence. Provence!!! Fos Sur Mer is so cool they have one of the top chocolatiers in the worls and you can tour the institution where they locked up van gogh- it is so cool. loire valley is great too- esp if you rent a car. if you are going to drive don’t do it in paris- i reccomend taking the rer (public transit) to versailles and renting a car there. The region and economic bracket of your friends wedding are going to make a huge difference in the style of it but one thing is for sure you will have a blast!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I totally second the no driving in Paris thing!  Honestly, skip Paris altogether and go other places.  We went for our honeymoon, and we just were not that impressed with it. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

i sort of love paris- but it REALLY helps if you speak french- otherwise you are sort of just another tourist. I forgot- it isn’t technically france but MONACO ROCKS!!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Lol, vistagirl!  yeah… 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Mrs. Spring where did you go when you were there? I lived with a friend outside of Versailles for about a month and spent about 2 weeks in Istres in the south. Sigh this post is really making me want to go to france…

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Shame on you, Mrs. Spring.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  Skip Paris?

I have spent my fair share of time in France, including a month in Touraine and half a year as an exchange student in Lyon.  I thought I was bored of Paris until I got a research grant to study there for two weeks a couple of years ago.  I spent almost all of the time in the basement of the national library, digging around for academic purposes.  I did no sightseeing at all, having convinced myself that I had seen everything there was to see and that I should use my grant to do work, and not play. 

I emerged on the last day of my trip to do some shopping.  Walking by the Seine in the late afternoon, and I saw people lounging by the banks of the river, just hanging out and enjoying the summer sunshine.  I realized all the magic I had missed.  I felt sad that I had become so jaded.  I would not make that mistake again. 

Sure, Paris is better if you’re bilingual.  But the French have no business being snotty about their language, since their level of English is so poor by Western European standards.  (Hope I don’t offend any Frenchwomen lurking on this board, mais c’est la vérité pure.)

Lindsay, whether you go to Paris or not, have fun!  Vistagirl, like you, sigh…good memories.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yeah, my husband and I are probably in the minority for disliking Paris, but, c’est la vie!  ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

My advice, as far as dress goes, really depends on where the wedding will be out.  I found France (and Europe in general) to be very much like the US.  That is, city people tend to dress up a little more, out in the country and smaller towns people dressed down a lot; and older people looked more dressed up than the younger ones.  Of course, like vistagirl said, the formality of the wedding will also play a major part.  Good luck!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

the French are the most elegant people in the world and are very well-dressed; I used to date a French guy from Paris, his manners and dress were always impeccable, he even wore button downs at home; no regrets,  I love my Fiance now

I went to Paris for 9 days, they are very gracious and elegant in manner and dress  

 

dress elegantly

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We do lots of business overseas, and I see how they dress for the simple of meetings here.

Don’t wear sneakers unless you want to look like a tourist! Will there be lots of Americans there or mostly french people? if it’s mostly americans you’;re probably ok. If the americans are the minority i’d definitely spiff up quite a bit.

Sorry i’m not much help. Just dress nice wherever you go (even touristy stuff) so people treat you well and not like crap. I had a friend who was a student overthere and whenever they dressed like, well, students, they claimed they were canadian to avoid anti-american semitism, haha. Slacks, dress shirts, heels, ugh, I kjnow 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Definitely dress elegantly!  French women don’t buy clothes in the same way Americans do – they shop for quality, not quantity.  Women will go shopping just to look at clothes they are thinking about buying.  They take their time making decisions about clothes, and then they will "invest" in good pieces.  They have fewer things, but don’t mind wearing them more often.

Another off topic tidbit – the French bachelorette party is called the "l’enterrement de vie de jeune fille" – literally, the funeral/burial of life as a young girl.  I always thought that was incredibly poetic.  Love it.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I studied abroad in Paris and absolutely adore it! Shame on you Mrs. Spring! ๐Ÿ™

You’ll need to dress nicely for a wedding in France- I would say you can do no wrong with a classy dress (I would go tea length) and a hat! I’m not sure gloves are necessary but I think that if you wanted to wear them it would be fine. French people like really simple, elegant, streamlined styles.

For your husband, like you asked, I would definitely go white shirt, colored tie. While he may be able to pull off a colored shirt, french people I have found tend not to really wear lots of bright colors and prefer them more as like accent-type things. Simpler is better.

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