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For the bride, why not go Marie Antoinette; huge skirt, tight top (or bustier), lots of lace. You might want to check out costume shops for something authentic-looking! If you want to go couture, check out the Paris-based wedding-dress designer Kastine; for a more modern affair, consider the sleek, Givenchy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s look. Then set your hair to match your gown.
To truly emulate the French, you must think about food and wine before all else. Start your onslaught of all things francais during the cocktail hour. Have five or six different French wines available, with a wine expert (or wine-buff friend) on hand to pour and explain the different vintages to your guests. It’s an old French custom for the couple to drink their reception toasts from an engraved, two-handled cup called the “coupe de mariage.” They then save the cup to pass on to their children. Follow this tradition with your own two-handled toast. For a post wedding brunch, or for an afternoon wedding, serve mimosas, a blend of champagne and orange juice. And how about a make-your-own crepe bar? For a summer picnic, you could install several crepe stations on the lawn, drape large red (or blue-and-white check) picnic blankets all around, and let guests order their own fillings and then carry the steaming crepes with them to their blanket.

For the bride, why not go Marie Antoinette; huge skirt, tight top (or bustier), lots of lace. You might want to check out costume shops for something authentic-looking! If you want to go couture, check out the Paris-based wedding-dress designer Kastine; for a more modern affair, consider the sleek, Givenchy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s look. Then set your hair to match your gown.
To truly emulate the French, you must think about food and wine before all else. Start your onslaught of all things francais during the cocktail hour. Have five or six different French wines available, with a wine expert (or wine-buff friend) on hand to pour and explain the different vintages to your guests. It’s an old French custom for the couple to drink their reception toasts from an engraved, two-handled cup called the “coupe de mariage.” They then save the cup to pass on to their children. Follow this tradition with your own two-handled toast. For a post wedding brunch, or for an afternoon wedding, serve mimosas, a blend of champagne and orange juice. And how about a make-your-own crepe bar? For a summer picnic, you could install several crepe stations on the lawn, drape large red (or blue-and-white check) picnic blankets all around, and let guests order their own fillings and then carry the steaming crepes with them to their blanket.