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The Wedding Planner’s network
As a Wedding Planner, my goal is to give my clients the most magnifique wedding, with minimal stress, while working within their budget. One of the reasons I’m able to stay within certain budgets is because of negotiated prices thanks to professional relationships I’ve established with trusted vendors, another is through understanding what goes in to the services each vendor provides.
As a liaison between French wedding professionals and multi-national betrothed couples, I need to be able to match the perfect prestataire to each couple. This means on one side, knowing what the couple is looking for, and on the other, understanding how my vendors work.
No matter how perfectly planned a wedding I design, on the jour-j (day-of), I’m so busy setting things up, calming the bride, encouraging the groom, decorating, delivering, adjusting and fixing that I never have time to sit back and watch how the different vendors prepare, and execute their services. Though I know what to expect as the finished product from each of my vendors (beautiful portraits, fantastic music started on time, an amazing floral arrangement placed just-so…), I don’t always know what goes into creating it. This is why I’ve embarked on the journey of answering the question “how’d you do that?”
This glamourous Californian couple, engaged for about a year and still not finding the time to plan a wedding, decided to slip away from their busy careers and elope to Paris. They were persuaded to come to the City of Lights after seeing the work of One & Only Paris Photography, but realized that planning a wedding from the American west coast was going to be a challenge.
I know we’re in the midst of autumn, but this Vera Wang dress inspired me to create an inspiration board for a romantic French country spring wedding. There are so many beautiful places to get married in France, I can’t wait to share more with you! Credits: Corbin Gurkin, Orchard Cove Photography, Jose Villa, Allyson Magda, Karen Wise, “Look 11”…
I was asked to supply some “Day-of” assistance recently at a 250 guest wedding in a beautiful chateau outside of Paris. Unfortunately, I cannot divulge whose wedding it was, nor in which chateau it was held…
Let’s just say that the couple spared no expense, and that there were beautiful and very international people all over this chateau (one which has appeared in several movies…)
The ceremony was Hindu, and this was my first time seeing a Hindu wedding. I must say, that I was quite moved by the power of the rituals performed. I was so touched by this wedding that I wanted to share a little about Hindu ceremonies with you.
Around Europe and the States alike, it is officially Back to School season (called “la rentrée scolaire” in French). This September, I decided to rentrer à l’école (go back to school) myself, and take an intensive Floral Decoration for Weddings course to update my skills! Wedding Industry Professionals need keep up with trends and continually refresh their techniques and knowledge in so many different domains, so I was grateful to find a class specializing in Wedding compositions at Catherine Muller’s school of floral design.
I know it’s late in the year to be talking about 2009’s Wedding Hair Trends but I found these styles too gorgeous to not pass them on. I found them on Marie Claire France’s site while browsing. If you speak French, the phone numbers for the stylists are on their website (click here)!
The month of August is a peaceful time for the inhabitants of Paris because it’s the period where almost everyone goes South (or East, or West… sometimes even North…) and the capitol becomes somewhat deserted.
I don’t know if I’d fully recommend coming as a tourist at this time of year, since so many shops and restaurants, and other businesses are closed (although the Eiffel Tower is open an hour later than usual), but for Parisians, it’s our little break from bustling city life.
The banks of the Seine are closed to cars, in order to make room for Paris Plages (Paris Beaches), and Parisians arrive early to grab a lounge chair and try to soak up some rays along side the river. Swimming in the Seine is not recommended (or even allowed in this downtown area), but the Mairie (Mayor’s Office) does import real sand and there are plenty of large fans with water sprinklers to cool off hot citizens. Paris Plages is also a great place to listen to live bands, get some ice cream, or take some outdoor exercise classes.
Your family and friends are coming all the way to Paris, to witness you and Mr. Perfect proclaim your love & commitment with the most romantic city in the backdrop. Even if you’ve reserved a block of plane tickets at a reduced rate, and booked their rooms in a charmant nearby hotel, your choice of destination has certainly cost them more than if you’d chosen your hometown reception hall.
When having guests follow you across oceans, it’s important to thank them heartily for coming so far to be a part of your special event.