Do you want to plan an unforgettable wedding?
As it turns out, the French know how to party and celebrate love. Whether you have French heritage or you are in love with the culture, there are plenty of reasons why French weddings are so popular.
Keep reading to learn about 5 amazing French wedding traditions that can help inspire your wedding plans.
1. Couples Get Two Weddings
France has a strict separation of church and state. While this is good for creating fair laws for everyone, it can make weddings a bit complicated.
Whether couples want to get married in a place of worship or in front of the Eiffel Tower, no marriage is legal until it is done in a courthouse.
Some couples are happy keeping things simple by signing papers in the courthouse and calling it a day. However, if they want to plan a big wedding ceremony, it will have to come after they are legally married.
2. French Wedding Attire Is Regal
Since Paris is one of the top fashion capitals of the world, you can imagine that French brides are breathtaking.
Brides usually wear conservative white gowns made out of luxurious fabrics, like silk and lace. It is also popular for brides to have veils, trains, and a bouquet. If you see a French bride, you will probably mistake her for a princess.
The grooms dress in a handsome tuxedo and can accessorize however they want. Guests are also expected to dress elegantly, but not enough to steal the spotlight from the happy couple.
3. There Are Only Witnesses, No Bridesmaids or Groomsmen
One fact that surprises many people is the French do not have bridesmaids or groomsmen. Instead, the bride and groom can have one or two witnesses stand by their side and sign the wedding documents.
Although there are not as many people there to walk down the aisle, children are welcome to join the ceremony to toss flower petals and carry the rings.
4. Traditional French Wedding Cake Is Not a Cake
Since the French are known for their rich baked goods, many people imagine decadent and impressive wedding cakes. The funny news is that traditional French wedding cakes are not even cakes!
Instead of traditional cakes with layers of buttercream, the French create a tower out of cream-filled buns called croquembouche. The pastries are held together by caramel, candied almonds, and other sweets.
Even though it is not a real cake, this French sweet will still rock your world.
5. Receptions Are Long and Incredible
If you ever get invited to a French party, prepare for a celebration filled with incredible food, drinks, dancing, and socializing that will last all day and night.
At wedding receptions, one common activity is for families to prepare slideshows filled with sweet and embarrassing photos and videos of the bride and groom throughout the years. There will also be plenty of toasts and heartwarming moments.
Since the celebration lasts a long time, there is plenty of food to fuel the fun. With so many finger foods and other delights, most formal meals are not even served until 10 in the evening!
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As you can see, French wedding traditions are grand and regal. If you want to create your own French wedding, it will be the most magical day of your life.
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