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A must-have for the best wedding inspiration and resources in Paris.
America’s love affair with Paris spans generations. For many, Paris is the epitome of sophistication, good taste, style and romance. The Paris Wedding is a full-color, idea-packed, goto guide for globally minded trendsetters who are in love with the style and romance of Paris. Not just a resource of practical information for those planning a wedding IN Paris, but The Paris Wedding is also a stand-alone ...
A must-have for the best wedding inspiration and resources in Paris.
America’s love affair with Paris spans generations. For many, Paris is the epitome of sophistication, good taste, style and romance. The Paris Wedding is a full-color, idea-packed, goto guide for globally minded trendsetters who are in love with the style and romance of Paris. Not just a resource of practical information for those planning a wedding IN Paris, but The Paris Wedding is also a stand-alone handbook full of stylish tips and glamorous photography to help add that Parisian je ne sais quoi to any celebration.
Kimberley Petyt is the owner of Parisian Events, a wedding and event-planning agency catering to English-speakers in Paris. She writes the popular blog “Parisian Party: Tales of an American Wedding Planner in Paris” (parisianevents.com/parisianparty/). She was also a monthly columnist for the nationally distributed The French Paper, where she wrote for more than a year about living and working as an expat in Paris. Petyt and the business have been featured in print publications such as Real Simple Weddings, Get Married Magazine, Essence Magazine, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, Cosmopolitan China, and France Magazine. Most recently, she was featured in the New York Times Magazine “Summer 2011 Travel” issue, highlighting her skills as a cultural liaison for brides seeking to marry in Paris. Ms. Petyt lives in Paris.
The Skinny on Getting Married in Paris
What could be more stylish and romantic than a wedding in Paris? With the rise in popularity of destination weddings and the thriving hospitality industry that caters to them, Paris has become as viable a destination option to the newly engaged as a wedding on either coast of the United States. Unfortunately, alongside the fairytale images of a Parisian wedding is the harsh reality of miles and miles of administrative red tape.
One of the biggest obstacles for you love-struck couples who want to get married in Paris is that in order to be legally wed in France, at least one of you needs to have lived in France, in the district around the city hall in which you plan to get married, for a minimum of forty consecutive days before the wedding. This includes the additional ten days for the city hall to publish the banns—a public announcement that is put up in the city hall for ten days before your marriage that lists your names and your wedding date so that any estranged husbands or wives have one last chance to find you before you’re married off.
Before asking for that sabbatical from work, though, you should know that this one little detail is actually a pretty big one. In order to prove residency, you’ll need to show two separate official documents that show your French address (called a justificatif de domicile) such as a gas or electricity bill, a rent receipt, a French social security insurance card or a car leasing agreement. And just in case you’ve got the bright idea to rent an apartment in Paris on a short-term lease in order to meet this legal requirement, you need to know that it could take several months before you receive some of those documents.
If you’re not able to rent your own apartment, another option is for you and/or your honey to move in with a friend or relative in your desired district, and have that person sign an attestation d’hébergement sur l’honneur. This is a statement swearing that you have been living in that person’s home, and that they take full responsibility for you if you happen to be an illegal truffle trafficker or something. There is a ton of small print attached to this document, including a huge fine and a short trip to the guillotine if it’s ever found out that you were not, in fact, living with them. Know that this is a pretty big favor that you’d be asking of someone.
15 The Skinny on Getting Married in Paris
21 How to Get Married in a Catholic Church in Paris
25 French Weddings vs. American Weddings
27 The Best Places to Propose in Paris
30 Top Five Tips for an Elopement or Vow-Renewal in Paris
32 What to Wear to a Wedding in Paris
35 Melissa & Michael
43 Ma rie Antoinette Moderne
46 Tete a Tete with Wedding Dress Designer Ana Quasoar
49 The French Croquembouche: Let Them Eat Cake
51 Favor Ideas for a Marie Antoinette.Themed Wedding
52 A Visit to Laduree
54 French Wedding Tradition: Lily of the Valley
55 French Fashion for Children in Your Wedding
59 Betsy & Greg
67 Un Mariage Vert: Green Wedding in Paris
73 Top Five Ideas for a Green Parisian Wedding
74 R ent a Parisian Wedding Dress: Graine de Coton
77 Velib Bike Rental
77 A Luxury and Eco.Friendly Hotel in Paris
78 DIY French Wedding Favor: Lavender Sugar
79 Michelle & Guy
87 Montmartre Mariage
90 Tete a Tete with Paris Corset Designer Loanna Haseltine
94 French Wedding Tradition: The Normand Hole
95 Wedding Invitation Shopping in Paris
96 Outfitting your Parisian Bridal Trousseau
97 Trousseau Shopping in Paris
98 Tete a Tete with Paris Wedding Photographer Ian Holmes
101 Pamela & Matt
111 Pa risian Chic
114 Tete a Tete with Paris Wedding Dress Designer Reinaldo Alvarez
116 Le Mur des Je T'faime: The Wall of I Love Yous
119 American Wedding Cakes in Paris: Sugarplum Cake Shop
123 Party on the Seine: A Visit with Yachts de Paris
126 Planning Your Parisian Wedding Dress Shopping Trip
130 Modern Bachelor Night in Paris
132 Tete a Tete with Parisian Wedding Shoe Designer Vouelle
135 Lindsay & Josh
145 M ontparnasse Magnifique: The 1920's Pa risian Wedding
148 Tete a Tete with Haute Couturier Fanny Liautard
152 Vintage Jewelry Shopping at the Paris Flea Market
155 French Wedding Menu Demystified: L'Aperitif
156 DIY Chic Parisian Dessert
157 R oulade Jambon Chevre
158 Tete a Tete with Wedding Stationery Designers Paper + Cup
160 Paris Wedding Hairstyles: The Chignon
162 French Wedding Flower Traditions
165 French Wedding Accessory: Custom Fans
167 Blair & Judson
174 C redits & Additional Resources
Posted August 6, 2013
This book is a beautiful addition to anyone's library, even if you are not involved in the world of weddings.
The photography is stunning and the narrative informative and playful. I plan weddings in Europe and find Kimberly's guidance and advice spot on. She has a fun yet educational way of explaining the nuances of the French rules and regulations .
This book is a must read for anyone considering a wedding, legal or otherwise in Paris.
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