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How to Plan a Parisian-Themed Wedding

by Emma Arendoski
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Dreaming of a Parisian-themed wedding? These Paris wedding theme ideas will provide French flair to your fête in the prettiest ways possible! Read on for inspiration and subscribe for the latest to your inbox.

You said oui! Now it’s time to plan a Paris themed wedding from start to finish.

Whether you got engaged in the city of Paris or you admire its grandeur, you’ll find a Parisian-themed wedding to be the fitting focus for your theme! From venues to attire, what to serve on the menu to how to decorate, this blog post will inspire you with French grandeur in every way. You don’t have to plan a destination wedding to Paris to make it happen (of course, that’s ideal, am I right?!)

However, with a few creative twists and DIY ideas shown here, you can create a Parisian wedding theme right here at home.

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Let’s get started!

Paris wedding theme

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Parisian Wedding Theme

Location

Choosing the proper scene and location for a Parisian wedding isn’t as tricky as it sounds. If you can’t go to Paris, France, host a Parisian themed wedding in your own state. Choose a lush botanical garden or a chic coffee room with event space; rent a Chateau-inspired ballroom. Get married at a vineyard. Or simply rent out a fancy restaurant and dance the night away or choose an event space that you can deck out in Parisian grandeur with a little DIY finesse.

Here are some artful photographs to inspire you of beautiful Paris! You can purchase these prints and add them to your entryway at the reception.

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Attire

For the bride, choose a bridal gown that exudes romance and sophistication. A long sheath style or a fit-and-flare silhouette and tons of lace is a great place to start. Choose a vintage inspired gown if you’re planning an old-fashioned theme.

You can shop beautiful lace dresses fit for the occasion at Barzelai, like this one:

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Or this gown:

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Pair with a lace veil like this one by TessaKim (photo by Deyla Huss):

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The groom should wear a tuxedo like this or a suit. Nice and simple: a classic look with a black bowtie or necktie.

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Colors

Opt for black and white color palettes throughout your wedding. Incorporate opulent hints of metallic gold and blush. Dress your bridesmaids in cream-colored tones or blush dresses.

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For a fun twist, incorporate garden party florals with colors borrowed from your color palette. (See: floral bridesmaid dresses for inspo!)

Now, let’s talk food and drink! It’s important, so take notes!

Food & Drink

Choose a Parisian menu for your dinner or buffet. Introduce guests to some French favorites like ratatouille, and boeuf bourguignon, or simply serve onion soup before the entree. Offer baguettes with olive oil for dipping. Offer an opulent cheese and fruit display at the cocktail hour, serve French pastries instead of cake. Even better: swap your cake for a macaron tower!

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You can get the macaron stand here and order macarons fresh and in bulk here.

For a coffee hour, offer guests signature espresso in fine china or these charming cups.

Don’t forget croissants with your ladies during brunch while getting ready before the wedding!

How to Decorate for a Parisian Wedding

Your main objective is to bring Paris to your location if you’re not traveling in a destination wedding. How do you do it? With soft, romantic blush tones and blooming floral bouquets that inspire a Parisian garden. Add accents like candelabras and ornate trays, lanterns, garden-themed china patterns and gilded glass, silver or gold accent pieces, and Renaissance-era embellishments.

Add color to your space with vintage-inspired tablecloths, like this pop of blue from NabisFabric.

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And remember: you can never have too many macarons. :)

You can get these freshly made Paris themed macarons by IzzyMacarons.

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Now, let’s get to the inspo! Here are the best Parisian wedding ideas for a theme that has a hint of French flair and grandeur, beginning with the invitations.

Ah, the invitation: if you can’t bring guests to Paris, bring Paris to your guests! Your invitations should convey the tone and theme of your wedding. In this case, you’ll invite your guests to a Parisian filled celebration via your invites. Here are some of the best invitations for Parisian themed weddings.

1. Vintage Paris Passport Invitations

These passport themed invitations are elegant and exquisite, handmade by Serendipity Beyond Design. I adore Ginger’s work and these are *chef’s kiss* :)

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2. Paris Skyline Invitations

Choose an elegant and classy design with these invites by PineappleStDesigns. It’s an exquisite style!

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3. Watercolor Eiffel Tower Invitations

This beautiful art-filled invitation is a perfect match for your Paris wedding. Get it at UnmeasuredEvent.

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4. Vintage Paris Invitation

Go for a vintage glam look with these invitations by Jinaiji.

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5. French Romance

Opt for a stylish romantic flair thanks to these invites by ArrayForWeddings.

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6. Nights in Paris

Plan a romantic and memorable Nights in Paris theme with these convenient tearaway RSVP card invites. They’re beautifully designed by PrintablePretty.

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Don’t forget to send save the dates, too! Here are some suggestions for styles you’ll love.

7. Boarding Ticket Save the Dates

Give your guests an advance ticket to the celebration with these Paris save the dates by YesIDo. Completely customizable, so you can edit the location whether you’re tying the knot in Paris or locally!

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8. Eiffel Tower Save the Date

If you’re sending save the dates, kick off your fun theme with these cards by PineappleStDesigns.

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For additional stationery needs, get a personalized stamp like this one!

9. Paris Wedding Stamp

Get a personalized stamp for your stationery needs throughout your wedding. Add the stamp to your wedding invitation envelopes as a “seal”, decorate favor tags or welcome bags, and add it to your thank you cards. Get this beautiful style by My Splendid Summer.

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10. Stickers

Prefer stickers? These make a great addition to your theme. By EventsByLeahG.

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Parisian Wedding Décor

If Paris, France may be out of your budget, you can recreate the space thanks to some ingenious decorating ideas. Here are some ideas.

11. Garden Lights

Add a few strings of garden lights to recreate that Paris market look with ease! Perfect if you have a garden space at your wedding.

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12. Fleur de Lis Goblets

Toast to your new spouse with these fleur de lis goblets by CrystalImagery. Très magnifique!

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13. Coupe Champagne Glasses

Offer unique signature cocktails or toast champagne with your head table with these elegant coupe glasses. I want a set of these just because they’re so beautiful! By Glassique Cadeau.

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14. Alloy Eiffel Towers

Deck out your centerpieces with these metal decorations a la Paris! By DerBlue.

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15. Gold Confetti Wall Decor

Create a backdrop with a greenery wall and these gold confetti dots hanging in front of it for a little glam and sparkle. Get it here.

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16. Luggage Favor Boxes

Send guests home with these chic luggage bag favor boxed filled with your favorite candies. By VGoodall.

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17. + 18. Paris Candle Favors

These are personalized and feature your name and the Eiffel tower. Oui oui! Place these candles inside to provide a romantic light during the reception and guests can take them home. By CustomDesignByLexi.

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Prefer take-home tins? Love this style by AriaBellaCandles.

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19. + 20. Parisian Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookie favors? Have Simply Sweet bake up the best Parisian cookies on the market, all decked out in your wedding colors and with your date.

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Or these popular Parisian cookies by PFconfections.

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21. Welcome Bags

Welcome your guests to your Parisian wedding with these welcome bags waiting at their hotel room. By HELLOEVNT.

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22. Ring Book Instead of a Box

Have your ring bearer carry the rings down the aisle in this vintage-inspired book instead of a pillow. By MyHouseofDreams.

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23. Welcome Sign

Welcome guests to your wedding with this charming sign by PineappleStDesigns.

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24. Cards Sign

Open a vintage suitcase on a table and hang this cards sign as a unique spot for wedding cards to go! By GreenAcresCottage.

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25. Lollipop Favors

Offer these charming lollipops to guests as a sweet take-home treat. By PalilasLollipops.

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26. Place Cards

Show guests where to sit at their table with these handmade place cards by AllThingsAngelas.

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27. Wedding Cake Topper

Top the cake with this Parisian-themed wedding cake topper by NewWeddingSigns.

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28. Love Lock Padlock

Instead of a traditional unity ceremony, do a love lock one instead! Get what you need from LoveLockShop.

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29. Centerpiece Lamps

Add these lamps to your centerpiece design for a fun flair! By EraOfElegance1.

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30. + 31. + 32. Guest Book

Have guests sign on this unique Paris theme wedding guest book poster instead of a traditional book! Customize the hair color, skin color, and more to create an illustration that looks like you! By TipsyWildflowerPaper.

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Or this style by Wedsclusive:

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Alternatively, you can invite guests to sign directly on a globe in lieu of a guest book! Love this idea by TheLetteringStudio.

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33. Table Numbers

Instead of traditional numbers, seat guests at tables names for iconic Paris locations. Get these cards by PineappleStDesigns.

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34. Thank You Cards

And last but not least, send Parisian themed wedding thank you cards to say Merci Beucoup after the celebration! Here are some charming ones by Jill Means.

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With a stylish Parisian theme, you can bring that romantic look to your wedding day! I hope these ideas from venue to dress, table decor to menu, favors and more inspire you for a Paris-style that’s brimming with luxury.

Now that you know how to create the perfect Parisian wedding, let’s start planning! Choose any of the items above to start putting together what you need to create your vision.

Happy Planning!

xo
Emma

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