If you have always dreamed of having a French garden theme wedding, complete with all of the elegance and romance that the gardens of France inspire, you can easily create this theme with a little time and effort. Flowers, wine, beautiful fabrics and colors will all help you bring your wedding dreams to life. For some tips and suggestions on creating your perfect French garden theme wedding, see below.
Invitations. Invitations for a French Garden theme wedding can be cream colored; dusty rose, sage green, and gray-blue are also nice choices (think pastels with a warm hue.) Have a fleur-de-lis or perhaps the Eiffel Tower embossed on your invitations for a lovely touch.
Wedding Gown. Think cream or ivory for your French garden wedding, with heavy lace or embroidery. A vintage gown can be elegant as well, but remember to keep the accent on elegance with a touch of garden casual, nothing too fussy or pristine. Why not try a gown with a French bustle? Or choose a gown made from French satin, a heavier, low luster satin that usually has a lot of body and movement to it. Of course, if the wedding gown of your dreams doesn’t look even remotely like it belongs in a French garden, you should by all means wear it – it’s your wedding!
Flowers. For your bouquets and floral decorations, try Lavender, French garden roses, or any of your favorite flowers in colors that include cream, blue, pink or mauve. Topiary were very popular in the gardens of France long ago, so if you have one or two of these small, shaped trees in pots at your reception, the effect is wonderful. Aster and long thin bupleurum reeds are also great choices for French garden theme weddings. Place your floral centerpieces in galvanized pails for a lovely French garden touch. Fragrant herbs are also an elegant choice to use in your wedding flowers.
Menu. For appetizers, start with trays of crudités and dips, crackers with French cheeses (brie, camembert, Munster), and slices of bread with herbed butters. A crepe station is a very nice touch for your French garden theme wedding. For your meal, Ratatouille is a good vegetarian choice, and roast lamb and chicken are both meal selections for which the French preparations are endless. Be sure to serve Nicoise Salad and fresh baguettes, along with roasted vegetables for your French garden theme menu.
Wines. You should serve the wines of France at your French garden theme wedding, of course (unless you don’t like them. If you don’t, try California wines, which have many French style wines to choose from for your wedding.) Pouilly-Fuissé Labouré-Roi 2006 is a good choice for a white wine for your French garden theme wedding, a dry white made from a blend of Chardonnay grapes, which has lemon, pear and oak flavors (the oak toned down nicely with apples.) For a red wine to serve at your wedding, try Château Haut Vigneau 2006, a smooth wine with aromas of blackberries and currants, and a long, subtle finish.
Favors. For favors at your French garden theme wedding, a lavender sachet is very French. Lavender scented soaps or candles, as well as candy-coated almonds or French cookies such as Langue de Chat, are also lovely choices, wrapped in tulle with a ribbon that has your wedding date. Or try small galvanized pails with your wedding date engraved on them, with dried flowers or even seed packets tucked inside.
Other touches. A fountain can always be found in a French garden, so if you are having an outdoor wedding where there are fountain available, make this a focal point of your reception. If not, a small champagne fountain is elegant, too.