Thinking about a wedding in France? Great choice!
There are a few things however, that when considered in advance, can set you on the right path to a unique and successful wedding.
French business etiquette
With many couples opting for venues in the wonderful French countryside you may find the way of doing business somewhat different to the 24/7, online speed of big city living. Combine that with a culture of frank discussion, fixed service criteria, and ‘not questioning the expert’ and it can be easy to start off on the wrong foot and find supplier negotiations quite frustrating. Getting support and advice for your negotiations will make it much easier and quicker.
They speak French!
Yes, I am stating the obvious… but having knowledge of the French language can transform how you plan your wedding. When you are not tied to using English speaking suppliers, an even more diverse world of venues and extremely skilled suppliers are there for you, to help you create a truly unique day.
Marriage is only legal at the town hall
Even the French must marry at the local mayor’s office before they can marry in church. It is pretty much the same as going to your local registry office, before having a blessing in France. If you meet the criteria for a legal wedding in France, the paperwork can be a bit laborious, but when you know how, it can be quite easy to arrange. Translation will cost though, so do take that into consideration in your budget.
It costs more than you think
One of the most common mistakes couples make is underestimating the cost of their wedding day. Setting a budget is a good starting point, but is it realistic for the day you are hoping to achieve? France offers great value but this is not the same as it being cheaper. If you are hoping to avoid a packaged wedding in favour of having something more bespoke, be very sure that you have considered all the behind the scenes costs. This may vary from venue to venue so take advice from those in the know. It may cost you, but what you could save in time, money and stress, will make for much more enjoyable wedding planning.
It’s a big and diverse country
There is a reason that many French don’t go further than their own backyard for their holidays… France is a wonderfully diverse country, rich in culture, landscapes and architecture. Each region has a very distinct character and there is one to reflect every couple. They also have their own pros and cons, be it weather, costs or access. Research your region well or take advice before looking for your venue, to help narrow down the areas that will best suit you.
The team at French Wedding Company have expertise in all these areas. We are all bi-lingual, have an extensive database of quality, knowledgeable and flexible, English and French suppliers as well as access to a broad range of venues. We are based in France so know the regions and culture, understand the legalities and business etiquette. Our years of experience mean we also know what it costs and how to get the best value from your budget.
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