Let Them Eat Wedding Cake
On May 16, 1770 the Dauphin of France, Louis-Auguste, married the Archduchess of Austria, Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, later crowned Marie-Antoinette Queen of France. The King and Queen of France are now looked at as one of the most inspiring couples for style. The royal couple were known for their extravagant indulgences, from costly soirées to high fashion, which subsequently led to their demise.
Their lifestyle is a highly sought after theme for parties around the world. From food to decor, to music and costumes, there are an abundance of ideas on how to recreate a party similar to that at the famed Palace of Versailles.
The color of choice during the Siècle des Lumières was mainly pastels and metallics. The bride and bridesmaids could wear light colors, with satin and lace accents. The typical makeup worn before the French Revolution was pale skin with dark lips and brows. Hair was often shaped high and dusted with powder. Consider providing your guests with masks and wigs during the reception for a masked Parisian ball. They will definitely make for some outrageous wedding photos.
For your Versailles inspired decor, there can never been enough fresh flowers, tea cups, cake stands, and candelabras. For extra wow, add gilded bird cages, mirrors, and chandeliers to your venue. The dessert table can be fun, with an abundance of sweets and treats, from cupcakes to truffles. For a hint of Paris, use Eiffel Tower Place Card Holders at your guest tables.
Don’t let your guests down with less than Parisian favors. For Marie Antoinette, no less than Wedding Cake Candle favors would do. For a patriotic French favor, consider Fleur-di-Lis Bottle Stopper favors. You can also wrap up french biscuits or macarons in pretty packaging for your guests to enjoy later.
The French are known for their food, and so should your wedding. Elegant hor d’oeuvres, delicious mains, and sweet desserts are key to making your party a success. Wine and cheeses, puff pastries, duck, and tiered cakes are all typical French foods. Your menu needn’t be overly formal, as the French like to pick and eat as they choose.
Harp and symphony music was typical music in the days of Marie Antoinette. It may be fun to use some of this music during the ceremony and at the beginning of the reception. Consider hiring a harpist to greet guests as they enter your venue. To kick it up a notch, you can play some of the better known tracks from the motion picture soundtrack of Marie Antoinette.
A photo booth can be a fun extra to a wedding. For a Marie Antoinette inspired booth, add lace, old portraits, and perhaps a chaise lounge for your guests to snap pictures with. Gambling was one of Marie Antoinette’s favorite pastimes, so set up fake roulette and card tables for your friends and family to enjoy.