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The Wedding Tea Room : DIY Atelier

Frédérique, my dear friend of The Wedding Tea Room is taking reservations for an all day workshop for wedding DIY decorations and krafting.

Ma chère copine, Frédérique of The Wedding Tea Room prend des réservations pour un atelier DIY (fait-soi-même) pour les décorations de mariage.

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Paris Wedding Wednesday : DIY napkins

I saw the concept of personalized napkins on but they don’t ship to France, so I thought I’d make my own!


I bought a « Life is a Circus » stamp on Etsy (a site that I am obsessed with!) And then created my own personalized stamps on with images I had created with an image editing program called Gimp (on which I could literally spend hours designing things). The stamps cost me about 10 dollars (shipping not included) but they thankfully do ship to France.

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Paris Wedding Wednesday : the DIY address to remember!

prete moi parisPlanning a wedding in Paris France is full of obstacles. How MANY times have I heard the phrase, « oh we just don’t do that here ».  This is from the mentality here that one that offers a product or service for what most « normal » people do or get for their wedding. There seems to be a sort of cultural agreement that everybody has the same things at their weddings, with perhaps a variation on the quality of the things depending on the couple’s budget. Well the budget quality here is often deplorable for my taste, and I don’t want to have what everybody else has, so I rely in DIY! Besides, I am a creative person and would quite frankly rather create things myself, than go buy them (when possible within the limits of my creative talents).

So this penchant for DIY has led me to seek out some VERY useful addresses in this city, where….let me tell you….nothing is cheap ESPECIALLY for wedding planning! As soon as you say the word « mariage« , people blink their eyes and then you see €uro signs where their pupils once were. Le sigh…

So since I learned how to share in kindergarten, I am blogging about these wonderful places for you! Continue reading Paris Wedding Wednesday : the DIY address to remember!

Paris Wedding Wednesday : Bon-Bon Bar

One of the fun things I am creating for our wedding reception is a bon-bon bar, where the cake (from Sugarplum Cake shop) and other assorted treats and douceurs will be set out for guests to take as they please. The venue where we are having our reception will be taking care of all the food and catering, but I wanted to add something that fits a little more with my personality (don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the foie gras and fresh salmon!) But the decision making that went into the menu was menu was mostly a group effort so I thought it would be amusing to make a statement with a bon-bon bar where the American wedding cake sits temptingly! Truthfully, I left most of the menu decisions up to my future in-laws as they have very good taste in food. And quite frankly, I can’t really work the menu to our Circus wedding theme unless I expect 75 French people to feast on popcorn balls and cotton candy! I wouldn’t inflict that even on myself. Oooh the tummy ache.

BUT, the bon-bon bar, now I can go circus nuts on that!

Some of my ideas for the table are : Red licorice strips, cracker jacks caramel popcorn, hershey’s kisses, marshmallows, blue jelly beans, cookies and more, and OF COURSE some dragées for my mother-in-law, but they have to be turquoise colored! :)

I am thinking of putting the different sweets in selected jars and pasting a charming label on it, something like this : (Feel free to save this image and use it for your own bon-bon table or party…and send me pics if you do, I will add them to this post!) :

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Paris Wedding Wednesday : DIY Save The Date Cards


Updated version of the card added!
So we are not sending official « Save the Date » cards to all of our guests, since it is not really a French custom. But I still wanted to send some out to my American family and friends as well as those French friends who would be youthful and flexible enough to understand the function of this little card which is not the actual invitation (a « faire-part » in French), but is just a reminder well in advance to guests so that they can reserve the date and begin planning for possible travel and hotel stays if needed. It’s polite. Continue reading Paris Wedding Wednesday : DIY Save The Date Cards

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