Paris Themed Wedding Ideas

paris themed wedding ideas

Paris is widely recognized as the city of love. Whether you met your fiancé there, are planning a trip to Paris for your honeymoon, or simply dream of one day visiting the city, a Paris themed wedding is a wonderful choice for your special day.

Selecting a Color Scheme

A Paris themed wedding can work with a wide range of color schemes, but some popular choices include:

  • Black and white
  • Black and pale pink
  • Venetian gold and antique lace
  • Teal, French gray, and aqua
  • French rose, orange, and pink
  • French blue, gold glitter, and blush
  • Soft beach, butter, sugar, and slate

The color scheme you choose should be highlighted throughout the event to tie together different elements of the ceremony and reception.


Vintage Paris Wedding Invitation

Creating Your Wedding Stationery

Your wedding stationery helps convey key details about your event while reinforcing your theme. If you're on a budget, consider saving money by printing your own stationery items. Some of the Paris themed templates you'll find at The Printable Wedding include:


Eiffel tower wedding invitation

Decorations

If you're lucky enough to be having your wedding reception at a French restaurant or French inspired reception hall, you won't need much in the way of decorations. However, here are some easy DIY projects you can use to add a little ambiance to any space:

  • Add a tiny replica of the Eiffel tower to the top of your card box.
  • Wrap the bride and groom's chairs in flower garlands, adding signs that say "Monsieur" and "Madame."
  • Display photos of the happy couple next to a chalkboard style sign that says, "Je T'aime."
  • Make a centerpiece from frame empty wine bottles wrapped in burlap. Spell out "Amour" on the bottles, then add a few flowers to the top of each bottle. Cherry blossoms and lilies would be two great options to consider, since both are abundant in Parisian parks.
  • Use Eiffel tower clip art to make framed signs with your table numbers. Place each frame on your table with a small votive candle holder next to it. For a glamourous touch, choose a golden candle holder that will add a bit of shimmer to your display.
  • Make place cards from wine corks or vintage style French postcards.
  • Decorate the room with framed copies of paintings by Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, or your personal favorite French artist.
  • If you love to read, stack hardcover copies of books by your favorite French authors next to candles for a quick and easy centerpiece.
  • For a more casual wedding, provide striped paper straws that match your color scheme. Use washi tape to make "Oh La La" flags for each straw to add a festive finishing touch.
  • If you've selected a Paris themed wedding because that's where you'll be going on your honeymoon, incorporate stacks of vintage suitcases into your decor.
  • Package macaroons, tiny champagne bottles or other French inspired favors in boxes that say "Merci."

paris themed wedding ideas

Choosing a Menu

Obviously, a Parisian wedding needs a menu inspired by French cuisine. The French place a high value on enjoying a good meal with friends and family, so you'll want to avoid scrimping on this part of your wedding reception.

For a formal wedding, serve a meal mise en place. This means you'll need multiple courses prepared by a caterer with extensive experience in French cuisine. Start with an appetizer, followed by soup, main course, palate-sorbet, salad, cheese, dessert, coffee, and a cordial to finish the meal.

If your wedding will be more informal, consider having a crepe station where guests can choose their own fillings. Turn it into a picnic by providing several checkered blankets for guests to sit on while they eat.

Other ideas for a Paris themed wedding menu include:

  • Hors d'oeuvres: Canapes, escargot, gourmet cheese on French bread, miniature croissants, and various pâtés and terrines
  • Main course: Beef burgundy, duck à l'orange, bouillabaisse, and coq au vin
  • Dessert: Mousse au chocolat, macarons, and creme brulee
  • Beverages: Cafe au lait, your favorite French wine, and mimosas

Adding Parisian Flair to Your Special Day

A Paris themed wedding is one your guests you'll be sure to remember for many years to come. With a little time and creativity, you'll be able to add Parisian flair to your nuptials no matter where you're getting hitched.


Written by: The Printable Wedding Team