While our original travel dates were until the end of June, our plans changed when my childhood friend, Benjamin, informed me that he was getting married at the end of April in Grenoble, France. It was wonderful news and I had to be there for it! Also, this was going to be MuiMui’s first French wedding and it turns out there are some differences between French weddings vs. American weddings.
Me & Frenchie
French weddings vs. American weddings: A typical American wedding is made up of a civil or religious ceremony followed by a lunch or dinner reception, that may include some dancing. A typical French wedding on the other hand, starts with a civil ceremony at the Mairie (City Hall), and is followed by a religious ceremony (optional), then a vin d’honneur (mini cocktail reception), followed by a minimum 3 course meal, and then dancing.
Greeting The Bride
The most noticeable difference is the time everybody goes home. In the few American weddings I have been to, celebrations ended at 9 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. (Las Vegas and Miami wedding). For Benjamin’s wedding in France, we went to bed at 5.30 a.m.! In a typical French wedding, people only stop celebrating when the groom and bride are done, which is usually between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Husband & Wife Leaving The Mairie (City Hall)
The second difference in French weddings vs. American weddings is that French people tend to concentrate on having a fun time with all their friends and family while Americans try to have the most perfect and beautiful wedding possible. This leads to renting out a gorgeous venue, that is most likely expensive and explains why the place needs to be cleared out early.
Who Will Get The Garter?
Food wise, I found that it was as delicious in America as in France. Alcohol wise, France wins hands down. For instance, at this French wedding we had 2 aperitifs (starters), “Soupe de Champagne” (see below for Champagne Soup recipe) and punch. As I helped served drinks at the bar, I can tell that every guest had at least 4 glasses. Then during meals, a white wine is served to complement the appetizers and 2 additional red wines are served with the main dish. For dessert, there is an unlimited supply of Champagne.
One thing remains the same in French weddings vs. American weddings is that brides always look their most beautiful while the grooms look so-so. 😉 Congratulations Benjamin and Christel; we wish you a lifetime of happiness together.
Flower Girl & Boy
Champagne soup has become one of our favorite drinks. It doesn’t only have to be for weddings so try it at your next dinner gathering. Enjoy!
|Champagne Soup Recipe
• 1 bottle of champagne (or sparkling white wine that has been kept cold)
• 1 ladle of triple sec (Giffard, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier)
• 1 ladle of lime juice (or lemon)
• 1 ladle of syrup of cane sugar
• Simply mix in all the ingredients in a large serving bowl.
• Serve right away (cold) with a ladle.
Corset Back Wedding Dress
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