Wedding inspiration: a taste of France in the Cotswolds


As some of you may already know, I’m off for two weeks on Friday for a proper adventure…. a road trip in France!!! I’m taking my hubby, a digital camera, my Diana F+, and plenty of space in the boot for cheese and wine!

Sadly our doggy Winnie can’t join us due to complication with her pet passport (loooong story), so she’ll be packing her bags and staying with her aunty Maisy the chocolate Labrador in Brighton. I don’t think she minds!

I’ll be making my way down to the South of France via a number of beautiful areas, staying in boutique hotels, safari tents, yurts…. you name it! We’re joining friends in a villa when we get there, where we’ll rest up for a week before the long journey back… though there will be one more stop at a brides wedding venue in Normandy, where she is getting hitched in 2012.

So, what on earth has this got to do with weddings, I hear you cry?

Well ladies and gents. Imagine this.

Wedding Inspiration - French Lime Blossom

What could be more romantic than a French wedding theme, in a chateau style setting, or more casual venue dressed as a cosy French bistro? Candlelight… wine flowing, rustic food and yummy bread, macaroons in simple pastel colours, post cards of Paris. And the bride… Oh my, how much inspiration can one gal get? Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Marion Cotillard, Edith Piaf… I could go on.

French music will ring through the air, and for entertainment why not hire a local artist to paint portraits of guests (maybe not quite Manet, but a lovely touch).

Flowers and bouquets, keep simple and scented….. include Lily of the Valley, ┬áIrises, Lavender and Rosemary. Devine.

For favours, a cute idea would be to make mini books containing classic French recipes for guests to try at home.

Well this mini post was just a taster as I’m going to take lots of photos and make lots of notes during my own journey through France and then I’ll be back on here with lots more inspiration and ideas of how couples getting married in the Cotswolds can pull of this theme in style.

Any local vendors who think they’ll fit right in, please do get in touch!

Bon Voyage!