If your idea of calligraphy involves a 18th century gentry man scrawling on parchment paper, you need to get up to speed. Versatile and personalise-able, calligraphy has come back in fashion over the past few years, especially in the World of Weddings. Done right, it can transform your special day from run of the mill, to one of a kind.
From obvious things like Wedding Invitations to more unusual personalisation such as inscribed Wedding Cakes, calligraphy is something you can really have fun with. Whether it be stone, wood, glass, paper or cloth, the possibilities of adding a personal touch to your day through the medium of pen and ink are endless.
Always partial to a bit of Wedding-Inpiration hunting, we’ve scoured the internet for the best of the best in Wedding Calligraphy ideas – go get inspired.
Wedding Table Menus & Place Settings:
Everything about this vibrant, blue setting is gorgeous, but what makes it really special is the Calligraphed plate detailing. This is not only a chance to tie in the colour of the gold cutlery, but also adds a touch of personalisation, meaning each and every one of the guests feel special – it’s the little things that count.
Another pretty affair, this time in delicate shades of pink. While the table design itself, with its creased linen napkin, chopping board and spindly thyme-sprig are lovely, the Menu card in bright white adds a touch of modernity and polish to this shabby chic set-up. The calligraphy style is wonderful, striking the perfect balance between scribbly and high-fashion.
Wedding Invitations & RSVPs:
The colour of these wedding envelopes is beautiful – a deep crimson is so classically romantic – but what really sets them off is the salmon pink calligraphed writing. Extravagant, swirly, vintage-look typography is used, which along with the added details of rose-gold wax seal, make these look like invites for a rather royal affair!
Sketchy floral patterns, muslin cloth and grey-blue, velvet ribbon give a big nod to the French shabby chic trend which is all about a less refined, effortless style. Calligraphy goes hand in hand with this, and the scrawly, barely-there typography in muted colours used here compliments the theme perfectly.
Wedding Accessories & Finishing Touches:
Avoid your groom presenting his personalised vows on a crumpled, well-worn piece of paper by giving him an equally personalised place to present them. These little books are simple, sharp and stylish, keeping everything tidy while your words do the talking.
Being Parisian Wedding Planners, we were bound to love these oh-so French Wedding favours. The macaroons look devine – and are no doubt delicious, too – but it’s the personalised, calligraphed gift tag that takes them from ‘cutes-y’ to Wedding-worthy.
You’ve spent years looking; trawling through all-white rails and in and out of changing rooms and finally bought the Wedding Dress of your dreams. The most important garment of your life shouldn’t be on any plastic hanger, now, should it ? Give your dress the presentation it deserves, with a personalised coat hanger done in the calligraphy style of your choice.
As you can see, with calligraphy, there are no rules and you can let your imagination go wild. Want to see more ? Check out our Calligraphy Pinterest board for even more inspiration.
It’s no secret that Paris has some great restaurants, in fact it’s likely one of the reasons you decided to hold your Wedding here in the first place. However, there are restaurants and then there are Wedding Reception-ready restaurants. With dozens of offerings on every boulevard, it can be overwhelming trying to pick out the right one. Well, that’s where Wedding Light Events come in; with our extensive Paris knowledge, we’ve made a list of the best of the best to ensure your dining experience is as perfect as possible.
From the moment your Wedding Car pulls up outside the charming, stand-alone structure of Michelin Star Restaurant Lasserre, you’ll be in good hands. Priding theirselves not just on exceptional food and wines, but also on the perfect balance between attentive and invasive service, you’ll be able to sit back, and relax, while your Wedding Dinner is taken perfect care of in one of the many private rooms. The restaurant was opened by Rene Lasserre himself, and has been sitting elegantly since 1942. With the soft lift, ornate chandeliers and magnificent painted ceilings, you and up to 50 guests will feel like movie stars in this iconic setting. Perhaps the most beautiful art on show, though, is the food, available to try on 3 different menus along with one wine tasting, starting at €130p/h.
If you envisage your Wedding Dinner being a little off-the-wall, this quirky Parisian neo-brasserie might just be the one for you. With it’s extraordinary, cave-like domed ceiling and pillars, bright walls and contrasting monochrome flooring, it definitely has the wow factor. The food is just as impressive, with a cooking approach developed by the two Michelin starred chef, Philippe Labbe. All ingredients are bought from local and sustainable producers, with their honey sourced on site from their own rooftop bee hives – it doesn’t get much fresher than that! Whether it be a small party of six or a large wedding reception, Hôtel les Bains has lots to offer. L-shaped tables are available for up to 26 guests at €100p/h plus an additional €3k for the space, or if you want to go all out, privatise the entire restaurant for €25k plus food and drinks. There’s even a club available for hire downstairs if you want to keep the party going all night long.
Who needs fancy decor when you can have Paris itself as the backdrop of your Wedding dinner? Restaurant Les Ombres is located inside the Quai Branley Museum, making it one of the only places in the City offering panoramic views. Letting the magnificent Eiffel Tower do all the talking, the decor is minamilistic and modern and the food contemporary, with an inventive offering influenced by many international cuisines. Surprisingly affordable, with prices starting at €85 p/h including drinks for up to 40 guests, your dream of a Parisian wedding has never been more achievable.
Looking for an intimate affair in a historical Parisian setting? Look no further. Located inside the hotel that was once a 1892 Chateau, The 3 Michelin Star Restaurant le Saint James is the epitome of luxury, with antique chandeliers, polished oak and striking oil paintings. If that wasn’t enough, head outside and be greeted by a Pride and Prejudice-style patio, with beautiful parasols and white, lace-like seating. Such a divine location requires equally impressive food and drink, something Chef Virginie Basselot and ‘wine whisperer’ Micael Morais definitely deliver on. In order to assure a sophisticated and harmonious atmosphere, the maximum number of diners is limited to twelve, inside or out. At a price of €130p/h plus drinks, it’s the perfect place to make your private Parisian Wedding dreams come true.
Have the best of both worlds for your Wedding Dinner at Michelin Restaurant Le Diane, situated inside of one of Paris’ famous hotels, Le Bouquet. The circular, domed room opens out to an elegant summer patio, giving you both the comfort of an inside setting whilst having nature on your doorstep – literally. A refined and feminine decor with plush velvet in romantic purples and striking wall lighting is used inside while the terrace is a much more minimalistic, modern affair. A seasonal Menu by Chef Jean-Yves Leuranguer is offered for a party of up to 40 Wedding guests, with prices starting at €150, including drinks. While privatisation fees of around €8k are added on to this, the versatility the location offers for wedding day, come rain or shine, is a priceless thing.
Nestled inside what’s considered as the most upmarket and socialite arrondissements of Paris, Restaurant BON offers exclusivity, excitement and extravagance. With four different rooms, each offering an entirely different decor, there is something for everyone, and the space can be entirely privatised or partially, in order to accommodate numbers from 10, right up to 180. Far from the traditional French affair, the menu is based around Southeastern Asian cuisine, something which is sure to make you Wedding Dinner one to remember. Set menus from €49.50 to €122 are available, or if you want something entirely unique and catered to you, tailored menus can also be discussed to ensure your day is as unique as you are.
Far from the muted colours and monochrome theme of many of Paris’ finest establishments, Michelin Star Restaurant 114 Faubourg is sure to bring a splash of colour to your Wedding Dinner. Set on two levels, with floral wall panelling and intricate, black and gold-leafed railing, the setting is vibrant and ornate. The bustling and ambiance-enhancing open-plan kitchen sees Chef Jean-Charles Cauquil and his talented team creating their sophisticated but classic dishes right before your eyes. Despite being situated inside the famous Hotel Bristol, the clientele are mainly loyal, local Parisians so tables are kept to smaller numbers, welcoming from 8-10 wedding guests with menus starting €160p/h including drinks.
Restaurant Le Taillevent has a distinctively Parisian decor. A classic and understated style, including wooden panelling, winding stairs and stone pillars is mixed with modern touches in the lighting, bright artworks and striking floral arrangements, giving just the right amount of wow-factor for a Wedding. Multiple dining rooms can cater for up to 36 with prices starting at €120p/h for a taste of their three Michelin star menu which includes perfected balance of flavours and exquisite presentation.
Why have your Wedding Dinner anywhere when you can have it enjoying jaw-dropping views of Paris on what’s known as the best terrace in the City? Sit surrounded by glass from floor to ceiling in their aviation-themed room and you’re sure to feel on top of the world – just as you should on your wedding day. If you’ve got bigger ideas, their beautiful reception rooms can cater for up to 80 people including a dance area, champagne aperitif, 3 course dinner and much more from €265 p/h. Whether your inside or out, Chef Sidney Redel’s traditional french cuisine with a hint of contemporary flair is sure to add the finishing touch to your experience in this stunning location.
If you’re thinking of going big, bold, and beautiful, Le Meurice is the obvious choice. With enough space to host the Wedding Reception of a lifetime and decor that wouldn’t look out of place at a Palace, you’d be stretched to find a more glamorous location. Antique mirrors, bronze tones, marbles, and much more set the scene inside, while an astounding view onto the Jardin des Tuileries assures continued beauty wherever the eyes of your Wedding guests may wander. A variety of Menus by Chef Alain Ducasse starting from €130p/h are offered, and with the array of reception rooms available all with varying privatisation fees, the options for your day are endless.
Another great option if you need somewhere capable of catering for big numbers – up to 315 to be exact – is 3 Michelin Star Restaurant Le Cinq, inside another one of Paris’ most prestigious Hotels, Hotel George V. Light and elegant, the textiles in shades of gold and grey and magnificently detailed pillars and wall panelings give the atmosphere of a private Chateau. Chef Christian Le Squer – who defines himself as a “creator of flavors and composer of tastes” – is paired with Eric Beaumard – once named vice champion in the Wine Stewardship Contest – to make this the ultimate fine-dining experience. With the best in the business catering to your every need along with the stunning setting, the €359p/h includes everything you could ever dream of for your big day in the City of Love.
The Champs Elysées is one of the most famous spots in the world, and the chicest, too. Testimony to this great reputation is La Maison Blanche, a place both to see and be seen in. Sitting on the top of the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Bruno Frank’s restaurant offers outstanding views over Paris set over two levels. The decor is sleek and sexy with plus, textiles in neutral colours and dimmed mood lighting, completing this warm and intimate setting. The restaurant can cater for up to 40 for a Wedding dinner, with the price per head set at €135 including drinks. Why not have the Parisian skyline all to yourself and privatise the terrace for an extra cost of €2000 ? It is your Wedding day, after all.
Seen something that takes your fancy ? The team here at Wedding Light Events are ready to advise, plan and bring to life your perfect day here in the City of Love. Why not send us a message for some more information.
Our last february elopement at the Shangri-La …. Rain, Rain, Rain but nothing stopped our couple and their intimate group of buddies to have some fun and celebrate their wedding in style. The ceremony took place at night under the archades of the Louvres! We waited and waited for the rain to stop and it never did so we just went for it. Everyone was wonderful, and we all had the best of time.
The photographs of their wedding are showcased on Olivier’s blog from WeddingLight Paris. They are gorgeous!! He did a tremendous job regardless of the very poor weather conditions.
We visited the Cristal room Baccarat restaurant this morning for one of our client who is planning her wedding in Paris in september for 30 of her friends and family members! How lucky …. “Anyone wants to take me there for Valentines day”, I could hear my assistant saying. The restaurant is overlooking the lovely “place des Etats Unis” and is a few minutes walk to the eiffel tower. It can be all privatized or simply accommodate different size parties with a pivate room adjoining the restaurant for an intimate elopement. The baccara ball room is available for big bash as well. We really love the experience, so classy and elegant with perfect Parisian fine dining for one’s palet!
The legendary luxury Ritz Hotel will finally reopen its doors this Spring, after a three year long renovation. While all high society hotel lovers were upset to hear the news, the time has passed quickly, and many will agree it was worth the wait. The Ritz Paris opened in 1898 by the Swiss business genius, Cesar Ritz. Located on Place Vendôme, this hotel is set in one of the most magnificent parts of Paris, with numerous land marks in close proximity. The Ritz has housed the most glamorous of people over the years, including Coco Chanel who lived at The Ritz for multiple years. Earnest Hemingway was also frequently seen in the hotels bar before World War II, and in later name it was renamed The Hemingway Bar in his honor. “When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place at the Paris Ritz”. Although Earnest Hemingway was the first to say this, it is certain that anyone who has stayed at The Ritz Paris would quickly agree.! !
The renovations this 117 year old building took on consisted of creating fewer rooms and more suites, restoring artwork and antiques, adding a new restaurant, among other things. For those who are looking for even more relaxation can make an appointment at the new Chanel Spa—the most luxurious spa that exclusively uses Chanel products. One of the last major changes will bring tears of joy to every foodie, with a renovation of The Ecole Ritz Escoffier cooking school and restaurant. The cooking school offers hands on lessons for people with any level of cooking experience. The terrace now has a retractable roof, bringing use to the space year round.
Paris may be filled with 5 star hotels, but when it comes to class, luxury, and glamour, The Ritz takes the cake. The new renovations only make this hotel the most extravagant spot for love birds to tie the knot. No matter what size wedding you have, The Ritz is sure to be able to host it in one of the 9 reception areas that can fit anywhere between 10 and 500 people. To make the big day even more spectacular, the hotel offers flower arrangements by the best floral designer in Europe, Djordje Varda. Varda makes over 10,000 flower arrangements per week for the hotel, all of which are nothing short of spectacular. This self taught floral designer has one of the most impressive client lists in this department of work. He has made arrangements for places such as Paris’ Civic Opera House and the Versailles Palace. Between the fabulous Ritz hotel in Paris, and the WeddingLight Events team, brides with even the longest of check lists can rest easy knowing that their expectations will be exceeded.
. An interview we did with Varda a while back at the Ritz hotel in Paris.
Be sure to check out the photos below of model, Kate Moss at The Ritz Paris. The photos taken by British fashion photographer, Tim Walker show off the exquisite architecture and design of The Ritz, while high lighting beautiful Haute Couture fashion.The amazing Ritz in Paris is reopening its door in the spring. We were quite sad to find out that it was closing down for renovation. Three years have passer, time flies really! We stumbled in a photo shoot in Vogues magazine this morning with amazing Kate Moss wearing some lavish couture dresses. Varda is again the official Florist of the Ritz and produces simply stunning flower decorations. I strongly suggest that you look at his website for flower inspiration. He is a real artist and his style blend perfectly with such a grand decor.
Make sure you go to Varda’s website for some Parisian creative flower arrangement inspiration.