Nothing says opulence like a Marie Antoinette styled wedding. While you may not want to include every little detail (revolutionaries, guillotines and starving peasants...) you can certainly capture the elegance, whimsy and frivolité of the vivacious French queen and her courtiers with some fanciful flourishes, pretty pops of pastel colours, a sprinkling of Toile de Jouy and lashings of lace. Images: Julina Corsets; Stella de Libero; cake by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, styling by Jemma-Jade Events; flaylay by East Made Co.
Dress like a princess
Ah, the dress. This is your chance to embrace your inner princess and go big. Big. Huge... Think ruffles, tulle, satin, big bows, embellished flowers, pearls, embroidery, and lots and lots and lots of lace.
In the gallery below, from left to right: images 1 & 2 Joanne Fleming Designs from her absolutely exquisite Paris Collection; images 3 & 4 are pretty pared down floral designs from Needle and Thread for those looking to channel the romantic French aesthetic without the layers; images 5 & 6 are sumptuous gowns from the bridal queen herself, Vera Wang's Iconic collection. The bows, ruffles and taffeta add all the drama, darling!
I don't think you can really have a Marie Antoinette inspired gown without mentioning Ian Stuart. From left to right, the Ian Stuart Revolution Rocks collection editorial (which is just awesome!) The Deneuve Gown; this pretty rose strewn gown, which is a pre-loved dress over on Etsy sold by Cover Vintage for £259; Ian Stuart Flowerbomb gown; another fabulous Ian Stuart editorial and finally the stunning 'Pracatan' wedding dress from our previous French Fairytale editorial shot by Indie Love.
Let them eat cake!
Another perfect way to capture the Rococco theme is with the cakes, of course! Think colourful iced creations, exquisite piping, sugar flowers, cameo brooches, lace effect icing, and plenty of macarons! From left to right, images 1-4 are all creations by Fine cakes by Zahira; pretty pastel macarons found here; strawberry and champagne truffles by Diamonds for Dessert - find the recipe here; amazing party table with cakes, macarons and baby pink iced croissants styled by Catch My Party table; and the gorgeous cherub and pink roses wedding cake by Pretty Amazing Cakes.
Toile de Jouy is another synonymous print that evokes visions of the French court circa 1780. For example the exquisite underwear worn for this sumptuous editorial by Wild fox Couture sunglasses, draws inspiration directly from Queen Marie herself.
And again, Toile de Jouy fabric makes the perfect backdrop for this exquisite wedding table setting from Flower Addicted. Photography by Simply Sarah. The delicious hand-painted Toile de Jouy cake I spotted over on Fabmood.com is by The Cake Opera Company and really feels vrai français!
Fit for a queen
We don't expect you to wear white makeup, pink cheeks and doll-like lips, and promise you that a fake mole here or there is NOT a pre-requisite. Think tumbling curls, blooms woven through hair piled high, jewels and pearls adorning combs and hair vines, plaiting and chignons. Make-up is soft, ethereal, pink, peaches and rust colours, berry lips and a touch of pastel too, making it a workable bridal look to recreate. Here are some Antoinette-esque looks that provide the soft, feminine romance of the era without looking too theatrical...
Mood board must-haves
The last thing to share with you is a fabulous collation of glorious little bits and bobs that pull together the theme, from favours and jewellery to bags and stockings...this is full on rocking Rococo whimsy for your delectation!
Ker-ay-zee shoes and tights combo as seen at the Meadham-Kirkhoff collaboration for Top Shop 2013 fashion show; Wedding Vow Book with Dusty Blue ribbon by Rebecca Green Design on Etsy; Macaron coin purse/mini clutch bags, £12.21 on Etsy; delicious plant-dyed ribbons in vintage pink by Silk and Willow; have fun with the decor with this pretty rose gold Eiffel Tower cake topper £10.98 by Kimme Kouture on Etsy; choose pastel bridesmaids' dresses for a touch of whimsy (image found here); glittered Marie Antoinette place cards by PaperNosh on Etsy; corset from Julina Corsets; gold lace embroidered bridal shoes by Bella Belle Shoes; stunning 9ct gold diamond and pearl ring from Form Jewellery; opal hair pin (£21) by English Bridal Shop; Toile de Jouy clutch, £44.85 by Shabby Sugar Plum.
Are you planning a sumptuous French inspired wedding? We would love to hear from you...