wedding dress hanging in the arbour of the chateau
stored flowers for bridal decoration
chateau coat of arms

Your wedding retroplanning at D-330

The Road to Happiness...

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Announce your news to your parents and close friends.
Choose your attendants - best man, ushers and bridesmaids.
Because those who've known you all your life deserve to share your joy.

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The place
If you want to choose a chateau for your wedding, there are 17 questions to ask yourself.
Answer "yes" to at least 14 for peace of mind...

Grand Condé Renaissance bedroom

chuppa under the 7 tronks sycamore

forest, horses

30x30 brochure

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The Caterer. Book entertainment to amuse your guests during pre-dinner drinks. DJ, photographer, band, video cameraman, firework technician, hairdresser, make-up artist.

make-up and hairstyle in the chateau rooms

Civil, religious or secular ceremony. Bridesmaids and Page Boys.
Take out an option on accommodation near the location.

6 months before your event

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flowery music room for a wedding

Guest list. Save the date. Bride's dress (keep it secret). Floral arrangements. not forgetting the bride's bouquet, the buttonholes and the petals.

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invitation - artist : Jean-Jacques Grand

Remember to practice that first dance. The invitation should indicate the dress code, name places to stay, state the address of the venue, provide instructions on how to get there, and stipulate a reply-by date. Choose stamps in your event colours! The marriage contract signed before a notary. The wedding bands with your names engraved inside. Book the honeymoon! Open your wedding list. Sugared almonds. A prestigious car or horse and carriage? Conjurer?

show in the grounds after a wedding diner

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witnesses and guests on the belvedere of the chateau

If you are not using the services of a a wedding planner at the French venue to organise the event, ask your friends and family for help and ideas. One of your attendants could be responsible for paying service providers, another could take charge of the seating plan, someone else could allocate the bedrooms, etc. Final fitting of the wedding dress and accessories. The groom's outfit. The future bride can help her groom make a matching choice, as she alone knows what she'll be wearing! Trial runs with the hairdresser and make-up artist. Buy throw-away cameras, or polaroid cameras, to be placed on the guests' tables.

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wedding invitation - design : Dimitri Signolle

Allocating bedrooms; the seating plan; the menus. Use a seating plan system with movable names, so that you can easily cater for any last-minute changes. Find a pretty container to use as a wedding card box. Write the speeches and a personalised welcome note for each bedroom. Send all service providers, and your attendants or witnesses, a copy of the Run Sheet of your event so that everyone is perfectly synchronised. Order the wine and the champagne. Get it delivered directly to the location, where it will rest in the cellar. Send your Run Sheet to everyone concerned. Use a different colour code per service provider so that each one knows what they - and the others - need to be doing and when. If you are not using walkie talkies, make sure that all cell phone numbers are included on the Run Sheet: caterer, florist, photographer, video cameraman, wine waiter, band, sound technician, firework technician, etc. Contact the Mairie (Town Hall) to get the banns published.

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Stag night and hen night.

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bride in the basin of the oriental pavilion

Relax... preferably on the spot before your event!

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