French weddings in our Village

We are fortunate to have a beautiful old church in the centre of our French village which is host to some very “posh” weddings in the summer.

One of my favourite occupations on a Saturday afternoon is to stand outside the church and watch the wedding guests arrive for the ceremony. I love to see what the women are wearing.

Here are a few photos that I was able to take as I lurked in the bushes.  Not exactly up to paparazzi standards however it will give you a flavour of some of the stunning outfits.


Wedding 9

Bright stripes and animal print.  From the short to the long. Not sure about the white shoes worn by the man!


Wedding 1 600

Love the floppy white hat and the palazzo pants are unusual.  The pink accessories look very chic. Trousers seem to be perfectly acceptable at “posh” french weddings.


wedding 2 600

I thought the British guests looked very chic in pink


wedding 17 600

More trousers and flat shoes. Well we do have very uneven cobbled streets in the village.

wedding 4 600

The short! Don’t think I could walk in those shoes.


wedding 6 600

The long!


wedding 7 600

I thought this was a very simple and chic outfit. Flat shoes again.


wedding 11 600

This was a very lovely dress. The photo does not do it justice.


wedding 13 600

This was also very chic and simple.


wedding 12 600

Love this combination. The dress was equally as sensational from the front.


wedding 18 600


The purple dress was definitely my favourite outfit of the afternoon. It was accessorised to perfection and the wearer was very “soignee”.


wedding 9 detail of blue dress



Father Peter 600

Father Peter



Me taking photos

A photo of me taking photos. Not sure my next career will be as a paparazzi!

What do you think. Would you wear any of these outfits?

Some similar outfits I found for you to check out.


  1. susan
    2nd August 2014 / 14:44

    i love all the colors! for some reason i picture french women wearing mostly neutrals, but there are some lovely, vibrant colors at this wedding.

  2. Swan
    2nd August 2014 / 15:03

    Hello – There is lots to like. I love the blue/tourquoise John Lewis dress with black lace detail. I also like the thicker heeled court shoes. I like all the hats but would hesitate to wear the white one as it’s the bride’s privalage to be the only one wearing white. However there are a few others to choose from, but my favourite style of headgear is still the facinateur which doesn’t seem to feature in this article. I have been to several village weddings in France and have noted that almost anything goes from the casual with flat sandals to high end fashion. Interesting to see n’est pas ?!

    • 4th August 2014 / 12:32

      Hi Swan You are right there did not seem to be any fascinators. In fact I don’t think I have seen any worn in France. I agree there is always a range of styles in France as opposed to the more formal and conservative styles we tend to wear here in the UK.

  3. Marilyn
    2nd August 2014 / 16:37

    I loved the blues dresses, 7 and 9 I think. The purple with silver is sensational.

  4. Stacy Jo McDermott
    2nd August 2014 / 16:57

    Love the palazzo pants outfit as well as the black print dress. Though my favorite photo was of you LOL…you looked darling with those rosebushes barely hiding you.

  5. Marianne
    4th August 2014 / 21:26

    Magnificent hats!

  6. Tanya
    8th August 2014 / 01:45

    I have been going through lots of discussion forums to find out what to wear to a French wedding – and your post has been the most helpful by far! This has given me the best ideas – thank you so much 🙂

    Love the palazzo pants and also the cute navy and grey dress with black hat.

  7. 8th August 2014 / 13:04

    Love this post! Very interesting insider info. I adore the aqua/teal dress. Wonder where it’s from? Great fun seeing all the French St Trop fashions xx

  8. Nicola Jesse
    17th August 2014 / 18:51

    so refreshing to see the mix of Casual and Elegant which makes so much sense for our Comfort
    at an event

  9. Bernadette
    3rd September 2014 / 06:40

    What I especially love is that these are ‘real’ women! Not models with unattainable proportions that I struggle to identify with when trying to find inspiration. More please!

  10. Lorraine
    1st March 2015 / 15:27

    How refreshing to see women wearing pretty, chic outfits instead of bulging out of very short, bustier dresses as so many young women do at British weddings.

  11. Nathalie
    5th August 2015 / 04:32

    I love the black/white long dress. For a posh occasion such as this, a dancing silk scarf in a striking colour or print might suitably bridge the gap between trousers and dresses.

  12. Susan
    9th March 2016 / 21:37

    I so appreciate you cordinating outfits. You have helped me so much. Shopping my closet has been an eye opener. The total look is sometimes difficult to achieve and you do it so well. Any suggestions on a 50th class reunion held in July in Maryland, USA . The invitation said casual. However, I know that could mean anything from shorts to a linen shift dress . Many thanks.

    • 11th March 2016 / 14:11

      Hi Susan
      I am a UK based blogger and we don’t really do class reunions over here. However I would suggest you start by asking yourself how you would like your former classmates to describe you after the event. What words would you like them to use in regard to how you present yourself i.e. elegant, classy, well groomed, casual chic, stylish etc. Once you have decided on the word it might help you start researching and planning.

  13. LesleyP
    22nd June 2016 / 17:31

    The French women achieve a very chic look whatever they wear, the hats were very eye catching, the vivid colours of the outfits made a statement of individuality amongst the quests.

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