Monday, May 26, 2014

A Review of 'The Paris Wedding' by Kimberley Petyt

"A must-have for the best wedding inspiration and resources in Paris.

America's love affair with Paris spans generations.  For many, Paris is the epitome of sophistication, good taste, style and romance.  The Paris Wedding is a full-color, idea-packed, go-to guide for globally minded trendsetters who are in love with the style and romance of Paris..  Not just a resource of practical information for those planning a wedding IN Paris, but The Paris Wedding is also a stand-alone handbook full of stylish tips and glamorous photography to help add that Parisian je ne sais quoi to any celebration.

Kimberley Petyt is the owner of Parisian Events, a wedding and event-planning agency catering to English-speakers in Paris.  She writes the popular blog 'Parisian Party: Tales of an American Wedding Planner in Paris.'  She was also a monthly columnist for the nationally distributed The French Paper, where she wrote for more than a year about living and working as an expat in Paris.  Petyt and the business have been featured in print publications such as Real Simply Weddings, Get Married Magazine, Essence Magazine, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, Cosmopolitan China, and France Magazine.  Most recently, she was featured in the New York Times Magazine 'Summer 2011 Travel' issue, highlighting her skills as a cultural liaison for brides seeking to marry in Paris.  Ms. Petyt lives in Paris."

Sometimes I wonder what you think of me when you come visit this blog and see what I've been reading.  Books about depression, teen pregnancy, reviews of books that aren't necessarily popular and reviews of books that are REALLY popular, and now books about Parisian Weddings.  What on earth?

Parisian Weddings (at least the ones that take place in Paris) are actually a lot more complicated to organize than I thought they were.  You can't just go over there and have a traditional church wedding.  It takes a lot of paper work and a lot of convincing.  I thought that was interesting.  When I visited France, I wasn't there long enough to figure out how much they like paperwork, but this is the second or third book I've read that says how many hoops you have to jump through just to get a certain detail established or to procure a place to get married and a person to marry you.  Holy...

For those who aren't looking to get married in Paris, there are tons of decorating ideas and tips for shopping in France for different things that you might want for a wedding where you live.  It's very thorough... I didn't realize the amount of work that it takes to pull together a wedding (ceremony and reception).  Even if you're not getting married anytime soon, like me, it's still a fun read with exquisite pictures.  You learn a bit of culture from this book.

If you're looking to get married soon or are just looking for design ideas, this is a great book to start with!

I give 'The Paris Wedding':
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