And in France, it’s not a party if it doesn’t have a theme.At this particular fiançailles, everyone had to wear stripes.
All of us witnesses went a week early and helped the bride and groom ready the farmhouse.
We took down cobwebs, repainted all the shutters, and laid gravel in the driveway.
So lots of couples have two ceremonies: one legal, one religious.
Fabien and Virginie’s wedding, for instance, consisted of a Friday-night civil wedding; a religious ceremony, cocktail party, dinner, and reception on Saturday; and a big lunch on Sunday.
A couple can then have another fiançailles with their witnesses and friends.