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I bring more than 10 years of experience to my wedding planning business, and love to share free advice in the form of this blog. Grab a cup of coffee (or café, as we say in French), and take a look around!


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Check out our rebrand for our French wedding planning business! The Story Behind Our Rebrand We are so excited to announce our rebrand from Pure Expression Events to Pétillante Weddings! Pétillante Weddings is still your go-to wedding planner in France – we specialize in planning beautiful chateau weddings in France.  We started our rebrand in […]

Pétillante Weddings

Still Your Wedding Planner in France: Pétillante Weddings

Logo Design for Pétillante Weddings, a wedding planner in France

January 26, 2023

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‘Tis the season to get engaged!! Exciting right? Marriage proposals are exciting; especially when you get that “feeling” that your significant other is going to pop the question.  Sometimes you see it coming, sometimes you don’t.  But if you’ve been together for a while, it’s not uncommon to be on the look-out for signs that your guy […]

Wedding Tips


December 14, 2020

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Dreaming of an intimate photo session with your soon-to-be in France? Excited at the idea of creating gorgeous pre-wedding photos to share on your wedding website?  What better way to give your guests a glimpse of what’s in store for them at your French wedding than with an engagement photo shoot in France.  I always […]

Wedding Photographers in France, Wedding Tips

How to Nail Your Engagement Photoshoot in France

engagement shoot in France. Photography by Stephen Linberge

November 17, 2020

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Choosing your wedding venue will undoubtedly be one of the biggest wedding planning decisions you’ll make.  The venue you pick will set the tone for the wedding.  It will determine the location and type of tailored French experience you wish to offer guests and it will stand out in your guests memories for years to come.   You’ll need […]


Choosing Your French Wedding Venue

November 3, 2020

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The “B” word.  Every wedding couple’s nightmare.  You’ve heard the horror stories… Couples spending 2,3,4 times more than they initially budgeted…..   Seems inevitable right? Well it’s not. In this article, we are going to go over simple strategies to ensure that you actually stick to your wedding budget while getting everything you deserve!       As […]

Wedding Tips


piggy bank dedicated to a wedding budget

October 20, 2020

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Dreaming of having your wedding ceremony in a church in France?  High ceilings, dramatic threshold, long aisle, pipe organ – If so, you’re in luck! France offers an amazing selection of historic churches for your church wedding.  However, while the process can be relatively simple, it’s important to understand the framework and general rules about organizing a […]

Wedding Tips

How to Book Your Church Wedding in France

church wedding in France

October 6, 2020

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I’ll bet you already know the answer to this question. Don’t you? My answer: Go with your gut. There are no rules that determine exactly who should be on the guest list for your destination wedding.  Some invite co-workers, others don’t.  Some allow kids and others do not.  Some invite a “plus-one”, others don’t.  It all depends on […]

Wedding Tips

Who do we invite to our wedding in France?

French chateau wedding in Bordeaux, France

August 11, 2020

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Crazy laid back fun with a touch of French & Taiwanese traditions – that’s the vibe that Yvonne & Matthieu were hoping to achieve – and they nailed it!  They had the incredibly talented Brazilian videographer Giovanna Borgh to capture the entire day in her uniquely poetic style.  100% emotion guaranteed!   Click Here to watch […]

Weddings in France


July 28, 2020

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I’m a big fan of non-traditional wedding venues that raise the bar of creativity.  Airbnb weddings do just that. AirBnb’s are great locations for small, intimate weddings and give off a low key, family living atmosphere.  They are also ideal for couples who hope to invest a smaller portion of their wedding budget in the venue.  […]

Wedding Tips

5 Things You Need to Know Before Booking Your Airbnb Wedding Venue

chateau wedding in France

July 7, 2020

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You’re engaged! You must be so excited! You have reason to be.  Welcome to one of the most unique experiences of your life.  Engagement is a time of fun and excitement before taking the big step to becoming a “Wife” or a “Husband”.  Say those words out loud – it’s helpful! You are also going […]

Pétillante Weddings, Wedding Tips

How to know what you really want.

June 17, 2020

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