How to Bring the French Countryside to Your Luxury Hawaii Wedding


Nothing is more beautiful than getting married in Hawaii, except for integrating a gorgeous French country-inspired design for your luxury Hawaii destination wedding. The rustic chicness, beautiful vintage accents, romantic details....ooh la la! As a luxury wedding planner in Hawaii, Lorrie Betsill Nielson is always dreaming up creative ways to bring the latest trends to Hawaii. Here are a few of her tips for bringing the beauty of the French countryside to your destination wedding. Photo: Corrine Graves

Twinkles & Shine

Everything looks more beautiful beneath the romantic glow of string lights. Picture an old French farmhouse at dusk, illuminated by strands of soft twinkling or bistro lights. Incorporate the same look by stringing lights above your tables or around trees and bushes. Add candles throughout your tables for natural ambient lighting that won’t take away from the beauty of the delicate string lights. Bring irresistible romance to your Hawaii wedding!


Photo: Corrine Graves

Family Style

The French are known for refined, tailored style - the simpler, the better. When it comes to your seating, use long reclaimed wood tables and bistro style chairs. There is no need for tablecloths! You want the rustic elements of the tables and chairs to be the focal point, accented by your beautiful place settings and florals. The long tables are perfect for serving your meals family style if you choose, just like they would in a real French farmhouse. Your guests will be in awe of your luxury wedding décor!


Photo: leftCorrine Graves, rightWendy Laurel

Soft & Subtle Linens and Ribbon

Soft linen napkins or ones made from vintage French grain sacks are the quintessential accents for a chic country place setting. Juxtapose the more rustic linens with gorgeous antique china. You can find them in beautiful feminine florals which balances the look of the more masculine, rustic table.


Photo: Corrine Graves

French Florals

From gorgeous wildflowers that France is famous for, to simple branches and edible accents like herbs and fresh lemons, there are many ways you can bring the feel of France to your wedding through the florals you choose. Wrapping bouquets in antique lace or using simple twine on hand tied bouquets will give the most authentic French floral feel to your Hawaii wedding florals!


Photo: Wendy Laurel

End on a Sweet Note

France is famous for its decadent pastries and sweet. Consider incorporating a final taste of the French countryside with a crepe bar, colorful macaroons or puff pastries as part of your dessert selections. And of course, don’t forget the Champagne! Incorporating a theme of French style to your destination wedding in paradise will be an unforgettable experience for your guests!


Photo: leftWendy Laurel, rightMike Adrian

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