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Photographs and film are not the only way to immortalise your wedding day. Here are a few ideas for ways to keep the memories of your wedding day alive.

  • Transforming Your Wedding Dress

Your wedding dress doesn’t have to be something you wear only once in a lifetime. If you take your wedding dress to a good tailors, you can have it transformed into a cocktail dress or simple evening gown. The store where you bought your wedding dress may also be able to customise your dress for you after your wedding. If you prefer to keep your dress in tact, make sure you take it to the dry cleaners right away after the wedding otherwise any stains will become ingrained into the fabric.

  • Flower Art

By drying out your bouquet, you can use the petals to decorate your photo album or make a special potpourri. To air-dry your bouquet the traditional way, hang it still in tact upside down in a warm, dark, dry place with good air circulation. In about 3 weeks time, the flowers will be dried out. To make a potpourri, remove the flowers and add essentials oils. You can also use your flowers to decorate your wedding photo album, it’s best to use pressed flowers for this. To press your flowers, remove the best opened blooms and get a large, heavy book. Cut a rectangle of cardboard to the same size as the book and cut tissue paper and newspaper rectangles also of the same size. Take a piece of cardboard and place a layer of newspaper then tissue paper on top. Lay out your flowers, making sure they do not over-lap. Place another layer of tissue paper then newspaper on top and another cardboard. Repeat the process of necessary. Place your book on top of the final layer of cardboard and leave your flowers to press for about 3 weeks. For a quicker result (about 2 days) for both pressing and drying you can use a silica gel which you can find in most hardware or craft stores. If you dry your bouquet using silica gel, make sure you place the bouquet in an air tight container as silica will  absorb the water from the air as well as the flowers.

  • Freezing Your Cake

It is tradition for couples to eat a piece of their wedding cake on the day of their first wedding anniversary. In order to be able to do this you need to save a piece, cover it in aluminium foil or place it in a plastic container and leave in the bottom of the freezer. The sooner you freeze your cake the better it will taste the following year.

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If you are planning your wedding on the Cote d’Azur, the chances are that you have already thought about what you are going to wear. If you are unsure about finding something appropriate for a wedding in the South of France, then you might find the following tips come in handy.

  • Summer Weddings

On the French Riviera during the summer months of July and August, temperatures regularly get up to 35°c in the midday sun. Even in the evening temperatures remain extremely high. The last thing you want to be worrying about is sweat patches and a shiny forehead so picking a dress in which you are going to feel cool and comfortable is extremely important. In warm climates always favour natural fibres such as cotton, silk, rayon or linen, that allow the skin to breathe. Stay well away from polyester which will stick to your skin in a big way if you perspire. Do beware that many dress linings contain polyester so even if the outer shell doesnt make you sweat, your lining could do.

Silk weding dress

Cotton wedding dress

The lighter the material both in weight and colour the better; the thinner the fabric, the more breathable it will be and the whiter in colour, the more sun rays it will reflect.

In terms of shoes, go for an open a design as possible with a good quality genuine leather inner sole. If you have any synthetic material in contact with the bottom of your foot it will slide around in your shoe as soon as you step outside into the heat.

To make the most out of your summer tan, think about picking a backless or strapless bustier dress. There is equally nothing stopping you picking a shorter cocktail-style dress for a young, fun look.

Summer wedding dress

Summer wedding dress

Lastly make sure that your reception venue has air-conditioning otherwise the dance party might end up being a wash out if your guests are too hot under the collar to enjoy themselves.

If you are getting married in mid-season summer months such May, June or September, then the same applies except you might need an extra layer to cover your shoulders in the evening. Think about incorporating a pashmina or shrug into your wedding outfit.

  • Winter Weddings

During the winter on the Cote d’Azur it doesn’t really evet get that cold. The coast never sees temperatures below 1 to 5°c during the coldest months with highs of up to 15 or even 20°c on exceptionally sunny days.

For winter weddings on the Cote d’Azur, choose a dress with a good lining another fabric on top such as a good quality satin or lace. A fake fur shrug or long woolen coat can add a really glamorous touch to a winter wedding outfit to keep you warm and cosy. Another trick would be to wear tights underneath your dress for when you are outside which you can then take off once you arrive at your wedding reception. Choose close toe shoes or even bottins for a retro chic look.

Winter wedding dress

Winter wedding dress

Winter wedding dress

Winter wedding dress

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Elie SaabWhile browsing through issue N°97 of French fashion magazine L’Officiel (the 1000 MODELES HAUTE COUTURE edition), I came across 3 double page spreads showing the Autumn – Winter 09-10 Haute Couture collection by Francophone, Lebanese designer Elie Saab. The collection is composed mostly of dresses (cocktail ad evening gowns) in various shades of white. The collection combines vintage looks of the 30s and 60s mixed with futuristic, asymmetrical styles. Since starting My Riviera Wedding I see ideas for weddings everywhere and these beautiful dresses were no exception.

If you want to invest in a timeless, high-fashion piece for your wedding day that you will be able to continue wearing in the future, then try to find a multi-brand store near you that sells Elie Saab or head off to one of two of the only Haute Couture boutiques in the world in Paris or the Lebanon. If you are on the French Riviera anywhere near Nice, then you could always try Espace Harroch (tel +33 (0)4 93 82 50 23) located between the Place Messena and the Avenue Jean Médecin. Espace Harroch stocks the Elie Saab Prêt à Porter range, they might be able either to order you in a few dresses to try on or to point you in the right direction of another boutique.

Here are a few of my favourites shown at Paris Fashion Week!

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

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