Last year I worked with a beautiful Swiss woman named Floriane who married her dashing husband Lionel last March. Check out my original post about Floriane’s flowers. Her wedding was gorgeous and she has been gracious enough to answer some questions about the planning process! Photos by Luca Etter.
Tell me a little bit about you and your spouse.
We are both from Switzerland and have been living in New York for 2 years. We’ve been together for more than 10 years now and we got married in a Limousine at the Wedding Window in Las Vegas! This was just about as much fun and romantic as a wedding can be!!! We loved it so much and made party all night in Vegas, just the 2 of us. But then, we really wanted to share our wedding and our happiness with our family and friends in Switzerland. So we planned everything from abroad, and we’ve been thinking of every detail in New York City, for a party that would happen in a very small village in the middle of the Swiss Alps.
What was the best part about planning your wedding?
We started planning it very well in advance: a year and a half before the D-Day. But we wanted everything to be perfect, and with the distance it makes it even more complicated. The idea was to celebrate in the mountains. We both come from the Swiss Alps and we wanted to make a big contrast with our Vegas Wedding ! So we chose the location very carefully, and found a wonderful “Belle Epoque” Hotel from the 1900’s, all in wood and very traditional architecture and design. The crew was just absolutely lovely and ready to help. Almost everything was discussed via e-mail, and we had no problem at all. As we had no ceremony, we planned a first part, known as “Apéritif” down in the Valley with some 150 guests, and then 95 guests were invited for the dinner at the Hotel in the mountains. The idea was also that the guests sleep at the hotel and so nobody had to worry about being drunk and driving back home. In the morning, we would also be all together for breakfast !
As for my dress, I prepared everything in NYC, found the dress of my dreams in the Lower East Side at Mary Adams. She makes 50’s style custom dresses. I loved working with her; she was just very open to all my ideas and we got this dress done exactly as I wished it! She gave me the address of a tailor for the suit of Lio, and we loved his worked as well! Then the most time-consuming activity was to find all the accessories in this 50’s style according to my dress! And in gold… we spent hours and hours visiting every secondhand shop in all Manhattan and Brooklyn !
What details were you most proud of?
I was very proud that I could manage every accessory of mine to be in the right style: my purse, the bouquet of course, the shoes, the bracelet, the stockings! My Husband has also been very attentive to each detai;, he even found his shoes in a second hand store in San Francisco! These were shoes from 1920, never worn!!
What was most important to you when planning your big day?
The “theme” was the 1950’s and the music. As we’re both musicians, and most of our friends either are musicians or love music, the music had to be in the center of the party. We hired 2 bands, one accoustic “Jazz manouche” for the Apéritif, and one Rock Band for the ball, that played classic songs from the 50’s-60’s. And during the dinner, we asked some friends to make some musical entertainment. So, between every dish we had some friends who played music. This made the meal very colorful and amusing!
Do you have any advice for future brides?
I advise that you think of a general theme, or atmosphere for the whole party, so that you get something like a “red line” you can follow to think of all the details: dress, suit, music, table decoration, location etc. In Switzerland, it is also usual to have a “major de table” for the night. This is a person, usually a friend or family member who likes to talk in public, that takes over the organization during the D-Day, so that the newlyweds can just enjoy their day and don’t need to think of details like: are the musicians here? At what time should we move, who is saying what? We asked 2 friends to do so, and gave them in advance exact information as for what we wanted and when. During the party, we were completely relaxed and had time to talk and laugh with everybody!
As a conclusion, our wedding party really was the most beautiful day of our lives, and every guest told us on the following day that this was the best wedding party they ever had!