Sure, the movie Bridesmaids joked that a Paris-themed party is a little "been there, done that," but we say: What better backdrop to a wedding than the city of love and lights? Or if you're celebrating stateside, music is an easy way to add a French feel to your ceremony. Other than, ya know, serving "chocolate fondue and cheese from the nice part of the store." Here are some of our favorite French tunes:
"La Vie En Rose" - Edith Piaf
As a first dance song, it doesn't get more precious than this, especially considering the chorus, which translates to "When he takes me in his arms / he speaks to me in a low voice / I see my life as if it were rose-tinted."
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"You Belong To Me" - Carla Bruni
Aside from being a model, style icon, and former French first lady, Bruni is also a talented singer-songwriter whose whisper-soft voice was practically made for romantic melodies. (Or maybe it's just that everything sounds prettier in French.) Even though this is an American song, its sweet sentiment is universal.
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"Love Like a Sunset Part II" - Phoenix
Hailing from Versailles, this indie rock group's airy song is one of the best processional songs of all time. It's sparse, atmospheric, and perfectly timed-it clocks in at under two minutes-for your walk down the aisle.
"Bistro Fada" - Stephane Wrembel
A solid cocktail hour choice, this gypsy jazz guitar number appeared in Woody Allen's undeniably charming 2011 flick, "Midnight in Paris."
"Le Freak" - Chic
This disco groove from the '70s is still as infectious as ever. Yeah, the band's not exactly French (they originated in New York City), but "Le Freak" is one of those undeniable reception go-to's that'll have everyone-even grandma-le freaking out on the dance floor.
"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk
This Parisian electronic duo's summer jam is a certified hit (thanks to a little vocal help from Pharrell) and has been on repeat everywhere this summer. It's serious dance floor fuel, and should be played
"Si Tu Vois Ma Mère" - Sidney Bechet
When it's time to cut the cake, try this slinky saxophone ditty. A Louis Armstrong cohort, Bechet was born in New Orleans, but spent the end of his life in France.
"Paris" - Friendly Fires
So you're destination-ing to Paris? Add this indie rock gem to your iPod before your flight to build anticipation. It'd also work great in a wedding slideshow.
"Playground Love" - Air
This low-fi slow jam, written by a French duo, is positively lovely, especially because of lyrics like, "You're the piece of gold that flashes on my soul." There's even a sweet saxophone solo to get excited about.
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