The men and women do split up for the bachelor and bachelorette parties.
The weekend was completely beautiful, with festivities revolving around an old farmhouse overlooking a vineyard on Virginie’s family château in Bordeaux.
About 300 people attended, which is average; a 100-person wedding is considered very small.
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Eimear Lynch, who interviewed 80 women for her new book, The Bridesmaids: True Tales of Love, Envy, Loyalty, and Terrible Dresses, talks to one with some firsthand French-wedding experience. French women don’t have bridesmaids; they have witnesses.