Meet Luxe Paris
Nearly four years ago Founder and Creative Director of Luxe Paris Events, Billy Folchetti, hopped on a plane from Los Angeles to follow love, not anticipating that he would create a business that specializes in it, too. Here, he shares a little history, why his service stands out, what his clients can expect when working with Luxe Paris, and a few of his favorite Parisian spots for an unforgettable affair.
Almost four years ago, we planned and designed our first wedding in the city of love. When the Paris chapter of my life and career began, I was motivated to stay in the event planning industry given my previous experience in Los Angeles and New York. I saw a clear space in the market for highly styled and customized event experiences- pairing that with my atypical approach to event planning, I figured that Paris would be a great place to introduce these ideas. This atypical approach, as a planner, starts with my first piece of advice: throw the “handbook” out the window. I tell them to forget about everything that others are telling them they have to do and focus on the most important piece – what they actually want. Weddings can often be cookie cutter, and rather than an assembly line production process that a lot of planners use, I take pride in crafting a list of services on an individual basis; I’ve decided to leave pre-determined packages where they belong – in the past. Our hands-on method helps us cultivate strong relationships with our clients and allows us to ensure their made-to- measure event experience is not only seamless, but remains timeless and forever chic.
Aesthetically, I love a “less is more” approach and monochromatic color schemes. We try to avoid dated frills and anything that involves a bow, Ball jar, or giant globe-shaped centerpieces. Most of us are familiar with the saying “think outside of the box”, but I personally like to think “outside of the vase.” I jump at any opportunity where I can design something that gives movement or life to flowers. We have gained a lot of recognition for our floral runners, cascades, and asymmetric cascades whether they are flowing down the end of the dining table or adorning a ceremony arch or chuppah. We are always trying to figure out ways to create “installations” as opposed to keeping them vase-centric. Composing and assembling the arrangements this way gives the event a little something extra and makes for an impressive focal point that is rarely expected but always appreciated.
Almost 50 weddings later, we continue to craft once-in-a-lifetime memories for brides and grooms from around the globe, but now we are planning events all over the globe. While we love calling Paris home, we are now happily traveling to some of our other favorite cities like Rome, Venice, and Marrakech, and to new destinations, all at our clients’ demand.
Here are 5 of my favorite spots in or around Paris to plan your wedding or special event. Or even to stop in for tea time or a glass of champagne…
Shangri-La Paris- Le Grand Salon
10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116
The Shangri-La Paris was once the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte. The hotel is rich in history and underwent an incredible restoration some years ago, specifically in the event spaces, to bring it back to its original glory. The high ceilings, crystal and antique details, as well as the world-famous gilded walls offer a treat for the eyes and an experience that will leave your guests in awe. The uninterrupted views of the Eiffel Tower also don’t hurt!
Ritz Paris- Salon Louis XIV or Salon d’Eté
15 Place Vendôme, 75001
The Ritz Paris is a landmark hotel in one of the most prestigious locations in the world – Place Vendôme. Its history is connected to some of the most famous names in the world, and the location makes for unforgettable photo opportunities. The event salons here are all located around the middle garden of the hotel giving you access to their lush outdoor space – a calm oasis in the center of the hustle and bustle of Paris.
10 Place de la Concorde, 75008
One of our favorite elements of design is unexpected juxtaposition. The Hotel Crillon recently reopened after extensive renovations (finished after 5 years) and their concept for the redesign is one of our favorites. They left the historical beauty intact while bringing in modern elements of art, furniture, and overall design. The event spaces are a bit more intimate but open onto a huge terrace overlooking Place de la Concorde. It makes you feel right at home in the city of love.
13 Rue des Beaux Arts, 75006
L’Hotel is a petite location in the 6th arrondissement of Paris offering less than 100 rooms and suites, and a fabulous little restaurant that opens onto a quaint Parisian courtyard. This hotel was once the residence of Oscar Wilde and it’s great for a drink, tea time, or a massage near the indoor pool in the hotel’s cave. It’s a retro-styled place in the most charming area of the city, great for rehearsal dinners, welcome parties, or a day-after brunch.
Très Particulier- Hotel Particulier Montmartre
23 Avenue Junot, 75018
This hidden gem in Paris’ Montmartre area was once a private residence and seems to be a mini chateau in the middle of the city. It is located on a private gated passage and is certainly off the beaten path. With a cool boho-chic design scheme (channeling David Lynch’s Twin Peaks) and a fabulous list of specialty cocktails, this is a stunning location for welcome drinks or a day-after brunch… if you time it right, you may even catch a set from one of the city’s best DJs!
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