marie antoinette wedding

If you’re having an opulent wedding reception, don’t be afraid to go all out with your cake, which should tie in with your theme too. This luxurious four-tier design would’ve made Marie Antoinette proud, with the duck egg-blue fondant or buttercream, plummy feathers, and accents gold all around. 

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May 16th 1770: Wedding of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI

On this day in 1770, the French noble Marie Antoinette married Louis Capet at Versailles. The former was the daughter of the Austrian archduchess and the Holy Roman Emperor, and the marriage was arranged to strengthen the relationship between former rivals Austria and France. Their lavish wedding was attended by 5,000 guests, with 200,000 watching the fireworks display which capped the festivities. Perhaps due to their young ages - Marie was fourteen and Louis was fifteen - the marriage was not consummated for four years. In 1774, after four years of marriage, French King Louis XV died, and his grandson ascended to the throne as King Louis XVI, with Marie crowned as queen. The monarchs proved controversial figures, with Louis struggling to deal with the affairs of the crown, and Marie drawing criticism - perhaps unfairly - for her extravagant tastes (earning the nickname ‘Madame Déficit’) and devotion to Austrian interests. Both appeared opposed to monarchical reform, which spelled their doom as the French Revolution began. In the midst of the unrest, Marie and Louis attempted to flee to Austria in 1791, but were apprehended and returned to Paris. The royal couple were imprisoned in 1792, and the monarchy was abolished in the same year. For his efforts to thwart the revolution, King Louis XVI was tried for treason and executed by guillotine in January 1793. In October of that year, Marie Antoinette was also convicted of treason and faced death at the guillotine. Their deaths were turning points in the French Revolution, and, indeed in the history of France.

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On April 19th, 1770, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI were married by proxy inside the Augustinian Church, which is located next to the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Many Habsburg weddings had taken place there, including that of Antoinette’s parents 34 years before.

The bride wore a cloth of silver gown, her train carried by Countess Trautmannsdorf as her mother led her up the aisle. Her older brother, Archduke Ferdinand, stood in for the groom.

On the 16th, she insisted on commemorating the fifty-eighth anniversary of her mother’s death. When the people around her protested that she was too frail to go to church, she contended: ‘Nothing could stop me from going to the chapel to render to the memory of my mother; I have never failed those duties.’ That morning she made every effort to get to the chapel and partake of communion but she was so ill she simply could not get there. Instead the Abbe Trebuquet came to her room and dispensed it to her there.

Marie Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter - Susan Nagel

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May 16th 1770: Wedding of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI

On this day in 1770, the French noble Marie Antoinette married the heir to the French throne, Louis Capet, at Versailles. The former was the daughter of the Austrian archduchess and the Holy Roman Emperor, and the marriage was arranged to strengthen the relationship between former rivals Austria and France. Their lavish wedding was attended by 5,000 guests, with 200,000 watching the fireworks display which capped the festivities. Perhaps due to their young ages - Marie was fourteen and Louis was fifteen - the marriage was not consummated for seven years. In 1774, after four years of marriage, French King Louis XV died, and his son ascended to the throne as King Louis XVI, with Marie crowned as queen. The monarchs proved controversial figures, with Louis struggling to deal with the affairs of the crown, and Marie drawing criticism for her extravagant tastes (earning the nickname ‘Madame Déficit’) and devotion to Austrian interests. Both opposed monarchical reform, a stance which spelled their doom as the French Revolution began. In the midst of the unrest, Marie and Louis attempted to flee to Austria in 1791, but were apprehended and returned to Paris. The royal couple were imprisoned in 1792, and the monarchy was abolished in the same year. For his efforts to thwart the revolution, King Louis XVI was tried for treason and executed by guillotine in January 1793. In October of that year, Marie Antoinette was also convicted of treason and faced death at the guillotine. Their deaths were turning points in the French Revolution, and indeed in the history of France.