I don't think I knew about Macarons until fairly recently. I studied abroad in France, and have been to Paris a handful of times, but I didn't really know about Laduree until after I moved back to the States. Last summer, I tried my hand at making my own macarons, and surprisingly they turned out pretty well.
The Tartelette Blog has some fabulous macaron recipes which you can check out here. And how perfect would macarons be for favors or in lieu of wedding cake. (Although, I love me some wedding cake!)
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