Eloping in Paris

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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32 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ellabella12:  

Hi! We we seriously considering a Paris “elopement” with just our immediate family, and I did a decent amount of research on it. It unfortunately did not work out (DH’s family weren’t on board, and we couldn’t just not have them there when my parents were coming), so I’m not sure how much help I will be since we didn’t actually use any of these services! Also, I was looking into it at least 6 months ago, so some of it may have changed since then.

1. We were not going to go with a wedding planner because we wanted basically a super informal ceremony followed by dinner at a really nice restaurant. We were just going to hire an officiant (hadn’t gotten that far into the process) and find a nice garden to hold the ceremony part in. I briefly looked into wedding planning services, and for us, it provided too many services for too high of a cost. I think that it really depends on what you want, but for it, it didn’t fit our vision.

2. I looked into a couple of English-speaking photographers (I think that One and Only was one of them), and they seemed to be around $3000-$3500 for the day. We really wanted the photographer to basically follow us around and take photos at all of the major landmarks. It was a bit high, but we thought good photos for an “elopement” were really important. 

3. When we looked into hotels, we wanted one with a real French vibe, and two of the popular ones that stuck out were L’Hotel (a bit pricier, but still within your budget I think) and Hotel Caron de Beaumarchchais (a little more reasonable). We also looked into renting an apartment in Paris through haveninparis.com, which is an English website designed for short-term rentals. The prices were very reasonable (I think we found a studio near the heart of the city for about $1000/week), and we also liked how we could cook some meals at home since we cannot stomach eating out for 2 weeks straight, even in Paris!

4. We didn’t get far enough into the planning to look into the reception part, so I’m not much help for you here.

Also, I’m not sure if you saw these, but these photos made me fall in love with a Paris elopement:

http://greenweddingshoes.com/an-elopement-in-paris-kim-jeremy/

 

Best of luck with your wedding planning!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I read on the internet that you have to stay in France for a certain amount of time before you can marry. It might be a good idea to check out the legal stuff. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I just eloped in Paris and it wasn’t too hard to plan it on my own, however it was only about 11 people there.  One and Only Photography was really expensive, and I ended up going with Tala Nicole photography and I was very happy with her.  

I recommend renting an apartment rather than getting a hotel, we got a much bigger room for a lot less money, plus a kitchen, etc.  I used tripadvisor to find the apartment and it was cozy +very close to a shopping area in Bastille.  

i got a private room at Le Pharamond for the reception, but they only charged me 5 euro per person for the privatization fee and whatever the food costs.  Reception cost about 600 euro total and everyone ate what they wanted, had wine, got dessert, etc.

The officiant was the most expensive part of the ceremony, and she was a very nice lady.  I think we could’ve gotten by just hiring a local actor or one of the vendor’s friends maybe since it wasn’t a legal ceremony.  We used Celebrants in France.

We used Paris Authentic for a car/driver.  He was very nice and knew a lot about the city, so we learned a lot just getting shuttled around.  The car was a little hard to get in and out of with my dress but it was a cute car.

Overall we had so much fun, everyone in Paris was so nice when they saw us–they all waved, honked, wished us a happy marriage, told us we looked beautiful…even at the restaurant when we walked in everyone started clapping!  Be prepared for random people wanting photos of you, haha

Post # 6
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Where’s the bee who eloped to Paris? She had some beautiful pictures.

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hello, ladies! I found this website and this forum really helpful. i am planning to have a small wedding/elopement in Paris at the end of August and I am looking for a musician for the weddi g ceremony only (for 1 hour). Have any of you found any good musicians (like harpist) for a reasonable price. Any recommendations? Thank you in advance for any of your replies. Nina

Post # 7
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13 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

shesho:  hello I’m looking at getting married in Paris next year and the information you gave seemed like the wedding I want, can I ask what was you final cost, my budget is around $6000 and don’t want to get excited and ends up it’s going to cost way more. Any info would help thanks

Post # 8
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Hello Sissyluv,

how many guests will attend? I think $6000 is a nice budget to plann a wedding in Paris (I’m from there) 😉

Post # 9
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

 

Sissyluv:  

Hello Sissyluv,

how many guests will attend? I think $6000 is a nice budget to plan a wedding in Paris (I’m from there) ;)

Post # 10
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682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Sissyluv:  Darn, I used to have a spreadhseet with everything but I deleted it!   For the wedding ceremony itself (car, photographer, officiant, location, reception, hair/makeup) we ended up spending around $4,000. 

But don’t forget to factor in plane tickets, fun stuff in Paris, food, gown, etc.  We were there for a month, so it turned out to be pretty expensive, but one of the best times we ever had!!  Plus everyone was so nice the day of the wedding!  I remember even we walked into the restaurant random people were clapping for us and everyone congratulated us when we were around the city.  They love weddings!  Overall, even with the whole month in Paris, we still spent less than we were going to spend on the one day ceremony we were planning here and we still don’t regret a thing! 🙂

Post # 11
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13 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

beatrice-dg:  I’m thinking 20, I’m trying to find a nice but not to expensive place to have dinner, after the ceremony, I think I found a good deal for the ceremony, it said it could hold 30. Got any ideas

Post # 12
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13 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

shesho:   Yay!! I’m excited because that’s the same price they gave me includes what you said, now I just need to find a place for dinner.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

ellabella12:  we are attending a wedding in France later this year and i’m pretty positive you have to live there for a month for the wedding to be legal. so most people tend to get married at home (courthouse etc so the legal docs are done) then have a non legal ceremony in france

btw no one need to know its not legal when your sending your invites just a heads up for you 🙂 

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