Post # 1
I have been thinking of eloping to Paris, France but I have no clue where to start. I have a few questions if anyone who has eloped to Paris could answer:
-Would you recommend this to others?
-Did you do an elopement package or did you put everything together yourself? I read something online that said it was cheaper to put it together yourself… but I feel like this would be a little overwhelming because I have no clue where/how I could arrange this from so far away.
Any websites that could be helpful would be appreciated. I really want to do this but I am the type of person that I need to feel like everything is well put together before I do this. I don’t want my wedding to be a bad memory… HELP!!
Post # 3
Ok I’m going to assume you mean Paris, France and not another Paris.
I think there are some strict requirements for Paris – I looked into it quite awhile ago so I don’t remember all the details. I think you must have a civil marriage as well as another ceremony and maybe you need to be in the country for a certain amount of time first? If you just want a symbolic ceremony I think you would also have to be married at home.
I looked into using this company :
Wedding Planner Paris | Weddings in France
Post # 4
Lol… Thanks sorry. I didn’t even realize I had a typo. I fixed that right away. Thanks for the website.
Post # 5
i thought you had to be living in the country for at least 30 days to qualify for a legal french marriage
edit, quick google is showing 40 days residency is required and a lot of paperwork
Post # 6
@woodav: I’d definitely check Fete in France or Rendez-Vous in Paris if you want to hire and agency to plan for you. That said, the residency requirement is only a requirement if you want to have your civil ceremony in France- if you handle the legalities before you go, take your paperwork and you can have a religious/symbolic ceremony there without restriction. One and Only Paris Photography and Stephen Zezza are the only two English speaking photographers that I know of, so as far as vendors, I’m not much help. I’ve also heard that it’s less expensive to plan it yourself, but I also wouldn’t knock the expertise of people there. Maybe you don’t hire an agency, but consult with the concierge of your hotel or with your photographer for recommendations: it’s just about thinking outside the box 🙂
I haven’t eloped to Paris, but it’s something I’m considering as costs stateside begin to mount, so I hope this helps you!
Post # 7
@Woodav: We are eloping to Paris as well! I have contacted both Fete and Rendevouz and Nancy from Fete has been awesome. The lady from Rendevouz was nice as well but their prices were much more. Keep us all updated!!
Post # 8
Just thought I would give you the heads up to a website that may help you find English speaking services in Paris http://www.embraceparis.com/paris-services.shtml
Post # 9
I saw some lovely Paris Elopements on wedding blogs:
Wedding Photography: One and Only Paris Photography + Le Secret d’Audrey /Wedding Planners: Rendez-vous in Paris Reception Location: Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris Flowers: Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris Wedding Cake: Sugar Plum Cake Shop
Photography: One and Only Paris PhotographyFloral Design: Estelle PrestonCermony Location: The American Church in ParisHotel: Four Seasons George V
Then a search for Elopement on the photographer’s website:http://oneandonlyparisphotography.com/blog/?s=elopement&searchsubmit-top=search
There was another recent elopement I saw that was super cute. I cannot find that one. Then went t this old hotel to have their private reception and it’s tradition to scratch your diamond on the mirror to see if it’s real. There was a photo of her doing that. In fact this couple got married in the states (probably due to the issues mentioned above) and then redid it all by themselves in a church/photo shoot/everything. I remember that much.
Post # 10
Real Weddings: Tiffany & Brian’s Paris Wedding
Here’s the other gorgeous “elopement” (but married in US first).
Post # 11
@sienna76: Holy smokes… that wedding is gorgeous!
Post # 12
@ohmybears48: It helps that they are totally hot, too!
Post # 13
I’m planning to elope to Paris to have a symbolic wedding this December. It was actually not as difficult as I expected to put it all together. All of my vendors speak english which makes it easier.
I’m planning to get married at Chapelle Expiatiore. Although I was unable to pay for the chapel in person, I spoke to my contact there and she set aside the date for me so when i get there a few days before I could pay for it.
Photographer: One and Only Paris Photography
Florist (recommended by photographer): Estelle Preston ([email protected])
Hair and Makeup: Hair and Makeup at Home. Sabine is my contact there and she is the owner who works with several hair and makeup artists. ([email protected])
I will not be renting a car since the prices were outrageous since you need to rent them for the entire day.
Post # 14
@Kareng1022: What is the rental fee for the Chapelle Expiatoire, if you don’t mind my asking. Trying to decide if this would be a feasible option for us
Post # 15
The rental fee on a Wednesday is 600 euros
Post # 16
@Kareng1022: Thank you so much!!!