(Closed) Eloping to Paris, France…

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Worker bee

@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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@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 # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I saw some lovely Paris Elopements on wedding blogs:

 

http://www.stylemepretty.com/destination-weddings/2011/11/03/paris-wedding-by-one-and-only-paris-photography-rendez-vous-in-paris/

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

http://www.stylemepretty.com/destination-weddings/2011/07/26/paris-elopement-by-one-and-only-paris-photography/

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 # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@sienna76:  Holy smokes… that wedding is gorgeous!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ohmybears48:  It helps that they are totally hot, too!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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.

Good luck!

Post # 14
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Worker bee

@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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The rental fee on a Wednesday is 600 euros

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