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Me and my FI are planning on eloping in Paris next may! We are planning on having a ceremony at Versailles but I need a plan B in case of bad weather. Any suggestions? Also we have a photographer picked out but I would love any suggestions for a hotel, dinner or a affordable celebrant! We’re planning on getting legally married here in Canada before we go.
Post # 3
Mrs. Elopement has a lengthy write up of vendors, ideas, suggestions! Do a search for her name 🙂 Keep us posted!
Post # 4
@sienna76: I read some of her posts but I didnt see any suggestions for a bad weather plan B location or any particular hotels/ dinner locations. For some reason I cant see her pictures on my computer either. O well!
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@letselopetoeurope53: She probably removed them from her cache. I was thinking of doing the same! They are starting to show up in Google searches – eep!
My first idea is to go to http://www.intimateweddings.com and search for Paris. Look for all the couples who were married in Paris and then look at their ceremony location and reception venue/restaurant.
Like this couple had their reception at Angelina, Rue de Rivoli, which looks like a lovely indoor space.
This couple got married at a chapel located in 8th arrondissement, then to Lapérouse for a private room for dinner.
Don’t forget to check StyleMePretty to see where other brides got married. http://www.stylemepretty.com/location/europe/france/paris/
I did TONS of research for wedding locations that I have never been to, and the best tool was to look at wedding blogs and blogs of wedding photographers to get ideas and photos.
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Perhaps I may be of some assistance. I don’t know we’ll see. My husband and I just got back from eloping in Paris a couple of weeks ago and it was FABULOUS! To start, Versailles is about a 45 min. train ride outside of central Paris and is a huge tourist location, but I’m assuming you know that already. I don’t know for a fact that you can’t rent any part of it but that is my assumption so just know it is going to be crazy packed in May. What are you looking for in a ceremony? Is it going to be just you two or are you bringing anybody else? Do you want a quiet place? Are you going to shoot pictures around paris with your photographer, etc. etc.
As far as hotels go, we wanted a room with a view and we wanted to be smack dab in the middle of central Paris so we went with Hotel Notre Dame and requested a room with a view and were not disappointed. It’s going to cost you in the 250 Euro price range but we opened our window to look at Notre Dame, always had scalding hot water available, and really friendly staff.
There are certainly more expensive elegant type hotels but we rather enjoyed the smaller boutique feel. Other hotels I’ve seen on blogs are Shangri La, Plaza Athenee, Hotel George V. There are TONS of hotel options so I’d go off of where you want to be and also don’t forget to look at room size. They are much smaller than in North America generally speaking. Just read other peoples reviews onlines to get a sense of how they are.
As far as restaurants go, our first big night out we opted for a high end michelin star restaurant called Laperouse. It was quite lush in style with velvet couches and traditional French luxury. The food was overpriced and just mediocre in flavor to us. Les Ombres is a very nice modern option. It caters more to tourists and has an AMAZING view of the Eiffel Tower. Go at night and watch it sparkle on the hour. The food was also fantastic! For a more low-key option but the BEST FOOD EVER try out the bistro du perigord. We stumbled upon this just a couple blocks off Notre Dame and the entire meal was to die for good. If you want a really UNIQUE experience, look into Dans Le Noir. It is definitely different 🙂
As for a celebrant, they don’t come cheap in Paris. Because of this factor (we too got married legally in our home country first) we forewent having one. Instead,my dad recorded our ceremony on our cell phone and we played it back, then paused the recording to insert our personalized vows. This worked for us but if that’s too weird, you might have no other choice but to fork over the cash for a celebrant.
Hope that somewhat starts to help!
Post # 7
Oh i love Paris! getting wedding pictures in the city of love would be amazing <3