Post # 1
My fiance and I recently decided to forego a large wedding and are instead beginning to plan a romantic Paris elopement and month-long weddingmoon! I am a bit overwhelmed by the process and while I think we could probably coordinate all the elopement details (i.e. ceremony location, celebrant, small reception venue, florist, car service, photographer, hair and makeup, etc…) ourselves, I don’t know that we should. I worry about choosing a ceremony location having only been to Paris twice and the last time being 10 years ago, and coordinating with all those different vendors as well as finding English-speaking vendors. So, my question is, for any of you bees that are planning or have planned a Parisian elopement – did you do it with or without a wedding planner and how was the process?
Also, anyone willing to share the details of any vendors or wedding planners they used would be great! Really any information or advice would be much appreciated!
P.S. – Please keep it positive! The decision to elope was a deeply personal one for my fiance and I and a decision that truly fits our lifestyle and priorities much better than a traditional wedding. Furthermore, it is a decision which both of our families and close friends are very much in support of.
Post # 2
My fiance and I decided to elope but it has now turned into a mini wedding (which I am fine with).
Anyway, like you I started to plan on my own. I am someone who ALWAYS does things myself and am very resourceful. That being said it can be a bit difficult to plan in Paris.
You can completely elope in a public place (such as a park, etc) and do it all on your own. That being said…it’s so much easier to have someone else plan it. I personally put a premium on keeping calm. That way you can truley enjoy your day.
But if you want to book any sort of venue (besides make a reservation at a restaurant) you will need a planner. They do not rent out to the public any longer and everything must be handled through a planner.
It’s also like hosting a dinner party…if you are cooking the whole time you can’t truley be present with your guests. Only in this case it’s one of the most important days of your life and your guest is your soon to be husband!
It would be wise to hire a chef for the proverbial dinner party AND HIRE a wedding planner for your Parisian wedding. you are more than capable to do it yourself but give yourself that one luxury on your wedding day. Be the anti-stressed bride. Make it magical.
Because of this I got the planner and have felt SO much better ever since. I
My planner is fantastic and she is so helpful thus far:
Marie Emilie Mejan of Mon Plus Beau Jour: http://monplusbeaujour.com/en/
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Post # 3
maridc526: I’m eloping to Paris in December and just paid a wedding planner. We are eloping because we don’t want to spend the money on a big wedding and want to get married this year, so this was the perfect solution. While I don’t like spending a lot of money, I do think it’s worth it to hire someone for the logistics of the ceremony and just to be able to move on to other stuff you want to think about like travel arrangements, dress shopping, other things you want to do while in Paris. I went with elegance-in-france.com to handle the services and I’ve already emailed Sandrine, the coordinator a few times. They are taking care of the celebrant, car rental, bouquet, buttonhole, garden where the service has taken place as well as made suggestions as to other people I might want to contact like a makeup artist and videographer. I’m working with David Bacher for photography. He’s an American living in Paris and has also been very good with emails. Good luck!
Post # 4
ElleEnJette: Hi ElleEnJette! I know you haven’t had your wedding yet, but I was curious how your experience is going still with Mon Plus Beau Jour? I’m considering them, and am having trouble finding reviews that aren’t on their website. Why did you decide to go with them?
Thanks so much!