Post # 1
Bonjour Mes Amis!
I recently decided to have an “actual” wedding, even though I claim to be the anti-bride. With my family situation and the fact that it’s my fiance’s second marriage, I didn’t think a wedding really mattered, nor have I ever wanted a traditional wedding. However, my 8-year-old stepdaughter-to-be is very excited, so we decided to have a real ceremony.
So, the three of us are heading to Paris for an elopement in August 2012. (we’re getting legally married in our backyard in Canada before we go).
Now I’m getting really excited planning.
But I need some help. Since our Paris ceremony is just going to be a symbolic statement of our love and joining of our family, I do not want to pay alot for a celebrant. Does anyone know of anyone who will stand up for us for cheap?
Also, I’d like to get married outdoors, kinda near the river (or at least easy access from the river), but I’ve never been to Paris before. I’m a non-traditional girl, but I do want a beautiful backdrop.
Post # 3
Since it’s all symbolic anyway, why not just write your own elaborate vows to each other and marry yourselves? I find that to be very romantic!
Post # 4
MrsElopement is a bee who recently eloped in Paris. If you search her name, you’ll see where she posted about things to be aware of, and see her amazing pictures!!
Post # 5
We still want to have someone marry us – without a celebrant, our daughter will not understand, as she knows how weddings work.
I have checked out Mrs Elopement, which did give some great tips on things to be aware of.
However, i am looking for specific names of celebrants and potential venues or beautiful spots that other people who have either been married in Paris or have seen Paris. Mrs. Elopement gave a few great suggestions, but I would like to solicit more ideas!
Post # 6
We are eloping to Paris in March. WE are doing a photoshoot around the city with a photographer and exchanging our vows during the shoot wherever we feel is beautiful and not too crowded with tourists at the time. A few places that might work include the gardens outside the Rodin Museum, the Luxembourg gardens, the little park on the Ile de la Cite, or one of the bridges over the Seine. As for an officiant, everyone I contacted was over 600 euros which was more than I wanted to spend for 10 minutes so we are going to have my dad (who actually is a pastor but isn’t coming to paris) tape record the pastor’s part and then we’re going to repeat after the tape recorder, as if he were there. May not work for you but that’s what we’ve come up with. Another suggestion would be to ask one of your vendors like your photographer or hairstylist if they have a friend who would do it for cash.
Post # 7
I’m near Paris… Just in case someone needs help;)
Post # 8
Thanks. Yes, I checked her posts prior to posting myself. It was helpful, but did not answer all my questions.
Post # 9
I actually have now gone a different route – I posted an ad on Craigslist for a student looking to make a little money by acting as a celebrant, and I have had a ton of great repsonses from Sorbonne post grad students looking to make a little pocket money and to help me out. I’m very grateful to have had such a fantastic response, and I highly recommend it to anyone else in my situation!
Post # 10
@Antibride23: How did it work out? I’m in the same situation.. looking for someone to marry us in a non-religious 20 minute ceremony. Let me know if you have a referral! Thanks so much!