Hi! We we seriously considering a Paris “elopement” with just our immediate family, and I did a decent amount of research on it. It unfortunately did not work out (DH’s family weren’t on board, and we couldn’t just not have them there when my parents were coming), so I’m not sure how much help I will be since we didn’t actually use any of these services! Also, I was looking into it at least 6 months ago, so some of it may have changed since then.
1. We were not going to go with a wedding planner because we wanted basically a super informal ceremony followed by dinner at a really nice restaurant. We were just going to hire an officiant (hadn’t gotten that far into the process) and find a nice garden to hold the ceremony part in. I briefly looked into wedding planning services, and for us, it provided too many services for too high of a cost. I think that it really depends on what you want, but for it, it didn’t fit our vision.
2. I looked into a couple of English-speaking photographers (I think that One and Only was one of them), and they seemed to be around $3000-$3500 for the day. We really wanted the photographer to basically follow us around and take photos at all of the major landmarks. It was a bit high, but we thought good photos for an “elopement” were really important.
3. When we looked into hotels, we wanted one with a real French vibe, and two of the popular ones that stuck out were L’Hotel (a bit pricier, but still within your budget I think) and Hotel Caron de Beaumarchchais (a little more reasonable). We also looked into renting an apartment in Paris through haveninparis.com, which is an English website designed for short-term rentals. The prices were very reasonable (I think we found a studio near the heart of the city for about $1000/week), and we also liked how we could cook some meals at home since we cannot stomach eating out for 2 weeks straight, even in Paris!
4. We didn’t get far enough into the planning to look into the reception part, so I’m not much help for you here.
Also, I’m not sure if you saw these, but these photos made me fall in love with a Paris elopement:
An Elopement in Paris: Kim + Jeremy
Best of luck with your wedding planning!