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My Fiance and I were planning a big formal wedding for August. After being completely miserable from planning (and family dramz) we decided to cancel it all and elope to Paris at the end of April. We just booked the flights tonight and we even decided to spend a couple of days in Rome! I am SO excited and happy with this decision! Since our wedding in Paris will be symbolic (you can’t legally get married there, lots of rules) we are having a “legal” ceremony here that our parents and grandparents will be invited to.
For anyone else considering this I found a reasonably priced english speaking photographer. Here is her site. Any other questions about eloping to Paris I would be happy to answer too!
Any other bees eloping to unique places? (BTW doing it this way cut our wedding expeditures in half!!)
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@mari892: Ditto! It sounds like it’s going to be extremely romantic and personal! Congrats, and have fun!
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have you already seen this?
maybe her posts can help w/planning details.
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@MrsTCB: No I had not seen her post. Thanks for that! I’ll have to ask where she got the vehicle!
Thanks everyone! I am very excited! I was going for a romantic and intimate wedding from the begining and I’m glad I get it now!
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this just sounds awesome!
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It sounds fun! I can see why people do this. I told my boyfriend that instead of getting married we should just elope and travel. He thought it was a good diea too.
The money spent on a wedding can go far when you put it into airfares!
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OMG First off Congratulatoins. It sounds amazing! Thank you so much! We are seriously considering this! Will you exchange vows in a church or somewhere else and what will the both of you be wearing?
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Congrats! That sounds amazing! I just got engaged in December and my Fiance and I have definitely considered the exact same thing. I know it would definitely keep down the cost of a “real” wedding and most importantly, be a memorable, intimate experience without all the stress! I wasn’t sure how do-able or realistic this idea was at first. I kept thinking about how difficult it would be to book a photographer and the other little details that come with getting married, but it seems that your plans came together and you are making this a reality! You definitely give me confidence in going forward with this idea (if I can get past feeling bad about not having my family/close friends with us!) Good Luck to you both!
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Congrats. Kind of wish I went this route. But it’s hard when you’ve already put so much money down! Haha.
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@Mrs McCain 2012: there’s a garden behind Notre Dame that we are using for the ceremony. My dress is from the Vera Wang White collection and I think he’s just going to wear a black suit/black tie.
@bellaharo: Honestly, planning this has been very easy and stress free. I saw the idea to elope to Paris on Intimate Weddings. I just looked through what vendors the couples on there used and googled them! There’s also several wedding coordinator services to use that will book everything. If you do it yourself it’s a lot cheaper. I started out talking to Stephen Zezza and he was helpful at first and then he just stopped e-mailing me out of nowhere. I also got a price quote from One and Only Paris, they were cheaper than SZ, but I wanted to keep looking. i finally just googled “english speaking photographers” and stumbled upon Juliane (she is half the cost of SZ). She’s been very helpful in giving me recommendations (ceremony locations, photo ops, driving service, restaurants, etc). Also, the ceremony is stricly symbolic so you do not have to hire a celebrant to officiate. I asked Juliane if she has any english speaking friends to do it and we’re going to pay them $50-$100 to do it and write everything ourselves.
I’m still not quite decided about the chauffer for the day but i will likely be going with Paris Authentic. We also haven’t fully decided on where we’re eating in the evening, we want something private, but i found out Lapérouse has private rooms so I’m going to look more into it.
I put the links in there so you can have some resources if you decide to do this option! I say if you want to go for it!!
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Omg that sounds so ROMANTIC !!!!!! Congratulations!!!!
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@arielle Thank You for all the resources! I will definitely keep them in mind as it gets closer to the actual planning and if we decide to go that route. It’s definitely my #1 choice!
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We are doing the same thing in 2013!
So glad you posted your photog as we were struggling to find one we loved. We were dead set against using One and Only Paris because they use the exact same ten shots for every shoot they do. I also thought their photos lacked feeling and warmth. So thank you.
Please keep us updated! Maybe we can swap ideas as we go! I have had a blast pulling together thoughts, vendors and other sources so far!
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How exciting !! Congratulations dear ! I’m so glad that you could get away from all the drama and just be happy that you are getting married !! I went to Paris in November, its so awesomely romantic 🙂