Post # 1
Dear Fiance and I have our wedding booked at a venue for May 17th. As the date gets closer we realize we don’t want a big wedding. We feel its a waste of our hard earned money ( we are paying for this ourselves) and we would rather elope in our dream destination of Paris. I want to elope in the beginning of November and make it a combined wedding/honeymoon. I love the idea of a ceremony in a Chateaux or a vintage church. I unfortunately have no idea how to go about this. Has anyone ever done this? Could you please give me an estimate of what you spent. I am trying to determine if this is a feasable idea or should I just stick to the plan I have. I realize we cannot have a civil ceremony. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
1. How much of your deposit for your venue will you get back?
2. How much would your airfare be?
3. How much would staying in hotels be?
If you want Paris, you’re not going to be married in a chateau. I would start googling things like “Paris wedding venue intimate” or “french chateau wedding venue intimate” and see what you find…and when you find something you LOVE, see what you need to get married there!
I am jealous. =)
Post # 4
I did do this. Here’s my thread with tips:
Tips for Eloping to Paris
The pp is right. There are no chateaux to use in Paris. The churches are usually catholic and you would need to be catholic to marry in one. some places require a wedding planner to book for you.
Post # 5
@MrsElopement: I am so jealous of you. I love Paris so much.
Post # 6
@peachacid: True, I didn’t think about the fact that the chateau’s are in the country. Well the ceremony doesn’t have to be in Paris I just want to be in drivable distance to Paris that day and take pictures after the ceremony :). The deposit I had to put down wasn’t much and if I cancel by next month I get 75% back. So, I’m not too worried about the deposit. I’m mostly worried about being able to organize this elopement and it being a feasable price.
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I don’t have any helpful advise (sorry!), but that sounds so very romantic – running away to Paris with your love! My Fiance and I wish we would have done something like that, esp as the day gets closer. Can’t wait to hear all about it, if thats what you two choose to do. 🙂
Post # 9
I’ve been to Paris but don’t know anything about the “rules.” But would it be possible to get married on the grounds of the church..say, outside of Notre Dame?
Or even on one of the bridges over the Sienne where all of the Love Locks are…that would be pretty awesome too!
Post # 10
Just an FYI, as I suspect MrsElopement mentions in her main post about this, you can’t legally get married in France – you have to reside there 40 days prior the ceremony to be legally married there. So you’ll have to get married at home before or after your trip. Some friends of mine discovered this the hard way when thinking they’d elope while on a European vacation.