Post # 1
My fiancee and I are eloping to Paris next March and planning everything ourselves. We’ve already hired a photographer but need some suggestions on locations to do our vows. We are considering the ile de la cite (theres a little park area can’t remember the name right now) or maybe in the gardens of the Rodin Museum. We are looking for something affordable. Any other suggestions from someone who has actually been before?
Any recommendations on a hairstylist that speaks English? i’ve seen a few chains online, not sure if they are good or not.
Let me know if anyone has any other ideas for our elopement/honeymoon.
Can’t wait to take gorgeous photos in the streets of Paris!!!
Post # 3
I don’t know if it’s because I have always lived near a river, but the river is always my favorite part of the city, so I voted for the bridge over the Seine.
However, if I were to elope to Paris, I’d probably try for Montmartre. The hilltop neighborhood that was stopping grounds for Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, it’s been featured in a lot of films, and it’s just such a cool place with awesome views.
Post # 4
I voted for the Jardin du Luxembourg because there are plenty of picturesque spots there where you could create a private ceremony sans tourist, but the Rodin Musuem does have beautiful rose gardens in on the property.
It’s really hard to go wrong in Paris.
Post # 5
@sweetb717: YESSSSSSSSSS. Montmartre is breathtaking.
@Zusie: You bring up a good point…anywhere in Paris would be amazing.
Post # 6
@cutiepie23: We are eloping to Paris in September and I think we’ve decided on the gardens at the Musee Rodin, but we have gone back and forth on a number of locations. Affordability was a key issue in our decision, so we were generally looking for somewhere public/free.
I had been emailing with a wedding planner in Paris at one point, and they said that they could arrange a ceremony in the Musee Rodin garden…for 1600 Euros. On top of their base 1300 Euro fee.
I work in the museum field and decided that that price just couldn’t be right for a small elopement like ours. I emailed the museum and found out that we were welcome to have our ceremony in the garden, we just need to email their events coordinator a few days in advance to allow her to alert security. And we only need to pay the 1 Euro entrance fee for our three guests. My fiance and I, and our photographers are free).
For a long time I was stuck on this location, though: http://ruffledblog.com/vintage-glam-parisian-wedding/, and I actually found the site through Google Earth street view. It’s along the Seine near the Louvre (on the Louvre side) between the Pont du Carrousel and the Pont Royal.
This site at the Square du Vert Galant on the Ile de la Cite is also beautiful, but might be busy during the high tourist season (I don’t know when it starts or ends for Paris…). It’s at the opposite end of the island from the Square Jean XXIII, which you mentioned and which would also be a beatiful location.
This one is also pretty, but I can’t figure out exactly where it is…maybe the Esplanade Jacques Chalban-Delmas across from Les Invalides?
With as many parks and gardens as Paris has, pretty much anything you choose will be amazing.
Post # 7
I’ll also be having a symbolic wedding in Paris and planned everything myself. I found this lovely lady by the name of Sabine that owns her own company called Hair and Beauty at home. She speaks english and has a group of hair and makeup artists she works with. You may contact her at [email protected] and tell her I referred you.
If there is anything else you may need help with feel free to send me a message.
Post # 8
@ nutmeagan- thanks for your ceremony site rundown. that’s good to know about the rodin garden. its one of my favorites. we were thinking about maybe playing it by ear and just going with wherever its not too crowded and we feel inspired. happy to know now that maybe we should plan ahead jsut a little. cant wait to see pics from your big day!
Post # 9
I voted for the Rodin museum garden. It’s absolutely gorgeous and peaceful there, there will be fewer people staring at you, so it’ll feel much more intimate!
Post # 10
Rodin garden would be beautiful!!! I’d also second the Monmarte suggestion. There are lots of wedding photos being taken at any given point at most Paris landmarks, but the only time I’ve really had my breath taken away when watching them was outside of Sacre Coeur overlooking the whole city.
Post # 13
I got married in Paris in July and we went for the Rodin Musee garden. It is free and intimate. We had many locations in mind, but most of them would have been too crowded and we didn’t want to be one more attraction for tourists, as it would have been in Montmartre for example.
For the hairstylist, I can highly recommend Allison who did my own hair & make up. I was completely amazed by what she did on my trial and on the D day, she took the weather into consideration (windy and humid) and advised minor changes about my hair. It looked perfect all day long and I really appreciated her advices and the fact that she really minds.
All of our vendors were amazing, our photographer was the only disappointment we had…
Post # 13
I received a few messages from some of you getting married in Paris regarding the link I posted from the hairstylist and makeup artist that I recommend which doesn’t seem to be working anymore. I did a mistake in the link given, it wasn’t .com but .me : http://www.allisondepmakeup.me
I’ve just heard from her, she gave me her new bridal website http://www.modernbeautiesparis.com and asked if I would agree to share my 1 year anniversary pictures to feature them 🙂 So have a look I will soon be in the Pre/Post Wedding section!
Our photographer didn’t even take closer pictures from us during our wedding so we scheduled a 1 year anniversary couple session and I was able to get pampered all over again!!