(Closed) We are eloping in France! Help me figure out all the details!

posted 2 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2017

smstevenson64 :  I absolutely LOVE Versailles. It is my favorite spot in France. Your elopement sounds gorgeous! I got my wedding dress from BHLDN, they had tons of options and the best part is the majority of them are $1,200 and under.

We are “eloping” in 5 weeks, our venue had an elopement package with 10 guests so our siblings and parents are coming with. I will say if you want a stress free wedding planning process and hate making decisions this is definitely an easy way to go. If you want to be involved in every detail though I don’t think you will have an issue planning yourself.  Especially if just the two of you. 

 

Good luck! And have so much fun planning 😀

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Re: wedding dress = check out Theia (on shopbop sometimes if you can get it during their sale). They’ve got some beautiful, sleek silhouettes.
Since you’ll be legally married prior, you’ll be able to just plan all the elements of your elopement that will make it special for you. Get a driver and a great photographer for photos, find a fabulous restaurant for memorable dinner and get an officiant <– that one will prob be the most difficult.

(also, i implore you to get an elopement photographer for the SF city hall as well. my husband and i wanted to elope there because the city hall is just STUNNING.)

happy planning!!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

So you’re eloping to city hall, and then re-eloping for a pretend ceremony in france? If you can’t afford a dress, why don’t you just do the city hall and save some money and honeymoon in france or something? 

Post # 5
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5049 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I eloped at SF City Hall last month.  I wore a minimal gown by Rebecca Schoneveld that I purchased at a boutique for $1,100.  The designer also has an Etsy store.  Another designer you might like is Nicole Miller.

We are from the East Coast and did not use an event planner for our destination elopement.  We chose to tell immediate family and some close friends of our plans to elope and later made the official announcement over social media once the ceremony was over.  Sharing our news prior was good and bad.  People will voice feeling left out but I felt it was respectful to let them know before the rest of the world.

For good measure, here are some photos from our elopement.  Happy planning!

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Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

when we marry in france we will be saying our written vows and having a private ceremony for the two of us. 

Apologies if I wasnt clear – the courthouse ceremony is for sure a real ceremony. The part above is what I consider the fake part, and I don’t see the point in spending money on that when you’ll already be married (and at a spectacular venue at that). 

You mention an event planner for the pretend ceremony, which sounds like you are spending some money on this. Which is why I said to save the money and just Honeymoon in the area, rather than spend money on something you’ve already done. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

smstevenson64 :  The dress I wore was called the Lumi Slip.  I had purchased it through a boutique located in CT and I believe (if I recall correctly) that it took a few months to arrive.

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Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2018

jellybellynelly :  in France all weddings that are not at the courthouse are what you would call a “fake” wedding. In France the only legally recognized weddings happen at the town hall 10 min ceremony and then only afterwards can you have a religious or humanist ceremony, which most everyone does, but these ceremonies don’t have legal significance. Despite that, in French culture, the ceremony after the town hall is the big celebration that you invite friends and family to. It is like this in Germany, Austria, and Many South American countries. That’s right, all the church weddings in Austria, Germany and France are “fake.” There are other cultures out there in the world other than yours, you know. Shocking 

Post # 14
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biene :  lol no I get it. But 2 elopings when you cant afford a dress just seems silly IMO. Of course people are apt to do as they please, but if you’re already legally married after one ceremony, and still aren’t celebrating with anyone else, I just dont get the point. Hence my suggestion to save the cash for the 2nd ceremony and just spend it on the Honeymoon. 

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