Couples decide to elope in Paris for various reasons. Some combine their elopement to Paris with a small celebration in a family circle in their home country, some host bigger weddings, and some don’t celebrate at home at all. If you feel like you prefer to elope in Paris, instead of having a traditional wedding, here are some tips to help you to plan your elopement.
Book a private venue for the ceremony
It could be a church (American church or American cathedral), a private venue like Chapelle expiatoire*, or a suite in the hotel, that has a terrace or a spacious balcony.
If you decide to have a religious ceremony, please beware that the church will request you to provide them your wedding certificate from your home country. It is mandatory because no wedding can be celebrated in the church or any other religious establishment unless a legal marriage has been confirmed.
Gay couples, couples with mixed confessions, and even non-religious couples can have a benediction ceremony in the church.
*Chapelle expiatoire is a rather complex venue with a modest value for money. The place is open to the general public, this is why you can only privatise it after the official opening hours or on their day off (Monday). It costs around 3k€, and for that amount you get access to the venue for 2 hours. It is the client’s responsibility to find a priest or a celebrant to officiate the ceremony.
You can also book one of the amazing hotels in Paris, that have beautiful terraces and spacious balconies, where you can have your ceremony. Add a décor of your choice, like a floral arch or any other complex floral installation, a table for two and a million candles, if you are having a late-night ceremony.
Plan your day
Just because there are only two of you, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! There are tons of things you can do in an intimate tête-à-tête in Paris. Rent a private boat, have a car-ride around Paris, go for a private champagne tasting, or visit one of the amazing chateaus of the region where you can have your romantic photoshoot and a champagne picnic!
Real couples’ stories
Jinyan and Yao, China, 2019
Jinyan and Yao were getting ready in the Ritz and enjoying the luxurious atmosphere of this iconic Parisian palace. They then had their ceremony in the American cathedral that has been retranslated to their parents via a video call. After the ceremony, Jinyan and Yao have headed to a photo shoot in the Rodin museum and enjoyed the private retro car ride around Paris. When they were back at the Ritz, a small wedding cake and champagne have been waiting for them already.
Margo and Vadim, Ukraine, 2017
Margo and Vadim came to Paris in 2017 for a romantic celebration in Paris. They had a small ceremony at the Bir Hakeim bridge, and then, went for a romantic photoshoot around Paris. In the meantime, I went to decorate a small boat they have rented for their trip on the Seine river. When Margo and Vadim came to the boat, they were welcome by an accordionist and cold champagne.
Eugenie and Igor, Russia, 2018
I loved this celebration because unlike many couples, Eugenie and Igor decided to go to the French countryside, instead of staying in Paris. They have rented a room in one of the beautiful castles of the region, where we had a small vows exchange ceremony. After the ceremony, followed a photoshoot and a celebration with champagne and traditional French cheeses.
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