Why eloping to Paris?
A Paris elopement is the right fit for you if the following sounds like I can read your mind:
• An elopement ceremony in Paris is a foolishly romantic idea! You always thought that it would be the most romantic thing in the world. Just sneaking away to a beautiful place to exchange your wedding vows. You want to elope in Paris because Paris is always a good idea!
• Your elopement ceremony is an intimate moment that you mainly want to share with your fiancé/e. As much as you love your family and friends you prefer eloping in Paris without (many) guests. You are looking for an intimate ceremony.
• Planning a big destination wedding is not your thing! You don’t want to get stressed over all these things you need to take care of when wedding planning e.g. guest lists, huge wedding budget, food & favors, you name it. Things can be simpler with a wedding elopement in Paris.
If you were just nodding your head YES at least one time reading this you are so ready to elope in Paris! Just the two of you focusing on each other and the commitment you are about to make with the most important person in your life. Your Paris elopement will give you the chance to share an intimate ceremony in a magical and breathtaking city.
Paris elopement or Paris wedding?
PLEASE NOTE: Eloping to Paris means that it is just the two of you – or at most a handful of guests. My elopement packages include groups up to 10 people (including bride & groom). If you plan on having more guests I would of course still love to have you and officiate your ceremony. We are just not talking about an elopement anymore but about a Paris destination wedding – even if it is a small and intimate wedding. In this case jump over to my Paris wedding page for more info!
Bespoke elopement ceremony
As your Paris Officiant I will write a romantic and unique elopement ceremony for you. Let’s celebrate one of life’s greatest moments in the city of love!
My elopement ceremony packages contain:
• A bespoke and unique elopement ceremony script. I will create a ceremony that is as you unique as you are as a couple.
• Romantic thoughts, quotes and readings about of love, marriage and Paris of course – including a little French touch!
• Your ceremony incorporates your beautiful love story and pays tribute to your love story and everything that is important and meaningful to you.
• We will perform the classic wedding rituals: declaration of intent (the “I do’s”), wedding vows (standard or personal vows) and exchange of wedding rings.
• You will sign a symbolic Paris-themed symbolic wedding certificate.
• You will receive a printed keepsake copy of your ceremony script.
“Laura had us complete a questionnaire so she could write a special ceremony unique to our story. It was incredible!
She created the most personalized, fun and touching elopement ceremony. We were literally laughing and crying the entire time.
You can tell: Laura puts her heart and soul into creating a one of a kind ceremony for her clients!”
PLEASE NOTE: Your elopement ceremony in Paris performed by a Paris officiant or celebrant in France is not legally binding. In France you can only get married by law with a civil ceremony at the city hall. But this is very complicated (practically impossible) for couple who are not French residents. The government has very strict bureaucratic requirements for foreigners who want to get married in France. The best solution is to legally get married back home before or after your elopement in Paris. Read more here about getting married in France.
Paris elopement planning: How to get started?
Now that the two of you have settled on the probably most romantic way to say your I do’s: Eloping in Paris. And now that you have found me, your Paris officiant, let’s take your elopement planning to the next step. Let me run you step by step through the entire process to make your dream elopement in Paris a reality.
Preparations back home: What you need to do before eloping in Paris?
Elopement planning starts right where you are at this present moment: Back home (wherever that is) together with your fiancé/e talking with each other how you both envision your elopement in Paris and what (and who) needs to be part of it.
Tell your loved ones – or not
The original meaning of eloping is: run away secretly in order to get married. Some of my couples still keep it a secret. But most of my couples break the news before. And in most cases I would recommend just that!
Mainly because it avoids larger conflict by talking to them about your Paris elopement plans instead of confronting them with a fait accompli. Maybe your family has questions. Maybe they simply need a bit of tie to get used to the thought. It sometimes isn’t easy especially for parents to know that they will NOT be part of their children’s wedding day. However if you explain your reasons why you choose to get married in Paris they most likely will understand and be happy for you.
Many of my couples also plan a small reception or some kind of celebration after their Paris elopement back home to celebrate with their families and friends. This is also the perfect occasion to show your Paris wedding photos and to swoon over your beautiful Paris elopement experience and travel to the most romantic city in the world
PRO TIP: Get married twice! I did the same and it was awesome: I was eloping to Japan only my husband and I and three very close friends. Of course we were only able to have a symbolic wedding ceremony in Japan. So back home in France we got married a second time. We had a civil ceremony at the city hall to make our marriage legally binding. Moreover we used this occasion to invite our close family, celebrate together and watch our elopement video from Kyoto (you find at least a couple of photos on my about page)
Wedding dress & Co – go shopping back home
Even if Paris one of the greatest places in the world to find beautiful wedding dresses and wedding accessories I would recommend to take care of all that back home. Let me tell you why:
Finding the perfect wedding dress, bridal shoes and wedding veil fitting with it, beautiful accessories and all the gorgeous details that make your wedding style unique takes a lot of time – A LOT! And you won’t have all this time when you are in Paris. Most of my couples stay between two days and one week when eloping to Paris. If you have to find a dress or shoes during such a short stay then you’ll be stressed out. So better prepare everything you can before. This way you’ll have time to visit Paris. You can relax and enjoy a few romantic days in Paris and a stress free elopement experience.
PRO TIP: Don’t put your wedding dress into the check in luggage. You would not want to risk damage or loss of your bridal gown. Instead transport your wedding dress (in a slipcover) in the carry on luggage. Give your airline a call beforehand so that they can make sure that there will be a place in the cabin.
Let’s talk about Paris: How to plan your Paris elopement day?
So now you wonder: How you should plan my elopement day in Paris from the other side of the world? No worries, I got you! As celebrant in Paris I speak English (so no language barrier) and got lots of experience about how to elope in Paris. So here are the things you should consider next:
Places to elope in Paris – ceremony location
Most of my couples eloping to Paris wish to have an outdoor ceremony. Someplace beautiful with a typical Parisian backdrop. You too? Sounds great, as your English speaking celebrant in Paris I know many beautiful ceremony locations. Feel free to get a first overview over all the different possible ceremony locations here: places to elope in Paris. If you already know that it has to be a iconic landmark or sublime architecture then check my blogpost about the most stunning Paris elopement locations. If you prefer a romantic park or beautiful gardens then check blogpost about the most intimate Paris ceremony locations.
PRO TIP: You should also consider booking a private wedding venue for your Paris elopement ceremony. The big advantage: No tourist groups, no crowds of passersby, no traffic noise, no busy street life… In a private venue you will be completely intimate and quiet for your wedding ceremony. And there are so many beautiful places with stunning views. Feel free to get some inspiration here: Best Paris wedding venues!
Timing is everything – Paris wedding day timeline
If you decide to elope at an outdoor public location then I’m afraid but the early bird catches the worm. Paris elopements are typically starting at sunrise. Crazy? Yeah, kind of! But so much worth it, believe me.
The French capital is densely populated and a very popular travel destination. That means that Paris quickly gets busy and crowded starting from late mornings. So if you don’t want to have tons of people witnessing your ceremony or walking around in the background of your Paris wedding photos, then you better get up early.
PRO TIP: Choose your elopement day towards the middle of you stay in Paris. Don’t elope on your first day(s)! Because you or your luggage may arrive with a delay in Paris. Maybe you are simply jet lagged. In any case it’s never bad to have a bit of time prior to your elopement day in order to settle in and be able to fully enjoy. Don’t elope on your last day(s) either! Because if the weather is bad we simply don’t have any chance anymore to reschedule your Paris elopement.
Build a team: How to find the best Paris elopement vendors?
As celebrant in Paris I don’t offer all inclusive elopement packages. Because I believe that you should have the choice which wedding vendors you would like to book and be sure that their style, personality, packages are a perfect fit for you.
But as Paris officiant I know many many talented, reliable and awesome Paris wedding vendors. And I would be very happy to send you recommendations and contacts of vendors that my be a great fit for you. So after reading my tips on each vendor please let me know which vendors you need and what style you envision. Then I can create and send you a curated list of great Paris wedding vendors.
Moreover I know all of my recommended Paris wedding vendors well and often work with them. So coordinating your Paris elopement will be a breeze!
PLEASE NOTE: I don’t recommend other Paris wedding vendors because they pay me a commission for it – NEVER. I only recommend specific vendors because I have worked with them and know that they are capable of providing great services and results, that they are friendly and reliable and that they speak English.
Paris elopement photographer
Your Paris elopement photographer will capture all the precious and unforgettable moments of your wedding day into photos. In Paris you will find many English speaking Paris elopement photographers. Here a quick checklist in order to find a Paris photographer who is the perfect fit shooting your Paris elopement:
Even if the quality of the photos is great but you don’t like the photography style you won’t be happy with your elopement photos. So first find out which esthetic style you envision for your Paris elopement photos. Some photographers have a classic and timeless esthetic (e.g. natural light, mix of posed and candid), some have a fine art approach (often very lighty and airy, sometimes a bit artsy and posed), some shoot moody style (a bit darker and edgier photos and rather candid than posed), some are specialize in close ups, some in wide angles, some shoot film etc. You don’t need to know all these terms though. Just check the website portfolios and Instagram of photographers to see which style and esthetic you like most.
Think about how you want your Paris elopement photographer to cover your wedding day. As many couples want to take wedding photos at different locations in Paris there is one rule of thumb to help you: You need to count around 1h per 1 location. So for instance for Paris elopement photos at the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Luxembourg Gardens you need to count around 3h.
Also ask yourself this: Do you only want photos of the ceremony and a few additional couple photos? Then maybe a short 1-2 h package will be enough. Or do you want a full day coverage similar as for a traditional wedding (eg. including getting ready, detail shots, first look, ceremony, couples photos at different locations, romantic lunch/dinner)? Then you should go for a longer package or full day coverage maybe around 5-7 h. Just reach out to your Paris photographer, he’ll recommend the ideal duration for what you have in mind.
“Thinking to elope in Paris can be scary (especially when you don’t speak French). But Laura makes everything so easy!
Her English is amazing and she couldn’t have been more helpful.
She recommended great ceremony locations, suggested professionals for hair & make-up, photographers,… everything and anything!
No matter how many times I emailed her with questions she always responded quickly, happily and most helpfully.
She took away all of my worries and stress!”
Paris elopement video
I know, this is not an item that is very high on the priority list of many couples eloping. But I would like you to at least consider it for a second. The big advantage of a video is: You hear yourself saying your vows to each other. You see each other walk through Paris and dance at the Eiffel Tower. You feel all the emotions again.
Also your loved ones back home will be double thankful. Because it’s one thing seeing all your beautiful Paris elopement photos. But another thing to also listen to your ceremony and promises to each other.
PERSONAL TIP: When my husband and I eloped to Kyoto we were sure that we wanted a wedding film. As Paris officiant I have seen many of them and just knew how powerful elopement videos can be. And we couldn’t be happier about this decision! We both so much treasure our elopement video because nothing is as touching and brings the experience back so instantly and intensively than hearing each other saying our vows.
Paris elopement bridal style
Which bride does not want to look pretty on her wedding day? That’s what I thought (lol). Now maybe you are one of these brides who are very good doing your own makeup and hair and feel you won’t need that. However here are a few reasons why it could make sense to a hire a professional hair and makeup artist for your Paris elopement:
A professional hair and makeup artists are used to work on a timeline and know exactly how much time they need creating a certain bridal style. This will take a lot of weight off of your shoulders. You know that you won’t run late or feel stressed when your hair just doesn’t want to behave.
As I mentioned above most of elopements in Paris start at around sunrise. That means you need to wake up and do your makeup and hair extremely early in the morning. Believe me, it is so much nicer to sip your coffee and snooze/ relax just a little longer whereas someone is taking care of your hair and makeup.
Even if you regularly do your own makeup and hair, bridal hair and makeup may look different from you everyday style. You may not be used to create a bridal updo or specific makeup style on yourself. Here a professional can make sure that the outcome is as you envision it.
During your Paris elopement you will be outdoors for hours. And you don’t know how challenging the weather will be for your look. A professional hair and makeup artists knows the weather in Paris and the challenges that come with it. They can recommend you styles that fit for the weather on your elopement day and also have tricks to make it last longer.
Paris wedding flowers
A beautiful flower bouquet and boutonniere will make your bridal style complete. As most of my couples wear the traditional wedding colors black and white, flowers are often a beautiful pop of color completing the look. Even more so if you decide on different wedding colors or a color theme. Then your wedding flowers play an important role creating your wedding style.
For a Paris elopement usually a wedding bouquet and boutonniere are enough. But you can always add a floral arch for your elopement ceremony, that the florist can put up at the ceremony location. (Watch out: This is not possible at any pulic outdoor location!) Or why not some floral decoration for your hotel room (great for getting ready photos or bridal boudoir) or at your dinner venue?
PRO TIP: Make sure to order your bouquet online in advance and have it delivered to your hotel. This will save you a lot of time while in Paris. This way you will also make sure that you get exactly what you want. Because local flower shops may not always have all kinds of flowers in all colors – especially if the are not in season.
So send you Paris florist inspirational photos (e.g. pinterest board). Tell your florist which colors or kind of flowers you want. And agree on a delivery date: Usually that would be the evening before your elopement. However some Paris florists also deliver early in the morning to your elopement location.
Paris vintage car
Another gorgeous add on to your Paris elopement would be a French vintage car. Especially grooms get a big smile on their face about this (lol). No worries: These cars come with a chauffeur so you don’t need to know how to drive stick. You just can lean back and watch Paris passing by through the windows.
The big advantage: The chauffeur does not only pick you up at your hotel and drives you from location to location for your Paris elopement ceremony and photo shoot. You can also use the car for your wedding photos! And that, believe me, looks so classy and so Parisian.
Elopement with your celebrant in Paris
So what are you waiting for – let’s create memorable moments together! I’d love to hear all about you and how your envision your Paris elopement. Get in touch! As your celebrant in Paris I will send you more information about my Paris elopement packages and we will start creating your ceremony and Paris elopement day together.