Elopements and Small Weddings in Paris » simple elopement packages, engagement, proposal packages

Your wedding proposal is so important – it’s something that you’ll never forget: a memory that you’ll cherish, and be telling your children and grandchildren about years after the fact. 

That’s why we love to help people plan their perfect proposal. Getting every detail right, making sure everything runs smoothly and often documenting it, either by taking photographs or shooting a short film, so you and your partner can relive it for years to come.

Here are five of our favourite Parisian proposals:

  1. Midnight in Paris. 

While proposing over a lavish meal in a restaurant is popular, not everyone is going to want something quite so public. If your partner would rather something more intimate, just the two of you, then why not wait.. We’d suggest dressing up for a beautiful meal together, and then walking back to your hotel afterwards. Take a scenic route – maybe over on of Paris’ bridges, and make sure that you have a beautiful view – maybe of the Notre Dame, or the Eiffel Tower. With the lights sparkling and romance inevitably in the air, what better way to ask someone to spend the rest of their life with you?

 

2. In a Paris park. 

For a low-key, but still unspeakably romantic proposal, why not start your Parisian getaway by suggesting to your partner that you get up early on the first day, and head to one of Paris’ parks for a picnic breakfast. You can buy croissants or bread from a traditional Parisian bakery, and then head to maybe the Jardin du Luxembourg, or the gardens of the Palais Royal. At that time, the parks won’t be too busy – you should only really see locals out dog-walking, or early-risers enjoying the early morning sun – and it’ll be the perfect time for a proposal. Besides, proposing right at the start of your Paris trip means that the two of you will enjoy the rest of it even more….

 

3. In the winter. 

Yes, Paris is famous for being spectacular in the springtime, but we think that the winter is hugely underrated. If you partner loves Christmas, then there are few places more magical than Paris in November/ December. Spend an afternoon wandering around the Christmas markets – at the bottom of the Champs-Elysees – drinking mulled wine, and shopping for traditional French gifts to take home with you. Then, rosy-cheeked and warm-hearted, head to an outdoor cafe, and sit under one of the heaters, drinking coffee as you wait for it to get dark. Propose just as the evening is drawing on, the Christmas lights are coming on, and because you just can’t wait any longer…

4. High Glamour

If you want to make your proposal truly glamorous, then why not propose during a Seine cruise for two? Yes, this might be a pricier option than some of the others on this list, but a proposal is a once in a lifetime occasion, and it should be a magical one. If you’ve planned your Paris proposal for Spring or Summer, then surprising your partner with a private meal for two on the Seine is a great idea. Can you imagine anything better than being proposed to on a boat, on the most romantic river in the world?

 

5. Make it personal. 

However you decide to propose, making it personal is the key to making it memorable. You could choose a place that means a lot to both of you – if you’ve visited Paris in the past, for example, there might be a cafe, or a particular spot in the city that means something special to you. And even if you haven’t, there are loads of ways you can make a proposal extra special. Why not (secretly) invite your partner’s friends or family out to Paris, to celebrate with you when they say yes? Include something from your and your partner’s past (like a photo of the two of you from every year you’ve been together), or, if they love flowers, then buy hundreds of flowers. Making it personal will make it unforgettable.

 

 

photos from our work with @parisaudreyphoto

This year we’re excited to be offering a new wedding planning service that includes a packaged Vow Renewal for all the romantic couples wishing to renew their vows with the most iconic Parisian backdrop; the Eiffel Tower.

Celebrate your love on your next trip with an anniversary couples photo shoot or a stylized day from one of our planners that will work with you to create a special day – be it a surprise for your wife, traveling with children or looking for fashion editorial type photo sessions.

Photo by Le Secret d’Audrey

We organise every thing from the glam squad Hair and Make up team that comes to your hotel room, to the last details of the evening with dinner reservations. Our list of trusted photographers, florist and english speaking wedding celebrants in France are here to pamper you.

photo by Marjorie Preval Photography

VOW RENEWAL PACKAGE:

  1. 2 hours photography
  2. Wedding bouquet and Boutonnière
  3. Hair and Make-up Team
  4. English Speaking Officiant
  5. Special Eiffel Tower Location
  6. Luxury Transportation
  7. Coordination and  Presence on Day Of

2900 Euros 

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photo by Katie Mitchell Photography

Should you require additional services (wine tastings, babysitter, tour activities etc) we’d be happy to discuss more – simply drop us a line at elopeinparis (at) gmail.com

xx

 

This year for weddings in Paris and looks of it from Instagram – just about everywhere – cakes with flowers were the life of the party!

2016 saw us working a lot with the darling Synie’s , who’s cakes are pure art and made us some awesome cakes and Estelle’s flowers.

As intimate as the weddings are we plan, we love that many of our couples understand the importance of adding cakes and even sweet tables to their big day.  There is simplicity on small without substituting quality and we had lots of fun from the Shangri La hotel to some of the other luxury elopement venues we used.

You asked for everything from rainbow, naked cakes, croquembouche to the traditional cakes.

If you need some inspiration for your French wedding or Parisian elopement. Check out our 4 picks below :

Cake 1:The SweetSide

Cake 2 :Over The Rainbow

Cake 3 :Sweet Lady Jane

Cake 4 :Layered Bake Shop

 

 

Today we want to share a few wedding planing tips that will help you have a better idea of how to do your research and what to look for when planning a destination wedding from a far.

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If you’re thinking of eloping to Paris and not sure where to start. You may find yourself asking tons of questions about english speaking wedding planners in Paris. Or perhaps you’re looking for other options apart from a big chaotic wedding. You want to know prices first and what you’ll get for each price quote or package.
You’re in the right place – if you decide to slow down and focus on the intimacy of your love and devotion to each other – celebrated with a few of your closest and dearest family and friends. Can we say “slowlife” and  “good vibes only!”
We’re here for all of it!

We’ve helped many couples find joy again in their wedding day – because we like you believe that smaller is better.

However there a few mistakes that can lead you down the wrong – well winding path.
And here are a few:

Not knowing how you want to feel.

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Often times I get email request with a bullet point list of items that you’d like to have on your elopement here in Paris but I always at some point take it back to what you’ll remember the most – how the day felt. Sure you’ll tell you grand children about your dress, cake and maybe even the grandeur of the romantic Parisian backdrop but you transfer the excitement and love you felt more. So take the time to tell your planner how you want to feel.

Doing no research



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A wedding or elopement is a big investment – yes it’s not a 300 people wedding – but many of our small ceremonies cost just as much. Why? because quality over quantity can also cost a pretty penny. This also goes back to the previous point, if you don’t know how you want to feel and don’t do your research on the best vendors or locations – you may find that you’ll get some basic services when a top-notch could have been just a little bit more.
For this, really try to hire a planner or wedding coordinators that get you. Are they willing to create a unique proposal, or step outside of the standard package (also are you willing to pay for the additional care and attention?).
But you see what I mean? You want to make sure that you can trust that person, because you’re planning from so far away and it’s such an important day!

Not trusting your wedding team

But why?  Where they is no trust there is no love – and at the end of the day – on your big day you want to love your wedding team.
you hired a trusted professionals, the more stressed out they are the more stressed out your day will be.
Let go a little and see the magic that will happen!

These folks have probably shot hundreds of weddings and done thousands of bouquets be open to suggestions and try to respect the time and behind the scenes logistical work that goes into making your day unique and hassle free.

intimate wedding in paris via clairemorrisphotography

Being a wedding planner in Paris we get to share so many romantic and joyful intimate moments with our couples and families from all over the world.

And with such a wonderfully picturesque city we know , we are uber lucky!  There is so much we love to show you beyond the Eiffel tower, Tulleries Gardens and the Lourve, we love sharing the most romantic parts of paris with you – including lots of alternative hidden gems.

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It was especially a joy to meet and plan the elopement of Kristine and Gawah this summer. Our team made the dream come through for the energetic couple with the best details from the venue, flowers, hair and make up to the luxurious vintage cream Citroen – a french classic that made the day even more spectacular as the get away car!

We started the day at with a balcony room (view of the Arc de Triomphe!) at their hotel where we  prepped and pampered  the bride with hair and make up, then slipped into her dress with the help of her mom and sister.  And of course there was champagne in hand!

Later the couple was joined by their closest family and friends for a regal ceremony at La Maison de Centralian.

 

The stunning photos were shot by Claire Morris and videography by Zen Film Works to follow.

Congratulations to the lovely and funny couple! Looking forward to having you back on your next visit (anniversary trip anyone?!)

So excited to be sharing this one!

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Paris Wedding Planner: Yanique from Elope in Paris

 

Photographer: Claire Morris Photography 

Videographer: Zen Film Works

Vintage Car: Citroen Traction 1949

Flowers: Lily Paloma Flowers

Cake: Annabelle of Supermominthekitchen

Hair/ Make up Artist: Allison of Modern Beauties

Bride: Dress/ Shoes: Wtoo Naomi gown (blush), BCBG shoes

Wedding Hotel : Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel

Reception Venue: La Maison Centralian