Organising a surprise wedding

Couples are going crazy for surprise weddings. The idea is simple: gather all your guests without telling them why, and then once they’re all in place, surprise them by getting married! Just choose your backstory – a baptism, a weekend away with friends, a birthday party for your significant other, and there you have it! A surprise wedding!


Why choose a surprise wedding?

That depends, maybe you just like surprising the people you love! Imagine your family and friends’ faces when they see you pull up in a wedding dress… Many couples are also opting for surprise weddings because of their simplicity and discretion. Organising a surprise wedding stops other people from trying to influence your choice of dress, menu etc. Your wedding can be 100% you, planned by you and for you!

organising a surprise wedding
Wedding planner : Ceremonize

Plan ahead


It isn’t all that easy to organise a surprise wedding. Firstly, you need to make sure that your nearest and dearest are available on the day, without telling them that it’s your wedding. It can be difficult not to let the cat out of the bag!

Then, you need to gather the group on the same day, at the same time, without raising suspicion. Generally speaking, the most viable reason is that you’re having a party to celebrate one of your birthdays.

Obviously, you can let one or two close confidantes in on the secret, perhaps your parents or your witnesses. That will lessen your load and help organisation go more smoothly!

organizing a surprise wedding in Paris
Wedding planner : Ceremonize – Photographer : Ludovic Ismael

Some words of advice


Don’t forget to hire a wedding photographer or to entrust someone with taking photos of the big reveal!

Don’t expect too much from your guests. They won’t be expecting a wedding, so they might not be quite dressed for the occasion, or they may not react as you expect when you tell them you’re getting married. It will be a big shock for some people. Certain guests might even be a bit annoyed that they weren’t involved in the wedding preparations, but we’re sure they’ll quickly brush that aside to celebrate your big day with you!

Finally, don’t forget that you can always call on a Paris wedding planner to help you. It’s always a good idea to have an extra pair of eyes and hands to make sure everything goes to plan, and this way, you don’t have to ruin the surprise for any of your guests. Even for a surprise wedding, a wedding professional can discretely organise and supervise, making sure you get the most out of your day.

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