So you and your significant other have decided to celebrate your love in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Paris.
Whether you’re coming for a vow renewal, a wedding anniversary, your honeymoon (after a ceremony in your home country), or just as a romantic gesture, the most important thing is to have an intimate ceremony just the two of you.
In this article, we’ll talk you through everything you need to know to plan your elopement.
First of all, when? France has 4 very distinct seasons. If you want a cosy winter affair, come during the November-March period. Even during those months you can be lucky and have a bright, fresh day, like Sarah and Tom’s beautiful ceremony that took place on the 27th December.
If you dream of sunny skies you should opt for June-September. Even if good weather isn’t completely guaranteed, it’s the most likely time of year to get a nice warm day.
As a general rule of thumb, the weather tends to pick up around May, and turn colder in October.
So now you have a better idea of when to plan your elopement!
Even if it’s just the two of you, it’s a nice idea to organise your ceremony in a public place Paris’s gorgeous public spaces are made for that. You can have any backdrop you like: in a beautiful park like Buttes Chaumont, or by a famous monument, such as at the feet of the Eiffel Tower or behind Notre Dame de Paris. Everything is possible!
Ceremonize can advise you on the best times for your ceremony, so as to avoid large crowds of tourists. We are Parisians ourselves (and knowledgeable ones at that!) and we understand that a romantic, intimate ceremony with a flock of tourists around you is, well, not very romantic or intimate!
Don’t hesitate to call upon a professional officiant to preside over your ceremony. It takes more than just reading a set script – a professional can help personalise your ceremony. At Ceremonize we try to get to know you in advance, asking all the right questions to gauge how best to customise your ceremony. We can also work together on the order of events – include a ring exchange or some sort of symbolic gesture or ritual if the space allows.
As a way of embellishing the ceremony a little, why don’t you play some music during the arrival of the bride? This will add a certain degree of formality and romance to the occasion.
Note that the average ceremony lasts around 15 minutes – this may seem short but it’s actually a perfect amount of time to get your emotions across.
You should think of hiring a photographer to immortalise this special moment. They’ll know how to best capture the mood, and following the ceremony they can show you around the beautiful streets of Paris in a romantic photo-tour for two.
If you dream of a trip-for-two to Paris and want professional help to ensure your elopement goes without any hiccups, don’t hesitate to avail of our expertise. We can help you find the perfect elopement package, built around your special ceremony.