The moment you said yes, Paris popped in your mind: The Eiffel Tower, macarons, exquisite food, champagne. No wonder, Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world.

With the time difference, the language barrier and the cultural differences, you might think planning a destination wedding in Paris is impossible. It’s not! Here are some tips to help you plan your dream wedding in Paris!

1. First of all- and probably the most important detail:  you can’t get legally married in France. You have to live in France more than 40 days in a row and have documents (like bills with your name and address) to prove it. What we suggest is to have a civil ceremony where you live and plan a symbolic ceremony in Paris. You can have a religious ceremony in France but you might have to jump through hoops. It can be done, but not always!

2. Hire a planner! It’s always a good idea, especially when you’re trying to plan one of the most important days of your life, when you’re an ocean away from where you live. Paris based wedding planners will help you to select vendors and ensure their quality, help you coordinate your day,  and manage the vendors so you can relax and enjoy Paris!

3. Choose English speaking vendors- even if you have a French wedding planner! The French aren’t always great at speaking English..so make sure you choose vendors who you can converse with comfortably. Or hire American/English vendors; there are a lot working in Paris! It is so much more comfortable to interact easily with the people around you on your wedding day.

4. Always have a plan B in case of bad weather! Oh yes, Paris is beautiful and romantic – even under the rain – but a bit capricious even in spring and summer. It will not undermine your spirit, you’ll still be in Paris, but for your guest’s sake make sure you have a plan B (with your venue) if you have anything planed outside. Rain is a little less of an issue in September and October, so maybe plan your trip for then!

5. French people usually don’t get married between July 15th and August 15th – it’s the summer vacation period. If you plan your wedding during this time before you speak to vendors, you’ll find out that a lot of them may be closed for a few weeks. 

6. This last tip isn’t just for if you’re planning a destination wedding- Take time the day before your wedding to relax, maybe visit a spa, or just walk around! 

Article by: Vanessa Toklu | Photography: Rebecca Yale


Comments (3)

Sandrine | Reply

If you’re looking for a photographer in Paris (or in France, in general), please feel free to check my website, and contact me.
As you can see, I do speak English and would love to help you with getting around the city, and helping you with the French culture.

Yanique | Reply

Great article! But don’t forget to Budget.

One of the first things we walk our couples through is their expectations versus budget – Paris is one of the most romantic and well visited place in the world so vendors and even hotels are more expensive than other cities. This being said it is still possible to have an elegant and unique event when attention is given to priority services. And as with anywhere – a good wedding planner will find ways to save you money!

Kasia | Reply

Paris is a great place for a wedding, all budgets are welcome, as the citysid full of venues in all sorts of range of prices, but YES, it is an expensive city that has a very historical and or vintage price tag on most of the elements that contribute to the fairy-tale wedding dream in Paris!
But don’t let that stop you form having the day of your dreams, we’re here to help :)