Are you dreaming of a romantic and intimate elopement in one of the most iconic cities in the world? Then look no further than the City of Love itself - Paris. 

With its charming streets, breathtaking landmarks, and rich history, Paris offers the perfect backdrop for a stylish and unforgettable elopement experience. And as an elopement photographer, there is nothing I adore more than visiting this beautiful country with couples who have a magical vision for their day.

In this guide, I will take you through all the essentials for planning your Paris wedding, from must-see activities to legal requirements, and the most picturesque venues to say "I do".

So grab a croissant, pour yourself a glass of champagne, and let's dive into your guide to an elopement in Paris.

Night life during elopement in Paris with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop

What You Need to Know for Your Elopement in Paris

  • A Plethora of Activities: Make Your Elopement in Paris Memorable
  • Exploring Parisian Nightlife: A Romantic After-Hours Experience
  • Legalities: Understanding the Laws of Eloping in Paris
  • Elopement Venues: From Charming Luxembourg Gardens to Chic Marignan 
  • Capturing the Perfect Moments: Hiring a Photographer for Your Paris Elopement
Exchanging vows during elopement in Paris

A Plethora of Activities: Make Your Elopement in Paris Memorable

When it comes to planning your elopement in Paris, you'll never run out of things to do. The city offers a range of activities that will make your special day unforgettable. 

Start by taking a romantic boat cruise along the River Seine, where you can enjoy views of the city's iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral. You can also arrange for a private tour, complete with champagne and a gourmet dinner, for a luxurious experience.

For art lovers, a visit to the Louvre Museum is a must. Explore the world's largest art museum and marvel at masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. If you prefer a more intimate setting, consider visiting smaller art galleries, where you can discover emerging artists and unique exhibitions.

Don't forget to indulge in Parisian gastronomy. Enjoy a picnic in one of the city's beautiful parks, such as the Jardin du Luxembourg, where you can feast on delicious cheeses, baguettes, and macarons. Alternatively, book a table at a Michelin-starred restaurant and savour gourmet dishes prepared by some of the world's most talented chefs.

For a touch of adventure, consider taking a hot air balloon ride over the city or hiring bicycles to explore its charming streets. And of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the top of the Eiffel Tower, where you can take in panoramic views of the city.

No matter what activities you choose, your elopement in Paris is guaranteed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The city's charm, history, and endless possibilities for adventure ensure that your day will be filled with romance, beauty and fun.

Couple enjoying a drink during their elopement in Paris

Exploring Parisian Nightlife: A Romantic After-Hours Experience

Once the sun sets and the city lights up, Paris transforms into a magical wonderland, offering a vibrant and idyllic nightlife experience for an elopement in Paris. 

From cosy wine bars to glamorous rooftop terraces, there are countless options for you and your partner to enjoy a romantic after-hours adventure.

Start your evening with a leisurely stroll along the Seine, hand in hand, as the city sparkles with lights. Admire the illuminated Eiffel Tower and take in the breathtaking views of the city's landmarks. Then, head to one of the charming wine bars scattered throughout the city. Sip on a glass of fine French wine and indulge in a plate of delectable charcuterie while soaking in the cosy and intimate ambience.

For a more lively atmosphere, venture to the trendy Marais district, known for its vibrant nightlife scene. Explore the charming narrow streets and stumble upon hidden speakeasies and chic cocktail bars. You can even dance the night away to live music in one of the city's many jazz clubs, where you can experience the soulful melodies that have defined Parisian nightlife for decades.

If you're looking for something truly extraordinary, consider booking a river cruise along the Seine at night. Sip champagne, enjoy dinner, and take in the lovely views of the city as you glide along the river.

No matter how you choose to spend your evenings during your elopement in Paris, the city's romantic atmosphere and exciting nightlife will create memories to last a lifetime. 

Night life during elopement in Paris
Night life during elopement in Paris with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop
Couple enjoying a drink in a bar during their elopement in Paris

Legalities: Understanding the Laws of Eloping in Paris

Before you jet off to your elopement in Paris, it's important to understand the legal requirements for getting married in Paris.

Whilst eloping may seem like a simple and spontaneous choice, there are certain legalities that must be followed to ensure your marriage is legally recognised.

Firstly, you will need to provide the necessary documents to get married in France. These include valid passports, birth certificates, and a Certificate of No Impediment, which confirms that you are free to marry.

Additionally, if you have been married before, you will need to provide divorce or death certificates to prove your previous marriage has ended.

Once you have gathered all the necessary documents, you will need to submit them to the local town hall in Paris, known as the Mairie, at least 30 days before your desired wedding date. This is to allow sufficient time for the administrative process and for the publication of banns, which publicly announce your intention to marry.

It's important to note that the ceremony itself must take place at the town hall and cannot be held at iconic landmarks or outdoor venues. However, once the legal marriage has taken place, you are free to have a symbolic or religious ceremony at a different location.

Remember, whilst the legalities for your elopement in Paris may require some additional effort, the end result will be worth it. 

Couple during their elopement in Paris with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop

Elopement Venues: From Charming Gardens to Chic Hotels

When it comes to finding the perfect wedding venues in Paris, you are spoilt for choice. From charming gardens to luxurious hotels, Paris offers a wide range of options that cater to every couple's unique taste and style.

Luxembourg Garden

One enchanting venue option, that I absolutely love as a photographer is the charming Luxembourg Gardens. Located in the heart of Paris, this beautiful park provides a gorgeous backdrop for your elopement.

With its lush greenery, elegant fountains, and romantic pathways, it's the ideal spot for an intimate and romantic ceremony. Imagine saying your vows surrounded by the fragrance of blooming flowers and the gentle rustle of leaves.

Marignan Champs-Elysées Hotel

If you're looking for a chic and sophisticated setting for your elopement in Paris, the Marignan Champs-Elysées Hotel is an excellent choice. This luxury hotel exudes elegance and offers views of the iconic Champs-Elysées.

Whether you choose to exchange your vows in the hotel's courtyard or in one of its stylish event spaces, you can be sure that your elopement will have an air of glamour and exclusivity.

No matter which venue you choose, it's essential to work closely with your wedding planner or venue coordinator to ensure that every detail is taken care of. From securing the necessary permits to arranging for any additional services or decorations, they will ensure that your elopement venue reflects your personal style and vision.

I have so many more venues that I can recommend to you for your elopement in Paris – you can check out the blog here!

During an elopement in Paris, I worked with The Parisian Celebrant.

Couple posing at their venue during elopement in Paris

Capturing the Perfect Moments: Hiring a Photographer for Your Paris Elopement

Hiring a photographer for your elopement in Paris is essential to capture the perfect moments and create lasting memories of your special day – that is why I am here!

Paris provides a stunning backdrop for your photos, from its charming streets to its iconic landmarks. 

Research photographers online and browse their portfolios to get a sense of their style and artistic vision. You want to find someone whose work resonates with you and aligns with the aesthetic you desire for your photos. 

Choose a photographer, like me, who specialises in elopements or destination weddings, as we have experience in capturing intimate and romantic moments in unique settings. 

It is important to find someone who understands your vision and can capture your personal love story – I always like to speak to my couples to really understand their vision and whether we are the ideal match – so your first step is to book a call with me.

We will also discuss my availability, pricing, packages and any additional services I offer such as engagement shoots.

Remember, hiring a professional photographer is an investment, but it's worth it to ensure you have high-quality photos that capture the beauty and allure of your elopement in Paris. 

My documentary-style wedding photography captures the true essence and story so you can look back on your wedding album and feel every emotion all over again. And to me, and couples whose vision aligns with mine, know how important this is so you can enjoy your elopement and then look back at those real moments again and again.

Couple posing during their elopement in Paris
Couple enjoying their day during elopement in Paris at restaurant
Couple outside of their wedding venue during their elopement in Paris

Creating Your Own Personal Paris Elopement Story

Your elopement in Paris is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it's an opportunity to create your own personal love story in a way that fills you with joy. Take the time to embrace the charm and culture of the city and I will capture these special moments to immortalise the love and happiness you feel as you embark on this new chapter together.

So, now you have your guide to an elopement in Paris, you can go away and plan your dream happily ever after.

And don’t forget to enquire about your photography – get in touch today!

Couple exchanging vows during their elopement in Paris
Couple at their venue during their elopement in Paris
Reading vows at an elopement in Paris