PICK YOUR PARIS WEDDING LOCATION
You want to celebrate your union in Paris but must discover the perfect spot that vibes with your personality. It’s normal! At Love Gracefully, after over a decade of organizing weddings and elopements in Paris, we curated the best city spots to honor your special day.
Of course, we keep in mind the background should be stunning. That is easy in Paris! But we have other factors in mind that only experienced Parisian coordinators could think of: accessibility, B plan in case of rain, and not crowded, are some of them.
If you book your Paris wedding package with us, you can choose any location you want, from public ones that are included to exclusive private ones that have an extra fee.
EIFFEL TOWER WEDDING CEREMONY
The Eiffel Tower, or La Tour Eiffel, is known as Paris’s most romantic monument and the most visited paid monument in the world. So it’s a must-see once in a lifetime! But you don’t want to hang around with the crowd for that extraordinary day. Don’t worry: that’s why our wedding coordinator in Paris knows where to find an intimate spot near the Eiffel Tower to celebrate your ceremony away from the tourists.
We selected a few of them to give you the most of the Eiffel Tower, and only the most: You could choose to have near the building very near the building itself, by a small lake on a mount overlooking the iron having your ceremony love to have your ceremony set on the river bank opposite the tower, with the result of a stunning setting for your vows, and pictures and videos of this special day.
You probably know the tower is surrounded by beautiful gardens (also known as the Champ de Mars), and you will love this green setting. Getting married overlooking the Eiffel Towe works wonders if you want a destination wedding with guests. Its lovely spread-out lawns will allow a nice group to gather and pause for the pics.
So why don’t you and your loved one begin your magical journey under this global symbol of Parisian and French culture symbol in possibly the most classic French settings? We can’t wait to see you there!
And in case the weather turns a bit wet (that’s part of Paris charm!), we have a gazebo of our own to make sure the wedding or elopement ceremony by the Eiffel Tower is a success.
As the French proverb goes: rainy wedding, happy wedding!
LUXEMBURG WEDDING CEREMONY
Are you looking for a regal wedding ceremony? Then, the Luxembourg Gardens might provide you with what you want and more! A romantic, whimsical spot in Paris that will transport you to the time of princesses and knights for your elopement, destination wedding, or vow renewal.
The Luxembourg Gardens, located at Paris’ heart, are known for their peaceful atmosphere. It’s the «central park» of Paris. So, quite naturally, this is one of the places that Love Gracefully chooses to celebrate Love! So, whether you want to elope or renew your vows, the tranquility of the Luxembourg Gardens will provide the intimacy you are looking for in your symbolic ceremony.
The Luxembourg Gardens offer much more for your special day. The park is the perfect location for a wedding photo at Boboli Gardens inspired this park inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy. You’ll find a lot of beautiful statues, such as the twenty figures of French queens and illustrious women standing on pedestals all around the central green area. All of those statues were commissioned in 1848 by Louis-Philippe! If you prefer your wedding photos shot in front of men statues, do not worry; another 86 figures are spread around the gardens.
Whether you elope in Paris or want to renew your vows, there are many options on where to have your ceremony at the Luxembourg Gardens. We have shortlisted two of them, with our expertise in organizing weddings in Paris for over 15 years.
The first is the famous Medici Fountain, named after Catherine the Medicis. In front of it is a vast water basin surrounded by beautiful plane trees that work like an arch. Because it’s a very touristy area, we usually have the ceremony right below the statue and not in front of the water basin. Why? Because that’s where all the tourists go. But do not worry, you can have pictures done in front of the basin after the ceremony! That Medici Fountain spot is recommended if you are only 2 or 3 all together, as it’s a very intimate location, ideal for elopements or vow renewals.
The second location is on the terraces that oversea the Luxembourg Garden Palace. You’ll have a full view over the Palace and the entire garden, the octagonal basin of water, the flowers and some statues. That location is recommended if you are a group of 4 to 15, perfect for Paris destination weddings, but it also works if it’s only the 2 of you.
Would you prefer your destination wedding or elopement photos to be taken in front of the French Senate inside the Luxembourg Gardens? You’ll indeed have a «Versailles Palace» feeling, as the French Senate is also a palace built by Marie de Medicis, wife of the King Henri IV of France.
It’s Marie de Medicis herself who created these beautiful gardens. That’s why you’ll have a special feeling here: the feeling of being a queen and a king for the time of your vows ceremony! You can also take pictures in front of the large octagonal water basin, with a central fountain and terraces that oversea the Palace. If you are more into flowers and greenery, there is an orchard of apple and pear trees surrounded by beautiful flowers, such as the famous Luxembourg Rose Garden.
AMERICAN CHURCH WEDDING CEREMONY
We know some couples would like to have a religious wedding, and sometimes can be hard to find a church overseas. At Love Gracefully is essential to make sure you have a ceremony that speaks to your soul, including your faith. That’s why we are delighted to offer the American Church in Paris as one of our wedding locations in Paris.
The American Church in Paris is located in the seventh district (arrondissement in French), central and close to all the iconic locations. On top of the building’s beauty and history, hundreds of restaurants and hotels are nearby to host you or your guests in case of any.
It was the first American church established on foreign soil. The American Church is an inter-denominational, Protestant congregation with roots dating back to 1814, when American Protestants living in France sought a place to worship God in their native English language. Nowadays, the American Church in Paris is the only church in the city where you can have your religious wedding in English.
So, it’s essential to know that because Love Gracefully’s celebrants are not priests, your wedding ceremony will be held by one of the American church’s experienced pastors, not one of Love Gracefully’s officiants. Yet, Love Gracefully will take care of all the other services included in your wedding package; photographer, videographer, car, flowers, etc. The religious officiant of the American Church will help you plan the service with some flexibility and personalization. Family members and friends are also welcome to participate in the service through a reading or a musical number.
As the American church is a private location, external to our services, it has an extra fee to our package price. That extra fee will need to be paid directly to the American church. Please check with us for availabilities and costs.
CHAPELLE EXPIATOIRE WEDDING CEREMONY
The Chapelle Expiatoire is a chapel located in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, which is very central.
This chapel is dedicated to King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette, but most importantly, it belongs to the French state, not the church. Because of that, it’s the only place in Paris where you can have a ceremony in a Chapelle. All the other Paris churches do not allow elopements for foreigners, mainly because the French priests do not speak English. Also, by having your wedding in that chapel, you will enjoy the exquisite beauty of it as it’s a magnificent building.
Wedding Ceremonies at the chapel allow numerous guests to attend, up to about one hundred, which is a reasonably good number if you want a Paris destination wedding for your friends and family.
The sound quality is excellent, and one does not need a good system to boost the volume of the celebrant’s voice or the musicians.
Your guests will be able to sit to attend your blessing ceremony. It could sound like a standard expectation, but it is not since we work mainly outdoors in public gardens. You can not bring chairs to public parks for the wedding ceremony. The authority sees the chairs as a privatization of the public space and, therefore, does not allow it. That’s why it’s important to mention that if you have elderly guests that need chairs to attend your destination wedding, a ceremony at the Chapelle Expiatoire could be a solution.
Once the ceremony is over, you can enjoy the garden of the Chapelle to have your champagne or to take pictures. It’s not allowed to drink champagne inside the Chapelle. The garden of the Chapelle is filled with beautiful roses that add to the romanticism of the venue.
As the Chapelle Expiatoire is a private location, external to our services, it has an extra fee to our package price. That extra fee will need to be paid directly to the Chapelle expiatoire. Please check with us for availabilities and costs.