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Why having a symbolic ceremony is the best way to get married in Paris?

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Why getting married in Paris?

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Let’s answer to this important question: why getting married in Paris? Why everybody is so in love with Paris? Well, well… Because it is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. I am not telling you that because I am Parisian and I love my city.

Paris has incredible monuments known all around the world such as the Eiffel Tower or the Sacré Coeur, if I have to name two of them. These places are important and very visited but they are also intimate venues all around them. We already planned an incredible elopement with first views over the Eiffel Tower keeping some privacy for the ceremony.

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Amber & Ryan’s wedding near the Eiffel Tower

Paris has full of venues depending on what you want to plan for your ceremony. If you want to plan it near a big monument such as the Eiffel Tower, a park as the Buttes Chaumont or the Tuileries park, a dock to have a complete view over the Seine, an arty venue such as the outside of the Palais de Tokyo,… Of course, I am talking about all free venues because you have much more venues all very different if you have some budget for your ceremony’s venue.

What is a symbolic ceremony?

A symbolic ceremony is maybe the most personal and easy way to get married in Paris. The symbolic ceremony is a ceremony which has no value for the Administration. That is to say you will have to get married “officially” in your own country or in France – but for this option, you will have to prove that you are living in France for example.

A symbolic ceremony can be prepared by yourselves, a friend, a member of your family or a celebrant as me. It is the actual alternative to all religious ceremony or civil ceremony.

In your symbolic ceremony, you will have the complete liberty to plan everything: from your enter in the ceremony to the vows (or not) without forgetting the choice of your ceremony’s venue,… You will be able to choose each element of the ceremony, each text, each song if you want or not,… One word for the symbolic ceremony: L-I-B-E-R-T-Y!

Why having a symbolic ceremony in Paris?

Congratulations! You have decided to plan a symbolic ceremony for your wedding. But why Paris for the symbolic ceremony?

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Our beautiful couple for their elopement near the Sacré Coeur – Montmartre

As I told you earlier, having your ceremony in Paris is the choice of the romanticism… Don’t forget that Paris is the City of Love <3 And it is a well-deserved reputation! It can be an elopement or a small wedding, a bigger wedding or a surprise for your loved-one too.

A symbolic ceremony gives us the opportunity to choose the venue of your choice even if we have to be careful. For example, if you want to plan an outdoor ceremony, there will be a limitation of number of guests if you wish to do it in a public space. As a matter of fact, for security reason, it will not be possible to plan it for more than 15 guests. If you are more than 15, it will be easier and safer to plan it in a private venue… You would not like to have the Police invited to your ceremony, right? 😉

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Planning a symbolic ceremony is part of my job and some of my Clients just ask me to plan the ceremony and be their celebrant… What about you?

I will be very happy to answer to all your questions, don’t hesitate to contact me –> HERE!

Photographer: Rosina Prod

Renewal of vows

A renewal of vows in Paris: Birgitta & James

Today, in Paris, is not a sunny day! That’s why I would like to write for you an article about Birgitta & James renewal of vows in Paris, last February. That day, we had an incredible sunny day and they were gorgeous!

Birgitta, James… & their family!

Each wedding, each couple has their own history but Birgitta and James have an history full of love and family 🙂

Planning a wedding in Paris being abroad can be so difficult (and you know it quite well!). But Birgitta and James had the full support of their family.
A so beautiful support that we started planning this beautiful event with Birgitta’s daughter!

It is such a beautiful story between this mother and daughter that we had to share it with you…

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Their sunny renewal of vows
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Birgitta and James wanted to plan their ceremony and dinner in a venue where they can have incredible views over the city. They didn’t want to have juste one view over Paris but a global view of the city and we found the perfect restaurant… This restaurant is located in a high building and may have the most beautiful views over Paris than in anywhere else! Its views look like the views we can have on the top of the Sacré Coeur (without climbing all the stairs!)

But, first of all, it was important for our lovely couple to plan a shooting in Paris with Birgitta’s daughter family. We had an incredible time with them during this shooting. Our photographer, Picturing Love, did an incredible shooting (as always :-p). She shot Birgitta and James as a couple who were getting married in Paris but also the little family with them as an unite family in Paris! Once, they had done this shooting with the family, Birgitta’s daughter went to the restaurant to welcome all the guests with my assistant on that day. Meanwhile, Birgitta and James continued their little trip in Paris, especially in the district of the Louvre.

At the same time, everything was going perfect in the restaurant. We planned to make the ceremony and the dinner in the same private venue. Sometimes, you only have one room to plan both events. That private room was just incredibly beautiful with a gorgeous view over Paris and the Eiffel Tower.

As I said before, Birgitta’s daughter arrived before the guests at the restaurant to welcome them as they were all coming from abroad. I love when all the guests make sure to be present for their close family or friends even if it means to take the plane to another country (Yeah destination weddings in Paris!). Everybody was very well dressed and so impressed about this venue.

The ceremony and party

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Everybody was now ready to welcome the bride and groom for the ceremony… And they did a perfect entrance with a reggae song! Everybody was dancing and celebrating their love, what a great entrance.

We did a 10-15 minutes ceremony because they wanted to renew their vows without making a long ceremony… After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate with some Champagne, of course!

And what about yours?

Doesn’t they seem so happy? Do you want to plan your renewal of vows in Paris too? Follow the link, I will be very happy to talk with you!

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Your symbolic ceremony in Paris… Wait, a what?

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You may have heard about symbolic ceremonies for weddings or elopements. Since a few years, the symbolic ceremony is becoming the new trend in ceremonies for couples who want to customize their wedding but also their ceremony. The religious ceremony is now competing with the symbolic ceremony as the civil ceremony is still mandatory to officially be considered as married. How can you plan your symbolic ceremony in Paris?

What is it exactly a symbolic ceremony?

Before the arrival of the symbolic ceremony, there was only two choices: the civil ceremony and the religious ceremony.

The civil ceremony is mandatory to be officially considered as married. You have to get married in the City Hall of the city where you live even if some exceptions exist. For example, if you want to get married in Paris and you have no parents living in the city or one of you both, you won’t be able to get married in Paris with a civil ceremony. In France, you have to be living in the city where you want to get married (or a very close parent). If not, your application will be refused.

The religious ceremony is possible in Paris of course. However, you will have to follow a big preparation and you will have to be in contact with your religious referent in your country such as in France. It can be a long preparation with a lot of stuff to prepare and send.

That’s why we think the symbolic ceremony is a very good option if you want to get married in Paris with a ceremony which looks like you. The symbolic ceremony has no value but you can plan it as you want and where you want. You have a complete liberty to create your own texts, your own vows too. If you want to enter with an AC-DC music, you can! If you want your doggy to bring the rings, you can! If you want your grandma to have a dance with your witnesses, you can too! LOL 🙂 You have a complete freedom to create the structure, the texts, the songs, the pictures and videos if you want,… of your symbolic ceremony.

Who can be your officiant?

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With the symbolic ceremony, you have also the opportunity to choose your officiant. Here are your two options:

  • You can choose a professional celebrant. He will guide you step by step in the construction of your ceremony. He will help you to write your vows if you need it and introduce you the several rituals, invent one with you if you want – as the ceremony is yours, you can also decide to not do any ritual. Sabrina is our celebrant. She will guide you in every step and make sure you create the perfect ceremony. To have a range of price, to be guided by our celebrant will cost you from 696€. (- If you want to contact her -) 

 

  • You can choose a close relative or friend: because you know exactly who can relate your love story. He or she is that friend who knows everything about you both, who supports you during the hard moments and has an incredibly talent to speak in front of a public. Yes, this moment must be a beautiful for you three, take care of your officiant, choose an officiant who don’t have any problem with speaking to a public. You also can find a professional celebrant who can coach your officiant for the ceremony.

Your symbolic ceremony in Paris… where?

 

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Paris is full of surprises, your symbolic ceremony in Paris could take place wherever you want. We have already talked about places for a ceremony in Paris in an article a few weeks ago – the perfect place for your ceremony in Paris – but let’s have a reminder…

First of all, you have all the important monuments which are perfect places to plan your ceremony in Paris. The Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero, the Louvre and its gardens, the so romantic district of Montmartre with the Sacré Coeur, the wonderful Notre Dame,…. These places are gorgeous but you will have to deal with the crowd, so if you can do your ceremony early that would be better. If not, don’t be afraid, there is always a good spot with less crowd in each important place.

You can also plan your ceremony in one of the parks of the city. We have the chance to have beautiful parks and some near the most important places in Paris. What about the Tuileries Gardens for your ceremony near the Louvre? Or the chapel of the incredible Buttes Chaumont’s park?

Another place which can be so romantic are the Seine docks. You will find docks in a big part of the City because the Parisian river, the Seine, crosses a big part of the city.If you want to plan your ceremony during the day and you don’t want to deal with all the tourists (we love them but we don’t want them to get invited to the ceremony :-D), you will find perfect docks with intimate spots. What about planning your ceremony with views over the City and with the romanticism bring by the river?

Now… Are you ready to plan the most beautiful symbolic ceremony in Paris?

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