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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? 😉

Contact

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

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The perfect place for your ceremony in Paris

Your Ceremony in Paris

You are planning to get married in Paris. Here comes the moment to find the perfect place for your  ceremony  in Paris. You want a ceremony that looks like you, then it will be a symbolic ceremony… Yes but where to do it ? Are there laws about it ? Who’s gonna be your celebrant ?

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First of all, some information about the symbolic ceremony…

The symbolic ceremony consists in creating your own ceremony. You choose your texts, your ritual (or not if you don’t want one) and your speakers. The beauty of that kind of ceremony is that it is written by you and your closest relatives, the ceremony will give even more sincerity and emotion to words. The fact that you can choose your celebrant(s) and speakers is also a big advantage for your ceremony : a family’s member, a friend or a professional celebrant.

Your ceremony in Paris : what should you respect ?

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There are many of you who have been asking this important question : is it possible to get married in the most famous places in Paris ? The answer is… YES ! There are no laws which forbid to get married in Paris in a symbolic ceremony. Parks, Monuments, Gardens, … are public places, in France. For example, you can’t rent the Luxembourg Garden or the Seine docks for your wedding. What we offer to our clients is to choose a place in Paris which means something for them, which has a special meaning in their love story for example. Maybe your other half proposed to you at the foot of the Eiffel Tower or in a private room with an incredible view over the city and you would like a reminder of this gorgeous moment in your wedding ? Everything is possible, you can personalize as much as possible your ceremony, starting with the place.

Based on the place you have chosen, your ceremony will take place early morning or at the end of the day or even after lunch. The more your ceremony will be happening around some touristic’s places (the Eiffel Tower, the Sacred Heart, …) the more  it will be important to not get invaded by tourists, regarding the time of your ceremony😝

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Although the places are public spaces, we ask for each ceremony an authorization form to the Paris City Hall and to the Police Prefecture. It is important to inform these two institutions because a big event can take place during your wedding ceremony in Paris which will ruin your ceremony and will bring the Police. To avoid any problem and make your ceremony a perfect and private moment, an authorization form is mandatory. Paris is divided into districts, do not hesitate to get your authorization from the City Hall of the district where your ceremony takes place. Also, a very important point, you should request that form to these two institutions at least three months before your wedding in Paris especially if you have more than 30 guests and need logistical material on the spot. Of course, we can help you in every request by writing and sending them ourselves.

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If you are planning an elopement, it is possible to not ask for this authorization. However, we prefer to get it for each wedding or elopement in Paris for security measures, if you take the time to plan your wedding in the capital.

Your outside ceremony in Paris

You have a lot of choices for outside places. First of all, you have the most famous and symbolic places in Paris : the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero, the district of Montmartre, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, … These spots receive a lot of tourists so be careful with the crowd the D-Day !

Paris has a lot of gorgeous parks and gardens to plan your ceremony. The most famous are the Tuileries Garden (across from the Pyramid of the Louvre), the Luxembourg Gardens but also the park of the Trocadero (across the Eiffel Tower) or even the Buttes Chaumont Park which will give you an incredible view over Paris with its little romantic chapel.

What about planning your ceremony near the Seine ? The docks Seine offer you wonderful spots and for some of them very intimate ones to get married. Choose the district you like… For example, the docks Seine facing the Notre Dame Cathedral. And what about planning your ceremony in Paris on a boat along the Seine ?

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You also have the possibility to celebrate your ceremony in a street or a passage to give it a street side ! Paris has a lot of very typical Parisian-style streets but also a lot of original streets. Enjoy the sweetness of a Parisian street to plan your ceremony …. Here some examples…

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Your inside ceremony in Paris

Several reasons for an inside ceremony : you have a lot of guests, you are charmed by the beauty of the Parisian architecture, you are coming in December and you are afraid of the cold (and I understand you so much brrrrrr !), …

The main goal is to find the perfect place. Paris owns a lot of venues with rooms which can host your ceremony : A Parisian hotel, a room in a private mansion, private mansions, lofts, …

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If you want to have a big view over the City, you can also rent a rooftop to plan your ceremony and/or wedding in Paris. You will enjoy the gorgeous view over the City of Lights by day and night ! What about celebrating your wedding at nightfall with the whole city being illuminated ?

 

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You have a lot of options… Do not hesitate ! Paris is the City of Love and Lights, It will make your ceremony a romantic and magical moment !

If you want to contact us for more information, click here

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Which ceremony can I plan?

What an important question…
Which ceremony can you plan in Paris?


If you want to plan a civil ceremony in Paris:

  • you have to live in Paris or have a residence in Paris

If one of you two live in Paris since one month at least, it can be possible to celebrate your wedding in a Parisian City Hall.

But if none of you live in Paris or have a residence in Paris since one month, it won’t be possible to do it in a city hall. However, if one of your parents live in Paris, it would be possible to celebrate your wedding in the City Hall of the parent’s district.

Si vous souhaitez organiser une cérémonie civile à Paris:
  • vous devez vivre ou avoir une résidence à Paris
  • si l’un de vous deux vit à Paris depuis au moins un mois, il sera possible d’organiser la cérémonie civile dans la Mairie de l’arrondissement de résidence.
Mais si aucun de vous deux ne résident à Paris, il vous sera impossible d’organiser une cérémonie civile. Cependant, si l’un de vos parents vit à Paris, il sera possible de célébrer votre mariage dans la Mairie de l’arrondissement de résidence de votre parent. 

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If you want to plan a symbolic ceremony in Paris

One of the best choices to get married in Paris. Why would you ask me? Because, it will be a ceremony made by you. Also, you will have a lot of choices to choose your ceremony place as Paris is a very big city with parks, rooftops, docks, hidden streets,…

We will propose you an English speaking celebrant (Spanish or Portuguese) for your ceremony. The celebrant will help you to make you perfect ceremony come true!

As the symbolic ceremony has no legal value, you can get married in your city and organize a symbolic ceremony in Paris.

 

Si vous souhaitez organiser une cérémonie laïque…
L’un des meilleurs choix pour se marier à Paris. Pourquoi me direz-vous? Car la cérémonie est créée par vous-même. Vous aurez un choix important de lieux où organiser votre cérémonie car Paris est une grande ville avec des parcs, des toits/terrasses, des quais, des rues cachées,… 
Nous vous proposerons un officiant parlant français, anglais, espagnol ou portugais pour votre cérémonie. Il pourra vous guider pour créer la cérémonie parfaite! 
Comme la cérémonie laïque n’a aucune valeur juridique, vous pouvez vous marier légalement dans votre ville de résidence et organiser votre cérémonie laïque à Paris. 

If you want to plan a religious ceremony in Paris

It is possible to get married religiously in Paris if you can prove your faith and sacraments. You will have to follow a wedding preparation in your country (depending on your religion).

It would be possible to get married in the American Church.

Si vous souhaitez organiser une cérémonie religieuse… 
Il est possible d’organiser une cérémonie religieuse à Paris en prouvant votre confession et vos différents sacrements. Vous devrez suivre une préparation au mariage depuis votre pays de résidence (en fonction des religions).
Pour un mariage catholique, il est possible de se marier à l’ American Church de Paris. 

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And you, which ceremony do you plan?
In which beautiful location?

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