If you consider elope to Paris, than this blog post will help you to avoid errors and sometimes even disasters.
You have probably seen thousands of beautiful photos with the Eiffel tower and you don't really understand what is wrong with the most of them. Trocadero square in Paris seems to you an ideal spot for an intimate vows exchange ceremony? Then you should definitely read this.
Five reasons to book a private venue for your vows exchange ceremony in Paris
If you decide having your ceremony in a public place, you will probably have to wake up very early. Most ceremonies start at 7-8 am, which means that you will need to start your make-up and hair preparation as early as 4-5 am. It is up to you to decide whether you want to start your special day that early, and if the answer is "No", then you should definitely book a private place that will give you much more flexibility.
Second, Paris is a lively city with its residents, traffic, noises and odors. When you have your ceremony so early in the morning, you can always encounter a not-too-fresh gentleman, that will obstruct the view to your photographer, swear loudly or wander near your bags. Luckily, it doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens and you don’t want it to happen to you!
Third, the thing that you don’t see on pictures taken from Trocadero square, is that there are easily eight to twelve photographers and couples doing photos at the same time! It doesn’t really impact the quality of photos, as photographers are very respectful (and they often know each other) and they always try to let others taking photos without obstructing the view. Nevertheless, when you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience, you don't want to be a couple among others doing exactly the same thing. Having your own venue will make your photos and most importantly your experience absolutely unique.
Forth, there are loads of events taking place in Paris every year. You might have planned a ceremony with the view on the Eiffel tower, but if the local administration decides to organize a marathon on this day, you will need to find a B plan urgently, as the public place of your choice might be inaccessible.
Having a private venue takes off all the inconveniences mentioned above. You can have your ceremony at any time of the day (think of a beautiful sunset or early twilight) and you don’t have to wake up at 5 am to get ready. It means that you will still be having a fresh make-up and hairstyle for your celebratory dinner, and most importantly, you won’t be tired (waking up at 5 am and staying awake till your late night dinner is a challenge, believe me). Besides, having a private place means that your ceremony is really private. No passers-by, no tourists, no other couples. Just you two and your team of assistants (I mean your photographer, celebrant, and musician).
Choosing to have a private venue for your elopement in Paris also means that you can create a truly unique atmosphere. Dreaming about a champagne table for two with loads of flowers and candles? Or perhaps a massive floral decoration to sublime your special moment and make it look incredible? Maybe you want to have a tailor-made decoration designed and installed for you? It is only possible when you have a private place. Yes, there are photos on Instagram of tables for two being installed right opposite the Eiffel tower, but what you don’t see on photos, is that they are installed on the parking slot! (or near the bridge that some people use as lavatories…)
Even though your pictures will look amazing anyway, it is impossible to get the same experience without booking a private venue. It doesn’t have to be super expensive, there are interesting offers available at reasonable prices, like 1-2k€ and gorgeous spots at 3-5k€. Elopement, even though it is often celebrated in a romantic tête-à-tête or in a small company, is still a lifetime event, so don’t take a risk of trying to save on your unique experience.