Paris is called the City of Lights because it was one of the first cities to have electric street lighting. It’s also known as a city of romance! Besides being a lovely place to get married and honeymoon, Paris is very popular with our clients as a place to get engaged – and the Eiffel Tower is the perfect place to pop the question.
Other popular proposal spots include the bridges over the Seine River as well as famous Parisian landmarks like the Louvre.
The wedding venue options in Paris seem endless, but here are a few of our favorites…
Parc de Bagatelle
Le Bristol Paris
The Ritz Paris
Some things to know about getting married in Paris:
- France’s government has one of the strictest separations of church and state in the world. Because of this, couples are required to hold their wedding ceremony at city hall. Otherwise, it simply won’t count. In addition, permission to have a wedding in France without being a citizen or having a parent live there is very rarely granted. For this reason, many couples opt to take care of the legalities in the U.S. first.
- The main confectionery item at most weddings in France is a French dessert called Croquembouche, which is made up of small pastry balls stacked upon one another (photo below)
- Guests might be wearing black, and it’s not uncommon for a guest to dress completely in black.
- When the newly-married couple enters the reception, it’s customary for guests to throw their napkins at them.
- If you’re going to a wedding in France, you can expect the night to be a long one because celebrations tend to go on all night ending with breakfast the next day, while in the US, things usually wrap up around midnight.
- Most weddings in France won’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen. Instead, the bride and groom will both have a couple of witnesses (with a maximum of four) to participate in the ceremony.
- Wedding registries aren’t common since French couples feel uncomfortable asking for specific items. Instead, guests usually give cash as a gift.
- For more information about weddings and honeymoons in Paris, contact the wedding planning and wedding travel experts at i-do Weddings & Events!