3 Myths & Some Advice on Weddings and Elopements in Paris!

So, you want to have your wedding in a place imbued with timeless romance….What could be more romantic than Paris (or Provence)? If you can think of something, let me know!

Myth 1: Destination Weddings are more expensive than weddings at home:

The average cost for a wedding in the United States is $26,542.00. This doesn’t include the honeymoon. The average honeymoon price is between $5,200-$10,000 for international travelers (depending upon whether you choose a luxury or standard honeymoon).

Destination weddings offer you the opportunity to combine wedding and honeymoon in ways that are very cost effective….And allow you to make your special day a truly unique and memorable experience. Elopements to Paris range from $10,000 to $20,000 and include the ceremony, reception, hotel, meals and “a honeymoon”.

And, where else can you get a background filled with jaw dropping beauty and world class sites? Champagne on top of the Eiffel Tower? Check! Romantic photos by the Seine river? Check! French pastries and great wines? Check!

But, it’s not just about money! It’s about the most important day of your life.

Myth 2: Destination Weddings are more complicated than weddings at home:

And Destination weddings  present wonderful opportunities to make your wedding day about you and your love for each other. 

People often think that these events are impossible and difficult to plan because of the distance. Not so. At Bliss Travels, it’s simple. We do everything for you (other than say “I do”)! You talk with us (in English, in the US). We design your unique wedding weekend or week. And then we make it happen.  Think of this as your chance to escape the clutter of daily life, leaving the minutia behind, so you can focus on the most important thing: Your partner and your ceremony.

Destination weddings are for couples who want to focus on each other and their commitment. These couples not only have a sense of adventure, they want to look back on their wedding day and remember each other, not the hoards of people, seating arrangements, and catering problems that typically dominate a wedding. Because you do not have these things to worry about when you go to Paris or Provence for your wedding, the day/weekend/week is much simpler! So, kick your feet up and enjoy your wedding!

Myth 3: You must either celebrate at home (with family and friends) or abroad, and miss out on family and friends:

Not so! You can eat your cake and have it too! Certainly, you may have a few people who wish to travel with you.

But, even if that’s not possible, it’s still possible to share your special day with your loved ones. We work with several photography partners who create DVD slideshows of your ceremony and entire weekend/week as well as video of your ceremony. These are edited, set to music, and presented to you soon after your ceremony. Thus, when you get home we can arrange a champagne reception for your family and friends where your guests get to view your special event!

So, if you’re ready to be the envy of your friends, create a weekend that is truly unique, and thoroughly enjoy yourself, give Bliss Travels a call!

Thanks to our great photography partners: Anthony Bianciella, Sarah Miller, and Bill Mathesius for allowing us to share their work!

4 comments on “3 Myths & Some Advice on Weddings and Elopements in Paris!

  1. Anita Mac says:

    I couldn’t agree more – while I had initially imagined a wedding at home, the destination wedding captures my imagination more and more! Not only from the romance side – from a practical side – if your uncle’s second cousin wants to come – sure – it is covered by their travel plans as opposed to yours. Chances are, people who are not that close to you will no longer come – the wedding will be far more intimate!!!

    • That’s so true. Only your closest family and friends will consider coming. More than that though, by having it abroad, nobody’s feeling are hurt if they are not “on the guest list”. Whereas at home you are expected to invite everyone, if you’re going away (especially far away) people truly understand if you don’t. And, not to be forgotten, when people come to a destination wedding, they are in a completely different frame of mind than when they come to a local wedding. Destination wedding guests are ON VACATION -happy, carefree, not stressed, ready to have a good time. It captures the best of the party and leaves the drama behind!

      • Anthony says:

        You also get more time with guests that do come to the wedding since you’ll be with them for several days in most cases. You’ll see them for brunch or for a local tour, etc. No running from table to table to be sure that you’ve at least said hello to everyone.

      • So true. Thank you for raising that fact. And along with the time that you get, you build real and significant memories with those friends and family. I’ve seen closeness forged on our trips that would’ve taken many months or even years to create during “normal life at home.”

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