Paris in the Palm of Your Hand
If romance wins out over practicality (and why not?), use our guide to host the chicest destination wedding on the droit side of the Atlantic.
"We'll always have Paris." After one visit to the City of Lights, you don't have to be a movie buff to understand this deeply romantic sentiment. So, why not consider marrying in this city on the Seine?
Paris has plenty to offer any bride or groom seeking to host the ultimate in cosmopolitan matrimonial style, from centuries old to cutting-edge venues. The only caveat: France being France, foreigners will have to push through some pretty tricky laws (and plenty of paperwork to match) to hold an official civil ceremony (see sidebar, Marrying in France, below). But if romance wins out over practicality (and why not?), you can always use our guide to host the chicest destination wedding on the droit side of the Atlantic.
For the Classic Couple
Weddings are often about tradition so let's begin with the utmost in classic Haute Parisian venues, the prestigious Hotel George V. Located steps from the Champs-Élysées and in the heart of the fanciest Parisian shopping district, this legendary venue guarantees the most luxurious event rooms, signature impeccable Four Seasons service, and the most splendid accommodations for your guests.
On site, there are a whopping nine locations for a wedding, allowing from 20 to 450 guests. While the price tag for a wedding here is très chère, you can feel confident the money will be well spent: Hotel George V staff can satisfy your every desire, starting with a Wedding Specialist to help you with every detail from invitations to floral arrangements. The best part? The Four Seasons can even navigate the aforementioned legal paperwork. Priceless.
For the Power Couple
Set in the 15th arrondissement, on the tony Avenue Montaigne, this glassed-in restaurant perched on the top floor of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées may offer sweeping western views across the Siene. But the real scene at this dining establishment takes place within the interior of this high-voltage setting known for serving the world's highest profile financiers, models and actors.
Backed by two chefs, brothers Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, a reception at the Restaurant Maison Blanche promises a memorable meal. They offer seasonal Languedoc cuisine, which can also be described as Mediterranean food on steroids. The dishes, like partridge with caramelized turnips, are proudly touted as daring, strong and powerful, just like its clientele.