When we imagine our dream elopement or wedding, many of us picture an Eiffel Tower wedding and it’s not a surprise that the city of love is a popular venue for exchanging vows. As opposed to a Paris engagement if you want to say “I dos” for a marriage in the French capital, why not choose to have it in the heart of the city, close to one of the most beloved monuments in the world?
Once the tallest manmade structure in the world, there’s just something mesmerizing about the Eiffel Tower. While it’s a must-see for a tourist, it has also grown to be the perfect venue for many weddings. Couples love the thought of having a symbolic wedding amidst the enchanting Eiffel Tower, where romance is in the air and love thrives. Eiffel Tower weddings can never go out of style.
If you don’t know where to start and how to plan an elopement, you should check our guide!
Before we jump into what kind of Eiffel Tower weddings are possible, I would like to introduce ourselves. My name is Fran and I’m the founder of The Paris Photographer. Our French weddings team, consists of hand picked talented French wedding photographers and videographers based in Paris, France. We absolutely love photographing Paris elopements, intimate weddings in Paris, gorgeous weddings in France as well as quaint destination weddings in France and in Europe.
Eiffel Tower witnesses various weddings every year, each different from the other.
Many couples opt for Eiffel Tower wedding elopements, which include just the bride and groom. Then, we have intimate Paris weddings, including the bride and groom and a few family or friends. For an event as small as an elopement, you can choose a public place, such as Trocadero Square or the Bir Hakeim bridge to exchange your wedding vows.
Here are some breathtaking shots we have captured for some amazing couples for their elopement photo shoot. Also, read here a Paris elopement guide that will help you plan the perfect wedding!
Choosing such a space allows you to get married in front of the Eiffel Tower, the pictures come out phenomenal. But that’s surely not a coincidence. To get Trocadero Square or the Bir Hakeim bridge all to yourselves, you’ll have to sacrifice a few things – namely, your sleep.
The Eiffel Tower wedding ceremony has to happen in the wee hours of the morning. Otherwise, you’ll find the venue crowded with tourists. This way, we guarantee you will have the best wedding in Paris.
For this reason, we don’t recommend public places for ceremonies. The tourist element takes away from its romantic aura. Instead, you can always go for an intimate Eiffel Tower wedding with your closest loved ones. Book a private location to have the ceremony.
If you want something even fancier, you can have a grand affair with big celebrations. A yacht on the Seine River is just perfect for that. Spacious enough for a larger number of gatherings, a yacht wedding offers spectacular views of the Seine River and the monumental Eiffel Tower.
Check out this dreamy yacht Eiffel Tower wedding. Needless to say, it was a night to remember!
While this holds true for weddings everywhere, to have the perfect Eiffel Tower wedding in one of the world’s most popular cities, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of planning.
We always, always, always recommend hiring a wedding planner. If let’s say, you choose not to hire one and do everything yourself, here are a few aspects you’ll have to arrange for:
We could go on, but we’re sure you get the idea. Now, imagine being a foreigner looking to have a destination wedding, and arranging for vendors in a completely unknown country.
Unless you’re an expert at this, wedding planning will have you wracking your brain. Wouldn’t having a wedding planner, dealing with everything, be such a relief?
P.S. Here’s an easy breezy wedding guide you might want to have a look at! It contains all the insider knowledge, tips, and tricks you need to plan the perfect Paris wedding.
You don’t want to be surprised by rain on your big day, not that it’s a bad thing. However, it’s always best to be prepared, therefore do your research on Paris weather. Choose your Eiffel Tower wedding ceremony date accordingly. You’ll want to choose your wedding venue depending on the weather, since indoors are better for winters and outdoors for the rest.
We love summer in Paris, as it offers a light breeze, a gorgeous amber glow throughout. And the best part – late sunsets, allowing more time for photographs!
We know you want your wedding to have the Eiffel Tower as the highlight. However, do you want a venue that showcases it as a backdrop, or do you want it inside the Eiffel Tower?
That’s right, you can totally have your wedding inside!
Located on the second floor of the tower, Jules Verne is a well-known restaurant and quite possibly, one of the classiest we’ve been to. It offers a spectacular view, a modern interior, and food that you and your guests will never forget.
We’ll just say three words: five (or seven) course meals.
Since it’s a popular spot for events, the restaurant offers partial and full bookings, with a minimum capacity of around 20 and a maximum of approximately 120 people.
However, there are so many other fabulous places where you can throw a memorable party. Check out below a short list of the best Eiffel Tower wedding venues!
Located in the heart of Paris, on Avenue George V, just off the Champs-Élysées, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, the Four Seasons Hotel George V is one of the most luxurious places to say your vows and have an incredible ceremony and party.
The hotel offers several elegant and versatile venues for hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions. These include stunning indoor spaces such as grand salons and ballrooms, which can be customized to suit your preferences. The hotel’s beautiful courtyard and garden areas also provide a picturesque backdrop for outdoor weddings.
Les Ombres features a contemporary design with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower. The modern interior and elegant decor create a chic and sophisticated atmosphere.
The venue can accommodate smaller wedding receptions and events. Now let’s talk about the food! Les Ombres is known for its gourmet French cuisine. Their talented chefs create delicious dishes using high-quality ingredients. They offer a range of menu options, including customized menus to suit your preferences and dietary requirements.
Maison Blanche is situated on Avenue Montaigne, one of the most prestigious streets in Paris. It offers a prime location near the Eiffel Tower, providing guests with a beautiful view of the iconic landmark.
The venue boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that offer unobstructed views of the Eiffel Tower. The interior features a modern and elegant design, creating a sophisticated ambiance for your wedding celebration.
Maison Blanche can accommodate various wedding sizes, from intimate gatherings to larger receptions. Maison Blanche is renowned for its gastronomic cuisine. Their talented chefs create exquisite dishes inspired by French culinary traditions, using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
The Shangri-La Hotel Paris is ideally located near the Seine River, providing an exceptional vantage point for viewing the Eiffel Tower. Many of the rooms and event spaces offer panoramic views of the iconic landmark, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the beauty of the Eiffel Tower throughout your wedding celebration.
The combination of the hotel’s elegant decor, the stunning view of the Eiffel Tower, and the overall ambiance of Paris creates a truly romantic setting for your wedding. The hotel’s exquisite architecture and beautiful gardens further enhance the romantic atmosphere, making it a dream destination for couples who want to get married.
Here’s a list of some other venues that may not be inside the Eiffel Tower, but they offer great views of the Eiffel Tower, which some couples would actually prefer.
You can also explore our guide for intimate wedding venues in Paris.
Depending on your requirements, the menus are billed at around €350 per person. The rental fee varies from €4,000-€7,000 for an event of around 35 guests. However, if you wish to book the entire restaurant, the rental fee will then range from €20,000-€65,000.
Although everything sounds amazing, there’s one con to this venue – no dance floors. However, you can always book a private boat for your Eiffel Tower wedding! Not only can you dance your hearts out for the rest of the night, but you will also experience breathtaking views of Paris.
Instead of a hotel ballroom or salon, you can even opt for a boat wedding, which offers an experience like no other. When parked in the right spot, boats will allow you to enjoy an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. Here are a few boat/yacht venues:
We have dedicated a separate guide to venues where we’ve dropped the top locations to get married in Paris. It’s coming soon…
Dress according to the venue. If you’ve decided on an Eiffel Tower wedding ceremony by the Seine River or in a garden, it’s best to go for a dress that is light to carry.
However, if you’ve opted for a big fat wedding in Paris, in a ballroom or hotel facing the Eiffel Tower, then you can go all out in your dress – long trains, shimmering fabrics, whatever you want. Your dress is your canvas, go crazy!
You want to take our advice on this. Don’t just stop at the Eiffel Tower, enjoy the full experience of a Paris wedding. While the Eiffel Tower is truly a remarkable sight, Paris has so much to offer in nearly every nook and cranny.
We recommend you take out time to explore the city of love with your significant other. Go for a boat ride, explore the Parisian cafés and streets, and enjoy a glass of wine in a garden.
There’s so much to do, and if your photographer can be there to capture all the memories, that would be fantastic!
We’ve had the distinct pleasure of covering our very own version of the Eiffel Tower wedding. And if you’re planning to pop the question in the city of love, then you must check out our Paris proposal guide.
Photographing the Eiffel Tower at night is entirely legal for individuals, and they are free to capture and share their photos on social networks.
However, professionals face different regulations. The copyright protection extends to the lighting and sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. Therefore, professional use of nighttime images of the Eiffel Tower requires prior authorization and may involve a fee.
The iconic light show that occurs every night falls under France’s copyright laws as artistic work. Therefore, it is illegal to capture/share imagery of the night-lit tower without permission from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.
No matter how many times we see it, we can’t ever get enough of the Eiffel Tower, especially the light show. Happening every night from sunset to at least midnight, the light show begins with the first 5 minutes of every hour. In conclusion, plan ahead with your French wedding videographer, to catch the precise moment when the Tower sparkles. To have that moment in your wedding video. The sparkles are not that nice to be captured in photos, in videos however, it’s gorgeous.
Watching the Eiffel Tower come to life, twinkling amongst the starry skies, is truly an unforgettable experience. To get married here would surely be a dream come true.
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