Here is everything we spent $$ on in order to elope in the City of Love! For a complete price break down, feel free to contact me directly and I will be happy to share!
Flights OKC to Paris: Using airline miles we had saved up from previous trips we were able to save roughly. I highly recommend you signing up for American Airlines Rewards program because you can put them to good use on big flights like this! Going right before peak travel season can help you cut the cost as well. You also can stay local for an elopement!
Wedding Attire: John’s tux , my Dress from BHLDN, both of our shoes, veil + belt from The Bridal Boutique- Norman alterations and earrings. Definitely take in consideration your destination before picking out attire! Mountains = hiking boots/flowy dress? City: tux & cathedral length veil? Beach: khakis and barefoot?
Flowers: Paris is full of floral shops, so I went into one with inspiration photos and the shop owner created my wedding bouquet effortlessly! I have seen brides make their own bouquets from YouTube tutorials, using flowers from Trader Joes, Uptown Grocers, or SAMS. Do not feel like you have to go to a florist to have a beautiful bouquet!
Venue: Free! We chose the Pont Bir Haikem Bridge to get married on since it included the Siene River, Eiffel Tower in the background, and lush trees nearby. Literally we just walked right up and people gave us respect + space to enjoy our ceremony. Try to see if you can do this in the place you want to elope in because you’ll save major $$. Oklahoma: Wichita Mountains, Great Salt Plains, an abandoned field, Lake Hefner, parking garage rooftop, Turner Falls, etc!
Officiant: Free! Our premarital counselor was friends with a pastor in Oklahoma who had moved to Paris to start a ministry. He sent an email and ta-da! Paul, our officiant, met us in Paris and did our ceremony for free. He was not an ordained minister so we got legally married in OK first. You could do the same or just read personal vows to one another!!!
Vendors: Charles Gillman Cosmetics was my MUA (he was fabulous, I so enjoyed getting ready with him), Rachel McCarthy was our photographer, and Tuan Ngyuen with Ping Pang Films was our videographer! All 3 of them nailed it. I couldn’t be happier with their services. Since you are eloping there is no need for your vendors to be around for a full 8 hours. We hired each of them for 2 hours and got a 3 minute wedding video and over 500 pictures! Find vendors who have discounted rates (like meeee!!!) for elopements.
Hotel: We stayed at Hotel Mercure Tour Eiffel . This is the only thing I would have changed about our day! Instead of paying for an Eiffel Tower view, I would have much rather payed for a bigger hotel room to get ready in. However, we only walked 5 minutes to get to our venue which was very ideal! This saved us time, the stress of finding everyone a cab, and $$ for transportation.
By eloping we were able to plan better for our future in regards to finances! Since many family members wanted to pay for flights + hotels + bridal accessories as a gift to us, we paid out of pocket a very small amount. If you eloped locally I truly believe you could do it on less than $1,500. Hope this could help, I wish you the best planning your elopement!