We get lots of enquiries for ceremonies on (I have to disappoint you here: you can’t have a wedding ON the Eiffel Tower) and around the Eiffel Tower. So, what are your best options?
Depending on your personal preference:
Champ de Mars
Esplanade du Trocadero
The Champ de Mars is a big garden that stretches from the Eiffel Tower to the Ecole Militaire, on the left bank of the Seine river. You can get lovely shots of the tower in the background from the central lawn.
On the opposite side of the river, slightly elevated, there is the Esplanade du Trocadero. This is a lovely spot for photos but very crowded as it offers those classic “postcard views” of the Eiffel Tower and is very popular with tourists.
If you’re looking at having your ceremony around the Eiffel Tower, I’d personally recommend the Champ de Mars, as it’s quite big and it’s easy to find a quiet spot. You can then walk to Trocadero after the ceremony (taking pictures along the way) or stop there during your photo tour.
P.S. Select an early time in the morning if you’d like a wedding around the Eiffel Tower !
Do you like the idea of having your wedding on the tip of an island but in the middle of Paris?
Then consider having your ceremony at Square du Vert Galant – a lovely garden on the west-end of the Ile de la Cité (City Island). It’s small and quiet, and the waters of the Seine provide privacy and intimacy.
In addition, the Pont des Arts, a sort disctance away (pictured below) offers a lovely background for pictures (you can walk ot take the car to this bridge after the ceremony). Mornings are the best time to have your ceremony here as it can be crowded with tourists in the afternoon.
Located in the VIII arrondissement, on the right bank of the Seine, Parc Monceau is a truly Parisian experience. Less frequented by tourists than its bigger, more famous cousins, it’s a spot favoured by the locals for picnics, jogging and relaxing on the laws. It’s a romantic and quiet location for wedding ceremonies in all seasons.
Designed and built in the 18th century, with “folies” such as a Roman colonnade, a small scale Egyptian pyramid, a Venetian bridge and other exotic features it was conceived by its architect to be a “fantasy” and to amuse and surprise the visitor at every step.
M: Monceau (line 2)
Avoid school days (4.30 to 6.00 pm) as there is a primary school just off the gardens and it can get noisy.
I’m not a fan of the Luxembourg gardens. In fact, in spite of their great location and classic style, I find them very crowded and dusty. However, this Saturday afternoon, I had second thoughts…
The light, late in the afternoon, was splendid, and the autumn leaves were the perfect frame for the Medici fountain. The atmosphere was a quiet and romantic in this secluded corner of the gardens and I felt miles away from the crowds of the central square.
The fountain is located near the Odéon entrance (just left of the Senate) and was originally commissioned in 1634 by Marie de Medici for her palace on the Left Bank of the Seine. Modified extensively during the years the fountain was relocated to its present spot around 1860. The central sculpture that ornates the fountain is based upon the Greek Myth “Acis and Galatea”.
According to the myth, Galatea’s jealous suitor, the Cyclops Polyphemus, killed Acis with a boulder. Galatea, devastated by the death of her lover, turned the blood of Acis into a river – the river Aci, which runs to this day near mount Etna, in Sicily.
Location: Luxembourg gardens – Medici Fountain
Best time: Early morning or evenings (check gate opening times). Avoid weekend afternoons.