CASTLE CEREMONY PACKAGE
We invite you to elope to a real french château (French for “castle”) called Château de Sceaux, pronounced “So”.
This wedding package offers a fully planned celebration day for two or up to 10 guests.
We create your personalized elopement, help with planning and listen to your vision.
This all-inclusive package is a great fit for couples who love french architecture.
THE «CHÂTEAU DE SCEAUX PACKAGE»:
ALL-INCLUSIVE CASTLE ELOPEMENT
French château is a fairytale location. Many couples want to get married in such a luxurious place. There are different castle alternatives in the US and around the world. But why book alternatives if you can get married in a REAL french castle? We know how to plan castle elopement super easy, stress-free, and unique at the same time.
Every detail can be personalized: from your flowers to photoshoot locations, to makeup and ceremony. You book all your vendors in one place and we do the rest.
-For 2 or up to 10 guests
-Package price: €3500
-We accept bookings from 3 days to 12 months
Having a wedding in a real french castle is a dream for many couples, but the castle rent prices can be surprisingly high. Private castles can be hard to book and no possibility to reschedule the date in case of bad weather. Prices for private chateau venue rent in France are from €4-5,000 for a half-day rent. And there you add other wedding expenses.
AND WHY OUR IDEA IS UNIQUE?
We offer a completely unique idea. A wedding ceremony at a public castle called Chateau de Sceaux. It is a public castle open for people, where we can plan a ceremony and a photoshoot. Public castle means it's free to entry and no additional rent price.
CHATEAU DE SCEAUX
Chateau de Sceaux is a beautiful castle and a park surrounded by the lakes and forest. This place is only 30 minutes by car from Paris. Imagine your wedding ceremony in a real french castle. Romantic celebration in a historic chateau, a real fairytale wedding.
We offer a fully planned and coordinated elopement wedding package
For the two of you
With up to 10 guests
THE CHÂTEAU DE SCEAUX PACKAGE INCLUDES:
-Consultation with wedding planner Helene (email or whatsapp)
-Wedding day planning by Tim
-Wedding day coordination by Tim
HAIR AND MAKEUP
-Ceremony in a public castle Chateau de Sceaux
-English speaking Ceremony Officiant
-A bottle of French Champagne
-Transportation for two (couple only) from the beginning to the end
-3,5 hours: 30 min ceremony, 1 hour
in a castle and 2 hours in Paris
-150 edited high resolution, non- watermarked images
As a tourist you can not get legally married in France. We offer an alternative - the symbolic wedding ceremony. As beautiful and romantic as a legal one. But without any paperwork. Together with our couples we plan and create a meaningful ritual.
Our ceremonies are planned in advance, controlled by the couple and can be personalized in many ways.
Classic wedding ceremony. The new, better way to I DO. Includes everything you need to be married - vows, ring exchange, certificates. You can get legally married before or after your trip to Paris.
A vow renewal ceremony is a beautiful way to celebrate your relationship and recommit to your spouse. You can be married 1 year, 10 years or 60 years. Can be something similar to a classic wedding ceremony or totally unique.
Same-sex ceremony - a traditional ceremony but make it sparkle! We are open to everything creative. Time to rethink and improve all the wedding traditions out there. Same-sex wedding or vow renewal can be super unique or totally classic. It's up to you
A PLACE TO SAY "I DO"
There are 3 top spots for your ceremony at Chateau de Sceaux.
1. The main view is the most popular and classic spot. From here you see whole chateau and a part of gardens:
Ceremony spot we call the main castle view
2. Garden backdrop. Perfect for small ceremonies, fresh and unique, with lots of greenery:
Garden ceremony spot
3. Panoramic view is the right place for bigger ceremonies with up to 10 guests. Right spot for those who wish to be in focus with the castle behind them:
Panoramic view for ceremonies with guests
COUPLES ENJOY FRENCH ARCHITECTURE
French castle is more than just a wedding venue. It is a beautifully preserved historical gem. Castles have always been a part of supremely important events in world history.
Do you love French architecture? At this castle long ago weddings began in the late afternoon and continued all night. Some did not even finish until well into the next day!
Facade of the Château de Sceaux
The French formal garden, also called the jardin à la française
CHATEAU DE SCEAUX IS AN "EASY" WEDDING LOCATION
When couples think of a French castle, they probably think of princess life, the rich history of France, fountains, and opulence. And that's exactly what a French chateau offers its visitors.
Chateau de Sceaux is a public castle open to everyone. Public castle means it's free to entry and no additional rent price. And not only you can save money, but also that means stress-free planning. You don't have to wait for your dates to be approved, no crazy deposits, no venue rent contracts and castle hire fees. But total flexibility instead. We just drive to the castle and have a wedding there.
Chateau de Sceaux works as a museum and a public park.
Unfortunately, we can not take photos inside, but the park is open for elopement ceremonies.
The best thing we love about this chateau - it's free to entry, but not many people are here
If we arrive early on the weekday, you will have an illusion of a totally private castle JUST FOR YOU. With no people around!
FAIRYTALE PLACE THAT REALLY EXISTS
You can't find your perfect ceremony venue because your dream place is an enchanted fictional castle? Chateau de Sceaux is very much real and its fairy-tale landscapes are full of romance.
It’s easy to quickly feel as a princess when you’ve been transported to a fantasy land that exists in real life
Your first kis at the chateau is a storybook illustration brought to life
The kind of place that makes your wedding an experience rather than simply an event
FRENCH, BUT DIFFERENT
Perfect for those couples who want something very french, but not cliché. If you want your wedding to be truly unique, you may be considering a place that will really set your ceremony apart.
Unique ceremony & photo backdrop
A secret garden tucked away in the Le Domaine de Sceaux neighborhood
Chateau de Sceaux fits with your personality as a couple
The beautiful park is designed by Andre Le Notre, a principal gardener of King Louis XIV of France. He was a famous French landscape architect.
Andre Le Notre was the landscape architect who designed the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, Tuileries in Paris, Greenwich Park in London and many more.
Andre Le Notre's work represents the height of the French formal garden style or jardin à la française. He was a garden genius, the most influential landscape designer in the world. Think of him as a Leonardo da Vinci, but in a landscape design world. The most famous and influential person who created, observed, experimented, and invented. His genius as a garden artist and inventor continues to inspire people centuries after.
Every king dreamed of owning the same, a garden which would resemble Andre Le Notre's style.
Jardin à la française is a style of garden based on symmetry
You can not have a photoshoot at Versailles, no photography or ceremonies are allowed there, even for additional fee. But you can get married at Chateau de Sceaux, the same team built this castle that created Versailles
CASTLE JUST NEXT TO PARIS
Chateau de Sceaux is located very close to Paris. It will be only 30-40 minute ride. That means we can drive there, exchange rings and vows at your ceremony, and drive back.
Other famous and private castles are so far off from Paris they require a full day trip only for a short visit. But you can incorporate Chateau de Sceaux into your wedding day in Paris.
Start your day with a castle ceremony, then take some portraits and then continue with a Paris photoshoot, enjoy Eiffel Tower and Louvre
HOW TO AVOID PEOPLE?
Chateau de Sceaux is a public castle and other people can be there. It's rarely crowded, but you will see some visitors. And that is completely normal since we don't privatize it.
But no worries:
1) Tourists have no idea about this place
2) Locals visit Chateau de Sceaux only on Saturday and Sunday. During weekdays it stays empty
Voila. It's easy. All we need to do is choose any day from Monday to Friday and arrive early. And enjoy the view. And if there are some people around, we edit them out in photos.
Just take a look at our elopement vlogs and you will see that YES, it's really not crowded.
This place looks just perfect, why people aren't interested, why isn't the castle crowded? Well, simply because there are so many other castles like Versailles that are more popular amongst tourists. And locals work all week long, so they don't have time to visit castles.
Chateau de Sceaux is a true hidden gem.
Calm, charming landscape
ABOUT THIS ELOPEMENT PACKAGE
EASY TO PLAN
We made the planning process as simple as possible. We ask questions about couple's wishes and expectations on each step.
We use questionnaires to collect and save information. That's what our couples fill in to personalize their wedding day:
We discuss every detail together and carefully store this information. We ask brides to create their inspirational Pinterest boards, send references for hair and makeup and choose photoshoot locations. Our couples can plan a destination wedding from home just in 4-5 evenings when they have free time.
Although we ask a lot of questions, couples can quickly give us the information (email, WhatsApp and questionnaires) and we do the rest.
SAVE YOUR TIME
How this all-inclusive package will help you save time? Simple: think about the time that it takes just to find and book one wedding professional. Search on Google or Instagram, connect through social media, spend hours examining prices and portfolio… and then (only if everything looks good) reach out and have a chat. And you need to talk to 5-6 people at least, just to find THE ONE that is available and is a great fit for you. Now multiply that by 10 and you will realize how much time it takes to find your perfect wedding team. Add a venue. Add ceremony. And let's not forget the logistics (oh my), the timeline, the planning and coordination… bringing vendors and transportation together, monitoring the communications… and all that from overseas. It is so stressful and time-consuming.
With our all-inclusive packages you book all your vendors in one place, the planning process will be fun and never overcomplicated.
-We reserve your date by a PayPal deposit and immediately book the vendors
-We make sure everyone is available
-We pay deposits to vendors and book your date with them
-You pay us only one deposit and we split it between the vendors
-We take care of all technical questions vendors have so the couple doesn’t have to deal with constant chatting
-We prepare your personalized ceremony script
-We plan the ceremony based on the weather and coordinate with Officiant
-Before the ceremony we meet Officiant and make sure she arrives on time
-We collect information about flowers you like, brides send us their "dream bouquet" and we do the rest
-We contact the florist to confirm that chosen flowers are in season
-If yes, we make an order and coordinate the delivery
-One day before the elopement we drive to our florist to pick up the bouquet
-On the day of elopement we deliver it to the place you stay at
-One week before the wedding we start monitoring the weather to make sure there is no rain on your big day
-We plan your perfect timeline based on weather, traffic and chosen locations
-We are responsible for making sure your vision is executed properly
-We ask our brides to search for inspirational hair and makeup photos
-When this is done, we create a group chat with our makeup artist where you can discuss everything
-Bride only discuss her look she wants to have. The rest (adding makeup to timeline, transferring your address etc ) we do for you
-We make sure everyone follow the timeline
-If something is taking longer than expected, we coordinate the rest. For example if your makeup took 40 minutes more than planned, we will call the Officiant and warn her
-We make sure all the logistics of the wedding are handled properly
We plan your photoshoot route based on locations available (not closed, in good condition)
-If some location is closed, we will offer an alternative
-Our photoshoot is location-based rather than hour-based. We make sure you visit all as planned even if you stuck in the traffic for 1 hour
ON THE WEDDING DAY
-We make sure everything goes as planned
-All issues will be adressed to your wedding planner, so you don't need to worry about anything
-We will help you with restrooms if needed or drive to the nearest cafe if you are running out of energy to have a takeaway coffee
-If there is a chance of rain and the couple decides to postpone, we choose the best day available
-We contact all vendors to confirm they can move the date to some days forwards or backward
-We contact the florist and make sure she picks up flowers not on the original date, but when needed. That's how you get a fresh bouquet even when the wedding is postponed 2-3 days forward
-We re-plan the timeline and coordinate with vendors your postponed day
MAKE MEMORIES WITH YOUR LOVED ONES
This package is designed for elopements with up to 8-10 guests. Usually, the couple invites their loved ones to the ceremony and we always take group photos after. And celebrate with a champagne toast.
Cheers to a new family!
Just because you're eloping doesn't mean you can't have the most beautiful flowers. Our florists will put together flowers that will compliment your small wedding vision. We offer different color palette choices from cream, blush, and white to bright hues.
Ivory and blush bouquet for Ali and Shaun
BRIDAL HAIR AND MAKEUP
The Chateau de Sceaux package comes with professional hair and makeup for the bride, at your hotel or Airbnb. Our makeup and hair artist arrives in the morning to help you get ready and create the bridal look you love. Here are some examples:
Soft curls with veil for Meredith
Classic wedding updo for Ali
LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION
To plan the logistics of the day, we ask only two things: couple’s hotel address and chosen photoshoot location list. We analyze this information and create the easiest and fastest photoshoot route. Nobody loves spending time in traffic and we try to avoid that. Transportation is included for two people for the whole event. We pick you up from the hotel, drive to the castle, visit Paris and go back.
The car is with you the whole time so you can leave your bags there. We work with our own car, economy class. Car type or color can not be personalized.
Tim is Do it Paris way owner and a professinal wedding photographer. We included evertyhing you need in terms of photography. Ceremony reportage, castle portrait shoot and 3 locations in Paris.
For your after-ceremony photoshoot in Chateau de Sceaux Tim offers a route around the castle that includes the best views.
PARIS PHOTOSHOOT LOCATIONS
For the last 8 years, we selected the 15 places in Paris that work the best for a wedding photoshoot. Iconic views like Petit Palais or the famous Eiffel Tower. We have a photoshoot location list where you can make your selection.
The photography that comes with elopement packages is location-based rather than hourly-based. You will be at peace of mind that the locations you expect to capture come out perfect without risking an overtime invoice in the event that the day runs late in case of bad traffic or weather.
Petit Palais and Trocadero in Paris
HOW TO BOOK
We book only weekdays (Monday to Friday) for this castle elopement package
We accept bookings from 12 months to 5 days to your wedding date
Final full package price is €3500, taxes included
We reserve a date by €250 PayPal deposit and a signed contract
My wedding is going to be a bit more than an elopement. I have more than 10 guests. Can I book this package?
We’re elopement wedding specialists and that is our passion. That’s where we shine! Our packages are created for small weddings of up to 10 people. For larger weddings, we advise that you find the right wedding planner that is perfect for your type of wedding.
Can we take photos inside the castle?
No, only park photos are allowed.
What is a public ceremony location? Will my ceremony be private?
In this package, we offer a ceremony in a public castle Chateau de Sceaux. This package does not give you exclusive rights to any public venue. That means, other people can be around. To avoid that, we plan all our ceremonies early morning, because you cannot demand that tourists vacate your wedding space. But don't worry! People are quite nice and respectful when they see a wedding. If we start our ceremony at sunrise, almost nobody is around. Perfect for your dream pictures.
Can we make this ceremony private?
Not in Chateau de Sceaux package. If you want a place with exclusive rights and only for your wedding, then we’ll guide you toward a totally private venue.
Can we add decorations and a floral arch?
Usually, when we get this question, couples envision something impressive like a giant floral arch in the middle of the park, a path covered with rose petals, and Napoléon chairs for guests. But unfortunately, none of this is possible. There are several reasons why we don’t do this. The first one is that it's simply not legal. We know how important this day is for you and we make sure everything proceeds smoothly. If we try to bring decorations to a public place, we may end up with a few extra problems with the police. It's simply not worth the risk. Wedding day is all about celebration and happy moments!
The best time to contact and book?
The best time to do it is 10-12 months before the wedding. But we are often asked to plan impulsive elopements in just some days, so don't worry if you don't have a lot of time. You decided to elope and only a week is left till your trip to Paris? Well, then we'll work fast. However, it is better to have a few months beforehand to plan that important day carefully and prepare everything you have always wanted.
What if I need to change my dates or anything else?
Send us a message and we will figure it out. Our team is flexible