Can you name the most romantic place in the world for a marriage proposal? Did you say Paris? If so, you are in agreement with 99% of those in my unscientific poll! Paris is known as the city of love, and romance is definitely in the air! Just think of all those couples who have placed a padlock on the Pont des Arts bridge and thrown away the key. Even when the locks are taken down, love will always find a way!
Although Paris is a very large city, there are many picturesque spots for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Most of us think of the Eiffel Tower as the ultimate symbol of the city. Once thought of as a monstrosity, it is now the iconic landmark of Paris. It’s located on the expansive Champs de Mars which is lined with trees and flowers. The park is picturesque in every season and in every weather – sun, rain, snow and even fog!
Naturally, you will want some photos to mark your special day, and you and your photographer (even if that’s you taking selfies!) will have your choice of beautiful spots.
Here’s another hint – if you are visiting the Eiffel Tower with the longtime love of your life, be sure to take a picture of the two of you! It will be a wonderful souvenir and may be your favorite picture of the year! Here I am with the love of my life, my husband Alan! And, yes, this was our Christmas card photo!
There are other meaningful locations for your romantic moments. You might choose the backdrop of the magnificent Notre Dame cathedral. Before you leave the area, be sure to step on the small brass marker in front of the church known as Point Zero. It’s actually the geographical center of Paris, but tradition has it that if you step on the Point Zero star, you will return to Paris!
To celebrate your engagement or wedding, have a memorable lunch or dinner at Restaurant Le Jules Verne, the Michelin-starred destination on level 2 of the Eiffel Tower. Take the private elevator to the intimate restaurant which overlooks all of Paris! You will have a truly unique and innovative dining experience with a choice of five or six course tasting menus. Afterward, you will leave with a special parting gift and souvenir.
The dinner photos were shared by Michelle Beary, blogger in Paris (fabulousfindsinparis.wordpress.com) Merci, Michelle!
Starting at nine o’clock in the evening, you will be inside the captivating “sparkle” which lasts for five minutes on the hour. The magical twinkling lights will reflect the precious sparkle on your left hand!). You will remember the experience as happily as you remember the occasion that you are celebrating!
Do you want the ultimate destination wedding? With some planning, you can actually get married in Paris! You do want to make sure that you take care of the legal details as well as the ceremony and party arrangements. Our Travel Mechanic wedding specialist, Lauren, can smooth the way for you. Just give her a call for creative ideas! One word of caution, if you choose one of the beautiful Paris churches, remember that churches are public places which are open to tourists during the day. You might find that you have some unexpected “guests” at the ceremony! Somehow, that just adds to the charm! Last year I “happened upon” a wedding at the newly renovated Église de la Madeleine, so naturally I got an aisle seat to witness the happy event (and take some pictures!). Imagine my surprise to find out that the bride and groom were from Pennsylvania and had been students at the Sorbonne!
Whether you fly off to Paris for the most romantic event of your life, or if you’re there for your annual visit to the City of Lights, its landmarks will captivate you. And you will almost certainly leave a piece of your heart there!