Convenience is key – Javier & Joshua
“Our planning-advice: Convenience is key! At first we only planned to do the cocktail reception and dinner at the Athénée and we scoured the internet for ceremony venues. We found a lot of amazing options, but all out of our price range. At the end of the day, the Athénée was able to offer us a great deal and it was extremely convenient for our guests— half of whom had never been to Paris– to only have one place to get to.
Also, a coordinator at the venue or at least at the destination is so, so important. We planned most of the wedding from afar. Javi was able to visit the Athénée once before we officially booked it. It turned out even more amazing than we expected, but the visit was really helpful in making us feel even more at ease. Josh was able to ask a friend in Paris to do the cake tasting and his feedback was helpful in improving our cake’s taste. However, the Athénée’s event coordinator, Koliane Oeur, did the bulk of the work. She was absolutely INCREDIBLE and we could not have done the wedding without her. She was extremely responsive to e-mails and went out of her way to make sure she understood what we wanted. It was certainly helpful that Josh is fluent in French, but without a strong on-location coordinator like Koliane, we don’t know how anyone plans a destination wedding!
At the end of the day, a wedding is about you and your future spouse– no one else. It’s easy to get carried away with the destination aspect of the wedding and want to create an amazing experience for everyone. However, it’s hard enough to plan a wedding, let alone be a travel agent for all your guests. We made sure to stay in constant communication with everyone via Facebook and text, but we also let people explore on their own and make their own mistakes.”
Javier & Joshua
Married at same sex wedding in Paris, France
Photography by Paris Photographer Pierre