As you know, we’ve been scouting Paris wedding venues and we’ve already shared a couple of wedding venues that have a traditional French look and style (if you haven’t seen that post, you can check it out here). They are great options, but not for everyone. Perhaps you want to make it easy on your guests and have your wedding at a hotel instead so that both you and they can stay onsite. So, today we’re sharing two very different, but wonderful hotels which are great options for your Paris destination wedding.
The first hotel is the Hotel Particulier. This small boutique hotel is tucked away off a private road in the heart of Montmartre. I love the character and charm of this hotel and that it’s away from the main hubs of hotels. But, one of the best things about it is that you could fully rent out the hotel for your wedding. There are a total of 5 rooms in the hotel and if you do rent out all the rooms, then the whole property and all the public spaces are at your disposal. If you’re looking to have a small, intimate wedding at a hotel (50 people or less), this one is pretty awesome.
So, we’re going to start with the entrance. As I mentioned, the hotel is located off a private road which means that it’s not only quiet and private, but it’s also situated away from tourists. So, you’ll have your own little sanctuary in Paris.
The front of the hotel has 3 outdoor terraces on 3 separate levels, but they are all in the same general area. There are lots of trees and greenery and each could be used for your intimate ceremony or cocktail hour. It’s also not a bad place to just hang out.
When you enter the hotel you’ll hit the main dining area which can hold up to 50 people max. I think about 30-35 guests would be the ideal number, but 10 people or 50 people would be just as lovely. The main room has a darker look to it with the black velvet, but it feels luxuriously homey.
Downstairs is the where the party would take place. There is a built in bar and a perfect spot for the DJ. What is nice about the downstairs area is that there are really two rooms, one interior and one that is like a conservatory and is encased in glass. The conservatory area also leads to one last outdoor terrace which is another nice space you can use to mingle.
Cute, huh? As I mentioned before, what I like about this hotel is the character it has and that it’s a bit off the beaten path. It’s not your “normal” hotel and it feels like it’s a part of the community, which I think is great. It’s uber private and comfy all while still feeling special. And the best part is you can have the whole place to yourselves. It’s like having your own home (albeit, a large one) in a fun Paris neighborhood, which is pretty awesome.
On the other end of the spectrum is the Shangri-La Hotel. While the Hotel Particulier is charming and intimate, the Shangri-La has the wow factor. Originally the residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte (Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew), it’s lavish decor, stained glass, mosaics and just overall beauty is easy to fall in love with. Located in the 16th arrondissement (close to all the luxury stores), it’s got history, original decor and details, and is luxury at it’s finest.
We’re going to start with the entryway again, so you can see the detail and decor that leads you to the grand staircase.
The grand staircase is great not only for photos, but for the bride’s grand entrance to the 1st floor foyer area, which in my opinion, is perfect for a ceremony. The stained glass (one of many) is beautiful and makes for the perfect backdrop especially with the columns framing the focal point. The rest of the foyer (also beautiful) is great for cocktails.
From the foyer, there are 3 rooms which can either connect or be sectioned off depending on how much space you need or which room you like the best. Similar to the traditional French style mansion venues we shared previously, since this was once a mansion, the rooms are all slightly different and separate, but connected. The main room is Le Grand Salon and is modeled after Versailles. This room is the most ornate with it’s French gold detailing and can hold up to 110 for dinner.
The room to it’s right is La Salle a Manger, or the war room. The decor in this room is darker and has more wood, making it feel more like a study, which is apt given it’s original purpose. This room can hold up to 60-70 people for dinner.
To the left of the main room is Le Salon de Famille or the family room. As you would expect this room is lighter and softer in color and feeling. This room which can hold 40 for dinner, is actually almost two rooms with an open archway. This space could also be used for your ceremony if the foyer isn’t to your liking or would be great for a post wedding brunch.
You have to admit that these spaces are all very nice, but the icing on the cake or the cherry on top is that there is also a small outdoor terrace on the same floor which you can use for cocktail hour or just to stare at the Eiffel. It was unfortunately a cloudy day when I took these photos, so lady Eiffel has her head in the clouds, but I’m sure you can imagine.
Now unfortunately you are not allowed to have dancing in these rooms because of the way the mansion was built. They wanted to preserve it as best as possible which means it isn’t sound proof. However, there is a solution! The hotel has a ballroom on a separate floor which is perfect for dancing and gives your guests another area to explore. This room could also be used for dinner if you prefer and can hold up to 200 people.
Those are the event spaces for the hotel, but I also wanted to share some of the other nice things about the hotel. They have a few different restaurants and lounge areas each with their own style. I particularly like the style of La Bauhinia.
As a Shangri-la Hotel, they have a Chinese restaurant, Shang Palace which also means that they can do Chinese food for your wedding as well. How many French wedding venues can do that? So, this is a nice perk especially perfect for a Chinese wedding or just a couple who wants Chinese food.
The last feature I want to share is the garden. It’s lovely. During my tour, I kept trying to convince my contact to allow ceremonies out in the garden because it would be beautiful.
So, that’s the Shangri-la Hotel and the Hotel Particulier. They are both awesome hotels for different reasons. Depending on what you’re looking for and where you want to stay, one of these could be a great option for your destination wedding in Paris.
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