Guidance to Getting Married in France

PARIS, FRANCE–For those of you who are planning to have a destination wedding in France, we would like to share some useful information that will help you decide on the best approach to take regarding one of the most important events in your life.

If you have a valid marriage license from your home country, there are a select number of religious institutions in Paris and in other parts of France where you can be married by an English-speaking minister or rabbi or imam. You will need to send us a copy of your marriage license beforehand so we can make the ceremony arrangements on your behalf.

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Ooh la la! France Wedding Planner has organized weddings in both non-denominational churches as well as in the Grand Mosque of Paris. It is important to make these arrangements well in advance since the wedding season heats up between April and October in a big way.

We take great pride in organizing the wedding ceremony on your behalf, and making sure that all your concerns are addressed well in advance. We know the most beautiful synagogues in France where you and your family will be welcome, as well as other houses of worship.

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For those of you who wish to marry at your nation’s consulate, you also have some options there as well. You can marry at the Turkish Embassy in Paris, as well as at the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish consulates if you are a citizen of these countries. Again, we can assist with the scheduling of such an event, but keep in mind that you will have to keep the numbers down since the spaces allotted for such occasions are small.

We have also invited our guests to invite their local priest or rabbi or minister to their wedding in France–an option that allows you to have a religious ceremony before friends and family, as well as a binding religious contract. This doesn’t mean that your marriage can be legal on French soil, but at the very least it fulfills the spiritual needs that you may have.

Now for the bad news: unless you are a French citizen or a long-term resident of France, you won’t be able to marry at a local French city hall. Nor would you want to: any person getting married in France is tied to French law and the French tax system. Furthermore, you need to be fairly fluent in French, and the city hall will only provide an English-speaking interpreter if one of the partners is French.

In short, even in the best of circumstances, the procedure to be legally married in France takes a minimum of four to six months planning and tends to only favor local residents with perhaps the exception of VIPs. Remember Tony Parker and Eva Longoria? They were able to marry in France because Mr. Parker was French and an international basketball star–making the media coverage great for France’s image.

Therefore, when thinking of a destination wedding–the most important thing we can assist with is making your dream wedding an unforgettable occasion with the least red tape possible.