How to Get Married in France
French law states
that you or your partner must be a resident of France for at least
40 days prior to the marriage. You will be required to show proof
of residency (such as an electric bill, a receipt of rent paid,
etc.) when applying for a marriage license.
Because of this law,
most people who have their heart set on a wedding in France (but
not planning on moving to France) choose to have a vow renewal
ceremony instead. The couple may have a small private ceremony
before a judge in their hometown, and then travel to France with
their wedding party and guests for another ceremony. Most of the
time, the bride and groom (and the officiant) are the only people
who know that the ceremony is a vow renewal and not the real deal.
This way, you can still have your dream wedding in romantic France,
but you can also avoid the residency requirements and the extensive
amount of paperwork, rules, and regulations.
In some cases, such
as a couple living in France to attend school, or if you or your
partner is a resident of France, and you wish to obtain a marriage
license, here are a few of the requirements for a marriage in
and place of marriage:
(if you are traveling to France, be sure you pack these in
your carry-on bag and not your checked luggage):
Most city halls (mairies)
in France require some or all of the following documents:
Remember that many
documents in English will need to be officially translated into
French, and in many cases, your ceremony will be performed in
French, so you will need a translator at the ceremony.
For more detailed information on French marriage requirements go to the US Embassy in France website at www.amb-usa.fr/.
Note: Lovetripper.com provides the above information for guidance purposes only. Couples should verify all information with the consulate from their respective countries and with the local offices before making any plans.
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