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How to get Married in France

Officiant in Paris France

In France you can only get married by law in a city hall (“La mairie”) according to France marriage laws. But getting married in Paris for foreigners is very complicated!!! It involves tons of paperwork. The government has complex and abundant bureaucratic requirements for foreigners who want to get married in France. (Just one example: You have to be a resident in France for at least 45 days in a row before you are able to get married in France.)

So what most couples do: They have a quick civil ceremony back home (to make the marriage legally binding). Before or after their civil ceremony they celebrate their symbolic ceremony and create unforgettable memories with a Paris elopement, destination wedding in Paris or dream wedding in France.

Besides civil ceremonies at your local city hall or courthouse are legal matters. So they often feel just like that: Rather impersonal. But marriage is more than just a legal matter. It is a promise made in the hearts of two people who love each other.

Your wedding is your big moment. It is you and only you who defines what is important in your marriage. Your wedding ceremony is the moment when you start your lives together as a married couple. So you should be able to create, celebrate and enjoy your symbolic ceremony the way you want. As your English speaking Celebrant I believe in crafting a ceremony that is perfectly you and creating a moment that you’ll always remember and cherish.

Your symbolic wedding, elopement or vow renewal ceremony in Paris or France is completely yours! Therefore your ceremony script will be unique and personal, romantic and meaningful. It will reflect your individual personalities and your beautiful love story. You can completely customize your wedding ceremony. For instance by choosing the location for your ceremony, by exchanging your personal vows, by deciding for a religious, spiritual or non-religious ceremony, by choosing your favourite wedding reading, by including  wedding rituals – and whatever else you got in mind!

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