First of all: Congratulations, you are engaged! And you and your fiancé are about to do one of the most romantic things possible – you want to say your “I do’s” in timeless Paris and make this moment unforgettable with a symbolic ceremony.
There is just one thing you have to keep in mind before keeping on planning your wedding, elopement or vow renewal celebration in the French capital: Your symbolic ceremony in Paris performed by a wedding celebrant is not legally binding!
In France you can only get married by law in a city hall (“La mairie”) but this is very complicated!!! It involves tons of paperwork as the governement has complex and abundant bureaucratic requirements for foreigners who want to get married in France. (Just one example: You have to stay 45 days in France before you are able to get married here.) So what most couples do: They get legally married back home before or after their symbolic ceremony in Paris.
Now why again should you exchange your vows in Paris? The answer is pretty simple: Because it is the city of love – so where else could you have a more romantic and memorable symbolic ceremony!
Besides legally binding ceremonies are legal matters so they often feel just like it: 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 yours and only you define what will be important in your marriage! Your wedding celebration 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. And as your Paris officiant I would be happy to help you making your ideas a reality.
With your symbolic ceremony for your wedding, elopement or vow renewal in Paris you will be able to give your celebration your personal twist for instance by choosing the location for your ceremony, by exchanging your personally written wedding vows, by deciding for a religious, spiritual or non-religious ceremony, by choosing a reading – and whatever else you got in mind!