France marriage laws: How to get married in Paris
First of all: Congratulations, you are engaged! You two are about to do one of the most romantic things possible: Getting married in France, elopeing in Paris! Say your “I do’s” during a symbolic ceremony in Paris will make this moment unforgettable!
There is just one thing you have to keep in mind before planning your wedding in France, Paris elopement or vow renewal ceremony: Your symbolic ceremony in Paris performed by wedding celebrants in France is not legally binding!
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 governement has complex and abundant bureaucratic requirements for foreigners who want to get married in France. (Just one example: You have to stay at least 45 days in France before you are able to get married in France.) So what most couples do: They get legally married back home. Before or after that they have their symbolic ceremony. Like that you still can enjoy a Paris elopement, destination wedding in Paris or dream wedding in France.
Your Symbolic ceremony in Paris
In short your smybolic ceremony in France won’t get you legally married. So why should you elope in Paris or get married in France? 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 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! And only you define 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. And as your Paris officiant I would be happy to help you making your ideas a reality.
Your symbolic wedding ceremony, elopement ceremony or vow renewal ceremony in Paris or France is completely yours! You will be the center of your wedding ceremony: The ceremony script will be unique, 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 wedding vows, by deciding for a religious, spiritual or non-religious ceremony, by choosing your favorite wedding reading, by including wedding rituals – and whatever else you got in mind!
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