Legal wedding in France: requisites and procedures

France is a wonderful country, not only to spend fantastic holidays, but also to celebrate an unforgettable wedding, since its incredible landscapes and the charm of its cities make it the perfect place to say “Yes, I do” in the most romantic way. Are you thinking about getting married here? If so, below, we will […]

France is a wonderful country, not only to spend fantastic holidays, but also to celebrate an unforgettable wedding, since its incredible landscapes and the charm of its cities make it the perfect place to say “Yes, I do” in the most romantic way. Are you thinking about getting married here? If so, below, we will tell you everything about the requisites and procedures to follow in order to be able to celebrate a legal wedding in France…Let’s start!

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Civil wedding

All weddings have to be realized near French civil authorities before being celebrated at church or before holding any symbolic ceremony, if you want the wedding to be legal. The mayor can authorize one of the councilmen to celebrate the union in the city or village in which one of the members of the couple has lived for at least 40 days before the wedding. 

Religious Wedding

The religious ceremony has to take place after the civil ceremony. The priest or minister will ask for the civil wedding certificate before starting to organize any type of religious ceremony. 

Wedding Certificate

Married couples in France receive a “livret de famille”. This booklet is used as an official register for the wedding and the following events in the family, such as births, deaths or divorces. You can obtain a wedding certificate by writing to the municipality in which the wedding took place. 

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Documents and requisites

Most cities in France require these basic documents if you want to get married legally, even though you should contact the town hall where the wedding will be celebrated to know each space’s specific and exact requisites. 

  • Passport or France residence permit 
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of celibacy
  • Proof of residency (electricity bill, etc)
  • Notary’s certificate (if fiancés opt for a prenuptial contract)

Has our article helped you know more about how to get married legally in France? If you need any help with the preparation or the search of the venues and providers for your wedding, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@perfectvenue.eu

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Photo1: Morgane Ball, Photo2: Albéric Cézar

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