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Getting Married in the City of Lights

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Wedding in ParisParis is one of the most romantic places in the world, no questions asked. That’s why a Paris wedding is one of the dreamiest weddings a girl can possibly have. Just imagine saying ‘I do’ beside the picturesque Seine River and the majestic Eiffel Tower as your backdrop. Unfortunately, getting married in Paris is not as easy as you imagined. There’s a bunch of paperwork to complete, a lot of money to spend and plenty of time and effort involved in making this dream wedding into reality.

If nothing can keep you from tying the knot in Paris, then here’s a quick guide you can use to ensure your Paris wedding becomes a one-of-a-kind experience you’ll treasure for years.

The Civil Wedding

Just like most destination weddings, you need have proof of civil marriage before preparing a wedding ceremony in any of the churches in France. You cannot skip this process, since French law requires you to do this. You have several options to go about this:

Get married at home – If you’re not a residence of France, you can have a civil service in your home country. If you choose this path, make sure to compile all your documents and bring it with you to France. Samples of documents may include your passport, a certificate of celibacy, birth certificate, medical certification and an affidavit of law that states your marriage is legal.

Get married on French soil – If you really want to have your civil and church wedding performed in France, you can tie the knot at the city hall in Paris. However, it’s not as easy as filling up a form. French law requires you to reside in France for at least 40 to 60 days before the civil ceremony, which generally involves a 30-day waiting period and a 10-day posting of the banns to ensure no estranged wives or husbands would object to the wedding you’re requesting.

Aside from the documents listed above, you also need to show at least two proofs of residence, such as a lease or phone bill. You also need to choose two to four people to serve as your witnesses and provide their information to the city hall. If you’re staying with a Parisian resident, you can ask them to attest on your behalf that you are indeed living with them. After a month or so, you will know if your request has been approved. If so, the city hall will provide you with a wedding date and time.

The Church Wedding

A church wedding in Paris is optional. Since you have already been married legally, it all boils down to personal preference if you’d like to have a church wedding followed by a reception. Of course, having a picturesque wedding in any of the romantic places in Paris is where your efforts, time and patience in completing the legalities of your marriage will all be worth it. Regardless of the church and reception venue you choose, the magical Parisian atmosphere and the authentic European charm can make your dream wedding come to life.


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