• Natalia Langsdale

About Marrying in France

Getting married in France may be a dream come true scenario but many couples do not realise the behind the scenes information that you need to know prior to starting your wedding plans in France.

MY RIVIERA WEDDINGS has compiled some of the most frequently asked questions that are useful to note.


Civil ceremonies take place at the mairie, or town hall and are officiated by the local mayor and conducted in French in a room that’s open to the public.

All couples have to have a civil service to become legally married at a mairie before they host religious or other symbolic weddings at another venue.

The couple can then follow this with a religious ceremony, a secular service, or whatever celebration they choose, in a destination of their choice.

Two foreigners can get married in France just as two French nationals can get married there. However, in order to have the legally binding civil ceremony in France, the couple must have resided there for 30 days.


- Proof of residency in France for at least 30 days prior to the application, for at least one of the parties.

- A valid passport for both parties.

- Original birth certificate for both parties.

- Certificate of celibacy, stating that you're not already married.


If you are married to a French national for more than three years you can apply for permanent residence immediately, even if you have not lived in France during your marriage.

If you have been married for less than three years, then you canapply after three years of holding a carte de séjour (residence permit).


If you’re having a French wedding, some churches will allow your English-speaking priest to carry out the service.

Symbolic ceremonies like blessings or Humanist weddings are popular alternatives to religious ceremonies. These can be conducted at the venue of your choice.

Same-sex marriage became legal in France in 2013.

Civil ceremonies performed in France are internationally recognised and legally binding.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us at natalia@myrivieraweddings.com

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