Planning a wedding in France and wondering how to legally get married in France? All the administrative tips and paperwork you need to make it happen !
As this is quite complex to legally get married in France, couples are usually choosing the most commun & practical solution so as to handle the paperwork for their wedding in France:
This way you can celebrate the wedding in France with all the paperwork already taken care off. (check the next paragraph if you wish to officially get married in France anyway
This won’t prevent you & your guests to have the feeling that your wedding is actually happening in France. In fact either you go for a religious wedding or a laic ceremony, the officiant will always give you this feeling and provide you with some wedding paperwork.
As you will see below, this is a bit more complex but if you follow the few pre-wedding preparation steps described below, doable
Great ! In that case the civil ceremony should happen in the local town hall where you are planning to get married in France. If for instance you parents are living in France, they should be able to get the authorization for you without any problem.
During this process you will have to provide all the required paperworks, prove that you are are both free to wed, perform an interview and publish the bans. This formality publicly shares your intent to officially get married together. Consider 4 to 5 weeks.
Two foreigners can get married in France just as two French nationals can get married there. There are, however, a few additional administrative considerations to think about before the wedding ceremony can take place, namely proofs of residency and the translation of any documents written in a language other than French. However, in order to have the legally binding civil ceremony in France, the couple must have resided there for 30 days. To do so, you’ll need:
A notarized translation is typically required for any documents not in French. Foreign documents may have to be authorized with an Apostille stamp or equivalent, also known as ‘Apostillisation’ or ‘legalization’. The issuing authority stamps a document with an unique ID, indicating that it is a true and accurate copy to be recognized internationally.