Getting Married in France – The legalities in detail
A Symbolic Wedding is the easy way to celebrate your dream wedding in France.
France is one of the most difficult countries in the world for foreigners to marry legally. You need to be able to show proof of residency for 40 days in the village/city where you want the legal ceremony to take place. A significant number of legal documents are needed and they all have to be translated into French. France is a secular country and you can only be legally married by a Mayor in a Town Hall (if you can find one to agree!) and no other location or form of religious or humanistic wedding is recognised by the French Government.
Every year thousands of couples from around the world make their French wedding dreams come true. They keep things simple and inexpensive by signing the paperwork in a small civil/legal ceremony in their home country ‘in secret’ and save their exchange of rings and wedding vows for their symbolic dream wedding in France. Couples often say what little difference it makes to the sense of occasion that the signing of paperwork and the wedding were held separately.
Benefits of a Symbolic Wedding
Being legally married under the law of your own country (which has many significant advantages) and then holding a “Symbolic Wedding” in France gives you the freedom and flexibility to exchange your wedding vows how and where it suits you.
Renewal of Vows
As you are already married there are no legal issues relating to renewing your vows in France.