Having your wedding in France is bound to add an extra touch of romance to your day.
If anyone asked me for my number one choice for a wedding destination abroad, the honours would have to go to France.
Okay, there may be a slight bias here as it was the setting for my own wedding abroad. However that aside, I am certain if you have your wedding in France you will be guaranteed stunning scenery, fine wine and food, impeccable service, style, sophistication and an extra sprinkling of romance!
France is a truly wonderful destination for a wedding abroad and I know you and your guests will be captivated by its charms. In fact, if you choose to have your wedding in France one of the most challenging aspects is deciding which of the many beautiful locations and venues will set the scene for your big day.
Unfortunately, France has some of the most stringent residency requirements of all the European countries, as such, many couples who would have otherwise chosen to get married in France choose an alternative destination.
My advice is that you don’t have to let the residency requirements stand in the way of having your dream wedding in France. My husband and I certainly didn’t, we opted to have a “secret” civil ceremony in the United Kingdom prior to our wedding day and then had a highly personalised humanist wedding ceremony on the day of our wedding.
Tips & Advice for Getting Married in France
The following information has been designed to provide guidance on all aspects of planning a wedding in France.
The following links will take you to the Destination Wedding Directory where you will find a full listing of Wedding Suppliers who will help you plan your dream wedding in France
Top Tips from Couples who were Married in France
- Make an effort to learn the language – it is very flattering to the people you will get involved with and it helps a lot. In France a wedding is a community project and it was really important for us to involve as many local people as possible.
- Get the legalities right – it could be disastrous if you find 3 weeks before the wedding that you can’t get married and people have booked flights and accommodation.
- Send out a list of potential properties to guests as soon as possible (go and view them if possible first) and get flight details from all your home airports.
- Don’t expect things to work the same way as they do in your home country. Ask as many questions as many times as you need to in order to make sure you get the answers you need.
- Don’t let the residency requirements discourage you from having your wedding in France. Consider alternative options such as a blessing or a humanist wedding ceremony before settling on a different location.
Real Experiences – Why did you choose France?
We wanted our wedding to be different from a traditional UK wedding and we certainly succeeded in our aim. There were so many special little things that happened that made our day unique. Things we felt made our wedding better; weather, cost, venue, civil ceremony and being able to buy our own local wine!
Sentimental reasons. We have a family home there and really wanted to hold a blessing there. I think it may have been easier to organise our wedding in the UK but I would have not have been as inspired to make it as brilliant.
I used to live in France and my parents still do. The financial aspect (getting more for your money and of a better quality) also played a role, as did the location and flexibility of service.
Lydia & David, United Kingdom
We love the French countryside, wine, food and culture and wanted our wedding to be truly unique. Our wedding ceremony was conducted in the roof space of a 13th century Chateau, we would have never been able to do that at home! It also gave us the opportunity to spend more time with our guests and extend our celebrations over three days.
Natalie & Simon, United Kingdom