A honeymoon or a wedding ceremony in France is a dream that many couples have - holding either in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If you are looking to hold a civil wedding in this country, you will need to ensure that you have the following:
France offers many different and memorable options that you can take advantage of for your special day, including the following:
In France, it is mandatory to have a civil marriage ceremony. Religious ceremonies, on the other hand, are not legally binding in any way, shape, or form. Additionally, these particular kinds of ceremonies may only be performed after a civil marriage ceremony has been conducted. In order for any marriage in France to be considered legal, it must be performed by a member of the French civil authority, such as a mayor or any legally authorized replacement.
In addition, there is also a residency requirement that at least one of the parties in the marriage must comply with. This requirement states that one of the parties in the marriage must reside in a French town for no less than 30 days before the marriage is scheduled to take place. Additionally, under French law, marriage announcements must be published at a city hall for an additional ten days. So in all, a total residency requirement of 40 days must be met by one of the parties before any marriage ceremony can be conducted at any French city hall.
Both parties in the marriage will be required to present the following documentation:
All of the aforementioned documentation should be translated into French in order for them to be presented to officials in the country. This is something that can be done at any translating agency in the United States or by any certified translator in France. If the translations are performed in the United States, both the original documents and the translated versions are to be presented to the French Consulate General, who will officially verify them.
Any foreign documents must first be legalized before being presented to authorities in France. Legalizing American documents can be done by obtaining the apostille for the Hague Convention, originally signed on October 15, 1981 by the United States. This is something that can generally be obtained through the office of the Secretary of State of whichever state the document was issued from. Any documents issued in the District of Columbia can result in the apostille being obtained from the Notary Authentication Office in Washington, D.C.
A party will be married under the agreement that whatever each person owns personally prior to the marriage, as well as whatever they may obtain through an inheritance, will be their sole property. This will be the case unless a prenuptial agreement is arranged beforehand and special measures are taken with an attorney in the United States and/or a French Notary. Legally, only property that is obtained during the marriage is owned equally between the two parties.
If an American citizen holds a traditional American passport, they are not legally required to obtain a visa to travel to France, provided they do not plan on staying longer than three months. However, this visa exemption does not apply to the following groups of people, regardless of how long their stay may be:
If an American citizen holds either an official or diplomatic passport, they are required to obtain a visa regardless of how long their stay in the country may be. Residents of other foreign countries are required to consult with the Consulate General of France's visa section