How to Plan the Perfect French Wedding

January 7, 2020

France has a reputation as the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Want to know the truth? It absolutely is! The lovely scenery, the delicious food and wine, and the country’s overall je ne sais quoi make it incredibly romantic — and that makes France the perfect place for a destination wedding.

Many couples visit France each year looking to become a married couple, and most of them say their vows in the City of Love itself: Paris. Planning a destination wedding in France wedding may seem overwhelming at first glance, but I have a few quick tips that will help you plan the perfect French wedding.

 

How to Plan the Perfect French Wedding

When to Visit

Selecting the wedding date is one of the first decisions an affianced couple usually makes. There are many factors that go into finding the perfect day, from seasonal weather to the couple’s work schedules. And while the summer months are a popular choice for couples who wed in America, it might not be your best bet if you’re planning a French destination wedding. In Paris, the weather is nicest in the spring (late March-late June) and autumn (late September-late December). The summer months tend to be uncomfortably hot, and many businesses close down for holidays around August which can limit your vendor options.

 

bride and groom kiss at the eiffel tower in paris on their wedding day

The Perfect Vendors

One thing that attracts foreigners to a destination wedding in France is the amazing scenery that spans the country. You can enjoy rolling green hills, chic city views of shops and cafes, or even take in the water on the Riviera! You can celebrate in opulent chateaux or quaint cottages, and have fantastic wine in every locale. However, when you start planning your French destination wedding, it is wise to look for a wedding coordinator who speaks both French and English. There are many destination planning companies specially-designed to help couples from abroad find the best wedding venues, caterers, and other vendors — and they’ll be able to clearly explain everything along the way.
bride and groom walk at the louvre museum in paris on their wedding day

The Logistics

France is a country that strictly separates Church and State, and that means you can’t pop into any chapel and get married. Legally-binding marriage ceremonies must be civil ceremonies at the town hall. This is why many couples who have destination weddings in France have a civil marriage ceremony in their home country either before or after the big day. If you just want a ceremonial wedding in France (and you’ll deal with the legal stuff when you get home), then there’s no harm in scheduling a ceremony in a gorgeous church, chateau, or garden. However, if you want your French wedding to be legal, you’ll have to abide by certain rules. Couples cannot be legally married in France until they’ve lived in the country for at least 40 days (so get ready for a long vacation), and you’ll have to post a marriage bans, or a written notice of your plans to wed, at the town hall at least 10 days before the ceremony. Also, your wedding MUST be conducted in French, so if you need a translator, make arrangements in advance!
bride and groom celebrate paris wedding at hotel marignan with eiffel tower view

 

Capturing the Memories

Finally, one of the most important parts of planning a destination wedding in France is finding someone to capture all your beautiful memories. After all, this is one of the most important days of your life — and it’s in one of the most beautiful places in the world!  If you’re planning a destination wedding in France (specifically in Paris or Provence), I want to help you create magical photos that you’ll cherish forever. Anytime you look at these photos, you’ll instantly be transported back to that amazing day when you and the love of your life finally became a married couple.

bride and groom celebrate paris wedding at hotel marignan with eiffel tower view

If you’re looking to plan the perfect French wedding, contact me today to chat about your wedding!

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