Marriage in France, Part I — Civil Ceremony

Documents You’ll Need

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate — issued no more than three months before you drop off your paperwork. Remember to ask your town or city hall to include the apostille ( here’s where I made a huge mistake — I forgot to ask for the apostille and it set me back at least a month! ). You’ll also need to have your birth certificate and apostille officially translated into French.
  • Proof of address
  • Proof that you are not currently married — this document technically doesn’t exist in the United States, but you can find the equivalent on the US Embassy website here. I was not required to have my signature notarized, but you may be depending on the town hall. Follow the instructions on the page above if that is the case.
  • Birth certificate — issued no more than three months before you drop off your paperwork. This can be found in the town hall where your Frenchie was born.
  • Proof of address

The Waiting Game

On the Day of the Wedding

A Note on the “Wedding Contract”

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