France Destination Wedding Guide – French Wedding Photography
It’s that time of year when we’re all thinking about packing our bags, grabbing our passports and heading off to explore. When we all travel so much, it’s no surprise that we fall in love with foreign shores so much that we want to marry there too. For the next installment of our destination wedding guide, we’re going to enjoy a breath of French air as we escape to France…
When it comes to weddings, France can offer you anything and everything! From the alpine delights of the mountainous regions and the beauty of Provence to the glamour of the French Riviera and the unspoiled beauty of hilltop towns, rural villages and the exquisite chateaux of the Loire. And, of course, there’s some of the best food and drink in the world. With stunning hotels and picturesque vineyards also opening their doors for weddings and celebrations, you’re definitely spoilt for choice. As with choosing your venue in the UK, think about your priorities, the style of wedding that you want and start from there.
You also need to think carefully about your ceremony because marriages in France work very differently. France only recognises civil marriage so the only location for a ‘legal’ marriage in France is at the Mairie or town hall. From there, you can to church or other location for a religious blessing or humanist ceremony.
As you might imagine, there’s quite a lot of paperwork to be completed if you want to legally wed en France. You’ll need to research what’s needed carefully and you’ll have to speak to the town hall where you want to marry to get a list of all the legal documents they require. The British Consulate will also have to certify your documents and there’s a residency requirement too so arranging a legal wedding in France is quite an undertaking!
So, it’s no surprise that lots of couples who are ‘getting married’ in France actually have their legal ceremony here in the UK before travelling to France. This makes total sense in so many ways and you avoid all of the French bureaucracy that can cause lots of problems.
If you do this, you could then work with a humanist or independent celebrant to write a personal ceremony and this can then take place ANYWHERE you like! Imagine holding your ceremony in the gardens of Chateau de Lisse or if you’ve fallen in love with Dick and Angel, why not enjoy the Van du Vin and a party unlike any other in the Orangery at Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson? C’est magnifique!
As with any destination wedding, working with a wedding planner can save you huge amounts of time and work or you can plan the whole event yourself. Most venues will be able to introduce you to great local suppliers or you can use your wedding as the perfect excuse to explore the region and find your own suppliers. Failing that, the directory on French Wedding Style would be a great place to start.
It’s highly likely that the food at your French wedding will be a huge highlight! Try to work with local suppliers and producers for super seasonal menus and treats. Most areas of France have their own local alcohol so whether you opt for wine in the Loire or Calvados in Normandy, everything you serve can give your guests a real sense of place.
Finally, as always, definitely consider wedding insurance for your destination wedding. Most providers offer tailor-made policies for overseas weddings and you’ll certainly be able to relax and enjoy your amazing wedding knowing that everything’s covered and totally taken care of.
Until next time,
PS – and don’t forget, if you’re looking for your French Wedding Photographer, then we would love to create a bespoke French wedding photography package for your gorgeous destination wedding. So why not get in touch with us today.