Getting married in Paris?

Old Feb 13th, 2001, 04:50 AM
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Getting married in Paris?

Would it be possible for 2 Americans to get married in Paris, on relatively short notice? How would they go about it? Would it be a civil or religious ceremony?(They're Protestant). It will be just the 2 of them, not a big carnival.

Any ideas, useful information, or anecdotes appreciated.


PS The info really is for a friend!
Old Feb 13th, 2001, 07:04 AM
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<<Would it be possible for 2 Americans to get married in Paris on relatively short notice?>>

No. At least one of them would have to reside in France for a minimum of 40 days before the marriage. In addition, it involves mountains of paperwork, innumerable trips to the mairie, and the xeroxing of countless copies of documents. A honeymoon in Paris is a far better idea.
Old Feb 13th, 2001, 10:06 AM
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Having atended several weddings in France, I seem to recall that it is necessary to have a civil ceremony before you can have a religious ceremony. The religious ceremony is not necessary at all (from a legal point of view).
Old Feb 13th, 2001, 02:04 PM
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They can have a religious ceremony here, if, and only if they already had a civil marriage. So, I suppose they could get married in they US by civil authorities, contact a representant of their church in Paris and have the religious marriage done here. AFAIK, apart from proving they're legally married, there's no paperwork involved for a religious ceremony. Concerning the delay, I suppose it depends on their church's customs.
Old Feb 15th, 2001, 05:02 AM
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Thanks all
Old Feb 15th, 2001, 05:56 AM
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There is a book out there, the exact title of which I do not remember, dealing with getting married in foreign countries. It takes you through residency requirements, etc. step by step and is incredibly helpful, particularly for North America, Europe and the Carribean.

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