The French have a reputation for the indulgence of all the senses. Their sensuality-based industries and services are perfume, wine, fashion, gastronomy, music-halls, visual art and design. The best time to plan your wedding: April through June or September through November.
Canadians can marry in France provided that one of the future spouses has been in France for 1 to 2 months prior to the date of the civil ceremony. You must send a letter explaining your request. You need:
- Publication of the banns in the city hall where the marriage is to take place.
- Valid passport or residency permit.
- Long format birth certificate that includes the name of your parents. If in English, provide an official translation from a “traducteur assermente”.
- Certificate of foreign land and Statement of single status.
- Prenuptial medical certificate dated no earlier than two months before publication of the banns.
- If never been married the Consulate will issue the ‘certificat de coutume’ and ‘the declaration de celibat’.
Service Options and Contacts
A religious ceremony is not legally binding. A religious ceremony may be held the day after the civil marriage or can be held in Canada. Officiant needs the certificate of civil ceremony before performing the religious one.
- www.francetourism.com Consulat-General of France, 2 Bloor St East, suite 2200 Toronto, ON, M4W 1A8 Phone: 416-847-1900