Eloping in France? Six Tips to Make it Easier!

May 11, 2023

Eloping in France can be a romantic and unforgettable experience, but it’s important to remember that there are legal and logistical requirements that must be met. Here are six tips to keep in mind when eloping in France:

  1. Make sure you have the proper documentation in advance: If you’re eloping in France, you will need to obtain a marriage license from the local town hall (Mairie). You will also need to provide certain documents, such as your passports, birth certificates, and proof of residency. Plan early to receive these documents, as there is a very lengthy wait list due to decreased staffing issues in many areas of the U.S.
  2. Research wedding vendors. Hire a wedding planner and a great photographer. They will make your life so much easier once you arrive! A wedding planner or photographer who specializes in elopements can help you navigate the legal requirements and create a personalized, intimate ceremony that reflects your vision and style.
  3. Choose a romantic and meaningful location: France is home to many beautiful and romantic locations, such as the Eiffel Tower, the French Riviera, or a picturesque vineyard in the countryside. Choose a location that has special meaning to you as a couple or merely one you want to visit.
  4. Consider the time of year: France has four distinct seasons, and each one offers its own unique beauty and charm. Consider the time of year when planning your elopement, taking into account the weather, the crowds, and the availability of accommodations and vendors.
  5. Be respectful of local customs and traditions: France has a rich cultural heritage, and it’s important to be respectful of local customs and traditions when eloping there. Learn a few basic phrases in French, dress appropriately, and be mindful of local customs and etiquette.
  6. Don’t forget to order your vow books in advance! Wedding Story Writer specializes in hand-made vow books for French weddings and you must have a pair! We currently have six signature designs in our collection, so contact us to begin your order.

The most important thing to remember when eloping in France, or anywhere else, is to take the time to plan and prepare so that you can fully enjoy this special time in your life.