My name is Ariane Douguet and I am the author of this blog wedding ceremony in France

I’m a French English speaking professional wedding celebrant in France & classical crossover singer. For ten years now, I have had the real honour and privilege of working with couples and families to create their bespoke symbolic secular ceremony  or religious Catholic church ceremony.


My blog wedding ceremony in France is full of useful advice, inspiration, and ideas. I sincerely want to help you plan your wedding ceremony in France your way.

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Your bespoke wedding ceremony in France

Non-French residents wishing to marry in France have three options available

1. Civil Ceremony in France

The French legal system firmly separates church and state. It means that all marriages must be performed by a French civil authority before any religious ceremony takes place.

That civil marriage takes place in a French “mairie” (the City Hall) in the town in which one of the parties to be married has resided for at least 40 days immediately preceding the marriage. These requirements cannot be waived.

Therefore, marriages cannot be performed within an Embassy or within a Consulate in France.

As a solution, most couples will usually have a short civil wedding in their own country of origin or residence to meet local legal requirements.

For more information on marriage in France and the legal requirements :
French weddings : A guide to getting married in France

The legal implications of getting married in France

Marriage Requirements: How to Get Married in France

2. Religious Ceremony

Religious ceremonies are not legally recognized in France. A religious ceremony can only be performed after a couple has been legally married through a Civil Ceremony. If you opt for a religious ceremony, don’t forget to bring with you your Certificate of Civil Marriage to prove you’ve had a civil ceremony.

3. Symbolic secular ceremony

Symbolic secular wedding ceremonies are the most popular choice for destination weddings in France.

If you do not wish, or are unable to have a religious ceremony (unbeliever, divorced, a couple where both have different religions, remarriage, gay or lesbian union, LGBT…), a secular ceremony is a great alternative to celebrate your love and commitment.

This is a symbolic ceremony in which a couple will exchange their vows, consent and rings.

I will accompany you in the creation of your meaningful bespoke French secular ceremony with a scenario, rituals, readings, a musical program sung live by myself, a staged event created in accordance with your values, beliefs and sensitivities.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog wedding in France !

I wish you a wonderful wedding celebration !

Your love contains the power of a thousand suns.

It unfolds as naturally and effortlessly as does a flower and graces the world with its blooming.

Its beauty radiates a transforming energy that enlivens all who see it.

Because of you, compassion and joy are added to the world.

That is why the stars sing together because of your love.

Lau Tzu – Transforming Power

If you want to know more about my services, don’t hesitate to contact me !

Ariane Douguet French celebrant France Provence Paris officiant singer