Civil Ceremonies & Religious Blessings

Holding your legal wedding in France is a slightly complicated (and relatively pricey) process. It is also, unfortunately, not available to everyone. For these reasons, we usually recommend that couples are legally wed in their home country. If, however, you are keen to have your legal wedding in France, it’s worth reading the advice, below, from the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine.

Please note that the first step in booking a legal wedding in France is to fill in a wedding application form. Dates should be booked as far in advance as possible.

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FEES

Fees charged for an officiant are in line with those charged elsewhere in the Diocese of Europe and are regularly adjusted to take account of inflation. These go toward the cost of running the Chaplaincy. The current fee is 500€, plus travel expenses incurred. In addition, there is also usually a charge for the use of the church (c.100€), which goes to the local curé or mare.

Finally, there may be an organist’s fee and expenses (and a fee for any choir). This is usually in the region of 750€.These and other charges should be agreed when initial enquiries are made. We can manage these on your behalf. Payments to the Chaplaincy must be made by two weeks before the wedding at the latest.

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OFFICIANTS

Normally, the service will be taken by one of the Chaplaincy’s Clergy, or a by Reader. To use another Anglican priest from outside the Chaplaincy, permission must be obtained first from the Chaplain.

The Chaplain or Officiant will want to meet the couple as soon as convenient to discuss Christian Marriage and consider the form and content of the service. If the couple live outside of this chaplaincy, it is helpful for them to inform their local priest or minister of their desire to marry here and in some cases it will be appropriate for him/her to prepare the couple.

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