Weddings in the Romantic Capital

Last summer, London has shown the world that it has a whole gamut of venues in which to celebrate a special occasion; whether on the streets around Buckingham Palace or along every inch of the River Thames. However, when it comes to a wedding, as the romance-capital of the world, Paris is the popular choice. Here is a taste of some of Paris’ best kept secret

Reception Locations in Paris



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A Montmarte restaurant under the dome of Sacre Coeur, with authentic French food and music.


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Something a bit more avante garde with this uniquely decorated private house.

An amazing backdrop for photographs, and snug in the autumn and winter months too!

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If the super luxury of Versailles is a bit beyond your budget, this romantic antique ballroom will make you feel you are in your own private palace.

A favourite in daylight and lit for dinner.

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Gorgeous private gardens in the heart of the Rive Gauche.

The al fresco option of your pick of many peniche (barges) on the Seine (above).

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Paris can offer your own tranquil island venue close to the City

These are just a few ideas available; if you have a specific type of venue in mind, your ideas can always be sourced.

What Do I Need to Marry in Paris?

To carry out a legally binding marriage ceremony in Paris, there are a few hoops to jump through. To avoid these hurdles, I would suggest having a legal ceremony at home, before hosting a symbolic ceremony in France. However, if you still wish to proceed down the other route, the following is what is normally involved.

If you were to ask your local consulate what is required to marry in Paris, their answer would likely be that you must have lived in France for over 40 days, or to do the above and have a legal ceremony at home first. Some may say 30 days, but you still have to consider an extra 10 days for the marriage file to be processed to make the banns legitimate.


  • A valid passport or a French residence permit (carte de sejour). Your best man and bridesmaids will need to submit a valid passport too.
  • An original birth certificate (extrait d’acte de naissance) with full details of your parents, issued within 3 months of your wedding date, along with a sworn translation.
  • A certificate of celibacy (attestation tenant lieu de declaration en vue de mariage ou de non-remariage) which is less than 3 months old.
  • For American citizens, an Affidavit of Law (certificat de coutume) in addition to the Affidavit of Marital Status from foreigners. Only an attorney licensed to practice in both France and the Unites States may execute this document (so consider how long it may take to find someone who qualifies to do so).
  • A pre-nuptial medical certificate (certificat médical prénuptial) which states that you were examined by a doctor no earlier than two months before the publication of the banns.
  • If either the bride or groom were previously married, you must provide a certified copy of the final divorce decree or death certificate of a deceased spouse.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact us through the website, or on 0203 371 1848.

About Eleanor Belfrage

Eleanor Belfrage, spent her early career at the BBC working in production on light entertainment, drama and soaps. She then worked on fundraising galas and private themed parties with Bentley's Entertainments. Eleanor was in charge of ITV's event portfolio for 12 years at a complex and busy time in the company’s history. She event managed the commemorative 50th anniversary banquet at the Guildhall hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and events around the expansion of a single channel into the multi-channel broadcaster. Summer and Christmas events were focal points in the calendar. 20-2,000 guests were entertained creating a high level of guest care and a great book of contacts in entertainment and services. She now runs Eleanor Belfrage Events as a sole proprietor allowing a hands on and uniquely personal service to people wanting to produce a special private function or corporate event. Her talented colleagues across the event world with whom she has worked for nearly 20 years provide complimentary skills to the mix.


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