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Church Weddings in France

From a procedural point of view there is little difference between marrying within a your religion at home and marrying in the same religion in France, except that there is likely to be some additional paperwork.

The most significant difference is that you must be already married in a civil ceremony, either in France or in a country whose marriage certificates are recognised in France (which covers the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and the other countries listedhere).

You will need to have proof of this in the form of a Marriage Certificate translated into French by an approved translator.

While primarily a Catholic country, France has representatives of most major world religions and it is possible to marry in most faiths. There is extensive information below to help you to make contact with a suitable wedding location:

More Information

For more about the paperwork or documentation required, see our information on Religious Weddings Overseas.

Religious Wedding Locations

Catholic and Protestant weddings in France must take place in a church, an outdoor ceremony or a ceremony in, for example, a Château, is not possible.

However many French Châteaux have small chapels in their grounds which  can be used for weddings with the agreement of the local clergy.

A Catholic Wedding in France

For general details about the procedures and paperwork for organising a Catholic wedding in a foreign country,see here.

Catholicism is the dominant religion in France and, provided you have already been legally married in a civil ceremony, it is not too difficult to arrange a Catholic marriage in any region of the country.

English Speaking Catholic Churches

There do not seem to be many of these, in fact we can only find one!

St Joseph's
50, avenue Hoche
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 1 4227 2856

If you know of others please let us know.

Finding a Catholic Church in France

There are thousands of Catholic Churches in France, so even a selection would be impossible to list. There are links to the main Catholic Provinces in France, a good starting point when planning your a Catholic wedding in France.

Each site will have links to local Diocesan websites and often to parish websites. All sites are in French - to get a reasonably good translation (well, understandable anyway!) try pasting the page address into Google Translate.

However if you are communicating directly with any church in France you will need to do so in French.

Province Regions/Cities
Besançon Besançon, Belfort-Montbéliard, Nancy, Saint-Claude, Saint Dié, Verdun
Bordeaux Bordeaux, Agen, Périgueux, Aire et Dax, Bayonne
Cambrai Arras, Lille
Clermont Clermont, Le Puy, Saint-Flour, Moulins
Dijon  Dijon, Autun, Sens, Nevers
Lyons Carcassonne, Nîmes, Mende
Marseilles Marseille, Aix en Provence, Ajaccio, Digne, Fréjus-Toulon, Gap, Nice, Avignon
Montpellier Montpellier, Mende, Perpignan Elne, Carcassonne, Nîmes
Paris  Paris, Créteil, Nanterre, Pontoise, Saint-Denis-en-France, Versailles
Poitiers Poitiers, Angoulême, La Rochelle, Limoges, Tulle
 
Reims Reims, Amiens, Beauvais, Châlons, Soissons, Langres, Troyes
 
Rennes Rennes, Quimper, Saint-Brieuc, Vannes, Angers, Laval, Le Mans, Nantes, Luçon
 
Rouen Rouen, Bayeaux, Coutances, Evreux, Le Harve, Seés
Toulouse Toulouse, Montauban, Pamiers, Albi, Cahors, Rodez, Auch, Tarbes et Lourdes
 
Tours Tours, Blois, Bourges, Chartres, Orléans
 

A Protestant Wedding in France

There are Protestant churches of various denominations throughout France, and while most are French speaking only, the number of English speaking foreign nationals resident in France means there is also a good number of English speaking congregations.

Finding a Suitable Church

This is not an exhaustive list, naturally, but these churches are all English speaking and accessible via the internet and so provide at least a good starting point when planning your wedding in France.

Almost all of the websites linked to here are in English, these are English-speaking churches that cater primarily for the ex-pat community. Not all will marry overseas couples, but most are at least willing to assist in finding a suitable location.

Location Church Website Affiliation/Denomination
Auverge
(Clermont Ferraud)
Christ Church Convocation of American Churches in Europe
Bordeaux The Chaplaincy of Aquitaine Anglican
Cannes Holy Trinity Church Anglican
Chantilly St. Peter's Church Anglican
Clermont- Ferrand Christ Church Episopalian
Cote d'Azur
(Saint Paul de Vence)
International Baptist Church Baptist
Lyon Lyon Anglican Church Anglican
Nice International Baptist Church Baptist
Holy Trinity Anglican Church Anglican
Paris The American Church Interdenominational (Protestant)
St. Michael's Church Evangelical Anglican
St. George's Anglican Church Anglican
The Scots Kirk Church of Scotland (Reformed)
The American Cathedral Episcopalian
Emmanuel International Baptist Church Interdenominational Evangelical
Pyrénées
(Pau)
St. Andrew's Church Anglican
Riviera
(Sophia Antipolis)
Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Evangelical
Strasbourg Anglican Episcopal Church of St Alban Anglican
Trinity International Church Christian & Missionary Alliance
 
Toulouse Toulouse International Church Christian & Missionary Alliance
Var (St. Raphaël) Church of St. John the Evangelist Anglican

A Jewish Wedding in France

France is home to Europe's largest Jewish population, with about 600,000 Jewish people, and there are synagogues all over the country. Few however are contactable online and fewer still are in any language but French.

These addresses and links however may be useful in making initial contacts.

Kehilat Gesher
Only English speaking congregation in Paris.
7, rue Léon Cogniet
75017 Paris
Tel: +33 1 3921 9719

Consistoire Israelite de Paris (Synagogue)
17, rue Saint Georges
75009, PARIS
Tel: +33 1 4822 626

Great Synagogue
44, rue de la Victoire
75009, PARIS
Tel: +33 1 4526 9536

Adath, Shalom
22 bis, rue des Belles Feuilles
75116, PARIS
Tel: 01 45 53 84 09
(Jewish conservative congregation)

There is a pretty comprehensive directory of Synagogues in Francehere.

If you speak French there is an extensive list of links to Jewish related websites in Frenchhere.

Other Faiths

Most major religions have at least a small base in France and your best port of call if you cannot find a church of your faith here is to contact your church and enquire with them.

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
114 bis, rue de Vaugirard
75006, PARIS
Tel: +33 1 4548 7423

La Mosque (Moslem mosque)
place du Puits de l´Ermite
75005, PARIS
Tel: +33 1 4535 9733

Orthodox Church (Orthodox Priest)
26, rue de Sartrouville
95240, PARIS
Tel: +33 1 3978 7154