Marriages performed in France are internationally recognised and legally binding.At least one of the parties to be married has to have been resident in France for a minimum of 40 days continuously, immediately preceding the marriage.This must be in the area where the marriage is to take place.Although it is said that the 40 day residency requirement cannot be waivered, if you or your family has property in France the residency requirement is not always strictly followed.There are no rings, photographs, or flowers at the wedding.There is no honeymoon and the couple does not live together until the springtime, after a series of weekend visits with family and friends. They agree on the amount of money to be paid the bride's family for her trousseau (a wardrobe the bride acquires before marriage).
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The wedding takes place on a Tuesday or Wednesday in November, after the harvest.
The bride wears white for the first and only time in her life.
In practice, this means that all marriages must be performed by the mayor (mairie) or his legally authorized replacement, such as a deputy mayor (adjoint) or a city councilor (counseiller municipal), of the town in which one of the parties to be married has resided for at least forty (40) days immediately preceding the marriage.
All Americans marrying in France must comply with this requirement.