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My fiancé and I would like to have a destination wedding and we've been dreaming of France. We did not pick a date yet but we've been thinking maybe in about 2 years time... (we're not in a hurry )
Do you know anyone who got married in France and if so, do you know if they would recommend it?
I am already looking for info, advice and of course, a wedding planner. Had a consultation with a couple of them, but for the moment I would go with Arbre & RIVIÈRE (French wedding planner in London) as I love their concept. Also, if you know someone who already worked with them, any suggestions would be much appreciated
Did you find any info about getting married in France? A friend of mine got married in the South of France and it was really beautiful and well organised. She definitely recommends it and I'm thinking about getting married there too so maybe we can share some advice.
I went to check Arbre & RIVIÈRE 's website and they seem interesting. I got a consultation with another wedding planner but they are more expensive. I think I will get in touch with them for a consultation. I'm not sure as natural weddings wasn't my interests initially but I'll give a go and I'll let you know how it goes.
A friend of mine got married in France a year or two back and I heard from them that it was the best day of their life. They too hired a french wedding planner in London and everything was great.
I'm getting married in France in the Dordogne next September.
Although, we will be going to the registry office in London about a month before hand. It's quite complicated to get legally married in France as a non resident (I think if you have family who have property the mayor has discretion to marry you). And even if you do manage you'd have to get the certificate translated here and some such which will start to rack up costs.
Planning so far has been pretty straightforward, most of the contractors we are using are local, a couple of them are ex pats so that's been helpful, in terms of language! We're bringing a photographer over from the UK - which has proved to be quite expensive.
We have a wedding planner who came with the venue, to be honest she's pretty laid back about stuff, which isn't necessarily how I would like her to approach things. But then she is invaluable as she has a lot of contacts in the area and speaks fluent English which is a super helpful.
A good wedding planner familiar with the area you want to get married in is a must I think.
Thanks for the advice!
We will be legally married in the UK then have our wedding ceremony & reception in France. It's much easier!
I also think that a wedding planner familiar with the area is a must when planning a destination wedding. We are opting for an independent wedding planner as some venues come with wedding coordinators who do not deal with all the planning process before the big day.
We loved our wedding in France - highly recommend! The Dordogne was beautiful and our guests had an amazing time and made a vacation of it. I would be very careful with choosing your planner, though - we had a terrible experience with ours, Marry Me In France - they were absent, unprofessional, and refused to take responsibility or even so much as apologize for the numerous preventable things that went wrong due to their lax work ethic and lack of attention to detail.
I too am thinking of getting married in France and so any useful tips would be greatly appreciated.
I was originally looking at Italy but my aunt owns a house in France and she has convinced me to do it over there as they have beautiful chateaus and venues.
Will the process be easier for me as I have family that own a property in France?
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