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.
The first is the civil ceremony, which is performed in the town hall with the mayor officiating.
The second ceremony is religious, usually Roman Catholic, performed by a priest.
Disclaimer: The following information relating to marriage requirements of specific foreign countries is provided for general information only and may not be accurate in a particular case. Although marriage statutes in the United States vary from state to state, a marriage performed in France under French law is generally recognized as valid throughout the United States.
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).