Marriage License: Can We Get Married in a Foreign Country?

Q:

My fiancé and I are American citizens but we want to have our wedding in Paris, where we originally met a few years back. How do we find out about marriage license requirements in that country?

A:

Before you do anything, be sure that nonresidents can get marriage licenses in the country where you've decided to tie the knot. Call the embassy, consulate, or tourist office in that country and be sure to ask specifics. Find out: Which documents and medical tests do you need? How long will it take to process the paperwork? Do you need witnesses? Are there special requirements for a religious ceremony as opposed to a civil one? The Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory is also a good resource. Then you'll want to time your arrival accordingly. Bonne chance!

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