Destination Wedding in France Officiant Services for your French Destination Wedding
As a former destination wedding planner, I know what it takes to plan the perfect wedding ceremony for a destination wedding in France. I trained and certified as a Life-Cycle Wedding Celebrant® back in 2014. While I always declined to take on both planning a destination wedding, and being my couple’s wedding officiant for the bigger celebrations, I was always thrilled to step in as the wedding officiant for the smaller gatherings.
The reasoning? Overseeing the production of an event such as a destination wedding with 20-100+ attending guests is no small task. You can’t be coordinating a reception setup one minute, and delivering the perfect wedding ceremony before that many people the next. Being a wedding officiant for a destination wedding requires a lot of prep’ work, and centering on the day.
So with Nelly Grange Ceremonies, I no longer plan events but exclusively focus on being the ceremony officiant for my couples. That allows me to travel to and officiate at destination weddings everywhere in France.
Being a wedding officiant in France is my day job. No detail or question is too small, and you can bet on my responsiveness.
Are You Planning a Destination Wedding in France? Don't Leave Booking Your English-speaking Wedding Officiant To The Last Minute
My expertise as a former destination wedding planner, and understanding of the overall flow of the day, will give you the smoothest, most relaxed and stress-free planning experience for your destination wedding ceremony in France.
With well over 200 wedding ceremonies written and officiated for couples from around the world under my belt, I am the experienced English-speaking wedding officiant you need for your French destination wedding.
I’ll develop and write a personal ceremony that recognizes your unique personalities, tells your story, and brings your vision of the perfect wedding ceremony to life. My signature? Unique wedding ceremonies that evoke laughter, and happy tears through meaningful and heartfelt storytelling.
Planning a Destination Wedding in France Can Feel Overwhelming Even For Your Guests!
Asking a dear friend or family member to officiate at your wedding can take on a special meaning for you. That person knows you best, right? I agree. A destination wedding in France though is different than a home wedding in many, many ways.
Travelling overseas for your wedding, and marrying in France, requires some extra planning compared to planning a home wedding. Not just for you, but also for your attending guests. Planning time away from work ahead of time, getting a passport, packing for a trip overseas are just a few of the things your guests will have to think about.
Planning a destination wedding in France will feel overwhelming for you at times, and likely it will for your guests as well. So with that being said, you don’t want to add pressure on someone you love by having him/her work the wedding, and will want to hire a professional officiant instead. This way you will ensure that every single one of your guests enjoys your French destination wedding.
Delivering a wedding ceremony – especially before people you know, is intimidating even for someone who is used to public speaking. As a former destination wedding planner, I’ve seen my fair share of officiant friends going mute at the ceremony because they were so stressed out, or emotional. If you think about it, the great honor of officiating at your wedding is a great, great responsibility as well. There will be no do-overs for this French destination wedding.
That's Why You Need Me.
Let your wedding guests enjoy being in France with you, and be fully present for you. As a professional destination wedding officiant in France, I’ll write and deliver the most personal, heartfelt wedding ceremony for you, I promise!
And we can of course have your special people say a few words as well.
I’ll be traveling to any location in France by train or by plane, included in my fees. Transportation from the train station or local airport to the final destination and/or the wedding venue, and back to the train/airport, is the only charge that comes extra. No hidden or unexpected cost.
English-speaking Wedding Officiant in France Bilingual French-English Officiant Services
- I mostly work with English-speaking couples from around the world. If one of the partners and/or this partner’s family speaks French though, I can develop a bilingual English-French wedding ceremony for you that will keep everyone captivated! I am French so a native French-speaker, and will balance the storytelling in an interesting, non-boring way for everyone to follow along.
- I am a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community and a supporter of Marriage Equality. I will always advocate for my couples, regardless of their gender(s) or sexual orientation.
- In France, a wedding ceremony must be held before the Mayor (or a rep’) at the City Hall to be deemed legal. Residency at the location is a requirement for at least one of the partners for the couple to be able to legally marry in France. An exception would be if one of your parents lives in France. So any celebrant/officiant wedding ceremony in France is a celebratory ceremony, not legally recognized. My couples typically get the legal part done either before their trip, or upon returning home.
How Much Does It Cost?
I have developed a streamlined and straightforward onboarding process online so we can start working quick and efficiently, because more often than not, my couples have busy lives!
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* I recommend securing your date with me more than 6 months out. A travel surcharge may apply when services are booked within a 6-month window from the wedding date if/when trains or airfares are in high demand.
I Can't Wait To Get To Know You.
Once you have made the decision to have the ceremony you want without the overwhelm you don’t, and to entrust me with officiating your destination wedding in France, my focus will be 100% on your love story and how we can make this most important time of your wedding day one everyone will remember and rave about for years to come.
Nelly gathers info from the bride and groom months prior to the wedding. For my wife & I, she managed to create an amazingly accurate and intimate narrative for our ceremony.
The vows that Nelly put together for us were absolutely amazing, she captured everything that I could have ever hoped for.
Thank you Nelly!
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Through a wonderful introductory online Skype meeting and some of the best email communication we have ever had in our wedding planning, Nelly won our trust and hearts instantly. She made us feel like we were the only couple to be married in the world.
I have never worked with a more professional and organized vendor in any capacity. She struck the perfect balance of being highly professional, to give us confidence in the details of the day, and also very warm and personable, to make our ceremony feel comfortable and meaningful.
Nelly, thank you for everything! Our ceremony was just wonderful, magical and more perfect than we could have imagined.