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Frequently Asked Questions
When should we seek out your services?
The earlier the better. Champagne and Macarons Events’ goal is to help you plan your wedding so that you enjoy the journey instead of stressing about the planning process. Sure, it could be fun to spend hours of research but if you are a busy professional, you might just want to show up to see venues or meet with vendors that are up to your expectations.
If you are concerned that vendors might not be taking your requests seriously and give you verbal promises, you want to make sure everything is on paper. At Champagne and Macarons Events, we have the experience of knowing what needs to be on paper. If you are like us, detail-oriented and reaching for excellence, you can trust that Champagne and Macarons Events will make every effort to create the wedding of your dreams.
What are the marriage requirements in France?
In France you can only get married by law in a city hall (“La mairie”) according to France marriage laws. French law states that one of the couple must be a resident of France for at least 40 days prior to the marriage. They will be required to show two proofs of residency (justificatifs de domicile) such as an electricity bill and a receipt of rent paid when applying for a marriage license. The civil ceremony will take place in the town of residence.
Many documents in English will need to be officially translated into French.
Additionally, French law requires the posting of marriage banns at the designated city hall no less than ten days before the marriage. Same-sex marriages are authorized in France since 2013.
- A valid passport or a French residence permit (carte de séjour)
- A birth certificate (extrait d’acte de naissance) less than six months old plus any additional information about marital status in the country of citizenship
- An (notarized) affidavit of marital status (certificate de célibat) less than three months old
- An affidavit of law
- A medical certificate less than two months old
- Information on your witnesses
Because of these requirements by the French laws, what most couples do is that they get their marriage license from their home country (to make the marriage legally binding) before they celebrate their symbolic ceremony in France.
What are the marriage requirements in Canada?
We would be happy to help you plan your wedding or elopement in Canada.
They defer according to each province, but essentially you will need:
- A marriage license in the province you are planning to get married at
- An officiant
- Two witnesses
- A valid passport
- A birth certificate
- Proof of divorce or death certificate
Same-sex marriages are authorized in Canada since 2005.
Do you plan weddings anywhere?
We have more experience where we live or lived so we can comfortably plan a wedding in Southern California as well as in Paris or in Toronto and the Niagara region. But as a certified wedding coordinator from The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, we have access to a network of other certified members worldwide which is a great advantage to get the best advice and recommendations from our local connections.
Should we be sending Save-the-Date cards for a destination wedding?
Yes absolutely, the earlier your guests know, the earlier they can start planning taking time off of work, saving for the trip, making arrangements for their children if they are not invited, getting a visa if necessary, etc.
Can we include religious or cultural ceremonies during a destination wedding?
Undeniably, we can contact a local religious officiant from your faith and have a religious ceremony on-site.
Why would I hire you when I have an on-site wedding coordinator?
A venue coordinator will ensure the venue’s rules and protocols are being followed. They will provide advice in terms of layout, staff and food options. They can make sure the timeline is respected. Their primary focus is the venue’s best interest and generating the most amount of income. They will only make recommendations based of their products and services and only recommend partnered vendors.
As your dedicated wedding coordinator, we are there for YOU and we will solely recommend vendors based on their merit and your expectations. We will guide and support you throughout the months leading up to your wedding day, ensuring that the vendors deliver what you paid for, your guests are taken care of and that no small detail is missed.
How can we determine a wedding budget?
You need to think about your top 3 priority. What do you care the most for your wedding, is the flower arrangements, the food or entertainment? This is very personal; it depends on each couple’s personality. Once you have it figured it out or need help with, we can go over your budget together and make sure we are finding vendors and services that match your expectations.
What is the average budget you are working with?
The typical spend of the couples we work with for full planning and coordination service is around $30-100k. with some exceptions above 150k.
Do you work with LGBTQ+ couples?
Champagne and Macarons Events welcomes couples of all faiths, nationalities, sexual orientations, races and ages.
Can we currently get married in France amidst the worldwide pandemic?
Information updated as of August 11, 2021. Please keep checking for more updates.
Yes absolutely! Foreign nationals from Canada, as well as from other countries/territories from the “green list” (including the United States) are among those lucky ones who can travel to France.
Depending on your vaccination status, upon departure, you and your guests above the age of 12 years old may need to undertake a PCR or antigenic test less than 72 hours before your flight.
If you are vaccinated, you will need to show proof of vaccination and a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.
In addition, you will be required by the airline* to provide proof of double vaccinations or negative covid test prior to boarding for those who are not vaccinated. Airlines may refuse boarding to anyone who does not comply with their rules and regulations.
In France, it is required to wear a face mask indoors and outside where social distancing is not possible.
You must also present a health pass to access leisure and culture venues and events bringing together more than 50 people. From early August, you will also need to present a pass in bars, restaurants, malls to give a few examples.
For more information on the above, kindly check the following link: https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19
For more information on travelling to France, please refer to the French government’s website link below.
For any additional questions, feel free to send me an email, I would be happy to guide you throughout your upcoming trip to France. Please note, I do not provide any legal advice and no travel booking services.
Upon returning to Canada, depending on your vaccination status, you and your guests may be exempted to stay a 3-night stay at a hotel upon arrival. As of August 9, only fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, as well as French citizens who currently reside in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon are allowed to travel to Canada.
September 7, is the tentative date, for all other foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated who can come to Canada for non-essential reasons.
For more information and to check your eligibility to travel to Canada please check the Canadian’s government website link below:
For more information on COVID-19 testing for travellers, check the link below.
*Please check with your travel carrier/airline company what their requirements are before travelling.