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Celebrant Weddings in France

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Thinking about Getting Married in France?

Here at Bride Buddy we would have to be a little bias and say 'yes! yes! and yes!'  

If you are planning a wedding in France, first things first and follow this link for our guide regarding all things legal to do with your French Wedding.

Based in the beautiful area of South West France, surrounded by three national country parks, my bespoke English celebrant services are within easy access of Limousin and the Correze, Charente, The Lot et Garonne as well as the Dordogne, Bergerac and Bordeaux and Nouvelle Acquitaine.

A quick search will find you some of the most amazing and beautiful French wedding venues in Europe from Chateaux to stone barns, picturesque lakes and stunning beaches.

A great climate, access to the Mediterranean, gorgeous national parks and forests. You really are completely spoiled for choice when it comes to getting married in France, with amazing venues, beautiful cities, and rustic country settings. So many styles from Gothic to Medieval , Country Barns to wedding Chateau's. Gorgeous Manors and of course the French Riviera in the South. As well as weddings in France, why not consider France for your Renewal of Vows? 

How much does a
celebrant cost in France?
Go check out our prices here

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How does the legal stuff work in France with a Celebrant Wedding?

Well there are some complicated rules and a very long residency requirement that can make having your legal marriage in France quite difficult.  France is becoming more and more popular with couples though because of the diverse range of venues and local styles, so how do we do it?

Ok, we know the UK decided to leave Europe, but some European ideas do have their advantages, especially when it comes to weddings. In Europe, couples attend the local Town Hall to have the marriage legalities taken care of first, then follow this with a personal celebratory wedding ceremony at the location of their choice  This way, anything is possible and the choices for your unique ceremony are entirely yours.

In fact, all the UK couples that marry abroad in countries such as Greece and France have to go through the same process and most visit the local Town Hall a day or two before  their ceremony. Bride Buddy operates in Kefalonia, Greece, as well as in France and we help UK couples do exactly this, on a regular basis.

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Taken from a Bride Buddy Wedding. Photo: Eclection Photography

By having a simple quiet legal marriage at a Register Office in the UK first, with just yourselves and two witnesses, there is nothing in law stopping you having a wedding celebration ceremony anywhere you want in France.  All our Bride Buddy couples have a celebratory ceremony with us and view the Register Office part as 'just fulfilling the legal formalities.' Following this 'formal' part of their marriage, you are then free to celebrate this with a wonderful celebratory ceremony anywhere and anyhow you like.  Free of the restrictions that a registrar wedding contains.

If you want more freedom over the kind of wedding ceremony you have in France, look at what Bride Buddy can offer you. I can help you arrange a basic register office marriage in the UK. Advising you on your appointment to 'give notice of marriage' and what documents you will need before you complete the formalities of your legal marriage at the Register Office. This will be followed by the celebrant led wedding ceremony that you want in France.


So meet me, Cherry, the founder of Bride Buddy, your Ceremony Celebrant. With a long career as a registrar back in the UK, I formed Bride Buddy after moving to Greece where we offer a full wedding planning service. I have also operated ceremonies for UK couples in Morocco and Croatia. Now based in France, and loving what I do best, creating and delivering personal celebrant ceremonies, you can find out more about me and Bride Buddy on the About Us page.


Professional but good fun too, I will love working with you and getting to know you both. Making sure that your wedding or renewal of vows contains all the elements that you want, written exclusively for you both, and conducted with warmth, fun and friendliness. Be it a French chateau wedding, a rustic barn or classic Manor, weddings in France are all about style and relaxed atmospheres. Read on to discover what your French bespoke wedding ceremony can include. 

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Taken from a Bride Buddy Wedding

Beautiful French Wedding Chateau

How Much does a Celebrant cost?

Our Price Promise & What's Included.

Here at Bride Buddy I appreciate that every couple need to budget for their special day. I believe that you should not think that your dream of a French wedding is out of your reach for financial reasons, and in keeping with my promise to be as transparent with pricing as I can, I know that I am not the most expensive celebrant service in France, but that does not mean that you have to compromise on quality. I have years of experience and training. My knowledge is second to none and most important, my attitude is fun, friendly and professional. 


Ceremonies are fairly priced from around €750 all year round, any day of the week. Your quote will be an 'inclusive fee' so you know there will be no surprises or additional costs. (variable price to cover extra calculated fuel costs and tolls where applicable)


So what's Included?


No hidden extra's or expenses.

There is no extra fee for a weekend or Bank Holiday, summer or winter, night or day. (although we hope you are not looking for a 2a.m. wedding as we Bride Buddies enjoy our beauty sleep!) If you add the £50 fee for the formal marriage at the Register Office, we still offer a more affordable alternative. 

This inclusive fee includes a dressed ceremony table, a glass of fizz for you both to toast, a commemorative certificate, signed by yourselves and your witnesses and of course a personal ceremony designed around your thoughts and wishes. I will create a personal bespoke ceremony for you both, consulting you about wedding vows, promises and readings.


Symbolic Rituals

We can include any elements you want, from hand fasting to cocktail ceremonies, honey or sand rituals, even 'jumping the broom' to help enhance the ceremony and add colour to your special day. Having the experience and knowledge, and from listening to hundreds of couples over the years, I offer you a true alternative to help you achieve the ceremony that you want, however you want and where ever you want. A truly bespoke personal service that is only limited by your imagination.

As a couple you are totally unique so why not your ceremony too? Talk to me about the many special ways you can share your day and make it one everyone will remember!  

Included in the price too is my help and guidance seeing you through the formal marriage bits at your local Register Office.

Celebrant performing a  wedding ceremony in South West France

Taken from a Bride Buddy Wedding

Cocktail ceremony celebrant ceremony

On the day, I will arrive in good time. I will check with the venue on things such as ceremony music, seating, bride's entrance and so much more to ensure your ceremony runs smoothly. I will also make sure the bridal party know exactly what they are doing and where they are going. Checking in with the Best Man and Witnesses and any guests performing readings. I will organise the guests to their seats, and of course, before the ceremony starts, I will come and see you both, separately or together to ease your nerves and run through any last minute queries.

I can provide our own blue tooth speaker for music in more rural venues. 

Get in touch using the contacts page or from our email details at the bottom of this page.

You can read some of my testimonials on our 'Thank-You' page and take a peek at some of my work by following this link to 'Our Ceremonies' 

Find out about the area I cover by viewing the map below. There is a extra travel cost outside of this area. Check out the map below.

Cherry Newman Celebrant in France

Relaxing with Husband, Paul.

Bride Buddy loves people in love.                   Irrespective of sex, race or gender

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Fees are  calculated to include travel costs where necessary so you know your costs are 'all inclusive.'

 Area's include the majority of South West France.

This covers most of Dordogne & Bordeaux, Limousin, Charente and the Lot.


We are happy to come further if required at an additional travel fee.

Click on the interactive map to check your venue location.

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