Hello again (to Bev at least!),If they are asking you to show an air ticket, I'd get a full fare round trip with an open return. That way, at least you can cash in the return part after you get married. I've never heard of them doing it, but legally if you buy a round trip ticket for one of those cheap fares and then just don't use the return leg, the airline can come back at you for the difference between the cheap round-trip fare and the (much more expensive) one-way ticket.
However, on some French consulate websites they plainly state NOT to make any flight reservations until after you have your visa. I think that's an example of "the French contradiction." In any event, if you bring anything over and above the list of what they asked you to bring, keep it in a separate folder from the stuff on the list and don't offer up anything unless and until they ask for it.
I just read this thread and wanted to add in my questions...
My husband, two kids and I just moved to France one month ago after spending a month in Italy. We moved from the US.
My daughters and I all have UK passports as well as US passports so we have an "in" here, but my husband has only the US passport (although his grandparents were German who fled the holocaust..not sure if he can go that route or not?!). We have been together for years, but only just got married in August of this year.
The last time I lived in France I was able to work without much trouble, but my husband was not with me so he is still "fresh off the boat" when it comes to paperwork.
Where should he/we start? I have no idea at all so ANYTHING would be a great help.
Thank you so much,