Civil Wedding Ceremonies
In some regions, the civil ceremony occurs before the church ceremony. But there are cases when the couple doesn’t want the religious factor in their wedding, so they choose to have just a civil ceremony. In this situation, this type of gathering is rather neutral and formal than personal and meaningful. We recommend all couples – from all corners of the world to get married in a church in order to receive the blessings of God.
Nevertheless, those who don’t have any type of belief usually decide to have a simple ceremony officiated even by one of their friends! Anyway, this is a personal choice and we can’t interfere. The civil ceremony is very simple and short and it is the quickest way to get married. This type of ritual doesn’t have many hard rules to abide, but it is slightly colder and very impersonal. It’s true that there is more flexibility when it comes to following specific etiquettes.
But there are a few basic lines to respect when getting married in the civil way. Those who are not interested in the having a church ceremony can choose only the civil way. This is also a popular option for newlyweds who come from different cultural and religious backgrounds. Getting married on a neutral ground seems to be the best alternative for them. Another case of choosing only the civil ceremony is when the couple or one of them is at their second marriage. In some countries there are still many etiquettes regarding the fact that the encore bride should not get married again in the church.
She is only allowed to get married socially. Some Christian churches allow second marriages, while others choose to respect the old tradition: “what God has joined together, let no man separate”. Civil ceremonies are also selected by those who are having just a small intimate wedding. Many modern couples who are more romantic choose to elope on their wedding and get married in one of their favorite locations. There are also those newlyweds who decide to tie their knots in Las Vegas, where they can benefit of a small civil ceremony.
There are no etiquettes regarding the place for a civil ceremony. You can choose any venue you like, as neutral as possible. But no one stops you from choosing a ball room, a banquet hall or even a sandy beach shore. There are many options when it comes to these types of ceremonies. If you’re getting married abroad, make sure you check with the country clerk’s office about all the details and licenses required for your ceremony. You can get married by a judge, clerk, public notary, justice of peace or by any other type of wedding officiant.