An Introduction To Civil Wedding Ceremonies

I cannot deny that we finally come to the wedding season again, but firstly congratulations on your engagement! Now it’s off to planning...

I cannot deny that we finally come to the wedding season again, but firstly congratulations on your engagement! Now it’s off to planning for the wedding ceremony. And if you’re like many of this generation’s couples who are opting for a civil ceremony in lieu of a religious one, then here’s a quick introduction into what you will be getting into.

Why choosing civil ceremony ?
There are many reasons why couples choose to have a civil wedding ceremony. These include being members of different religious organizations and wish to avoid potential interfaith conflicts. Another reason is when none of the couple subscribes to an organised faith group or when the couple is uncomfortable with the rigorous demands of a religious ceremony.

Plus, some faith organisations may be too stringent when it comes to wedding ceremonies and the couple’s ideal ceremony may be more creative than what their religions will allow. A civil ceremony has more room for customization, which means that the couples can write their own vows as they exchange their rings from They can also choose scriptures and music that are not allowed in the traditional religious wedding ceremonies.

What is civil wedding ?
Therefore, a civil ceremony is simply a non-religious wedding celebration presided by an authorized civil celebrant instead of a religious one. This type of wedding is legal and binding. Unlike a religious ceremony wherein a marriage license and other requirements is necessary in order to make the wedding legal, civil ceremonies do not require any additional processes.

Who can officiate a civil matrimony?
Any civil celebrant registered with the federal Attorney General's office can be a civil wedding officiant. Depending on the state you wish to legalize your union in, it could be a judge, a county or court clerk, a justice of the peace, or a notary public.

Any of your loved ones, a friend or family member, can also become an officiant depending on the laws of your state. Some states will allow individuals to get ordained online. You may consult a lawyer about this option. You can also visit a clerk’s office or the local registry to find out if your loved one is legally qualified to perform the wedding and if you can comply with the requirements to have them recognized.

What are the requirements for a civil union?
Once you have a civil celebrant, ask about other requirements for your civil wedding to be recognized as a legally binding ceremony. Depending on the state where you will have your wedding, you need to complete The Notice of Intended Marriage form within a month (30 days) of your desired date for the civil wedding ceremony. There are specific documents that couples will be required to submit to the Registry. These include your birth certificate, proof of citizenship, a photo ID, or other forms of identification. If you have been previously married, proof of divorce is also required.

When are civil weddings held?
The civil ceremony is required to occur within a specified number of dates from the issuance of the marriage form and should be conducted within the state that has issued their license to wed. Under California Law, for example, the couple must be wed within 90 days from the date the marriage form or license is issued.

Where are civil weddings held?
Probably one of its more enticing features in comparison to religious ceremonies is that of flexibility with venues for the civil wedding. You can get married at city hall, in a courthouse, or a special place where you wish to celebrate your love and exchange vows of commitment to each other like at the beach or at a hilltop estate. If you go for city hall or a courthouse, you need to make prior reservations with their offices.

You don’t have to go all traditional when it comes to getting married. A civil wedding ceremony may just be the perfect way to celebrate your love.

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4 Comment

  1. Thanks for sharing. When I get married, I'm eloping so I don't have to deal with my family!

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  2. Nice to know these things.
    Have a great day.


  3. Amazing post dear. I don't know much about weddings so it was really fun to read this.

    I'm back on my blog:

  4. I actually prefer a civil ceremony for my wedding rather than a church wedding.

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY



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