A bare-bones, short, wedding ceremony is known as a civil ceremony. Think courthouse wedding.
The order of service for a civil ceremony is based on the Book of Common Prayer minus the religious references.
Who can preside over a civil ceremony? A judge, non-denominational clergy, justices of the peach, court clerks and mayors are all contenders to perform a civil ceremony. Check with your local marriage bureau.
A civil ceremony is ideal for couples who have no affiliation with a formal religion.
By the way, civil wedding doesn't equal run-of-the-mill or boring. Take a peek at the coverage for this Parisian civil ceremony. With some thought and creativity, a civil wedding can be as spectacular as any other!
Super Chic Civil Wedding in Paris
An intimate civil ceremony, followed by macaroons and Champagne in a cafe (how French!) and then a day spent taking in the sites, before hitting a nightclub to party. This wedding is just effortless. Read more…
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