What are the differences between a religious wedding ceremony and a civil ceremony? I am left with the choice of getting married in a church or outside at our reception venue. I have only ever seen religious ceremonies so am unaware of the differences!
Hi the ceremony is performed a a registrar :)
You can’t have anything religious in a civil ceremony but can still have reading and songs etc. Just don’t have the religious side.
It's a normal wedding, just without all the religious mumbo jumbo.
You can also have a humanist celebrant, as a non-religious alternative. In Scotland you can get them to perform the ceremony just as a minister would, although in England I believe that you'd have to have a registrar there as well.
Civil Ceremony is performed by a registrar in a non-religious venue, you can't have any prayers/religious readings and no religious songs. In a religious ceremony you have to have attended church for a certain amount of time beforehand but not sure what other requirements there are. Legally there is no difference you're married either way :)
I'm getting married in a church this August but our vicar said we can have it traditional or not. So the only thing she has to read is a bible reading n that's it. I get to choose music off iPod and have no hymns. It's Up to the Vicar and how they stand. I don't attend church and I don't have to be there when they read out the banns
Apart from the actual ceremony, are the marriages classed as exactly the same? Same rights?
Civil is non religious. You're not allowed any songs that have religious overtones,you're not allowed religious readings. Other than that,both are legal ceremonies that will result in you being married
In a religious ceremony you are vowing to God. There will be hymns, readings and all that.
So if you don’t believe in God, non religious is the way to go. No mention of God.
Just no singing or mention of God xxx