Your wedding ceremony is the special time you get to stand up in front of all your friends and family to make (or renew) your vows to each other, exchange rings and sign the marriage register. It is also, traditionally, the time for celebratory music and readings, flowers and procession.
Couples choose to have either a religious ceremony, a non-religious ceremony, or a civil wedding/partnership. Religious ceremonies are held in a church or other religious building depending on whether the service is Church of England, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, etc. Non-religious ceremonies (Humanist, Buddhist, etc) and civil weddings/partnerships can take place in a register office or other licensed venue—you could get married outside in this country, on a football pitch or at the seaside. You could even consider having an inter-faith ceremony that combines both beliefs if you’re marrying someone from a different faith or culture.
Whatever type of ceremony you are planning, whether you’re both Christians marrying in church, or a couple wanting a ceremony with a difference and a relaxed Humanist slant, the vows you take are what make it a marriage ceremony. The register you sign is what makes it legal.
Wedding vows are beautiful and have their own place in tradition but with a celebrant-led wedding, you have that chance to think about what you really want to promise each other for the rest of your married lives. Guest blogger Gwen…
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