It is always a very personal and emotive decision as to whether you choose to get married in a church, or opt for a non-religious civil ceremony. Church services can be beautifully romantic, but that is not to say that a civil ceremony has to be any less spiritual and magical. The beauty of a wedding day comes from the love that two people share, not from the nature of your wedding service or pre-conceived beliefs about what a ‘traditional’ wedding venue should be.
It’s entirely up to you and your spouse-to-be how much you would like to include your religious beliefs in your wedding ceremony. The main difference between a civil ceremony and church wedding is that none of the music, readings or words said during a civil ceremony can be religious in nature. Civil ceremonies traditionally take place in a registry office, hotel or other licensed venue and are often shorter than church services. You can choose your own music in a civil ceremony and you will have a greater scope of “permitted” material than you would have with a church wedding. It really is just a case of weighing up the pros and cons and what is important to both of you for your special day. Your wedding day is a reflection of your relationship so far and is a foundation for what is to come, so it is important to stay true to that.
Some of our couples feel that a church wedding offers a more solemn atmosphere due to the history and tradition behind these buildings. Walking down the aisle is the traditional part of a church service that most brides feel they can’t do without, but if you take a look at other wedding venues, there are plenty of other licensed locations that offer beautiful walkways and entrances. The choice of ceremony is one of the most important decisions to make when planning your wedding day. Whether you are particularly religious or not, there is no denying that churches are beautiful buildings and they do make stunning backdrops for your wedding photographs. If you feel hypocritical about choosing a church service just for beautiful pictures, there are so many luxurious stately homes, museums and country estates that have wedding licences for civil ceremonies.
Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime experience. Whatever kind of service you decide to have; we will be there every step of the way. We love nothing better to capture those fleeting glances and romantic embraces throughout the day – regardless of the type of wedding day you choose to have. We just want to make sure you have a perfect wedding day with perfect pictures to match! Contact us today for help and advice on all aspects of your wedding ceremony and photography.