For Brides who are planning a civil wedding then here is a little advice
that may help
If you're planning a ceremony in a register office or approved venue, look no further for a little guidance
What is a civil ceremony?
Quite simply a civil ceremony is a marriage without any religious context. For those living in England and Wales, it can take places at a register office or a venue which has been approved for civil marriage.
How do I find an approved civil venue?
In years gone by register offices solely were approved for civil wedding
ceremonies theses more often than not gave little opportunity for
beautiful wedding photography, however over recent years venues have
become licensed to hold the ceremony.
These include some stately homes, hotels, restaurants, castles, zoos, and many other places of interest. To find a location visit our extensive wedding venue listings, all venues will be more than happy to provide you with details of their facilities.
What will the ceremony be like?
A civil ceremony cannot have any religious content, however the superintendent registrar will be able to help you decide how to make the ceremony person to you both. You may be able to include non-religious music and readings that are special to your memories and the moment.
How do I organise my marriage?
The first thing that you have to do once you have made the decision to
get married at a registered venue is to give notice of marriage at your
local register office.
If you plan to marry in a different area, you should also contact the register office in the district where you would like to get married. Your notices of marriage are displayed on the notice board of the register office for 15 days. The notice is then valid for 12 months, during this period time you can get married whenever you wish.
By law you must both be 16 years or older, and you may require written consent if you're under 18. Remember to take all documentation with you as you will need to show the superintendent registrar documentary evidence of your name, age and nationality, and a divorce decree absolute or death certificate if you have been married before.
After the ceremony you will receive your marriage certificate, which will be handed to you by the registrar.
I would like to get married in Scotland. Is the law the same as England and Wales?
In Scotland, you can also have a civil or religious ceremony. A civil marriage can take place at a register office or approved venue, and a list of approved venues can be obtained from the General Register Office for Scotland
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Wedding Trivia: SOMETHING "OLD", "NEW", "BORROWED", AND "BLUE"
The tradition of carrying one or more items that are "old", "new", "borrowed" and "blue" also comes from English. There is an old English rhyme describing the practice which also mentions a sixpence in the brides shoe. Something old, signifying continuity, could be a piece of lace, jewelry, or a grandmother's handkerchief. Something new, signifying optimism in the future, could be an article of clothing or the wedding rings. Something borrowed, signifying future happiness, could be handkerchief from a happily married relative or friend. Something blue, signifying modesty, fidelity and love, comes from early Jewish history. In early Biblical times, blue not white symbolized purity. Both the bride and groom usually wore a band of blue material around the bottom of their wedding attire, hence the tradition of "something blue". Originally the sixpence was presented to the bride by her future husband as a token of his love. Today, very often, it is the bride's father who places a coin in the brides shoe prior to leaving home for the church.