02 November 2011
Posted in WEDDING IDEAS
When the emotions of your engagement cool down a little you start the planning. And there are so many things to take care for! The venue, the dinner, décor, wedding dress, church… Well, are you sure about the last? The church wedding is one of most popular, but sometimes it is impossible for couple to have this kind of ceremony. For many reasons: for religion, previous marriages or others. Still there are ways to get married in special way. You only have to chose.
A short guide through three different kinds of wedding ceremonies: so you not only know what you’re getting but you know also how!
The civil wedding ceremony
Civil wedding ceremony is held in every country which keeps the population registry with their marital status. In most countries the religious wedding is considered separately from the civil, hence the necessity of registering such fact. In Italy these ceremonies are mostly held in the town halls, and are being performed by the mayor, elected or appointed judge or Justice of the Peace. The ceremony usually takes about 20 minutes, the language is Italian so you’ll need a translator. You’ll also need two witnesses with their passports or IDs. By the end of the ceremony the couple and witnesses are signing the act of marriage, and are handed several copies of wedding certificate, which confirm the validity of the wedding for all the world.
This kind of wedding ceremony is most popular, for no previous marriages or religious views are issue. If you decide to have a civil wedding in Italy, it is good to arrive in place 2 – 3 days before, to finalize your documents.
The religious wedding ceremony
When you think “wedding” of course you see yourself walking down the aisle of a church. No matter what church. The most popular kind of religious ceremony in Italy is Catholic Roman ceremony, although Protestant, Orthodox and others are being performed as well. To have a Catholic Roman wedding in Italy, at least one of the spouses has to be Roman Catholic, for Roman Church allows weddings between two different Catholic religions (Protestant – Roman, Roman – Orthodox). The Catholic Roman has to get the Confirmation sacrament in order to get married. There are also two witnesses needed.
The ceremony itself is held in churches or chapels (or any consecrated buildings) and it lasts about 45 minutes. The religious ceremony can also bring the legal validity of the marriage. It is called concordat wedding, and to have it you’ll have to bring to the church same documents required by town halls. After your wedding the priests have 5 days to communicate the fact to town hall, which will prepare the act of marriage.
There is a catch though: a person who’s been already married with Roman Catholic rite and then divorced cannot remarry, unless gets the annulment of previous marriage.
The symbolic wedding ceremony
Called also blessing, it is perfect solution for those who for some reason cannot (or do not want) to have any of previous ceremonies. It does not bring legal or religious consequences. The blessing is more for the couple themselves. No documents to be provided, no witnesses to sign anything. You can chose whatever place you want to pronounce your vows. This ceremonies are performed by laic officiant, who by the end of ceremony gives you a certificate. This ceremony can be also performed after the civil wedding to personalize the event a little bit, and it gives you infinite liberty as for the style, dress and venue.