What Are the Differences Between a Religious, Spiritual, or Civil Wedding Ceremony?

This is a great blog about knowing which type of wedding ceremony is right for you…

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This is the fourth and last guest posts by Rev. Judith Johnson author of The Wedding Ceremony Planner. Rev. Johnson also writes a weekly column about spirituality for The Huffington Post.

The first question you should answer about your wedding ceremony is  “do we want a civil, religious, or spiritual ceremony?”  Each one is distinctly different, and only one is truly right for you.

It is important to understand that there are two governing authorities for wedding ceremonies.  The legal requirements of marriage are legislated by the state (Alan – province in Canada) in which the ceremony will take place.  Who can be legally married in a given state, who can officiate at the service, and the content of the ceremony are all regulated to some degree by the state in which it takes place.  Here is a website where you can check out the requirements for the…

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