Types of weddings and ceremonies

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The choice between the various types of ceremonies is a very personal one.
Explaining all the options would make this answer too long.
Therefore we have created separate pages for each of them.
But in short, there are 3 main types of ceremonies ;


The wedding couple signs the marriage registry, and commit themselves to each other by law. 
This is an administrative procedure with only minimal emotional involvement. 
Even though it is the legal basis of the marriage, it often has only limited influence on day-to-day life.
It is therefore often called 'the legal wedding'. 
The proceedings are often only remembered in no so joyful circumstances, such as divorce or decease.
The conditions for a legal wedding are different in each country.


The wedding couple exchange vows in the presence of their closest family, friends and guests.
This is the ( part of ) the wedding that is usually remembered for many years to come, and it's also therefore often called 'the emotional wedding'. 
This type of ceremony has much fewer restrictions can, therefore, be celebrated regardless of venue, date, time, etc.


The wedding couple expresses their vows towards their God(s) and their church. 
The choice is very personal, and it's the religious basis of the marriage.
The conditions for a religious wedding depend on the country and religion.

Related pages on our site or useful links to other sites :

Can i get married in Spain (page 33-01)
The ceremonial wedding (page 15-02)
Renew wedding vows abroad (page 15-03)
The wedding blessing ceremony in Spain (page 15-04)
Traditional catholic wedding ceremony in Spain (page 15-05)
Indian weddings in Spain (page 15-06)
Hindu weddings in Spain (page 15-07)
I want to talk to a wedding planner (page 23-01)
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Types of weddings and ceremonies