Camilla’s article on the popularity of church weddings got me wondering what type of ceremony Bridalwave readers are choosing?
For us, there was never any question that we’d be having a civil ceremony: neither of us is even remotely religious, and we agreed right away that it would just feel "wrong" to get married in a religious ceremony. I don’t think I’d even feel "properly" married if I’d said my vows in front of a God I don’t believe in, and would we’d both have felt hypocritical joining in with all of the prayers and hymns church weddings generally tend to involve.
With all of that said, I wasn’t too surprised to hear that religious weddings are still very much in vogue. Strangely enough, our wedding will be the first civil ceremony I’ve ever attended, and even although none of our friends are religious either, so far they’ve all opted for the traditional church wedding. Yes, even the atheists.
This is something that surprises me, if I’m honest. The reason I’ve heard most often for non-believers getting married in church is that "the church is pretty", or "it’s traditional". I personally think civil ceremony venues can be just as atmospheric as a church (not to mention warmer!), and the "tradition" argument doesn’t hold much weight with us either.
What does everyone else think? Where are you getting married, and why?