Myriam Wedding Celebrant during civil wedding.
I asked Myriam Pacifico, a wedding celebrant known on social media as Myriam Wedding Celebrant, to tell me the difference between the two types of ceremonies.
A civil ceremony is an official celebration held directly in a location that the future spouses choose and the civil registry recognizes. The couple will seal their union in the presence of a public official of the municipality to which the location belongs, a celebrant, a relative (not by blood) or a friend recognized by a public official delegation for that day. In any case, a registry office official will attend the ceremony with all the documentation to sign.
The celebration can also be enhanced with personal speeches, promises and rituals from various cultures (see below).
A symbolic ceremony, on the other hand, consists of an unofficial ceremony for which the documentation has taken place previously in the registry office.
In this case, the signatures and formulas will be purely symbolic and non-binding, and the ceremony can be celebrated in any location by a friend, relative or wedding celebrant.