Wedding Planning 101: What type of wedding should you have?

Oct 25, 2021 | Blog

Planning a wedding is like finding answers to a list of questions you have in mind. And one of the first questions you should ask is, what type of wedding should we have?

This can be answered by choosing between a church or a civil wedding. The two can be easily identified with one being officiated by a priest and the latter being officiated by a member of your local judiciary. Whatever you choose will set the whole vibe of your wedding day. 

To help you more about the initial steps in wedding planning, here are some useful tidbits for your information.

CHURCH AND LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

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Church and civil wedding applications require almost the same legal documents. The only differences are a couple of certifications and proof that are specifically required for a Catholic and Christian weddings.

CATHOLIC WEDDING REQUIREMENTS:

      • Marriage License
      • Baptismal and Confirmation certificates
      • PSA Certificate of Live Birth
      • PSA Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)
      • Canonical Interview
      • Pre-cana/Marriage Preparation Seminar
      • Marriage Banns
      • List of Sponsors
      • Confession

CIVIL WEDDING REQUIREMENTS:

      • At least 2 valid IDs of the couple during personal appearance
      • Certificate of Attendance in Pre-Marriage Counseling (if between 18 to 25 years old)
      • PSA Birth Certificate
      • PSA Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)
      • Marriage License 
      • Barangay Certificate
      • Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)
      • 1×1 picture

CHRISTIAN WEDDING REQUIREMENTS are mostly the same with the civil wedding, with the addition of Marriage Preparation Seminar and an interview with the pastor. 

TYPES OF WEDDING CEREMONY

Weddings can be held with a Church/Religious or Civil ceremony. If you prefer to exchange vows centered on your faith, church or a religious wedding ceremony is for you and your partner. But if you prefer a simpler ceremony, or for other reasons, you can always choose to go with having a civil wedding ceremony.wedding, event planner, wedding planner, Intimate wedding, bride, covid wedding

Catholic weddings usually go with the more traditional route. The ceremony is officiated by a priest, and is always held in their parish. Other churches may have their own set of rules to be followed, from the bride’s wedding dress to decorations they allow inside the church.wedding, event planner, wedding planner, Intimate wedding, bride, covid wedding
Christian weddings are officiated by a registered pastor, and can be held in their house of worship or at an outside venue. 

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Civil weddings are more casual and laid back. It is usually officiated by the local mayor or judge within their city limits. Once you get your marriage license, you may consult with the mayor or your preferred judge for their availability. Civil weddings are usually held at the city hall’s court room or the mayor’s office, but you can also request the officiant to hold the wedding at a different venue. In which case, a special arrangement should be discussed with your wedding officiant’s office.

Weddings are a milestone worth celebrating. No matter how you decide to get married, always keep in mind that what matters is how you honor your vows and commitment to each other for life.