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Saying "I Do" Your Way: Exploring Different Wedding Ceremony Types

Your wedding day should be a reflection of your unique love story, and that includes the ceremony itself. From traditional vows in a sacred space to barefoot exchanges on a sandy beach, there's a perfect ceremony out there waiting to be personalised just for you.

There are a number of different types of wedding and it can be a little mind boggling to understand each of these types of wedding, how you can personalise them and how you decide what is right for you.

This blog will help you understand the different types of wedding in the UK, and which is the right choice for you.


In order for your ceremony to be legally binding your wedding ceremony must be conducted by a UK approved registrar and it must be held in a registered and approved location.  

Getting married in the UK has clear legal requirements, that does not mean that you can’t think outside of the box.

You can have a registry office wedding, and then do your vows on a hill in the Lake District, or on a beach in Cornwall. Or you can get creative with the wedding reception instead! Or you can find a quirky venue such as Camp Kataur which has a beautiful forest location for your wedding.


Jewish Wedding

Religious Ceremonies: Celebrating Faith and Tradition

Church Wedding
  • For couples who share a faith, a religious ceremony offers a meaningful way to connect their love to their spiritual beliefs.

  • Ceremonies typically follow the customs and traditions of the specific religion, incorporating readings from holy texts, prayers, and blessings from religious leaders within the denomination, such as priests, pastors, rabbis, or imams.

  • Personalisation can come through vows that reflect your faith and shared values, incorporating symbolic elements specific to your religion, or choosing meaningful music and hymns, and readings.

  • If it is your religious leader, they will undoubtedly put in some personalised anecdotes! If it isn’t, you can often share your story and what you love most about one another and write your own vows.

Grooms marrying in nature

Civil Ceremonies: Simple and Legal Vows

  • Civil ceremonies are the legal minimum for getting married, often conducted by a registrar (in England and Wales) or sheriff clerk (in Scotland) in a government office or licensed venue.

  • They are short and straightforward, focusing on the exchange of vows and the legal declaration of marriage.

  • Personalisation can come through adding readings, music, or even symbolic gestures to the ceremony, making it more than just the legalities.

Interfaith Ceremonies: Honouring Two Faiths

  • For couples from different religious backgrounds, an interfaith ceremony can be a beautiful way to honour both traditions and create a ceremony that feels inclusive and meaningful.

  • These ceremonies incorporate elements from both religions, often with readings from each faith's texts and blessings from religious leaders from each denomination.

  • Personalisation lies in choosing elements that resonate with both partners, finding a celebrant who is familiar with both religions, and crafting vows that celebrate your shared love while respecting your individual beliefs.

Remember, your wedding ceremony is all about you! Embrace the different types available, explore personalisation options, and let your unique love story shine through.

Bonus Tips for Personalising Your Ceremony:

  • Hire a celebrant who gets you: Look for someone who aligns with your values and can create a ceremony that feels authentic to you.

  • Involve your loved ones: Ask family and friends to participate in readings, music, or even officiate the ceremony.

  • Most importantly, relax and enjoy the moment! Your wedding ceremony is a celebration of your love, so focus on making it meaningful and memorable for you and your partner.

  • Your venue will also know what their legal status is, and what other couples do, so just take the time to get advice directly from your venue.

  • Don’t forget, Citizen’s Advice and the government website have a lot of legal information to support you with ensuring you cover every correct and legal step.

With so many possibilities available, there's no excuse for a boring wedding ceremony! Embrace the freedom and creativity and make your "I do" moment truly unforgettable.

And remember, your legal host of choice will depend on the path you choose. Happy planning!

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