If you are not having a traditional religious ceremony at a place of worship, then you should start thinking about the type of ceremony you want to have on your wedding day.  My advice, when choosing the ceremony, it should be able to set the mood for the entire night.  The following are a few examples of wedding ceremonies.

  • Civil– A civil ceremony is a ceremony that does not include any religious aspects. It usually last between 10-15 minutes. This type of ceremony usually are done when there is a small group of people (up to 20) and there is not a reception hall or banquet hall included)
  • Religious– A religious ceremony can be traditional, depending on your faith, or include just a few aspects from your religion. Whether you are observant or non- observant, a religious ceremony is still an option. It usually last between 20-25 minutes.  This type of ceremony can be performed indoors or outdoors.
  • Spiritual– A spiritual ceremony does not subscribe to one specific religion, but rather incorporates elements from several religions that are more spiritual and less conforming. It usually last between 20-25 minutes, it also has the flexibility to incorporate your own vows and adapt other wedding rituals.
  • Renewal of Vows – A renewal of vows ceremony is a beautiful way for couples to rededicate themselves to one another. It usually last between 15-20 minutes.   It has the flexibility to incorporate family to participate in as well.
  • Interfaith – An interfaith ceremony blends traditions, cultures, or religious aspects to make everyone feel celebrated and included.
  • Elopement – An elopement is a ceremony for couples that do not reside in New York City but wish to get married legally in New York. Legal marriages can be performed inside venues, outside in many of New York’s historic places. Usually last 10-15 minutes.

To the spiritual and renewal of vows you can add unity ceremonies such as sand, wine, candle, etc to emphasize the commitment to one another.