A few weeks ago, we gave a few tips on narrowing down the point of destination for your wedding. While personal preferences usually take precedence into your final choice, being clear on the type of ceremony you’d want would also factor in as well.
Couples can choose from having either a symbolic versus a legal ceremony. Both are incredibly distinct from one another.
So what’s the difference?
A symbolic ceremony entails an open commitment between the bride and groom in front of their guests. Unlike a traditional wedding ceremony, the wedding couple will have to go through the legal process of obtaining a marriage license ad certificate before the symbolic ceremony.
While it allows for more flexibility in itinerary planning, symbolic ceremonies have a tendency to get a tad confusing in that your legal wedding date would be different from your ceremonial date (mind you, having two reasons to celebrate your anniversary, isn’t necessarily a bad thing).
In a legal ceremony the couple will have to follow the same legal marriage requirements of the country that they are vacationing in. A legal ceremony is attractive to some couples, as it gives them a very authentic wedding experience.
So what’s the better option?
A symbolic ceremony gives couples full flexibility to do whatever they wish during their wedding, many feel like it takes away from the authenticity of their day.
Alternatively, legal ceremonies are a bit of a challenge too. Each marriage law could differ from country to country. Some countries ask for guests to stay a minimum amount of days at the destination before being legally pronounced as married.This could easily make a difference on whether or not a legal ceremony could even be possible.
Regardless of whether a symbolic or a legal ceremony is right for you, it’s important that you both make a sound decision together!
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