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Make civil wedding ceremonies festive

You can register at the earliest six months before your desired wedding date. However, some registry offices offer an appointment reservation beforehand!  You can find the necessary formalities in our article  Registration for marriage .

You just want to get married in a civil ceremony? Then this wedding ceremony is all the more important – we have the right tips and suggestions.

In which registry office to get married?

First, think about which registry office you would like to get married at (you have to contact the registry office in your place of residence first, then you can choose the registry office of your choice). Not every wedding room is equally beautiful and suits your taste. More and more registry offices are also offering weddings in special rooms or in the open air . Ask the registry offices in your area what options there are and what additional costs may arise.

Some registry offices also offer weddings on Saturday, these dates are of course very popular and cost a small extra fee.

Tip: Choose the registry office with a good gut feeling. If the registry office does not respond to your wishes in advance, it is better to look around for another registry office (especially if the civil ceremony will be your only wedding). Some congregations process the wedding in 10 minutes, while others take a lot of time and you can also bring in wishes and customs. Just ask around in your circle of friends to see who has had what experience.

What do we have to consider for a civil marriage?

  1. Have a preliminary talk with the registrar responsible. It should also be considered whether you want a common married name (all information about this can be found in our article  Changing names for weddings ). During the conversation you can also clarify how the ceremony should take place. Of course, it also depends on the registrar how flexible he / she is here.
  2. Also discuss whether the ring change should take place during the ceremony (this would not be necessary if you are going to be married in church immediately afterwards). Perhaps other rituals / customs such as the sand ceremony come into question.
  3. Not only in the church, also in the registry office you can inspire each other and also the guests with an individual wedding vow. With us you will read the 5 steps to the perfect marriage vows .
  4. Also discuss whether and in what form a musical background (live or from the tape) is possible. You can find music suggestions in the article  Music and songs for the registry office .
  5. Also clarifies how many people can fit in the wedding room, it can be very different. Especially if you just want to get married in a civil ceremony, you want to have as many of your guests as possible with you at the wedding ceremony.
  6. The registry office often offers various records for sale. You can also get your own studbook – here you can find our top 10 studbooks in the overview .
  7. If you are only getting married in a civil ceremony, your friends and acquaintances do not have to stand by customs such as trellises or sawing trees. Such games are of course also possible after the civil ceremony.
  8. However, you should clarify beforehand whether rice can be thrown so that you don’t get into trouble with the authorities (risk of slipping, cleaning costs, etc.). Alternatively, switch to wedding  soap bubbles or wedding walls …
  9. Perhaps the space in front of the registry office is also suitable for a small champagne reception and a finger food buffet, or there are even rooms available for this. Just ask.
  10. Formulate the invitations precisely so that all guests know what is being celebrated and when. More on this in our article registry office referrals .
  11. There are lots of little things, accessories and decorative items that make your civil wedding a little more romantic – just browse through Meine-Hochzeitdeko !

As you can see, a civil wedding ceremony can also be made solemn! It depends on your imagination, the willingness of the registrar and of course the choice of the registry office.

Of course, the bride can appear in front of the registrar in a white wedding dress, if you want! You can find the best ideas for this in our large extra article  Enchanting the registry office in a wedding dress.

A special dress that can be worn on other occasions is particularly popular with brides who only want to wear the white wedding dress at the church / free wedding. You can read more about this in our article about registry office dresses .

As you can see, a civil wedding ceremony can also be made solemn! It depends on your imagination, the willingness of the registrar and of course the choice of the registry office.

Of course, the bride can appear in front of the registrar in a white wedding dress, if you want! You can find the best ideas for this in our large extra article  Enchanting the registry office in a wedding dress.

A special dress that can be worn on other occasions is particularly popular with brides who only want to wear the white wedding dress at the church / free wedding. You can read more about this in our article about registry office dresses .

The moment of signature

Tip: If you should take the name of your partner, then practice the signature beforehand so that you can sign nicely at the wedding. You should also use an elegant writing implement, because nothing looks worse than when the registrar hands you an advertising pen with the logo of the local Bauhaus.

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