Civil ceremony help

SecondTimeBlueBride
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  • Posted: 8 Aug 2018 17:12

    Civil ceremony help

    Does anyone have any ideas about how many songs or readings you need for a civil ceremony? We have a half an hour slot for our wedding but haven’t had any direction from our town hall as to how many readings etc we will need. I’d be very grateful for any advice anyone can give xxxx

  • Posted: 8 Aug 2018 17:39

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    The 1/2 hour includes walking in and walking out. a short music intro then bridesmaids one at a time - then you, add to this being couple of mins late which is very easy.

    So there you are standing at the front ready to proceed and you are already 10 mins in too the 30 mins.

    I have only ever seen a max of 2 readings and mainly its just one if any. Never any songs sung at a civil wedding. Just maybe occasionally someone singing during the signing of the register.

    Remember also that the 30 mins includes the signing and then some pictures (by the photographer ) and then let everyone else have a go, a presentation and final congrats from the registrar and a walk out - followed by everyone else.

    So by the 30 mins everyone will be out.

  • Posted: 8 Aug 2018 18:28

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    As Bill says. I've never seen singing at a civil ceremony either.  Usually 1 or 2 readings but I find many couples have no readings at all.

  • Posted: 9 Aug 2018 8:24

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    I second all the above. A maximum of 2 short readings, and no songs during the actual service.

    These have been civil ceremonies at hotel/private venues. Are you getting married at a similar venue or at a registry office? I would imagine that a registry office would be stricter at timekeeping. 

    If you have readings, get your speakers to time themselves, and give them a maximum of a couple of minutes each. 

    Regarding songs/music, one, maybe two going in, if you want to enter to different music. You could get this edited down to a verse and chorus perhaps? One or two for the register signing - I'd have 2 ready in case you get a lot of people wanting to take pictures. And one song for walking out to. 

    Happy planning! X

  • Posted: 9 Aug 2018 10:22

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    Thanks everyone, by songs I meant actual songs/music playing not someone singing, sorry for the confusion. My first wedding was in church and we had hymns galore so it’s quite a relief to not have to go through all that choosing again. I’ll pick one reading and an entrance song and something for the signing and leave it at that. So glad it’s such less fuss! Thanks again everyone, I best get searching x

  • Posted: 9 Aug 2018 11:00

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    SecondTimeBlueBride:

    I’ll pick one reading and an entrance song and something for the signing and leave it at that.

    That will do fine

     

    SecondTimeBlueBride:

     I best get searching x

    Remember that no religious aspects allowed no matter how tenuous. A common song I use to demonstrate the idea is Robbie Williams "angels" - you get the idea. But as always its best to run it by your registrar as there are rules but some interpret them differently.    

  • Posted: 9 Aug 2018 11:45

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    SecondTimeBlueBride:
    My first wedding was in church and we had hymns galore so it’s quite a relief to not have to go through all that choosing again.

    I hear ya! I've been to a couple of church weddings with hymns, and I'm so glad I'm not having that as part of my day! 

    Also, Bill's point about the avoiding religious references is a good and important one! 

    SecondTimeBlueBride:
    I’ll pick one reading and an entrance song and something for the signing and leave it at that

    Don't forget your exit music - you could have some fun with that! My fiance's friends had Celebration and danced out! 

    An idea for music could be to pick the soundtrack to a film you both like? A wedding I went to on the weekend had the wedding theme from Braveheart for the bride to walk into, and hobbit music from Lord of the Rings for the register signing. 

    There's so much choice!! Enjoy :) X

  • Posted: 9 Aug 2018 13:43

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    This is what we got from our registrar in our info/choices pack.

  • Posted: 9 Aug 2018 20:51

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    Oh my goodness thank you all for the advice, I was thinking more classical music pieces than songs so hopefully we can avoid the “angels” trap altogether. That guidance sheet is amazing I may pinch that! Thank you again so so much x

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