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Q. We know exactly where we want to have our ceremony, and it's a gorgeous venue. One problem – it's not licensed for ceremonies! What can we do?
A. Rachel Vine says: Rachel says: As a bride-to-be myself, I can totally relate to this. I recommend having a legal ceremony at your local register office before your planned wedding at your chosen unlicensed venue. Doing this means you can have a personal ceremony on your actual wedding day in front of your closest family and friends.
I've heard some gorgeous (and often very funny!) wedding vows that the couple have written themselves. It also means you aren't restricted at all when planning your ceremony. During a civil ceremony, there are lots of rules that couples often aren't aware of. For religious ceremonies, there are obviously formalities and specific words that have to be said.
If you've got your heart set on your ceremony location and you want the freedom to have a more personal ceremony, then having a legal ceremony before your wedding day is a great solution. You don't have to exchange rings during the formal legal ceremony, either - just say the legal vows and sign the paperwork. Have a wonderful wedding day!