We had a religious ceremony in church. It was a very traditional wedding with 300 guests. It was a good choice for us. I wouldn't have wanted anything different. But, if I ever had to do it again (God forbid), I would opt for a very small service with just close family/friends.
We had a civil wedding that included us, our son, and my sister. We would have liked everyone to come, but everyone kept trying to get us to have a wedding we couldn't afford. We eloped instead of going to the justice of peace. Either way it was going to be the same price and we wanted photos for the day. Every felt we should have went to the justice of the peace and had a party or had an "actual" wedding. We would never change the civil to religious.
We had ours in a hotel that had a courtyard especially for weddings and such. It was performed by a Justice of the Peace and we requested that any religious wording come out of whatever it was he said. We wrote our own vows, which did not include religious undertones. Considering neither of us are religious, I would not change it.
Although we are religious, we did not get to have a religious ceremony. We always intended to get married but ended up having to do it sooner than we expected due to some life/residence/job issues. It was a quick courthouse wedding (thus not religious). I always wanted the big traditional one with dress, cake and all, but life happens.
We had a non-religious ceremony on the a steamboat in Savannah. On Halloween. In costume.
We are not religious, but we are actors. We got engaged on that same boat during the bows after a performance of a cool murder mystery riverboat tour. We acted with the man that wrote, directed and produced the show and company, and he was in on the engagement surprise, so we asked him to become ordained so he could marry us, and my husband wrote the "script" for the cermony. I wouldn't have changed a single thing about my wedding day.
We did have a religious wedding service, but at a non-religious venue (a museum of high art). How about YOU? Did you have a religious or civil ceremony? We it a good decision, now that it is "done"?
We had a civil cememony, with only one witness. My husband was estranged from his family at that time and mine are living out of state. I would definately have a religious ceremony if we ever do over again. Things are great with my hubby's family now. I would like everyone from both our families to be there. My husband wants to renew our vows and maybe someday we will, and do it differently.
We had a religious service at a non-church venue. Later my wife wanted our marriage blessed by the church - I told her I would marry her as many times as she wanted!
That's sweet! Mine was a secular ceremony. We were married three days before our ceremony (I wanted a Leap Day wedding anniversary, but had the party the following Saturday) by my husband's best friend who's a minister of the Univeral Life Church, but a very charismatic friend of mine "performed" the public ceremony. It was perfect in every way. Our minister friend bought a priest shirt for himself with the collar, and after we were done we went out drinking to celebrate, him wearing the collar. You should have SEEN the looks we got!
We got married at Sandals in St. Lucia, on the beach It was just us, the Justice Of The Peace, the wedding coodinator, and a couple honeymooning from Great Britain. They were our witnesses and came to the small reception we had. It was wonderful and lovely. Just what I wanted. We swam in the ocean after. When we got home we had a big reception with friends and family. I would do it the same way it a -beat!
We had a relatively small religious ceremony, funded on a (literal) shoestring budget. We were both trying to save up as much money as we could at the time (my husband was out of work and I was four and a half months pregnant), and we only had two months to plan it.
Luckily, my husband is really close with the pastor of the church, and (since my hubby was a church member), we were able to book the chapel for free, (we did give the pastor a $50 tip, just for doing us the favor on such short notice). My brother-in-law acted as sound mixer, the youth pastor was our photographer, the rest of the wedding party consisted of my younger sister and my husband's best friend, and we held the reception back at our house.
If given the chance to do it again, the only change I would make would be an actual honeymoon for the two of us. Since we were trying to save money I was only able to take a four-day weekend from work, (which was subsequently ruined when my dad landed in the hospital with bloodclots the next night).