Civil Ceremony Success

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Tell It Like It Is

One of the big pluses of a civil ceremony is that it gives you and your fiancé the freedom to write your own vows. Be sure to talk it over with your officiant first—there may be a few specific words or phrases that you must include to make your marriage legal.

But beyond that, with a civil ceremony, the wording of the vows is all up to you. The basic "I dos" should only take about two minutes—but you don't have to keep it that simple. Consider having a dear friend or family member read a poem or book passage that's meaningful to both of you. If nothing springs to mind, search the work of your favorite writers or the lyrics of your favorite musicians.

And there's always the do-it-yourself road—write your own poems, or read an excerpt from the love letters and cards you've exchanged.

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