The symbolic Wedding
It is a ceremony in which the couples confirm their union of love in the presence of their loved ones so that they can share the couple’s choice for life. We call it symbolic because it has not any legal value, in fact, the Christian religious rite does not authorize any wedding Blessing if that happens elsewhere, outside the Church. As regards the civil rite, it must be practiced in a registered place by the city council where it is possible then to note the spouses’ s signature together with that one of the witnesses and the officer of the Civil Committee. You can get a legally valid marriage if you marry in a Church or in the registry office only (that always will be in the presence of witnesses) before or after this ceremony. You can also have that on the same day in the registry office as the procedure is quite fast (about 20 minutes). You could pretend a ceremony with no rules and, the spouses might ask anyone they like (parents, witnesses, best friends) to celebrate this symbolic wedding. We have seen them in the movies, those weddings celebrated in the open air. In Italy more and more couples apply for a legal value marriage to celebrate in a place which is neither in the Church nor in the registry office and, it seems that the matter is going to develop as very few, rare locations have been authorized to celebrate official weddings.