What are the difference between religious marriage and court marriage?


In Western countries, marriage is ultimately a civil ceremony during which certain legally-prescribed words must be said and the marriage must be registered with the civil authorities. This is the underlying essence of a marriage and is true both of marriages in a place of worship or in a secular environment.

Some prefer a church wedding because of the elaborate ritual or because they feel that marriage should be a religious sacrament. In some countries, a civil celebrant can perform the wedding in the setting chosen by the couple and can tailor the wedding format to suit them, as long as legal requirements are met. It is simply a matter of choice.