A civil marriage ceremony is a public and legal event celebrating a relationship between two people. It is a religious ceremony, but it is not required to be performed in a church or other religious building.
The importance of a civil marriage ceremony has greatly increased in recent years. With the growing number of same-sex marriages, more couples opt for civil ceremonies rather than religious ones. Civil ceremonies are also becoming more popular among people who want to have their wedding in an inclusive environment, such as interfaith and interracial weddings.