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Symbolic Wedding in Puglia

Posted by Victoria - Wedding Planner on November 30, 2014
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Symbolic Wedding in Puglia

Symbolic wedding in Puglia is an alternative to the other two types of weddings in Italy – a religious wedding or a civil marriage

The major difference being that a symbolic wedding is not legally or religiously binding and there is no paper work. The “agreement” or “union” between the couple is symbolic and has no legal or religious status. This releases the wedding from many restrictions – you can choose any location for your ceremony and you can choose to have any efficient and any style of ceremony – as you are not limited by either religious or legal guidelines. Symbolic wedding ceremonies are an ideal option for those who do not “qualify” for a religious or legal marriage in Italy.

The lack of religious or legal restrictions makes a symbolic wedding ceremony the choice for those having a same-sex ceremony; those renewing their vows; anniversary ceremonies and those who want to celebrate their non-religious spiritual union.

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A symbolic wedding is also called a blessing ceremony or a commitment ceremony. The symbolic ceremony can be personalized and last as long as you wish. You can add whatever readings, music, guest speakers and vows as you choose. You can introduced elements of your culture and traditions into the symbolic ceremony and even combine parts of religious ceremonies that you feel a connection with. For example perhaps you are not Jewish but wish to include the part of a Jewish wedding ceremony where the groom holds a cup of wine for the bride to drink. Or you can include elements like the binding of hands, jumping a broom, breaking a glass or exchanging personal vows. The format can be traditional and formal or very casual and unstructured.

Whereas Catholic weddings in Italy are restricted to being in a church, symbolic weddings can be held outdoors, in a restaurant, on a beach, in a deconsecrated church, a rental villa and in fact a symbolic ceremony can be held anywhere. If you are having the event in a public place you will have some limitations like the time you hold the ceremony and the number of guests you can invite. But apart from that you can create your ideal symbolic ceremony – the sky’s the limit.

You can employ the services of a wedding celebrant who can be the efficient at your symbolic ceremony. Celebrants in Italy are certified Ministers of the Universal Life Church. Look for this type of certificate issued by the above establishment, which I got a few years ago.



Alternatively, because the symbolic ceremony is not legally or religiously binding you can choose anyone you want to be the efficient at your wedding – a friend, pastor, mayor or family member. A celebrant can give you a symbolic certificate attesting to your blessing ceremony or symbolic union. The document is not legally binding but will immortalize your symbolic union.

If you want to have a unique symbolic wedding ceremony, with personal vows and no religious restrictions but you also want to be legally married then you need to first have a civil marriage (in the town hall) which is legally binding and after that you are free to hold your symbolic wedding ceremony. The wedding ceremony would be only “symbolic” as you would already be legally wed. In short a symbolic wedding ceremony is not bound by law or religion but by love alone.

Symbolic Wedding Celebrant in Puglia

A wedding celebrant officiates at weddings, in other words they take the traditional role of the priest or rabbi. The difference being that they are not bound by the restrictions of the church. They can introduce non-religious readings or other elements into the ceremony. Wedding celebrants can officiate at the weddings of couples from all backgrounds, all races, all nationalities, all denominations and all religions. Unlike strictly religious church ceremonies the proceedings can be personalized.

Wedding celebrants can perform ceremonies for religious couples, multi-faith couples, Christian yet non-denominational weddings and non-religious ceremonies.

Wedding celebrants can also conduct a ceremony for renewal of vows, re-dedication and symbolic same-sex unions. Same-sex unions are not recognized in Italy but wedding celebrants can perform a civil gay commitment ceremony. The wording can be that of a standard religious ceremony or a spiritual and symbolic, non-religious ceremony.

Why is a wedding celebrant necessary?

In Italy there is a very practical reason for using a wedding celebrant. A “religious” marriage in Italy is only legal when a Catholic ceremony is performed by a Catholic priest. The only legally recognized church weddings are Catholic. Alternatively you can have a legal civil marriage in the town hall or other authorized venue like an historic building, villa, de-sanctified churche or palace. So if you are not Catholic, yet you don’t want a ceremony in the town hall you will have to look for someone to officiate at your ceremony, and that person is the wedding celebrant.
Same-sex unions; renewal of vows; re-dedications; second Catholic marriages where an annulment of the first has not been obtained; second ceremonies with an existing spouse and a woman marrying when she has been divorced for less than 300 days is not legally recognized in Italy. The wedding celebrant can perform these blessing ceremonies and advise you about when, where and if you can make them legally binding.
Using a wedding celebrant you are free to choose your own romantic and ideal wedding location; personalize your ceremony to suit your religious and spiritual beliefs. Most wedding celebrants in Italy are authorized to perform legal civil ceremonies (as opposed to legal religious ceremonies) if the wedding is within one of the authorized venues and between couples who fall within the criteria for legal civil marriage in Italy. Using a celebrant will make each ceremony unique and specifically relevant to the couple.

The role of a wedding celebrant

A celebrant should sit with the couple; get to know them; find out about their background and what they expect from the wedding. A celebrant can suggest symbolic elements that you can add to your ceremony like unity candles, music, the breaking of a glass (Jewish ceremony), hand-fastening or a unity sand ceremony.
A wedding celebrant can be asked to individualize the blessings in the ceremony to make them personally relevant to you. If you choose to, the celebrant can address your guests and share with them stories from your past or briefly talk about the journey which brought you and your partner together. He/she could also write the “script” of the ceremony for you. A celebrant can include your friends and family in the ceremony by planning to let them speak during the proceedings or recite poetry or Bible readings.

If you are religious but just not Catholic and you want a religiously binding ceremony then Private Concierge Services in Puglia can find you a wedding celebrant who can legally preside over a Jewish, Anglican, Protestant or other religious ceremony. In this case you would need the religious papers (a Jewish Katuba for example) from the relevant religious body. For example you could have a Rabbi officiate at a religiously binding Jewish ceremony in a synagogue. The marriage would still need to be legally registered at the town hall.

It is a good idea to get a wedding celebrant who speaks decent English (or your language) this will help both in the planning of the event and in making the wedding ceremony meaningful to you. Look for a celebrant who can give you personal advice about the ceremony and who is willing to shape the proceedings to meet your wishes and dreams. Private Concierge Services in Puglia can help you find the right celebrant for you. Your celebrant may provide you with a list of vows which can inspire you to write your own or you may wish to use some of the already composed vows.
A wedding celebrant should be able to provide you with a symbolic wedding certificate or blessing certificate which records the date, place and event. A good celebrant can embellish the text of the ceremony with Bible readings or other readings from meaningful texts, songs, poems or literature. Celebrants should have a thorough knowledge of wedding traditions.