Civil Wedding Services
A civil ceremony is a secular ceremony that occurs within the legal proceedings determined by the state instead of being determined and governed by the laws of a church or temple. Civil ceremonies can be preformed by , mayors, or other authorized officials of the state. They may take place in a judge’s chamber, courtroom, home, garden, or hotel. While there are very few rules and regulations regarding the civil ceremony, it’s a good idea to check with the marriage bureau to confirm the procedures for a civil ceremony in your particular state.
For couples looking to marry in Venice or in the sorrounds, or in destinations in a less formal wedding ceremony, Civil Wedding Services in Veneto Region are available in nearly every city and township.
You can celebrate your dream wedding in Venice within the splendid setting of Palazzo Cavalli, an historical palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal.
The Municipality of Venice provides couples from all over the world with the opportunity to pronounce their irrevocable “I do” by emerging themselves in the romantic atmosphere which only this lagoon city can offer.
Inside the building a series of rooms is set aside for the bride and groom, offering a breathtaking panorama over the Grand Canal and including a privileged view of the Rialto Bridge.
Of course, the most thrilling way to arrive is by gondola, accompanied by the delicate lapping of the water and by the magnificence of the façades of the palazzi which provide the ideal backdrop for a fairy-tale setting.
The historical Palazzo Cavalli stands in one of the most picturesque areas of Venice, overlooking the Grand Canal close to the Rialto Bridge. It is a three-floor, XVI century Renaissance building whose façade is characterized by a sequence of stone corbels above the base, which support the two main floors with their four- and one-mullioned windows. A visit here means discovering a wonderful room with XVIII century stuccoes.
The building takes its name from the Cavalli family who lived there; it was also the residence of the American novelist James Fenimore Cooper and of the art scholar Aldo Ravà who furnished the Palazzo in the typical, XVIII century Venetian style, with original paintings, furniture and ceramics.
Inside, a series of elegantly furnished rooms on the piano nobile are devoted to the bride and groom. The largest is full of light, with large windows overlooking the Grand Canal taking up one whole wall and providing a definitely privileged panorama. In it you can also admire an impressive painting entitled “The Golden Wedding” dating from 1909. The painting, an oil on canvas measuring 120 cm. by 207 cm., is a work by the famous Venetian artist Luigi Nono (1850-1918).
A delightful adjoining smaller room, finely decorated and enriched with period furniture, welcomes the bride and groom by providing a view of the unique and extraordinary Rialto Bridge.
Once the wedding ceremony begins there will be a reading of some traditional Italian wedding vows. Those vows will also be accompanied by the reading of specific articles from Italian Law about marriage and family that explain to the couple what their new marriage will create for each of them.
It is not typical that the vows exchanged during civil ceremonies can be written or altered by the couple. The vows are more rooted in Italian civil ceremonial tradition. It important to note that Civil Wedding Services in Italy are performed with vows that are not the typical “honor and obey” type of vows commonly associated with wedding ceremonies.
To complete the civil wedding service in Italy, the bride and groom are presented with the official documentation to sign. The witnesses are also given paperwork to sign at this time. Once that is all done you are officially married and your Italian civil service has a legal value!
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