Definition: A civil marriage is one where the marriage ceremony has a government or civil official perform the ceremony.
A civil marriage is a wedding that takes place without any religious affiliation and meets the legal requirements of the locale.
Some countries require that a couple have their first marriage ceremony be a civil ceremony in a public location and that the ceremony is open to the public.
The couples can then be married in a church and have a religious ceremony performed by a member of the clergy.
Also Known As: Civil ceremony