If a couple decides to have a civil wedding before church wedding in the Philippines, is the latter considered a “renewal of vows”?


While both the civil wedding and church wedding in the Philippines are legally binding, the Roman Catholic church only considers valid those marriages done in the church.

Also known as Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, the church wedding is officiated by a priest who unites the man and woman as one.

Therefore, “renewal of vows” is a ceremony in which couples renew or reaffirm their wedding vows previously made in a Catholic church.

Related: What’s the difference between a civil wedding and a church wedding?

If you previously got married through civil rites and then decide later on to tie the knot in the Catholic church, the latter is not technically considered a “renewal of vows.”

Couples who are civilly married don’t need to get married again in the church. Whether or not they want to have a more lavish church wedding is completely up to them.

After all, one record of marriage is enough.

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