A civil marriage ceremony in Switzerland is a simple affair. A few formalities need to be completed before the ceremony: “Ehevorbereitung” or marriage preparation and the “I do” (Eheversprechen) of the couple in the presence of two witnesses and the officiant. Not even a signature would legally be required (although it is always done). An event which takes just a few minutes.
Why more is made of a civil ceremony is described on this website. You’ll find information about the ceremony, answers to frequently-asked questions, where you can get married, criteria to choose the locale, the order of a civil and a church wedding, the formalities and links to official websites.
Pictures of ceremony locales will be published continually.
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