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A traditional wedding as such was performed by a priest in a church. A civil ceremony is performed by a celebrant, anywhere of your choosing eg beach, park, garden etc. There are legal elements that are required for each type of ceremony, but with a civil ceremony you can also choose what to have included - which may not be the case for a church wedding. When talking to my couples about the physical layout of their ceremony I refer to "traditional" as being me at the front facing the guests, one slightly in front of me on the side and the other on my left side.
To make your vows stand out, say them from your heart. Have some fun with them if that is your way of expressing yourself to each other, but don't just rattle off someone else's words. The ones that I remember are those that have come from couples who look at each other while they are saying their vows and those who make their vows real
I recommend no more then a paragraph, including the legal sentence. By the time we get to your vows both of you are very probably pretty emotional, so you do not need to be reading long vows. Say what you want to say and by all means add to it on the day if there is something you want to say but didn't script. Keep your vows short and from the heart.
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