Religious Music and The Law
A prohibition of lyrics and poems with religious references had been in place since civil ceremonies were introduced in England and Wales in 1837. The law was drawn up to keep the ceremony distinct from church weddings.
Civil weddings are becoming increasingly popular, partly due to the fact that they are non-religious and partly because a particular choice of venue or theme dictates this type of wedding, but whatever your reason for a civil ceremony, the scope for musical variety is vast. The law states that the music at a civil ceremony must be non-religious so it may be that your personal taste is jazz, romantic ballads, musical theatre or operatic, the musical style is completely your choice so you can really put your own personality into your civil wedding.