Most couples today prefer to have civil marriage ceremonies to religious marriage ceremonies, which demand for wedding videos, wedding photographers, wedding limousines and even wedding DJs. Civil wedding ceremonies cost much less and are easier to plan at the same time, maintaining the dignity and stature of a serious wedding ceremony. Civil nuptials ceremonies usually have religious elements absent. On the other hand, this is entirely to the discretion of the couple having the ceremony. Moreover, modern civil marriage ceremonies are allowed to include vows, symbols, special readings or some matrimony themes, which may or not be religious.
Civil weddings have the advantage of being conducted anywhere, if you can find an official with the authority to register the event. It can even be done in the judge's chamber and people normally follow this registration with a formal reception where they gather people for a get-together.