This question arose because I’ve been reading about the forthcoming marriage of Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock.
They will have a civil marriage ceremony on 1st July and the Catholic Marriage Rite on 2nd July.
What stance does the Catholic Church take on having effectively two marriage ceremonies - a civil one and a religious one?
This eventuality does not arise here in UK. The civil requirements can be fulfilled during the Nuptial Mass or Rite of Marriage. Either the priest or a member of the Catholic parish community can have the legal status of registrar of marriages.
I don’t know what the situation is in the USA (where most of this forums members reside).
In many continental European countries that are nominally Catholic I believe that it is common for the state to require a separate civil ceremony apart from the Church’s rite. I know the Church accepts civil marriage laws that do not conflict with its own laws. How does it view this requirement for two ceremonies?