Civil weddings are now a majority in Spain “Civil weddings held in 2009 [outnumbered] religious ones. Nothing like this [has ever happened] and only ten years ago it would have been impossible to predict [that it would] happen so quickly. In 1999, out of ten marriages, seven were held in churches. [This fell short of times] in which couples had to reserve church for the ceremony more than one year in advance, but [there] were still relatively few people [choosing] the courthouse and City Hall to join in marriage. Last year, those who gave a “yes” before an altar became a minority. And it appears [the numbers will decline further].” [modified Google translation]