Where in the Bible does it say that the church is mandatory for a wedding.
Marriages and funerals were conducted at the family premises, in the entire eastern world. No precedent, historical nor biblical exists for supporting the western ( Roman Catholic) practice of 'churching' the couple.
We have grown comfortable with the practice but there is no imperative that requires us to so do.
The commencement of a new family is a legal contract,overseen by the state, with a minimum of five (5) stakeholders:- viz-a) the man; b)the woman; c) the marriage officer; d) witness one; e) witness two.
Any others involved is totally a matter left to the discretion of the couple, or in eastern culture, those who are 'sponsoring' the wedding.
I am not objecting to the involvement of the clergy, but simply seeking to show that it is not absolutely necessary. Certainly, it creates a solemn atmosphere at the beginning of this most fundamental institution of human society. Unfortunately, one out of every two such marriages disintegrate into dissolution, just like those marriages that have no 'spiritual' underpinning.
Chew on this