Only one in four couples opt for a "traditional" church wedding, with the majority preferring a personalised civil ceremony, a recent survey by the Australian Marriage Celebrants has found.
Both civil celebrants and members of the church are pleased that couples are still wanting to make a life-long commitment to each other, reports the Geelong Advertiser.
Father Kevin Dillon, of St Mary of the Angels Catholic Parish, in Geelong, says less people are having church weddings because these days less people are connecting with the church.
He also believes that less people feel the need to be married in a church because pressures from family and society are not there as they were 30 or 40 years ago.
"The point of people celebrating their union with a church wedding is because they feel God has a special place in their lives and that his presence should be felt in their union," Fr Dillon said.
"The choice to be married in a church depends on the connection with the church."
Growing trend against church weddings (Geelong Advertiser)