As to who may solemnize marriage, the answer is found in Article 7 of the Family Code of the Philippines and the Local Government Code of the Philippines. The members of the judiciary are authorized to solemnize marriages.
Civil marriages by a judge is that kind of marriage many budget conscious couples prefer over the more expensive but solemn and dramatic church marriage.
While our country remains to be dominated by Roman Catholics, it cannot be denied that more Filipinos now for one reason or another probably more due to budget constraints, choose to be married in accordance with the civil rites rather than in the church.
While in a church wedding, the contracting parties are usually ushered by the bestman, maid of honor, groomsmen, bridesmaids, and a choir, in a civil wedding, seldom a bestman, maid of honor much more groomsmen and bridesmaids are in the entourage.
All it takes in a civil wedding are two witnesses.- The Supreme Court Rules on Marriages by Judges", Oct. 7, 2007, The Bohol Standard, by Atty. Cristifil Check Baluma).
This “marriage reality check” is not even being shared or taught by the City Hall Civil Registrars during their required “Family Planning” and “Responsible Parenthood” Seminars. Simply because over population, crowded jails, heavy traffic, rice shortages, water shortages, and many other kind of shortages, are only the concerns of the government.