Short of eloping at Vegas, civil weddings may not be everyone's ideal way of getting married, but they do pose several benefits:
#1 It's just you, your beau, and the judge, and your witness (e.g., this can be literally anyone, if you don't have too many friends.)
#2 Save on wedding costs that are soaring as high as $30K. Or, you can use that money on a brand new BMW, a trip to Europe, or pump up your portfolio.
Whether simple or lavish, though, what's it all about anyways?