Better consult in private with an experienced immigration lawyer in your area.
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There is not a requirement to have a big wedding ceremony in order to have your I-130 Petition approved by USCIS. But immigration officials will be deciding whether your marriage is "bona fide" by trying to figure out of you live together, share financial benefits and burdens, etc. You should consult with an immigration attorney near you to plan before the interview and to have the best chance of success.
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As Mr. Carlin stated, there is no need to go through a wedding ceremony as long as your civil wedding was legal. If you are concerned about your interview, you should consult a reputable immigration attorney to help prepare you. An attorney will be able to identify any potential problems with your case and prepare you for how best to document the bona fides of your marriage and how to handle questions during your interview.
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