There is no need to have aceremony if you are legally married. For more info see link below
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Ceremonies aren't necessary, as long as the clerk is authorized to perform the marriage vows.
Also, the date if marriage isn't as important as the date you FILE the papers ... as relates to your I-94 expiring.
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You have been misinformed, there is no requirement for a ceremony.
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