Catholic wedding officiant/Priest for outdoor ceremony

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@jnewel1:  In my diocese, they will not perform Catholic weddings outside. They will only officiate inside the church. Check with your diocese.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jnewel1:  You are not going to get very far with that. Even if you find someone to do it, it will not be “official” or recognized in the church. This means that technically you will be living in sin, and will not be able to baptise any children in the Catholic church, and your DH will not be able to take communion. I’m not Catholic but DH is, and it was important to him for the marriage to be recognized. What we ended up doing was having a small ceremony with just immediate family in the church on a Thursday, and then having the actual big wedding we had planned with all of our guests the next day.

edit: living together before marriage is only a deal breaker for some priests. Ours actually told us he thought it was a good idea

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve seen priests performing outside here, so it’s a matter of getting a permit, so I’m guessing they do that here.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@havfrue:  It’s not a matter of getting a permit, actually. It’s the Catholic church’s belief and teaching. Most other denominations will do it, but not the Catholics usually, so they are different in that way 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m a fully practicing Catholic, so I understand this entirely. But it does happen, albeit, yes, darn near impossible, that you could get a special dispensation to do this. In order to make sure it is valid, you’d have to make sure you have the local diocesis / Bishop officially permitting this though. 

Easier route is to get married in a small proper church, and just have a blessing outside the day of the larger event. 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@havfrue:  Interesting. I have never heard of a priest marrying someone outside the church.

None of the dioceses where I live will allow it. 

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