(Closed) Do have a catholic wedding do you have to get married in a church?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well, as Catholics we are suppose to be wed within the Church.

In the Sacrament of Marriage, a baptized Christian man exchanges vows with a baptized Christian woman. Before Almighty God, they promise to each other a love that is faithful, permanent, exclusive, self-sacrificing and life-giving. Through marriage, a couple now enters into a new public state of life both in the eyes of the Church and society; therefore, the celebration of the marriage rightfully ought to be public with the vows exchanged before a priest (or other authorized witness of the Church), the witnesses (usually the Best Man and Maid of Honor), and the faithful gathered for the ceremony. (Cf. Catechism, No. 1663.)

Given this basis, a Catholic (either baptized as a Catholic or later entering the Catholic Church after having already been baptized in another Christian denomination) is bound to be married in the Catholic Church. The Church in which one has been baptized and confirmed, receives Holy Communion and professes faith, ought to be the Church in which one is married. Consequently, whether a Catholic is marrying a Catholic or a baptized non-Catholic Christian, the normal expectation is for the marriage to take place in the Catholic Church and for the children to be raised in the Catholic faith.

Post # 3
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172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well, as Catholics we are suppose to be wed within the Church.

In the Sacrament of Marriage, a baptized Christian man exchanges vows with a baptized Christian woman. Before Almighty God, they promise to each other a love that is faithful, permanent, exclusive, self-sacrificing and life-giving. Through marriage, a couple now enters into a new public state of life both in the eyes of the Church and society; therefore, the celebration of the marriage rightfully ought to be public with the vows exchanged before a priest (or other authorized witness of the Church), the witnesses (usually the Best Man and Maid of Honor), and the faithful gathered for the ceremony. (Cf. Catechism, No. 1663.)

Given this basis, a Catholic (either baptized as a Catholic or later entering the Catholic Church after having already been baptized in another Christian denomination) is bound to be married in the Catholic Church. The Church in which one has been baptized and confirmed, receives Holy Communion and professes faith, ought to be the Church in which one is married. Consequently, whether a Catholic is marrying a Catholic or a baptized non-Catholic Christian, the normal expectation is for the marriage to take place in the Catholic Church and for the children to be raised in the Catholic faith.

Post # 3
Member
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well, as Catholics we are suppose to be wed within the Church.

In the Sacrament of Marriage, a baptized Christian man exchanges vows with a baptized Christian woman. Before Almighty God, they promise to each other a love that is faithful, permanent, exclusive, self-sacrificing and life-giving. Through marriage, a couple now enters into a new public state of life both in the eyes of the Church and society; therefore, the celebration of the marriage rightfully ought to be public with the vows exchanged before a priest (or other authorized witness of the Church), the witnesses (usually the Best Man and Maid of Honor), and the faithful gathered for the ceremony. (Cf. Catechism, No. 1663.)

Given this basis, a Catholic (either baptized as a Catholic or later entering the Catholic Church after having already been baptized in another Christian denomination) is bound to be married in the Catholic Church. The Church in which one has been baptized and confirmed, receives Holy Communion and professes faith, ought to be the Church in which one is married. Consequently, whether a Catholic is marrying a Catholic or a baptized non-Catholic Christian, the normal expectation is for the marriage to take place in the Catholic Church and for the children to be raised in the Catholic faith.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Catholics must get married in a Catholic church… There’s not really any way out of it (I know, I checked! I was in the same boat… but we moved our wedding to October so then it’ll be too cold to get married outside.)

The only difference would be if one of you wasn’t Catholic and belonged to another denomination/religion, you could apply to be excused so that you could marry in another church (dispensation).

Is her cousin a Catholic priest? As far as I’ve always read, Catholic priests are only permitted to conduct weddings inside a church or on sacred Catholic ground.

If the cousin is of another denomination, you could also apply to have them assist the Catholic priest and bless the marriage in a Catholic church.

And as a side note, if they decided to have the wedding outside, they could still have the wedding blessed by a Catholic priest (like their cousin), but it couldn’t be a Catholic ceremony and it wouldn’t be considered a sacrament in the eyes of the church.

Hope that helps!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yep, definitely have to get married in a church.  Though, I wish I remembered details, but I do know of a family friend who had a small wedding ceremony in a church, then a big one outdoors. I wish I could remember whether a priest did both of them.  Sorry, probably not much help, but something like that could be an option if you could figure out details.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yep and No is my opinion ! They can get married outdoors but would not get the license signed until they get married in a church . I guess the first outdoor wedding will just be for their own pleasure . But other than that yep , they can only be married in a church . Catholics priest do not perform weddings outside of the church grounds except under extreme circumstances (like hospitals on your death bed , if you truly stilll want to get married (LOL:) )

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It is my understanding that you have to get dispensation from the local bishop to get married outside.  So yes, it has to be in a church if they want it to be “kosher.”  ;-D

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