Post # 1
I’ve been engaged for one month and I’m trying to figure out a date.
We would like to get be married in a Catholic church (and possibly have the reception there). I am not Catholic but I am in RCIA classes. Can I start planning now or do I need to be confirmed? Who should I talk to?
The ballpark date is early 2009, I am currently in school and hope to graduate Dec 2008. (I live in southern california so weather really isn’t that big of an issue)
Any advice? anything I should take into consideration before hand?
ANYTHING will help!
Post # 3
Congrats on your engagement 🙂
There are things to consider when setting a date. What season do you and your FI want the wedding to be? If you’re having it locally, like you said, you don’t really have to worry about weather (i’m a cali girl too!). If you have a theme, you can tie it in w/the season as well.
I think 2009 is a good time to shoot for. You don’t want to overload yourself w/planning when you’re about to graduate. I would start just looking around and gathering ideas for your big day. That way you’ll start planning, but have the flexibility to change your date. Look at possible venues for your reception, what you might like your colors to be, do you want it formal or casual, etc.
Post # 4
congratulations! we are also getting married in a catholic church. I would start by choosing the church you want to be married in (whether it is where you are taking classes, or one you are a member of, etc). Then I would contact the priest in charge of the "Sacrament of Matrimony", or the parish priest. This contact info can usually be found in the weekly church bulletin or website. He will be able to tell you everything you need to know about confirmation date vs wedding date, taking pre-cana, etc. I would make contact with a church sometime soon as dates will get filled up (our church was booked on saturdays way over a yr in advance & we only got our 10am ceremony time because someone backed out), you will probably want to schedule pre-cana way before graduation, and once you secure a date/ time with the church you can start figuring out the reception & other details.
Good luck!! 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY
We had a Catholic wedding too, though I am not a Catholic. I didn’t convert though. We just had a "marriage outside of mass."
We actually booked our reception venue first because they fill up on saturdays so far in advance. Then as soon as we had our date for that, we started looking for a church with the same day open. We also booked our photographer very early on since most of the good ones book out over a year in advance. Everything else though can probably wait until you are within a year of your planning.
We were having our wedding out-of-town though so it wasn’t like there was a specific church that we wanted to use.
Post # 6
Thanks for your advice! I have a feeling our church gets filled up pretty fast so I will try to contact the priest ASAP. I am dead set on having a saturday night wedding, and I’m sure I’m not the only one….