Post # 1
My boyfriend and I are planning on getting married but since I am not a U.S citizen and my visa has run out, we need to get married sooner than we thought. So we will get married now to satisfy immigration requirements and then have our "proper" wedding with all our friends and family when we were originally planning to (about a year from now)
My question is can we have the ceremony performed by a minister in a Church? I am Christian and would much prefer to be married in the Church rather than the court house (even though we will be married again in the Church next year)
Anybody have any ideas on this.
Post # 3
I know at least in Canada, a church marriage is just as legal in the eyes of the state (and hence immigration) as a civil ceremony.
One thing to consider – you won’t be able to have a second church marriage, likely – rather a confirmation of vows. (Depends upon your church, though, but that’s what I understand).
Post # 4
I agree with the above poster. I don’t see why it should be a problem, as long as you can find a minister willing. If you’re a member of a church already, that’ll help. I’d just call and ask what they recommend, most churches will be able to tell you who there is ordained and all. As long as they’re ordained, and can legally do marriages, it’ll just be at the church’s disgression (sp?). Shouldn’t be a problem at all!
And I know what you mean about preferring a church ceremony. I’m not even a Christian, just raised in the church, and I don’t think my wedding would feel “real” to me if it were a civil ceremony. 🙂
Post # 5
U.S. states make the laws governing who is allowed to legally perform weddings. Ordained ministers of any church are eligible. This website has a list of the state-by-state guidelines, but I think you’ll find all of them are pretty much the same. The bottom line is that you can absolutely get married in a church by a minister and it will be legally recognized.