Post # 1
We had planned on getting married at Bond Chapel at the UofC on 9/25/2010. We booked our reception venue and photographer already, and already met with a priest.
Bond Chapel is booked.
I don’t know of anywhere other than Old St. Pat’s that marries non-parishioners. They are booked solid on 9/25/2010.
I JUST moved to Chicago, so I’m extremely reasonably not a parishioner anywhere yet. My fiance hasn’t even moved here yet at all, so obviously he’s not either. We have no family here.
I contacted Holy Name Cathedral to see if they’d waive the parishioner requirement since I just moved. I doubt it, though.
Does anyone have any recommendations?? I don’t want to have to get married at our reception venue, since I’d basically have to enter from the front of the room and that kind of sucks. I just don’t want to just get married in some random room in some random restaurant.
We can’t afford both to pay a high rental fee and transport all of our guests, so we either needed the cheapo Bond or a church downtown near our reception that costs more but doesn’t require transportation.
I am totally flipping out.
Post # 3
There are a lot of churches in Chicago that will marry non-parishoners for an extra fee. The one we’re getting married at does for sure. It’s not as popular as Old St. Pat’s or Holy name though.
Post # 4
You and I have/had the same date, so that won’t help!
Post # 5
I would call a couple of churches in your area that you would be interested in getting married in. Our church isn’t our local parish, but it’s also not OSP or HN either. 😉
Post # 6
Where is your reception located? I’m not too familiar with churchs in the chicago area, but I can ask some of my friends who got married in churchs downtown.
Post # 7
As it turns out, the tiny chapel at University of Chicago is all booked up…
…but the gorgeous, huge, ridiculously awesome Rockefeller Chapel is almost entirely free. And it only costs $200 more.
Problem may be solved. I think we may be changing our date from September to August, but WHEW. WEIGHT OFF MY SHOULDERS.
Post # 8
Awww. So glad it seems to be working out. keep us posted…
Post # 9
Also, if you’re talking about Catholic churches….find the local diocese online and just call/email everyone. That’s how we started our search.
Post # 10
I just got married at Rockefeller Chapel 2 weeks ago, you should do it. It’s absolutely breathtaking and our pictures turned out so great! Best of luck!
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club
I’m a chicago bride too! An dI know what you mean!Everything is booked so early! Hang in there!