(Closed) Can i get married in an Anglican church if not annulled?

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’d call the church you are looking at and ask. to the best of my knowledge the Catholic church is the only ones that do and require annulments

Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

It depends on what your goal is.

If you want to have a valid sacramental marriage in the Catholic church, then going forward with the wedding in a different church gets you into an even deeper mess. If it’s important to you to have a valid Catholic marriage, it might be best to talk to your reception site, florist, photographer, about rescheduling and transferring your deposits to a later date. It’s too bad about the invitations already being printed, but ultimately that’s a minor issue compared to the sacramental validity of your marriage.

If the primary goal is to have your wedding on the date you already set, then it will depend on the other church’s rules about members vs. non-members having their weddings, etc. You could get married by a Justice of the Peace or wherever. Any of those options, however, would mean that you couldn’t take Communion in the Catholic Church until you sought an annulment for the first marriage and a convalidation for the second.

Post # 5
901 posts
Busy bee

Are you sure? The anglican Church is not the Catholic Church. There is no affiliation at all. That doesn’t sound right.

Post # 6
1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

What an awful situation! I can’t believe they didn’t tell you what would be required! They are supposed to have you supply a certified copy of your baptismal certificate first thing, right away when you have your first meeting with the priest! and on the back would be listed all your sacraments, including the date of your first marriage within the church. Basically your wedding church reports back to your baptismal church- hey this person has gotten married, please note their file.

The priest is supposed to check the back of the baptismal certificate and if he sees a first marriage listed he’s supposed to go whoa nelly and make sure everything is in order! So that there is plenty of time to plan and you’re not left holding the bag.

If you’re Catholic, you can’t be married in an Anglican church without special permission from the local Catholic bishop. It’s not hard to get the permission if everything else is in order, but if you need an annulment it won’t work. Until you actually get the annulment.

From the Anglican perspective, the Anglican or Episcopalian parishes that I know of function similar to Catholic parishes – they want one party to be Anglican and sometimes they want you to be a member of the parish for 6-12 months before the wedding date is set. I do know one couple that was engaged for a shorter period but they were “known” to the pastor and the groom was in the military. You also have to take marriage counseling from the Anglican priest. I am not Anglican though so I don’t know if some parishes are looser? I am only familiar with a couple of their churches and how they do it. So it might be worthwhile to call. 

But you must be careful and aware of what you’re doing. Again the marriage would not be recognized in the Catholic Church, which may or may not cause problems for you in the future. You could always have the marriage convalidated later (going to the Catholic Church later and having it blessed and recognized after obtaining an annulment). What I would do is postpone the wedding tbh. Again I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this!

Post # 7
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

This is a multi part answer…

The answer is that yes, you can get married in an Anglican church without converting, as long as you are both baptised Christians. However, the priest may legitimately refuse to marry you if you are not members of his congregation. You would be taking a chance, and he could well say no.

If you marry within an Anglican church, your marriage will not be recognised by the Catholic church. You would be classed as living in sin until you got your annulment, and then had a convalidation ceremony within the Catholic church.

It depends what your goal is. If you want to get married Catholic, this is not the answer. If you just want to get married in a Christian ceremony of any denomination, and you don’t care what the Catholic church approves of, that’s fine.

Of course, if moving your date is not an option, you could try to arrange an Anglican ceremony on the day, whilst simultaneously trying to get your annulment. If you get the annulment in time, you could then have a convalidation the following day within the Catholic church. This is my backup plan if we can’t get our complicated paperwork for the Catholic church done on time (although neither of use need an annulment, there are other paperworky type problems), because I know that if the worst comes to the worst then we can get a convalidation at FI’s parents’ church the day after.

Post # 8
10601 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@mitchiedoll:  I replied on your other thread, but forgot to use the reply feature.  Basically, if you’re just looking to get married in a church and don’t care about the denomination the UCCan is one to look into.

Post # 10
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@mitchiedoll:  I am dealing with the exact same issue.  We have been exploring getting married in the anglican church and then later getting the marriage convalidated by the catholic church after the annulment comes through.  The anglican church that I have been in contact with has given me the information that the previous marriage does not need to be “annuled” per se but they still do look into it ( to my knowlegde, I am not an expert by any means). You will need permission by the anglican bishop to marry (in your diocese) if you have been previously married. 

I have to give them a bunch of information though about my marriage/divorce (not nearly as lengthy as the catholic church) .  At least one person needs to be a baptized christian to get married in the anglican church.

And then there are all the other issues posted by the PP’s.

good luck and PM me if you want to chat!

Post # 11
10601 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@mitchiedoll:  Did you get things sorted out?

Post # 14
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If you believe in the Catholic sacrament of marriage, here is what I would do.  Get married in a civil ceremony (justice of the peace) and then go through the annulment process so that your marriage can blessed in the Catholic Church. 

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