Post # 1
So I was wondering, my S.O. and I are protestants, but we would like a traditional wedding. Aka, in a cathedral (we both appreciate the beauty). Most of the cathedrals here are Roman Catholic, and now we’re both left wondering… are Protestant Pastors allowed to preside at a wedding in a roman Catholic Cathedral?
Post # 3
I dont know what an S.O. is I am having a jewish wedding in a cathedral, with a conservative rabbi, I think its up to the Cathedral and then up to your officiant!
You might check cathedrals that are part of a school where you are an alumnus. Good luck!
Post # 4
Check episcopal cathedrals… many are gorgeous and I think they might be more flexible.
Post # 5
If the cathedral is still an active Catholic church then from my understanding No you cant use it for anything but a catholic service with a priest presiding over it. However you can look for Cathedrals that are now just historic landmarks not practicing churchs with congregations if you are in a large city.
Or as WeddingKitty suggested go to either an Episcopal Church or a Presbeterian Church both denominations usually have beautiful churchs very similar to Catholic Cathedrals.
Post # 6
It might help to indicate your location so that people can make recommendations. I’m having my wedding in a Protestant cathedral in Chicago.
Post # 7
I’m having mine in an Episcopal Cathedral in Pennsylvania. It’s gorgeous! Very traditional, and a lot of times you can get it more traditional or more modern depending on your taste.
Post # 8
if you are looking at a catholic cathedral, then i don’t think that’s gonna happen. but there are non-roman catholic cathedrals that are just lovely. if u are in so. california, the glass cathedral is pretty famous and fabulous 🙂
Post # 9
My sister had her wedding in the very ornate and lovely Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, which was previously a Catholic church but is now a historical landmark. It was a big surprise to her when their Catholic priest told her he couldn’t perform the ceremony there!
You can only have a Catholic ceremony in a consecrated chapel, so if the cathedral or church is currently operating as a Catholic church, you’re out of luck. But I agree that there are many gorgeous old churches that are now historical landmarks, or are not Catholic. I would look into something like that.