- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
My fiance and I met in college. We are planning a wedding at our college’s chapel, because the location means a lot to us. Currently we live about 3 hours away from the college, so it is somewhat of a destination wedding. We are hoping to have a Catholic ceremony. I am baptized and confirmed Catholic and my Fiance is a baptized Christian. We have already set a date, because the chapel books up really far in advance. The chapel is non-denominational. During college I did attend some Catholic masses held there on important holy days (such as Ash Wednesday), so I know that it is possible to have a Catholic wedding there. However, I am running into a lot of problems trying to find a priest to preside over our wedding. I attended the Catholic Campus Ministry while I was a student there and continue to donate to the ministry every year, so I contacted them to see if we could meet with a priest. They forwarded me to the local parish church. I have contacted them numerous times and they never get back to me. I have heard from various wedding planners that the dioceses is very conservative and notorious for not wanting to marry people who are not members of their particular church. There is only so much I can do to get their attention.
I was just wondering if anyone knew a little bit more about the process of organizing a Catholic wedding, especially from a distance. Do you have to be registered with that particular church to have a priest preside over the wedding? It is very common for alumni to return and get married in the school’s chapel, so I can’t imagine this is the first time this has happened.
I am registered with a church where I currently live although I do not attend regularly. I wonder if maybe I should contact them instead to see if they will meet with us. Does anyone know if priests will travel to perform a ceremony if their expenses are paid? Would the priest from my current church contact the local church to speak with them on my behalf? The final option is the church I grew up in and my parents still attend, but that is over 10 hours away.
Any advice would be wonderful. Thanks!