(Closed) Catholic Wedding vs DW after Annulment

posted 5 years ago in Catholic
Post # 2
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010


“If my annulment is granted and I do a destination wedding am I still able to receive the sacraments at mass?”

The Church would consider you to be in a putative marriage.  The destination meeting would not meet the requirements of a valid/lawful marriage according to Church/Canon Law.  As such, the Church recognizes your sincere attempt to exchange matrimonial consent.  It would be much like having a wedding without filing the legal paperwork to have the State recognize your marriage. 

To solve this situation, the Canon Law has provisions for a convalidation.  You may be required to renew your consent in front of a Catholic witness (priest), but this isn’t always required.  Sometimes Catholics leave the faith, get married outside of the Church and have been married for years, with children and then want to return to the faith. 

Generally speaking, it is considered an abuse of the law to use the convalidation as a way to get around the laws that would prevent you from having the type of wedding you want, but apparently some priests do recommend this route to Catholics who would rather leave the Church entirely if it meant they couldn’t have their wedding the way they wanted it.

Post # 3
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015


WillowAMM:  ^^^ she did a great job explaining it. My understanding for convalidation is you would just have to go through the church counseling and that they will ask why you didn’t choose to be married in the church this time around. I have heard from a lot of people though that the best way to get answers is to talk to an actual priest and not get information from the secretaries. Good luck

Post # 4
893 posts
Busy bee

twoangels:  my so is divorced. They were married by a justice of peace at town hall. Religion was not involved in their wedding at all ! their marriage only lasted a few months. I always wanted to get married in a Catholic church. Can I do this ? Do we have to try to get his marriage annulled Even though he is already divorced? ? Please help 

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