Post # 1
SO I am in a very similar situtation as many ladies you booked an outdoor venue and then decided to make it "official" in a Catholic Church. My question is when does the marriage certicate get signed?
I ask because I want the sacrament done in a church either before or after the ceremony outdoors, but I wan to make sure that the official marriage certifacte is signed outdoors with our family and friends around.
What are the logistics and paperwork?
Post # 3
There isn’t a license signing in the Catholic ceremony; usually it’s signed immediately afterward. So I think it would be very possible for you to have the license signed either before or after the Catholic ceremony without any problems. Just to be sure, I would also check with your priest just to make sure you’re both on the same page.
Post # 4
We got married in a Catholic church (in Georgia) and didn’t even sign our marriage certificate as part of the ceremony. In fact, we didn’t have to sign it at all; only the priest did. For us, signing the license application was enough. Go figure.
Will the priest officiate your outdoor and church ceremonies? If so, I think that the Catholic ceremony first would make more sense. Whichever ceremony comes first will legally marry you, but if it’s a priest marrying you, he is supposed to marry you inside a church building. I doubt it would be a huge deal to delay signing the certificate until the next day at your outdoor ceremony.
But if you signed it at your outdoor ceremony first (especially if someone else is officiating), thus marrying you, your priest would then be performing a convalidation rather than a marriage at the later catholic ceremony. You’ll have to ask him how that would change the catholic ceremony you’ll have. It’ll still validate your marriage, of course!
So my advice is that you should have the Catholic ceremony first if the priest will be officiating the outdoor ceremony too, but that you should do the outdoor ceremony first if you’re having a separate officiant (but one still legally allowed to marry you) and then have a convalidation ceremony with the priest. The latter option will allow you to sign the marriage certificate right as soon as you’re married and not step on any priestly toes. 🙂
Post # 5
Good point about convalidation versus wedding, chelseamorning! I totally forgot about that!
Post # 6
Thanks ladies this totally helps! Talking to the priest in a few weeks to go over our FOCUS questionaire so I have a few weeks to debate