(Closed) Civil Ceremony before Catholic Ceremony in Cyprus – help!

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think you may be mixed up. It is generally forbidden in the Catholic Church to have a civil wedding ceremony before the church ceremony. Many churches will refuse to perform the ceremony if you are already legally married 

Post # 3
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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outofoffice :  I’m having a Catholic wedding in Austria, which does not recognize religious marriages. We’re having our civil ceremony the day before (on Friday), followed by the rehearsal dinner. Then the Catholic wedding will be on Saturday. 

My fiancee is wearing a fairly simple, short white dress to the civil wedding and a real wedding gown to the church.

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MrsDUH2016 :  In general, you’re right, but our priest said that it’s fine, since it is not possible to be legally married in a church. I would venture to guess that a priest in Cyprus would have no problem with a Catholic ceremony following a civil wedding, since that’s the law.

Post # 4
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Our priest told us to have the civil ceremony before our catholic ceremony. Talk with your parish to make sure they’re OK with this.

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