Post # 1
My fiancé and I have just started to plan our Wedding in Cyprus with a planned date for late next year.
I am catholic and my partner is not but we are looking to have a Catholic ceremony and are aware that there is a requirement to have a civil ceremony first.
I am a bit confused as to when would be the best time to have the civil ceremony. Do most people try and fit the civil ceremony on the same day as the religious so everything happens on one day? Would I get the marriage certificate at the end of the town hall ceremony?
Secondly, I was wondering what any other Brides have worn to the town hall ceremony?
I was thinking of just wearing a white dress (simple summer one) and doing my own hair and makeup before changing in to my Wedding dress/professional hair and makeup for an afternoon religious ceremony?
Alternatively, is it best to have the civil ceremony a few days before?
Any advice would be really appreciated!
Post # 2
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
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.
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
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.