(Closed) How do you plan these things??? Catholic help needed too!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

as far as the whole Catholic thing… I would get in touch with the Church ASAP and figure all that out – it takes a long time and there are certain procedures to follow…

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

You need to contact the church you want to get married in, Catholics have a list of pre-wedding requirements; some even require a minimum of religious marital counceling before they’ll let you get married in the church since it’s more than a ceremony to them, it’s a sacriment (are you Catholic? that will make a HUGE difference).  Then, once you have an idea of what that will require, you can plan everything else around it. Also, you can’t pick a date until you know the church’s calendar.  So definitely call them ASAP. 

Once you know the date, send out Save-The-Date Cards ASAP since (I’m assumiung) it’s a destination wedding for at least 1/2 your guests.  

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Penelopeee:  Hey!! Im having a catholic wedding in playa del carmen in March. Its for a mixed marriage (as im christian but not catholic and fi is catholic) but is essentially the same except possibly without a full mass

First things first, are you interested in one of the two churches or having a wedding at one of the resorts with a catholic chapel?

how many people?

Spanish or English? 

are you catholic too? with all sacraments?(so i know which paperwork to mention)

edit – the paperwork isnt that complex, honestly. and with a year to go, youre fine.
 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My wedding is a little bit complicated as there are extra forms since he is mexican and im english. but a lot should be the same:

in Playa del carmen the couple normally have to contact the church directly and can’t go through a wedding planner (even if you plan to have one for everything else). this is because the churches got cross that wedding planners were inflating the prices so effectively making money from couples having church services. So all documents will go through the church where you live, directly to the church over there

Mixed marriages need:

– basic forms you fill it at local church, giving your info, dates, saying who will your church witnesses be – 4 of them

– permission from the bishop for your fi to marry a non-catholic and have a mixed marriage. Permission from the local priest to have the wedding elsewhere

– a new copy of both of your baptism certificates. 

– i needed an apostilled birth certificate as i live abroad, but i assume your local chuch will just need a recent copy of it

– the pre-marriage classes (normally takes a weekend)

– a paper from the catholic church for both of you saying youve never been married before. (i live in a different part of mexico and had to actually fly back to london, to a catholic church ive never entered before for this paper. In England, this then has to be taken to a solicitor to be notarised. May be different in US)

Im in contact with father bernard quinn who can do bilingual/english services. I think he is attached to Nuestra Senora del Carmen. im havign mine at xcaret which doesnt come with a priest or have normal mass so im trying to find a priest to come for our wedding (our local one was coming with us but just dropped out). As i understand it there are maybe 2 in the area that can do weddings in english

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

ooh and this is apparently a list of all the churches in the area

* Playa del Carmen: Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen on the Caribbean Sea(air conditioned)* Playa del Carmen: Nuestra Señora del Carmen -Downtown* Playa del Carmen: Nuestra Señora de Fatima – Ejido* Playa del Carmen: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe – Colosio* Puerto Aventuras: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, the chapel is pretty central and quite small

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Penelopeee:  i sorted out my venue and most of the details and then panicked and thought i needed one, so i am using one. but honestly, i think its pretty doable by yourself. costs there for wedding planners range from about 1500-2000 dollars so its not cheap!

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