Post # 1
Not sure if this is possible.. my mother truly wants me to get married in the “eyes of god” she wants us to have his blessing. I’m not a church go-er but I do have my beliefs and am spiritual. I was planning on having the ceremony at my venue.
Is it possible to have a priest/pastor marry us in a place other than a church?
I really don’t think this happens but I have no idea
Post # 3
Depends on the denomination. A priest, not usually, because priests are Catholic and Catholic churches generally refuse to officiate weddings that are not in a church. But DH is Lutheran and the pastor in his church was more than happy to officiate a ceremony outside of the church. He married us at our reception venue.
Post # 4
A pastor, yes, it is possible you would just need to find the right one. But to a priest (when I say priest I;m assuming Catholic since that’s what most priests are) it is a sin to get married outside of the church unless there are super extreme circumstances like someone is extremely ill and they need to be wed in the hospital.
Post # 5
We had a close family friend marry us. She is an Episcopalian preist. I dont know if she would have married somoene else outside the church or not, but our families are very close (one of her daughters was a BM in fact)
Post # 6
I have never heard of that happening with a priest. Many Protestant ministers will do so, but not Catholic priests. I think there are a few outdoor shrines where you can be married by a Catholic priest, but that is about it.
If I understand right, the reasoning is because marriage is a sacrament and sacraments are generally (with a few exceptions) celebrated in a church.
If you are Catholic (not sure from your posting) and you really don’t want to have your ceremony in a church, there is the possibility that you can have your marriage convalidated later in the church. However, I would definitely talk to a priest about this before you assume you can do it. Some priests are not happy about doing one just because you wanted to marry in a different venue….but others are more flexible and are happy to see a marriage be made sacramental, no matter why it wasn’t done that way originally.
Post # 7
A Catholic wedding? No. A Protestant wedding? Yes.
Post # 8
You can get a retired Catholic priest to marry you. Many of these priests have left to marry, or because they no longer felt right leading a parish or wearing a collar. They are a great way to have a religious ceremony without doing it in a church.
Post # 9
yes I am catholic.. Thanks for the great info about having it convalidated. I’m going to get on this ASAP.. just in case I need to book a church for the wedding