Post # 1
hi girls 🙂
Okay, here’s the deal. I pretty much found the greatest future reception site. Very reasonably priced for everything that they include. We are pretty much sold on it. Only problem, I want to get married in an actual church or chapel! I want to have the ceremony and then travel (NOT FAR) to the reception site. The beautiful churches I have found are asking for ridiculous amounts of money OR are requiring you to use one of their officiants (we are using my SO’s father). I see pictures of the on-site ceremonies they do, and they ARE beautiful. Out in an gazebo, or inside decorated very nice, or in front of a lake. But in my heart of hearts, I just really want to get married in a church. It’s what my parents did, and it’s what I have always expected and saw in my mind growing up.
So my questions to you ladies are,
-Did you get married in a church and then travel a short distance to the reception site? If so, how far did you travel? OR…
-Did you get married where you had your reception?
My only hesitation is that I will feel like I’m just out in a field with a pretty gazebo and not in that sacred place in a church. Funny thing is, I’m not even terribly religious as this post makes me seem. LOL! Just something I’ve always dreamt about. ((Still hunting for churches but having to get comfy with the idea that it may have to happen at the reception site))
THANKS FOR LISTENIN TO ME RANT YALL 😀
Post # 3
We got married in a church and then travel a short distance (about 20 min/15 miles) to the reception hall. It worked just fine!
I think you’ll just have to figure out whether your heart is set on a church ceremony. If that’s what you want, your guests will be fine to drive. But if you really want to have your SO’s father perform the ceremony, your best bet may be to find another setting that seems special to you.
Post # 4
We will be getting married in my dream ceremony venue (a cute little white chapel) and then traveling about 15-20 minutes to the reception. I think it’ll be fine.
ETA: I couldn’t give up my “dream” of getting married in a little white chapel so I really wish you luck in finding a church. However, I don’t think weddings NEED to be in churches. God is everywhere so anywhere you get married and say your vows to your husband & God will be sacred and holy. No worries, doll.
Post # 5
Can you articulate exactly why you want a church wedding? If it isn’t specifically for the “house-of’god” purpose, remember that any space you choose for your ceremony will take on the meaning and special feeling you give it. Many people have a religious officiant outside of a religious building, and that can be a way of incorporating your traditions with the convenience of having the ceremony on-site.
We’re getting married and having the reception at the same venue, and found it so wonderful to only coordinate with one set of people. There’s no travel involved, no chance of transporation issues, and everyone is together for the entire event.
Post # 6
y’all are right, God will be WHERE EVER i decide to say my vows…that is absolutely correct. For some reason, that kinda just gave me some extra insight I didn’t have. I guess it would “FEEL” more holy or special to do it in a church, but really….we are doing it in front of God regardless. VERY good point. shame on me. I am thinking I still would prefer to have the ceremony inside a chapel or church BUT I will not rule out doing it at the reception site. Only thing is, I’d probably prefer to be outside but this TEXAS weather is a HOT mess. Windy, rainy, humid, dry, hot, cold. It’s ridiculous. Hmmmm…need to look into more options :)) Thank you all for responding!
Post # 7
We got married in a church, it is the church I grew up in, was baptized, confirmed in. My parents got married there. So to me yes it was important to marry in that church. The reception was about 5 minutes away.
If your heart desires being married in a church then you may have to bite the bullet and pay/or use the officiant from whatever church you chose