Post # 1
Hi. So I was wondering does anyone know of a Catholic priest who would be willing to officiate a non-catholic wedding?
I am Baptist by my fiance is Catholic – not a practicing one but his parents are. We are not getting married in a church and I want to make my new in-laws happy so I was trying to see if I could find a priest to marry us. Any ideas? Please help! Thanks
Post # 3
How serious of Catholics are your future in-laws? I ask because if you’re not getting married in a church (Catholic or not), it may be a moot point to them whether you get married by a priest. In the Catholic tradition, a priest can officiate a wedding only on consecrated ground, which generally means a church (which is why you don’t hear about any outdoor Catholic weddings).
Regardless, it’s a sweet gesture you’re making :). We also had to find a priest from out of town (looking in Atlanta). We found ours through our reception venue. He is a working Catholic priest and offered to perform a ceremony outdoors at the reception site, so long as we did the actual vows at the church earlier in the day to make it legit in the Church’s view. We ended up having it at the church because we wanted everyone to witness our "real" vows. So I would start your inquiries at the venue as well as with other wedding vendors. If they’ve got a reasonable size business going on, many are going to know one another and can give you recommendations.