(Closed) Outdoor Ceremony Catholic — Richmond, VA

posted 5 years ago in Richmond
Post # 2
14049 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hmm…I’m not sure of an officiant, but if you can’t find some, you could look into convalidation shortly after the wedding?

Post # 4
11535 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

For what time of day is your ceremony scheduled? Is there any way that you can have a private Catholic ceremony in the morning or afternoon of your wedding day to accommodate your officially being married in the Church and your legal wedding and then have a second ceremony a few hours later at the scheduled time and venue?

Post # 6
421 posts
Helper bee

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dmphill26:  I may be totally off base here, so someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think some Christian denominations allow outdoor weddings. Check with some ministers/pastors and see if they’d be willing to perform your ceremony even if you’re not of that faith.

Post # 7
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

What religion is your husband?   If he’s not Catholic, you can do the ceremony in his religion and then get the marriage approved by the Catholic church at a later date. This might be a better approach than “faking” a Catholic ceremony for your dad.  

Post # 9
141 posts
Blushing bee

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dmphill26:  Have you talked to your dad about it? In some cases I’ve known of, religious parents/families were more offended by a ceremony that was trying to resemble a Catholic one but wasn’t than they were bothered by the ceremony being not Catholic in the first place. Especially since you’re doing a convalidation, I wouldn’t worry about trying to make your ceremony resemble a Catholic one. The biggest difference between a Catholic wedding and many mainline Protestant ceremonies is the mass aspect; having Bible readings and standard Christian wording for vows and such could strike a balance of the familiar without coming off as “fake” Catholic to anyone from your side who might be bothered by it.

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