(Closed) Religious but not religious ceremony sites?

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

In the uk venues have to be licensed to hold weddings – is it the same with you? If so can your local district/council provide you with a list?

we had a humanist ceremony in a tipi at an eco site. The tipi wasn’t a licenced venue and in England and Wales humanist weddings aren’t considered legal (although the are in Scotland), so we had to go to the city registry and just sign the legal papers, and then have our ceremony with our vows and guests and rings afterwards which was our wedding. 

Perhaps that’s an option for you and then you can have your ceremony pretty much anywhere you like. 

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

You could look at retreat type properties? Sometimes they have little chapels onsite. Not sure where you are geographically, but I’m imagining something like this would be great for you (its in los angeles) http://www.wayfarerschapel.org/

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Most of my friends from college who weren’t religious but needed a “church wedding” to make their grandmothers happy used a Unitarian church.  I’ve seen them range from academic-looking block buildings to your classic little country church style building.  Maybe there’s something Unitarian or non-denominational in your area that would suit your needs.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Look into the Unitarian Universalist Church. They welcome inter-faith couples and they often operate out of buildings that used to be traditional churches. You probably have to join to get married there, but it’s not a faith, so it’s not incompatible with your religion. It’s just a community of various spiritual people of all different faiths. 

ETA oh I just saw that someone else suggested this. oops. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

See if you can find a community chapel. That’d what we did. We both wanted a religious ceremony in a religious space, but it wasn’t a church that had weekly services.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

The Christian Science church sounds like a good choice! DH is Jewish, and I am Christian. We were married in a privately-owned chapel. There are several chapels in our town that are either owned by the city or privately owned. Ours had a Catholic theme to it, although neither one of us is Catholic. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Unitarian churches like some of the bees have said are the most welcoming and accommodating of all religious groups. You can cater it to what you feel you spiritually need- I would of loved to have married in a Unitarian church as they perform and welcome same sex marriages but my fiancée thought that the churches were ugly lol! Can’t ever take the catholic out of a person really haha 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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rosebuddy :  that’s understandable about the chapels!! Ours was very Catholic, with the iconography, etc., but DH loved it. If anything, it was a little bit much for me. It reminded DH of places he had traveled. 

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