Post # 1
I am getting married in october on a family farm, outside, and im in desperate need of someone to marry us. My fiance’s family is very religiuos, already upset we are not gettting married in a church, and need the officiant to be someone who is an acutal priest or minister, not just someone who is ordained. Can anyone recommend someone in the Allentown area?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
I don’t live in allentown, but have you checked weddingwire for suggestions/reviews?
Post # 5
link above is for my celebrant, Emily King. She travels. Tell you family she is a celebrant, maybe they just need a title!
She put together a really nice service for me(it’s a rough draft right now) It is actually more personal and heartfelt than you would get from any minister or priest that you don’t have a relationship with.
http://interfaith-ceremonies.com/ Reverend Jeddah. She is buddhist, so maybe that will fly.
I thought I read priests won’t marry you outside of a church. You might just have to phone or visit local churches. I would think the people above have websites because they are in the celebrant/wedding business. A local minister is less likely to advertise their wedding services as that is just one of the many things they do. So you may need to do some phone/foot work.
Post # 6
we used a chaplain for my outdoor catholic wedding. It still is recognized by the church too! Use a chaplain it will solve all your problems.
Post # 7
@ljcadv outdoor catholic wedding? You can do that? I’m not Catholic but FH is and we’ve been discussing this. I’d like an outdoor wedding but I don’t think it would fly with his mom if it wasn’t recognized by the church. We thought it wouldn’t be…. but maybe we’re wrong! 🙂
Post # 8
My FH is also catholic and we are having an outdoor wedding. Basically it’s up to the individual church/priest as to wether it’s "approved" or not to have it outdoors. We are actually getting married by my priest (Lutheran), so idk if his would have been able to actually marry us outside or not. When we talked to him though, he said that we just had to come to him in a reasonable time after the wedding to have our marriage "blessed" by the church. I’m guessing this passes as being approved? My advise would just be to talk to the actual priest or church somehow, that’s how we got answers. I found it just more stressful to try to get my questions answered by his Catholic family members because it seemed like they were just saying what they could to get us to marry in their church, even though the priest was totally ok with having my pastor do it and having it outside. Don’t assume that you can’t have what you really want until you check with the right person! Hope this helps you in some way… if I can save any bride some of the emotional stress that we went though trying to figure it all out then it’s totally worth it!
Post # 9
@j_nicolle Thank you for sharing! That’s really interesting. We’re getting ready to start calling a few places to see who is available, and it gives me a little more hope that at least some will be flexible with us. 🙂