(Closed) Switching parishes for the wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
17 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011


We actually were attending a church after college but, once we got engaged, we decided to look around at the different parishes. We ended up joining a different church because I totally felt that “feeling”! I can picture myself walking down that aisle.

However, before we became parishoners, we went to Mass there. At ours, you have to be a parishoner for at least 6 months before the wedding though. I’d just suggest you go there for Mass for as long as possible before making a decision. We really love this church now and are SO happy there! Sometimes, I think things lead you to places for a reason. 🙂

Good luck!

Post # 4
1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Different parishes have different rules, some of them will not care at all if you are from a different parish (as long as you can prove you are registered SOMEwhere) others want you to be a parishoner for at least 6 months at their specific church if you want to use it!

I go to my bishop’s parish church as well and they get a lot of requests from non-parishoners to use the church for weddings. They do encourage the people to try to stick to their home parish but if they have a good reason they discuss it with the parish staff and they’re in. Sometimes they do say no though.

It helps if you can tell them you have some good spiritually-based reasoning for using the Cathedral besides convenience for guests or beauty of the building. Since it is the archbishop’s cathedral, and therefore the spiritual “mother church” for everyone in the diocese, getting married there could symbolize your connection with the whole people of God? I know that is why I go to my Cathedral – because it is the “Mother Church” of the diocese and makes me feel a connection with all the other local Catholics/churches, not just the people in my individual parish.

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