Wedding venues suggestions in Miami

posted 4 months ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

What is your budget? Are you prepared to potentially fly back and forth for the pre cana? Have you talked to your local parish on whether they will assist you in a destination Catholic ceremony?

p.s. April is high season for venues (weddings, promos, etc.). This will not be easy.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I did the reverse of what you are planning, but we were in the process of moving to CA.

It was not easy to get the church in CA to agree to marry us since we were not parish members at the time. But my husband had been a member in the past, and his heartwarming letter regarding his connection to the church (and our imminent move) won the priest over. But we still had to pay non-member prices. I would say the prettier and more demand for the church, the harder it is to book as a non-parish member.

Regarding pre-cana, the church in CA required multiple in-person meetings with the priest, a full-day in-person retreat, and a meeting with a therapist. All of it had to be done locally; the only thing we could do online was the family planning class. Trying to coordinate all these into one trip was impossible.

Parish and individual church requirements vary, but I would expect at least a one or two in person meetings with the priest in Miami. 

To be continued…

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

St. Augustine is probably the most flexible church I know in Miami. I would probably start there and see if they would accommodate you. Church of the Little Flower would be the hardest by far. 

Do you all have family in Miami that could help with the planning? Visit venues for you? Go talk to churches for you? I think it would be hard to plan a destination wedding on your budget without local help.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I would start with his family’s church, and then go from there. That will be much easier. If they have a good relationship with their parish, they may be able to get some of the requirements waived or made easier on you.

I would order your baptismal, first communion, and conformation certificates asap. They can take some time to track down. Also, start working on the letter of permission from your current parish.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Both our church in Miami and CA required us to be confirmed. The archdiocese in Miami is pretty conservative, so I doubt that will be waived for you. And it takes some time to get confirmed.

Can I make a suggestion that you have a civil ceremony in Miami and a Catholic ceremony in CA (or a convalidation ceremony after the civil wedding in Miami)? It will cost you a lot less and make planning and life a lot easier. I know how long it took to figure out our venues and pre cana, and I fear you do not have enough time.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

We got the reception venue finalized a year in advance. The church was harder. It took quite awhile to get them to agree to marry us. 

I was traveling to CA every three weeks, which helped a lot, and I had a partial planner and fiance in CA. Plus we did not have to get confirmed. But man, getting pre cana scheduled was a pain!

I don’t know if I could have gotten it all done 7 months out from across the country.

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