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#1 Pandz

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:58 PM

Hi Everyone!

I know this topic has been posted before, but i thought I'd add it as a new thread because the last post was a couple of years ago... and a lot of change can occur since then (well, I'm hoping!)

My fiance and I are wanting to get married in a garden in Sydney- tucked away about 25 mins from the city- however, my Dad is losing his mind because I was brought up in the Catholic faith and the last thing I want is a father who resents attending my wedding! I don't mean to paint a horrible picture of him, that is not my intention at all. I would like to maintain a connection to my Catholic faith and satisfy my father's desire for us to maintain the Catholic tradition, so I am hoping to find a priest that will agree to marry us in a garden ceremony in Sydney (as a happy medium!).

Does anyone know a priest that would be willing to marry us outside of the church? (If you have experienced this first hand/ or attended a wedding where this was the case- any advice would be great!)

Thanks so much!


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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:06 PM

I'm in Melbourne so I can't help you, but good luck with your search!

I do know however it's not just the priest that needs to approve it, the Arch bishop also needs to approve it. Friends of mine were related to a priest and were after the same thing. When they applied the priest had no issues but the Arch Bishop refused. They needed to write letters stating why they wanted to be married outside a church and had to do all this extra stuff. This was only last April.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:19 PM


I know our celebrant (QLD) was an ordained minister and he quite often performed religious ceremonies outside the church - perhaps you could do some searching for these type of words or simply 'catholic celebrant' for example?

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:27 PM

I've only heard of one instance where this has been approved. There was no catholic church in the remote community where a couple was wanting to marry and so permission was granted for an outdoor wedding.

If you can find a priest who is willing to marry you outside a church (and this will be difficult), he would need to get permission from the local bishop to go ahead and do so.

It's also important to remember that marriage is viewed to be a sacrament by the catholic church. As such, the catholic church believes the only "correct" place for a marriage to take place is in a church.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:38 PM

My best friend got married by a Catholic Priest at her beach wedding. He was our childhood priest & her Mum was quite a regular church goer. She had to write a letter to the Bishop asking special permission with her reasons why she wanted to be married at the beach. She said someting like she felt God was all around etc... It all worked out beautifully. If you go & talk to your local church priest he should be able to give you the details. Or even better get your Dad to investigate it all since he's the one pushing for it.
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#6 Pandz

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 11:37 AM

QUOTE(carrie @ Sep 21 2010, 09:38 PM) View Post

My best friend got married by a Catholic Priest at her beach wedding. He was our childhood priest & her Mum was quite a regular church goer. She had to write a letter to the Bishop asking special permission with her reasons why she wanted to be married at the beach. She said someting like she felt God was all around etc... It all worked out beautifully. If you go & talk to your local church priest he should be able to give you the details. Or even better get your Dad to investigate it all since he's the one pushing for it.





Yeah, I believe that God created everything, even the gorgeous garden that we would love to get married in! So that is why I feel that it shouldn't be perceived as 'wrong' to want to be among God's creations, which extends beyond the church! Also, my FH is not religious- so that throws a spanner in the works re: church wedding! Hmmm... what to do, what to do...

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 09:09 PM

Close friends of ours were granted a dispensation to marry outside the Church due to some complex family issues (different faiths and cultural backgrounds). The priest who married them arranged the approval but it was quite a complex process.


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Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:24 PM

Hi everyone,

I am in exactly the same situation! I have my heart set on an outdoor wedding but my FH is Catholic so would like a priest to marry us. I have no issue with this but I am stumped as to how to find a Catholic Priest in Perth who will do this. I have read alot about writing letters to the priest etc but not sure what to write.

Any ideas for the writing of the letter or the name of a Catholic Priest in Perth who has done or is willing to do an outdoor ceremony?



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Posted 10 November 2010 - 09:49 PM

There are churches specifically Catholic Churches don't allow to give a ceremony outside the church. It is not possible but there are lot of things to be done before the church says yes.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 06:56 PM

I went through the exact same thing, and was told the Arch Bishop has banned weddings outside the church. So planned the wedding in a church. However we decided that it just wasn't us and have since changed it, we're going to have a celebrant and then have the marriage accepted into the church at some stage. I've heard its quite simple and just a meeting with the priest and some paper work. Not quite the same, but its all we can do, some things are just too hard. And we want the wedding we want , not what someone who doesn't know us dictates.

Good luck I hope you can do it the way you want smile.gif




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