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Natasha
Devoted June 2019 Ontario

Outside vs Church?

Natasha, on May 10, 2018 at 00:50 Posted in Wedding ceremony 0 12
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I am very religious but also love the idea of an outside wedding. What are your ladies thoughts? Any advice for either especially outside? Also share your venue for your ceremony!

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Latest activity by Emily, on May 11, 2018 at 09:28
  • Emily
    Devoted November 2018 Ontario
    Emily ·
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    I'm really religious too so the church was not even a question. I think you should include your place of worship if it's so important to you. You can maybe take pictures outside after the ceremony Smiley smile
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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
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    To me, what makes the ceremony religious is what is said during the ceremony, not where the ceremony is. My fiance at first wanted to get married in our church, but when we found this venue, he fell in love with it as much as I was! What is nice about it is that the ceremony and reception are in one location, which is really convenient!

    This is our ceremony space:

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  • Jessica
    Super March 2018 Ontario
    Jessica ·
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    I wanted to get married in another location than my "home" church, but it gets very complicated with Catholic weddings (so I learned)...

    If you are Catholic you have to be married within a church, so check with your priest about options (such as what Lisa suggested below).


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  • Jennifer
    Super July 2019 Ontario
    Jennifer ·
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    I have been looking into the idea of an outdoors ceremony because I have always wanted. didn't look into church ceremony as I just wasn't interested in it and it would be tough with different denominations amongst our family members

    the one thing with outdoor. you need a backup plan. either the outdoor location has an indoor space as well. or you may have to get married somewhere else all together. and some outdoor sites won't include chairs/sound/equipment. so that is all extra cost.

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  • Stephanie
    VIP May 2019 Ontario
    Stephanie ·
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    We are religious and doing in a church! Inside the churchbis very important to us and the family! It is my fiancé's home church and the church I will be baptized at!
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  • Jennifer
    Super August 2018 Alberta
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    We’re getting married outside, I love nature and we’re not religious. The farm is where the entire wedding will take place so we have a tent for back up because weather is a big question mark!
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  • Leah
    VIP April 2019 British Columbia
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    How lovely!

    And I fully agree.
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  • Leah
    VIP April 2019 British Columbia
    Leah ·
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    We’re getting married at The Gardens at HCP in Victoria, BC. The ceremony will be held outside and the reception will be held in their pavilion. As adults we’re not as religious as we were raised to be but many of our guests are. (It’s also during Easter weekend, which may draw the ire of some family members 🤷🏾‍♀️.)

    I think you can be religious and have a lovely outdoor ceremony and celebration without comprimising your beliefs. The only thing missing is the physical structure of a church, but if all the world is a stage, why can’t all the word be a church, when you add the right elements to it? Maybe speak with your minister about helping to create that vibe when they officiate.

    I’m just saying, there are ways to make your outdoor ceremony as religious as you want it to be without minimizing or dismissing your beliefs.

    Let us know what you decide!

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  • Chloe
    Super May 2018 Ontario
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    I’m very religious as well, and I’m getting married outside. I’m a Protestant though (I notice that everyone has been talking about catholic weddings). Our ceremony will take place in the chapel area of a bible camp that I grew up going to. I feel like it will be an even more spiritual experience for me there because that place was foundational to my faith and because being around nature always makes me want to praise God. God is everywhere, so if your officiant doesn’t mind doing the wedding outside, you can definitely have a religious wedding anywhere. We’re also incorporating our faith into the ceremony: we’ll have a brief worship time and a foot washing ceremony.

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  • Lisa
    VIP May 2018 Ontario
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    Hi there,
    I didn't realise how religious I was until I booked the cremeony outside and I wasn't getting married in the church.
    As we were getting married outside and on a Sunday, clearly a Catholic priest wouldnt perform the ceremony. However, I went to talk to the priest about it and how I felt.
    He worked with me and helped me organised a church ceremony for the weekend after. Just have to provide him with the record of Solemnization from the officiant and he will then complete the sacrament of marriage for me. Clearly all the guests won't be there. Just maid of honour, best man and immediate family but it's more for myself and feeling comfortable with my decision. My fiance was ok with it as well as he is not very religious and he wanted me to feel comfortable with our choices. Plus I get to wear my dress twice! Smiley smile
    So there are options. Just research and do what you are comfortable with. Hope this helps.
    Good luck
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  • Jocelyn
    Expert August 2018 Ontario
    Jocelyn ·
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    I'm marrying a Catholic, so ceremony outside Church was a no-no
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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    If you're very religious, would an outdoor ceremony be suitable? I don't know about other religions, but I know with Catholics, you can't usually get a priest to perform a ceremony outside of the church.

    We're doing an outdoor ceremony and that's giving me so much anxiety because of décor, ceremony music, etc.

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