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Outdoor Catholic Wedding

Outdoor Catholic Wedding

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A significant part of your Catholic faith is showing commitment to the church, including getting married in the church. For years, the rule was that a Catholic wedding happens inside the Catholic church, presided by a Catholic priest. There was no room for an outdoor Catholic wedding.

Quoting the Code of Canon Law, "Marriages are to be celebrated in a parish where either of the contracting parties has a domicile… With the permission of the proper ordinary or proper pastor, marriages can be celebrated elsewhere." (Canon 1115)

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Requirements to Get Married in The Catholic Church

Requirements to Get Married in The Catholic Church

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The Catholic Church considers marriage to be a sacred and sacramental event that should be conducted in a holy place. The requirements to get married in the Catholic Church include:

  • The couple must be capable of being married
  • There must be consent by the couple to get married
  • The marriage must follow the canonical form 

Capability to Get Married

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Catholic Marriage

Catholic Marriage

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The Catholic church believes that marriage is a gift from God and should be governed by his laws. In Catholic marriage, it is rare to come across couples who write their own vows. The vows are part of liturgy administered by the Pope, and every Catholic around the world has to adhere.

Generally, the couple planning a wedding has to meet with the priests at the parish and make inquiries on everything they need to know. Such things include the possible dates, details on church bookings, and many more. The couple must show that they understand that marriage permanent and exclusive, they enter freely, and it is open to children. 

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What to Expect at a Catholic Wedding

What to Expect at a Catholic Wedding

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Catholic weddings usually comprise traditions that have been in place for a long time. It is not just about a priest officiating and reading a few Bible verses. Although some couples may submit a request to have their wedding held outdoors, an ideal Catholic wedding takes place in a Catholic church.

The Catholic church believes that a wedding is a solemn and sacramental event that should take place in a sacred place. As such, the sacred space here is a church.  A wedding is sacred and must take place where the groom or bride worships. 

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