Church approves our wedding. Good. Other locations sucked

23 Mar

Exterior shot of our church. Forgot to take photo inside

I make a lot of phone calls in my line of work. I know that the key to getting a hold of someone is to treat their secretary with respect. If you were a secretary, would you connect the rude person or the one that was nice to you?

They hold a lot of power. And can screw you royally.

So as you may know, we’ve been having trouble with the Catholic Church confirming that we could get married there. We had tried to call the priest for four months to find out details, but he never returned our calls.

We met with the priest in person on Sunday. And he is totally cool. He said we can do whatever we want and didn’t scold us for not going to church or demand that we go every week forevermore. “It’s your wedding, make it your own,” was his quote. All that worry for nothing! Dude would let us parade in on elephants if we wanted to. Ok, not really, but you get my point.

The priest said the church changed secretaries recently. When we called back in December, the secretary had told us she pencilled in our day and that the priest would write it in ink once we met with him. Well priest took out the day planner and the entire page was blank! Someone could’ve taken our date! We think our file or something got lost during the secretary switch, which explains why they never returned our calls, because they had no clue who we were.

Anyway, priest said we’re good to go. His only condition is that we go to marriage school. Essentially, the Catholic Church requires you to learn divorce prevention skills. My cousin took this course and said it is non religious at all. Of course, the seemingly mandatory “one year wedding wait” strikes again, as we have to wait until June to do our crash course on a weekend.

So total bill for church rental and course will be about $800, MUCH less than the $1,400 for two hours at a depressing mansion and old school chap we visited over the weekend when we were searching for alternate locations. We didn’t like either of them…

Here’s some pictures so you get what I mean

The mansion we examined for our ceremony. Looks fine outside

But here’s the pleasant greeting you get as soon as you walk in

The depressing, dungeon-like entrance way. A nice welcome to our joyous event!

An old chapel

An old chapel that looks kind of plain on the outside

But the inside looks like a school house from a pioneer movie

I also don't like the "Come ye apart." Aren't weddings the opposite of that?

Anyway, we both thought these suck. Our banquet hall’s garden looks fine, but it is on the side of a very busy road and near the airport so has tons and tons of noise.

You can’t hear the noise in the pictures, but at least it looks nice.

A gazebo in the garden of our banquet hall

And a pretty bridge

Would be perfect for the "here comes the bride" part

So anyway folks, glad this has sorted itself out and we can sleep without having to worry anymore.

Now we can buy our invitations and move onto other headaches!

2 Responses to “Church approves our wedding. Good. Other locations sucked”

  1. ChicagoFriend March 24, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    I’m glad you found a church. I’m Catholic, too, and was just about to recommend a place where we were going to have our ceremony:

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