Can I have a co-located Catholic wedding?

My fiancee and I are getting married in October. Recently she has tossed around the idea of having a co-located ceremony and reception. Does our faith allow us to marry outside of a church but with a Catholic priest, or should I just burst her bubble now?

I’m sorry, but I don’t know what your fiancee has in mind by “a co-located ceremony and reception.” Catholic weddings ordinarily must be held in a church. If your fiancee is referring to having the reception on the parish grounds, that depends on whether there is a social hall available. If she means she wants a priest to marry the two of you at a reception site outside of church, gently inform her that it’s not possible (which is kinder way to think of it than “burst[ing] her bubble”).

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