I have been verbally invited to a very last-minute-planned wedding of a friend of mine. He is a “cradle” Catholic who is rarely practicing (I don’t think he went to mass at Easter). His soon-to-be-wife is a Mormon. I don’t know how “devout” she is, but I know she doesn’t like going to church with him at a Catholic church.
Anyway, so I’ve been looking up online about tradition and I can’t exactly figure out what it is I’m going to. Obviously he’s not an LDS, so what is their procedure for marrying an LDS girl to a non-LDS guy? What about guests? Who can attend? My reading shows that LDS weddings are for practicing Mormons only. Am I allowed in the building? It’s taking place at a mormon facility. I don’t know if they call them churches. Anyway. I’m a bit lost. I don’t want to go over there if I’m not going to be allowed in the building. I wish he had more time to convince her to become Catholic. I hate to see that issue go ignored, as it has always been a huge issue in my relationships (as it should be).
Also, what is the LDS policy on such things? I know as a Catholic that once I’m engaged, I have to wait at least 6 months before the ceremony in the Catholic Church. The time between proposal and the wedding ceremony itself in this case is under 3 weeks (yes, I think he’s insane).
Thanks for the info, especially from any LDS.
I am an LDS woman married to a Catholic man and we got married in Reno, Nevada by a regular Justice of the Peace. They may choose to get married in a garden or their own home or the regular LDS church. Until you get the invitation you won't know the address. But, as for the wedding it will be just like all others you attend where people are married till death do they part.
They would only be married in a Temple(of which there are 124+ world wide) if they are both practicing LDS with Temple recommends, then they would be married for eternity with future children sealed to them for eternity as a family. If that were the case you would be invited to the reception, but not the wedding.
Receptions vary, as all receptions do according to what they plan. They could have a dance or sit down dinner, or just refreshments and wedding cake and congratulations to the new couple. You have probably gone to weddings where couples are married by preachers or judges, this will be that kind of wedding. You will feel as comfortable as you would at any wedding. Depending on where it is held and how devout the bride is there will probably not be alchohol or coffee served. If it is not held in the church then those beverages could be served if that is what was planned by the couple. You might wait for the written invitation, or ask your friend where they are having the wedding. We know for sure it won’t be a Temple wedding, so put your mind at ease. It will be just an ordinary wedding.