My husband is Catholic, but I have been in the Episcopal faith for years. However, my husband has not been practicing his faith since before I met him. I’m 100% supportive of his faith, and I have considered converting to Catholicism myself. In February of this year, after being engaged for some time, we chose to elope at the courthouse, secretly. We chose to keep it a secret because of many family issues going on at the time. I’m not saying it was right - but it’s what we did and we cannot change what has already been done.
I’m madly in love with him, and since then, we have slowly let the secret out to a select few of our family and friends. But we haven’t told everyone. I know this is going to come back to bite us. What we have decided to do is have a Catholic wedding in 2 years - when we can afford a wedding. We want our marriage to be recognized through the church, and we want our families to be a part of it (as I believe marriage isn’t just about two people, it’s also about the joining together of two families as well). As I did my research, since I do not know much about the Catholic faith, I found a blessing of a civil marriage. I have no idea what that entails, and I’m pretty much clueless about everything else revolving around a wedding.
Since I am not Catholic (yet), I know we won’t be having communion at our ceremony. But then again, I do not exactly know the set up of a blessing of a civil marriage. What exactly should we expect? I’m concerned because I want to make up for what we lost. I want to follow through the way it was supposed to be done. I am embarrassed by how we eloped, but I wouldn’t take back marrying him. I am ashamed of keeping it secret just to keep the peace in our family drama. We would do anything to make it right. If anyone can help me, I’d be so thankful!