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Ideas for Wedding service venues...

So, My fiance and I have started planning our wedding and have come across a major issue. We would both like to get married in a church, but neither of us are very religious (as in, we believe in God and the institution of marriage, but we don't really see the need to go to Church every week), so we have decided on a Non-Denominational (Christian) Church. The problem we are having is they all require you to go to pre-marital classes, as well as not live together until marriage and to attend regular services. W/ our work schedules, this is not possible. We do not want an outdoor wedding due to potential weather issues, and I would rather not get married in the Ballroom of the Hotel where we are hoping to have our reception. Does anyone have any ideas?! I'm lost......thank you!

Re: Ideas for Wedding service venues...

  • Yes.  First of all, you need to respect the tenets of any church if you're asking them to perform and bless your wedding.  If you don't really want to attend a church, then they're not going to be terribly enthusiastic about using their time, space, and the expense of providing you with a venue.  Obviously, if they have requirements for you to be married in their faith, they do have the right to require counseling, not living together, or whatever their requirements are.

    Now, I suggest you post this on a Milwaukee area board.  This board is international, and we can't help with specific locations here.  Look to your left.  Use the drop down for local area boards.

    There are other options besides big hotel ballroom and church.  College chapels....museums.....historic sites.....mansions.....bed & galleries.

    Have you tried googling "wedding venues in Milwaukee"?  I did, and 30K references came up.

    "Trix, it's what they/our parents wanted. Why so judgemental? And why is your wedding date over a year and a half ago? And why do you not have a groom's name? And why have you posted over 12,000 posts? And why do you always say mean things to brides?" palegirl146
  • I am having the same kind of problem...:(
  • We are getting married at a non-denominational chapel at an historic village. A local wedding magazine had 4 listed in the Detroit area after we'd already chosen ours.

    Post this on your local boards and perhaps they have some ideas. Generally these will be chapels at least 100 years old, available for rental. In most cases you will have to find your own officiant, which is anothe $200-$500 in addition to the rental fee for the chapel. Use of real candles will be limited due to the historic nature of the venue.

    Good luck.
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