Does anyone have any advice or experience with this issue? My fiance was raised Catholic and his family is very religious. However, he is no longer Catholic, and neither of us is religious at all. I am not converting to Catholicism and we are not going to be get married in a church. We want the ceremony to be secular and avoid any religious language.
The problem is that I care about my fiance's family and I would like to give them the peace of mind that our marriage will have some kind of official recognition or stamp of approval by the Catholic church, if possible. We will not be able to give them a full Catholic ceremony, because it is not true to us or our beliefs. However, I heard that a priest might be able to be a guest and witness the ceremony and make it official that way. Does anyone know if this is true?
We have also discussed having a separate ceremony a few weeks later for family only in a Catholic church with a Catholic ceremony, but I don't think this idea is super appealing to his family.
Does anyone know of a priest or a way I can find a priest who might be open to giving us a "stamp of approval" in either of these scenarios? If it's too unrealistic, then that's OK. But if it is possible, then I would like to make it work somehow. Thanks!