After being engaged over half a year I am finally getting down to the buisiness of reserving a reception venue and the church. I have literally gone to every hotel/reception hall/country club in the area and have finally decided on the Alumni house from my university, which is located across the street from the Catholic Campus Ministries chapel. The date that we would like is open at both the Alumni House and the Chapel so I thought everything was going to work out just fine. But then I started filling out the paperwork. I was previously aware that the 'suggested donations' are astronomically high (totalling to $1,850, and yes, I am registered member of the parish) but then I discovered that they will only perform weddings either at 11am or 2pm, no exceptions. I could understand this policy if they would have regular services following weddings, but in this case, as it is a June wedding, the chapel will be closed other than for special events, and the main church that sponsors the CCM chapel has not one, not two, but THREE priests, so you'd think they could spare one for a wedding at 5pm. As far as I know they won't let me supply my own pianist for the ceremony either, and instead want me to pay $200 for theirs.Raising any objection to the office workers evokes a stone cold response of, "well that's just how we do it here."
I am a bit beyond frustrated, especially since the my church at home charges just $200 for weddings because they, and I quote, "want to encourage couples to get married in the church instead of city hall"
Should I be concerned?