Everyone here has such good suggestions/advice/ideas, that I thought I would run this one by ya:
FH is Catholic, I'm not (raised Southern Baptist, believe in God, don't care what it's called) and I'm even interested in converting to Catholicism...later, for future kids' sake and all....so for that reason, who marries us and where is kinda important!
I had been having trouble finding an officiant because Catholic Priests typically won't perform a ceremony outside of the church, and while my Grandfather is a Baptist Preacher, I don't want him to perform our ceremony (he preached....about fornication, etc....at my cousin's wedding-it's all anyone remembers about her entire wedding!) so I called FH's priest today and got some information. BTW-we already have our venue booked-The Lodge at Bridle Creek, and it's booked for a Sunday evening-we get the keys to the venue at like 3pm and have it til midnight. So after talking with the Priest, we've decided to try and figure out how to do the ceremony in the church and then have the reception and possibly a "public" ceremony at our venue.
His family is flying out from Boston, mine lives between here and Texas (Dallas area). Most of the close family will be here a full week ahead of time.
My question is: how are we going to SCHEDULE this? FH was saying we should have the ceremony in the church at like noon that sunday, then go set up the reception and all and have everyone come that night at 6 or 7 for the party. I think that's not going to work too well. A friend suggested we do the church ceremony a day or two before, and I think that would probably work best, but would we wear the dress and tux and all? Or just wear whatever and wait to really dress up and do everything on the day we had planned? Another suggestion was to do the ceremony at 2 or 3 pm, then have our guests drive from the church to the reception (26 minute drive) but my problem there, is who is going to set up the reception? We dont have access to the venue until 3pm as there is another wedding that morning.
Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks ya'll!!