Interfaith Wedding Ceremony ideas

I know kids who wanted to be married by a priest, but did not want their actual wedding in a church. They had a Catholic church wedding a few weeks before their celebration and then had a different officiant at the other venue, followed by the reception. To Catholics, marriage is a sacrament. Sounds like future bride does not necessarily want that, but may want to keep her parents/grandparents happy.

We were married in my family church and the priest allowed my protestant minister father-in-law to be a co-officiant although he did not perform the actual ceremony.

I just read there are two bishops that have started to allow priests to marry couples outside of church (Montana and Baltimore). Not sure what is required or if other bishops will follow.

I had a relative who had a Catholic / Jewish wedding, but so long ago, I’ve forgotten the particulars. I believe they had both a Rabbi, and a Priest but traditions and rules have become more strict since then. It was performed in “neutral” territory (either a hospital or university chapel).

This organization does a lot of interfaith weddings:

Years ago we went to a Jewish/Catholic wedding. They were unable to find a rabbi so had to use a cantor. I believe they also had to use a Deacon. The Philadelphia Archdiocese is famously conservative and behind the times as far as these things.

Way back when, my non-Catholic mom was NOT ALLOWED to attend my baptism at all. My dad left the church shortly after that.

We recently attended a wedding for a couple that did not want a religious ceremony. However, the friend’s mom who married them did such a beautiful job with the ceremony … H & I thought that it was more meaningful than the very generic religious wedding ceremony that his older brother had. I think that finding an officiant who is committed to helping the couple plan a ceremony that is meaningful for them is key.

In PA you can get a Self-Uniting marriage license( Quaker tradition). They would be able to plan a unique ceremony, with an unofficial celebrant.


I am not sure if you mean to say that the American Catholic Church is misleading people to think it is connected to the traditional Catholic church, or just exists to facilitate marriages. I have friends who are/were serious members of this faith. They were former Catholics who found a home at the American Catholic Church because they could not reconcile the former’s attitudes about gay people. The husband had studied to be a Jesuit priest at one time, and they sent their children to a Jesuit school. My point is that I would not want to see this valid faith represented as something under handed. I am confident it presents itself as exactly what it is–similar to Catholicism except for some social justice differences, because of which it exists separately.


The last wedding I went to the groom was Catholic (do not know the religion of the bride). It was outside and was conducted by a minister of the Universal Life Church.