I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with getting an annulment during these COVID times. We had a priest tell us that it would be about 6 months.
My fiance is currently in the process of getting an annulment, so that we can get married in the Catholic Church. Our mansion venue is owned by a Catholic Archdiocese, and their paperwork stated that in order to have our wedding ceremony AND our reception there, we would need the marriage annulled by the time of the wedding. As we were booking, the Mansion event coordinator assured us there wouldn't be any issues and that the annulment would be handled quickly and we shouldn't worry. It's been 6 months, and now the other Boston Archdiocese Tribunal that is handling the annulment case isn't guaranteeing a timeline of when it will be done and said it can't be expedited - "due to Covid"
Our wedding venue has cashed our deposit, and we are now 4 months away from our wedding date. We have thought about getting married in an Episcopal church and pushing to try to still have our wedding RECEPTION at the Catholic mansion venue, or if we should just cancel the wedding reception at that venue, ask for the deposit back and find a new venue. We're not sure. It is a beautiful venue and our dream location, but without any guarantee of the annulment being done in time, we are nervous to take the risk of preparing for our wedding there, but not being approved to celebrate there by the Catholic Church. What should we do?