Danielle
Just Said Yes August 2021

Annulment Process During Covid

Danielle, on March 19, 2021 at 7:06 PM Posted in Planning 0 8
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Hi,

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?

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Latest activity by Priscilla, on March 21, 2021 at 1:40 PM
  • Julie
    VIP February 2020
    Julie ·
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    Unless Catholicism is a really important aspect of life for you and your fiancée (in which case I imagine you have to do it anyway), I would find a different venue. It takes a long time to do (I had to be a witness for a friend's annulment) and with covid who knows when that'll happen.
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  • Samantha
    Rockstar October 2022
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    Is the annulment for lack of form or the longer more time consuming version?
    Mine was the former, it was a couple of signatures and a statement from someone who knew us when we got married and attested it was not a religious ceremony.
    The other kind is not easy. It’s a lengthy invasive process and there is no guarantee it will be granted, especially if there are children.
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  • Danielle
    Just Said Yes August 2021
    Danielle ·
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    Thank you. It's the longer more time consuming version Smiley sad I wish he had done the abbreviated version, but he felt that it was appropriate to do the ordinary form. We are hoping every day but we have no control over the time of the process. It's strange that the event coordinator, who is a representative of the catholic church at our venue, assured us that this would be relatively simple, and let us sign the contract and move forward.

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  • Samantha
    Rockstar October 2022
    Samantha ·
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    That’s so frustrating! He may not have had a choice, I know we were able to do the shorter one because we were married by the justice of the peace. If we had had any kind if church wedding or married by a pastor (even non Catholic, the priest said we had to do the long one.)


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  • T
    Super April 2021
    Tiger Bride ·
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    My FI served as a witness to an annulment last year. My understanding was it takes about 2 years.
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  • Elizabeth
    Super June 2021
    Elizabeth ·
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    Annulments take a long time during normal times. It's an extremely serious process in which you have to prove that a wedding never happened in the first place. It involves multiple witness testimonies and official judgment.


    The venue shouldn't have told you it would be fine, and you should not have made any plans to have a Catholic wedding until AFTER the annulment was finalized. Especially because an annulment can be denied.
    Definitely time to pivot.
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  • Danielle
    Just Said Yes August 2021
    Danielle ·
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    Thanks. We are aware that it’s serious. Yeah, they definitely shouldn’t have told us tee could book it and take our money, especially since they are owned by the Catholic Archdiocese, we trusted their consult.
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  • Priscilla
    Just Said Yes April 2021
    Priscilla ·
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    My husband had to have an annulment as well. He started the process in October 2018 and my priest told us it shouldn't take more than a year. It took 2 years. So we got married by a wedding officiant May 2020 and are having a vow renewal in the Church this April. With Covid, not sure if it will take longer. Hopefully it will be quicker for you! Good luck and Congratulations!
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