Originally my Fiancé and I were planning on just doing an outside nondenominational ceremony for our wedding (even though we have been raised catholic- we haven't ever been strongly tied to church ourselves). However, my soon to be in-laws & my grandparents are very close to their Priest and wanted us to be married by him. He is willing to do a ceremony on our wedding date- and travel for us, but is requiring us to do a private church ceremony before hand. We are getting married in AZ. My parents live in CA, and the in laws and priest live in IL- so we are planning to do this the day of our rehearsal dinner so both parents can attend. We have absolutely no problem doing this, I just do not know what to expect and how to plan for this.
Of note- we do belong to a Parish in AZ- I am not sure how to go about asking if they will let an outside Priest perform a ceremony there.
Has anyone done this for their wedding and have any tips or things to consider? My only concern is if it is going to take away the magic/specialness of our original date. I want the church ceremony to be done in a quick almost walk through- bland way so it doesn't take anything from our wedding day vibes. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!