We were both raised Catholic. I went to 13 years of Catholic school (k-12). He went to years of CCD. We figured that natrually we would be expected to get married in a Catholic church and that's what we planned on. We budgeted for about $700-$900. I became a member of the Catholic church over on the island (I am insisting on pictures on the beach). We went a few times to mass there and put in a few envelopes. We are by no means devout Catholics and religion has not played a large part in our relationship. (I'd love to post a picture from my grades school days, but my mom has them all...booo)
Then I began dragging my feet about filling out the application. (my first rant shall be that I have to APPLY to the church to be married. Not like one of those fill this out to get your date kind of papers either. It's an actual - you must APPLY to get married here and we have the right to tell you no - kind of papers. How is an institution that does not know me and my fiance going to deny me the "right" to get married? Mr. ST and I will be together for 8 years by the time we get married. If I don't know everything about him by then, I really doubt some stranger will be able to tell me something new.)
After I fumed for several days about the application I took a peak at the price... are you ready for this? Just to be married in this Catholic Church.... $1500.
If our application was accepted we would need to pay $1500 which would only cover the cost of the organist and "administration duties" so tips were not included. After the normal alter servers, priest/deacon, and musicians got their tips we are looking at around $2000. TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS. To get married in a Church that I may or not actually want for myself?!?!
I was so scared to tell Mr.ST. I had originally petitioned to get married at the lighthouse. He shot that one down. So our only real option was the Catholic Church. We didn't now anywhere else to go...Would I have to give up something in order to actually get married...?
So I worked up the courage annnnd
Soooo...what to do now?