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HELP: Getting married in Poland not in a Catholic Church


Balwyn_boy 1 | 2  
18 Feb 2008 /  #1
Hi all,

New to this forum and just begging for help.

I'm an Australian who has been living in the UK for 7 or so years. My Polish fiancee and I are planning to get married in a small town in the East of Poland in June.

We would have quite happily got married in a Catholic Church (both she and I are Catholic if not exactly practising) but there is one snag. I have been married and divorced before. I applied for an annulment about 6 months ago to enable me to marry again in the Catholic church. Unfortunately, though I'm sure I will eventually get it, the process is way too slow and I more than likely won't get it in time.

Delaying the wedding is not an option as being in retrospect, overly optimistic, I have already told everyone and family and friends have booked flights out from Australia for the occassion.

The only weddings my fiancee has ever attended in Poland have been Catholic Church weddings. She knows of people who have been married in a registry office for a second wedding but generally these have been small events whereby a few people went to a restaurant afterwards. Unfortunately this wedding is not going to be so small.

In Australia and the UK, I have known people to have a civil celebrant officiating at a large wedding in a hall or wherever. My fiancee has never heard of this in Poland.

So finally to my question. Do you have civil celebrants that would do that sort of thing in Poland? If so what should I look up (Polish language sites would be fine)

thanks in advance
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
18 Feb 2008 /  #2
been small events whereby a few people went to a restaurant afterwards.

But It's only your business what you do afterwards, If you want a huge party then of course you may have It.
Harry  
19 Feb 2008 /  #3
I don't think that it is possible to have the wedding anywhere other than the city offices.

However, it may be possible for you to get married in Catholic church. My cousin got married to an atheist last summer in church so I'd imagine that a divorced Catholic would be more welcome than an atheist. A lot is going to rest on the individual parish priest: if you can get him on-side, you can certainly work something out (even if it's the old she gets communion and you don't routine). You also need to go and see your local Catholic priest in England. His support will help a lot.

I'll do some checking with people here and get back to you.
Michal - | 1,865  
19 Feb 2008 /  #4
I have already told everyone and family and friends have booked flights out from Australia for the occassion.

One strong word of warning here before you get carried away. Do you understand the implications of what you are about to do? If you marry a Polish citizen then later on, that same Polish citizen will have the right of abode in Australia. She will have legal rights to stay and work there. This may in fact be her true intention. Tell her that you are not an Australian and that you only have a temporary right of stay in Australia yourself and see if she is still that interested after that. Beware, the Poles will do anything for a foreign passport. You will not be the first and sadly not the last to be taken astray.
OP Balwyn_boy 1 | 2  
19 Feb 2008 /  #5
Thanks Harry.

Michal thanks for your word of warning but we have been going out for 6 years and living together for 3 years. Besides which she is a GP and speaks perfect English (and earns more than I do!) and could if she wanted, emigrate to Australia without me. You tend to be pretty careful with your choice of future bride after one tremendous f...up.....
Michal - | 1,865  
19 Feb 2008 /  #6
careful with your choice of future bride after one tremendous f...up.....

It is not one anything at all-its based upon a life time of observations. After getting married things will change and her good English will make it even harder for you to hold on to her when the time comes. Eastern European people are very adaptable, that is one reason why they are such a scurdge on society wherever they go.
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
19 Feb 2008 /  #7
After getting married things will change and her good English will make it even harder for you to hold on to her when the time comes.

It looks like you need this sex dolls instead of a woman.

Eastern European people are very adaptable, that is one reason why they are such a scurdge on society wherever they go.

You can't judge all Eastern Europeans by your own behavior.
Glim 5 | 30  
19 Feb 2008 /  #8
Eastern European people are very adaptable, that is one reason why they are such a scurdge on society wherever they go.

Your posting comments like this on a website called PolishForums.com

You got issues mate, seriously you should f-k off
El Gato 4 | 351  
19 Feb 2008 /  #9
Yeah. We realised that Poland was a nicer place without him, so we made him leave. The place has been awesome ever since.

:]
gemini 1 | 21  
20 Feb 2008 /  #10
My husband and I also married in Poland and since we didn't want to have a church wedding, we had a civil ceremony in a beautiful mansion house.

We had a local civil celebrant officiating the wedding at the mansion house and it was really lovely, just as good, if not much better than a church wedding.

We had to have an official translator present at the wedding who translated everything the civil celebrant said.
I think it's best to contact the local town council/authorities in the town you want to get married and ask what the possibilities are to get married in a palace or mansion house, perhaps there is a nice place in the area that does weddings, you can also ask there what the possibilities are of having the civil ceremony there.

Good luck!
OP Balwyn_boy 1 | 2  
20 Feb 2008 /  #11
Thanks Gemini! Will get the missus to look into it.
Dzhaklin 3 | 166  
21 Feb 2008 /  #12
Yeah. We realised that Poland was a nicer place without him, so we made him leave.:]

That made me laugh!

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