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Marrying a Polish girl near Wroclaw


wood_jon 1 | 1
25 Jul 2010  #1
Hi,

I've just proposed to my Polish girlfriend. We want to get married in Poland, ideally around Wroclaw so that all of her family can attend. Neither of us are Catholic, so we want a civil ceremony. I understand there's some paperwork to do, and civil ceremonies aren't as easy in Poland as in England. We were wondering whether anyone has any advice - general, venues (for the ceremony and/or the reception). I know we're not the first English / Polish couple to try this, but any advice would be gratefully received,

Jon
pgtx 29 | 3,159
25 Jul 2010  #2
civil ceremonies aren't as easy in Poland as in England.

why?
Wroclaw Boy
25 Jul 2010  #3
I'd take an educated guess at religious Red tape.

It was an issue for me being a God Father here without confessing, being Catholic and all that crap.

My advice bribe the priests - ohh yes it can be done.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,388
25 Jul 2010  #4
We were wondering whether anyone has any advice - general, venues

there are a couple of castles in the area that some folks use for weddings.

congrats btw
pgtx 29 | 3,159
25 Jul 2010  #5
I'd take an educated guess at religious Red tape.

yeah...quick question: i'm gonna be świadkiem (kind of maid of honor?) on my brothers wedding this year...will i have to go to confession? is it required? because i'm not planning to do it... :(
Eurola 4 | 1,906
25 Jul 2010  #6
pgtx, you might want to hit the floor with your knees starting now, you sinful girl, you. :)
I think the swiadek needs to have all 'papers' in order (christening, Communion records) and of course go to confession. My friend here in the USA had a very hard time to find a God Mother because of the paperwork and other bs they need to go through.

Of course there is also the money, it can cause a temporary blindness in some priests as soon as they touch it.
pgtx 29 | 3,159
25 Jul 2010  #7
ah for f sake! what a headache! lol

it's only a civil ceremony so it'll be ok wood jon.... good luck...
OP wood_jon 1 | 1
26 Jul 2010  #8
pgtx - from what people have said, it appears that civil ceremonies (for the most part) are restricted to registry offices. This is not the case in the UK. I was wondering whether anyone knows differently and could suggest some places we could look at

Wroclaw - could you provide the names of those castles? We've seen Kraskow on the internet, but obviously we'd like to see as many as possible to find the ideal place
Cleo14 1 | 29
26 Jul 2010  #9
I think the swiadek needs to have all 'papers' in order (christening, Communion records) and of course go to confession.

I think it depends on the priest who marries the couple. My brother and his future bride had a hard time convincing their priest that her sister could be a Świadek at their wedding, because she didn't go through the Confirmation. He finally gave the a green light when she started attending Confirmation classes.

But when my cousin was getting married and she was worried that the priest would make problems beacuse of her "Swiadek's" pregnancy (she was not married), the priest told the that the role of "Swiadek" at the wedding is to be a witness, that the two people who are getting married, vow their commitment, and for that purpose it isn't even neccessary to be a Catholic or Christian.

Now, with the Godparents the rules are far stricter, but that's a different story :@)
Barr_2009 1 | 252
26 Jul 2010  #10
it'll all end in tears, she'll stop talking and disappear!
Chicago Pollock 7 | 504
27 Jul 2010  #11
pgtx

...will i have to go to confession? is it required?

You can do it go to the confessional and tell the priests you've had impure thoughts, he should get a rise out of that.

He finally gave the a green light when she started attending Confirmation classes.

that'll work!!
MIPK - | 69
27 Jul 2010  #12
if you're British and getting married you will need to get a Certificate of No impediment and also get your Birth Certificate translated into Polish by a sworn translator. see here for more info:

gov.uk/marriage-abroad


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