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How to Have a Secular Wedding When Your Family Is Religious

If, however, you know this conversation would result in piles of rubble and sadness, now is probably not the time. Whichever route you take, here are five tips for planning a wedding that feels right to you while remaining respectful of your family’s belief system. LeiLani of Atlanta explains that her husband’s father is a leader in his church, and while they wanted him to officiate their ceremony, they do not share his beliefs. They elected to marry at San Francisco City Hall, where religious readings are not allowed due to it being an active government building. “San Francisco City Hall eliminated the problem without me having to do it,” LeiLani says. And so her relationship with her father-in-law was preserved. Darren and Lilly of Ohio are going the same route, choosing to marry at city hall with only a few witnesses present and then having a reception the day after. This way, they will have a ceremony that feels true and meaningful to them without offending their families. Stacy of Texas experienced a lot of pressure from various sides of her family regarding which church and which pastor she and her husband would select for their wedding ceremony.

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