Over the last decade or so, destination weddings have become all the rage for the rich and famous, as well as the not so rich and famous.
Many dioceses which have cities or towns that are tourist destinations, are now allowing Catholics who are not a part of their diocese to have their weddings in their tourist destination towns, villages and cities, even in their beautiful cathedrals.
It can be quite lucrative. Destination weddings are appraised at a business level and are competitive with other venues. So a parish or cathedral could make a killing financially. I've heard of some churches charging up to $5,000 a wedding.
My parish church is near Savannah where two parishes in the city of Savannah allow destination weddings. I've allowed it a couple of times but no more. Why? you might ask?
1. It turns me and our church into a business and we are treated by the bride or groom, especially the mother of the bride as a business not as a church.
2. They want to come to Richmond Hill because the other venues in town (the two other parishes) are booked on the day they want.
3. It is a business adventure as well as a tourist/vacation venture for those attending the wedding.
So I don't allow it for the reasons above which have been my experience, but am I too rigid and mean?