POLL: Were you married in a house of worship?

Anonymous copy after Laurits Tuxen's (1853-1927): Wedding of Nicholas II and Alix of Hesse (1895) (detail)

Anonymous copy after Laurits Tuxen’s (1853-1927): Wedding of Nicholas II and Alix of Hesse (1895) (detail). Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Were you married in a house of worship, or somewhere else, such as a beach, park or family home?

According to the 2012 Real Weddings Survey from The Wedding Channel and TheKnot.com, the number of weddings taking place in religious institutions is declining, though slowly and not by much.

In the survey, 35 percent of brides said they had chosen to hold their wedding in a house of worship in 2012; back in 2009, that number was 41 percent.

The same survey also found that 1 in 3 couples chose a friend or family member to officiate. And as Religion News Service reported, more atheist and humanist organizations are developing programs for nontheist ministers to perform weddings and funerals.

What about you? Were you married in a house of worship?

Take our poll. And if you’d like, share your wedding story in the comments section.

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About Kellie Moore

Kellie Moore (formerly Kotraba) served as the editor and community manager of Columbia Faith & Values through summer 2014. Although she is originally from the West – Nevada and California – she’s now proud to call Missouri home. She currently teaches English at Fr. Tolton High School.

3 Responses to “POLL: Were you married in a house of worship?”

  1. Bill

    I was married in my wife’s parents’ back yard, on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound, with a friend presiding. It was pretty much perfect.

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  2. Steve Swope

    Steve Swope

    Need to qualify poll answer – first marriage in a church, second marriage in a park; both had ministers officiating. And I don’t connect success/lack of to venue.

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  3. Bill

    Looking at this again, isn’t a decline of 2%/year pretty precipitous?

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