Post # 1
Hi -we’re thinking of Apr. 23, 2011.
We are not of Christian faith but we have many friends – invitees – who are.
Would like to hear your comments & advice on this topic as we want to be respectful to our guests but have no experience in religious etiquette + decorum at all!
Post # 3
as a christian, i personally don’t see any problem with it.
i know in my church (protestant) saturday is nothing special, but usually a time just for family.
maybe it’s different for catholics?
but it would be nice if you get married in a church because you could probably use their easter flowers…
Post # 4
maybe it’s probably too difficult to tell, but it may be helpful to know how many of your invitees belong to a church that puts on important festivity during the easter weekend.
Sat night (Easter vigil) is the climax of the year for Catholics. This is the time when Catholics go all out. It’s also the time when people get baptized and confirmed. If the invitees that are important to you are catholics, I would avoid the Sat before EAster (or more specifically Sat evening-midnight). If not, it’s probably not a big deal.
Post # 5
I’d still go! We do easter stuff on sundays, but i know MANY people who go to church on saturday nights.
Post # 7
I actually attended a wedding the night before Easter this year. Luckily for the couple, their families are both from the area, so their relatives were already planning trips back home. On the other hand, there were a lot of young people who probably didn’t feel too well the next morning for Easter 😉
Many Easter vigils don’t happen until later in the night, so guests needing to attend those as well might be able to do both if the wedding isn’t too late in the evening.
Post # 8
I’ll echo what other Bees have mentioned. It depends on the denomination most of your friends adhere to. For Catholics, Easter Vigil is a pretty big deal. Very cool service, one I wouldn’t have missed when I was practicing. So if your guests are largely Catholics, I would really recommend doing the previous weekend. If not, it sounds like it wouldn’t be a problem.
Post # 9
This was our original date! I think its totally fine!
Post # 10
My FSIL just got married the Saturday before Easter and it wasn’t a problem for anyone as far as I know. And there were lots of practicing Catholics in attendance. I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 11
Thank you all for your comments!
1 decision down…99999 to go!
Post # 12
I wouldn’t do it…(unless you’ve already decided!). It is a religious day for Catholics, but people might also already have travel plans. Okay, probably not a year in advance, but standing traditions of we spend Easter with family in a different state, etc. I’m sure people will still come, but I think the week after would still be better.
Post # 13
I think it would be okay (and depending on where you’re getting married, there may be some lovely flowers already there :-D). I think the only exception might be for Catholics, because those few days around Easter are a big deal. If you’re not planning on getting married in a Catholic church, though, you’re probably fine. It may even be easier for people to come because they’d be off already :-), as long as you have them save the date far enough in advance.