Post # 1
We are getting married in a Catholic Church in Australia in Sept.
We were given the option of a full catholic mass (50 mins), or catholic ceremony (20-25 mins).
We have elected to go with the shorter ceremony.
But my question is, do the bride & groom stand the whole ceremony?
Or are we seated at any point?
And if seated, front row pue? or special seats set up on the alter?
Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
@cantwait412: To answer your questions: (1) no, (2) yes, (3) no, (4) yes.
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Post # 5
Hmmmm… We are not having a full mass and I believe we are standing the whole time. According to FI you sit when you have a full mass ceremony. But this could vary.
Post # 6
@cantwait412: It depends on the parish, but I’m sure you could request whatever you’d feel comfortable with. For some, the norm is to bring out kneelers and have the bride & groom kneel or stand through the ceremony. At others I’ve been to, they have chairs brought out in front for them to sit when the rest of the congregation seats. Generally, both the chairs and kneelers are brought into the space in front & to the side of the altar. Most wouldn’t have you sit in the front row, but rather have you in a spot where you can be seen throughout the ceremony. I’m sure your parish has a wedding coordinator who will talk to you about options.
Post # 7
@hollyberry4: Great. Thank you.
Post # 8
@MexiPino: Great. Thank you. So many little things that keep popping into my head!
Post # 9
I think it varies a lot because to most if the Catholic weddings I’ve been to the bride and groom mostly kneel and stand, I don’t really remember seeing them sitting at all. I’m planning on kneeling the whole time and standing during my full mass even though the priest didn’t tell us.
Post # 10
In my church and other Catholic weddings I’ve been to, they usually sit for the readings. I’ve seen both where they have special seats in the middle of the aisle right after the altar as well as have them sit on the front pew.
Post # 11
It varies on the Priest’s preference. Ours wants us to kneel during the readings/homily/communion/etc. so that is what we will do. It adds to the reverence of the Mass.
Post # 12
Is there a balcony you can stand on?
Post # 13
@cantwait412: 1 I cant believe the ceremony will only be half an hour! they told us that ours is an hour and its not a mass!
i would talk to your church. It can be different everywhere. We do sit down. My dress doesn’t allow for that unless it is bustled so I am replacing the chair on the altar with a stool. The priest can get over it if he doesnt like it, the stool is solid wood from the early 1900s so it won’t look out of place. that said we are on the altar where as others are seated in the pew. It all depends on the church. I would just give them a call.
Post # 14
Wedding bee is having issues and posted this 2x. Ignore this one lol
Post # 15
Our priest had us either stand or kneel the whole time, but at most other Catholic ceremonies I’ve been too the bride and groom have a couple seats brought up by the ushers to sit in during the readings. Almost all Catholic ceremonies I’ve been to (including my own) were full Masses though. I did attend one short ceremony and the bride and groom stood the whole time. It was so short, it almost would have been silly to bother with all the moving around. But I think the long and short of it is that you and your FI should just discuss what you’re most comfortable with doing and what you personally prefer.