(Closed) Catholic/Methodist (Protestant) Wedding…what did/are you do/doing?

posted 6 years ago in Interfaith
Post # 4
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

My husband and I were in the same boat.  He agreed to have a Protestant ceremony in the Presbyterian church, and he wanted to seek a dispensation (I think that’s what it’s called) to have the marriage recognized by the Catholic church.  He never got around to doing that.  

Post # 5
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It’s not the same, but my husband is Armenian Apostolic and has some similar traditions to the Catholic mass and I’m protestant.  We had one hell of a time figuring out a ceremony that worked for both of us.  But it basically boiled down to this: The priest welcomed everyone, my brother who’s a pastor did the “who takes this woman”, gave a small homily, did our vows, and our ring exchange.  The priest blessed the rings prior to my brother doing the ring exchange.  Then the priest had us do the Armenian vows, gave a homily, had us go up to the altar and have our crowning and some traditional Armenian parts. And the priest pronounced us and had us kiss.  The ceremony took place in the Armenian church so the priest did the welcoming and dismissing as the host officiant.  The Armenian ceremony is pre-decided for you, meaning you are allowed to have these 3 hymns, these 3 verses, etc.  This was very strange coming from a protestant background where you pick and choose whatever you want.  That being said, it ended up being the perfect blend of both traditions with both officiants giving sermons/homilies and both doing a type of vow experience. It took us about 6 or 7 months to iron out the details with lots of explanations of traditions and showing examples of the vows/hymns, etc. It was the largest stess of our wedding planning, but the ceremony was perfect and meaningful so we were happy.  And well worth the tears and frustrations of trying to combine a “high church” with a “low church” ceremony.

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