(Closed) Is It Okay to Move Easter Decorations?

posted 5 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m not Catholic, but at my church, and in our contract it specifically says that you aren’t allowed to move seasonal decorations for weddings. 

I hope yours is different, as I know some Easter decorations (espeically those in churchs!) don’t scream wedding!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m pretty sure the official line is that you are not allowed to move any decor in Catholic churches, but individual priests may be more flexible. They are all so different.

I didn’t realize Easter decor stays up that long?!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Most Catholic churches will not allow the liturgical decorations to be changed for weddings during Advent and Lent. Usually it’s fine to bring things in and add to what’s there (flowers, etc.) but you’re generally not supposed to move or remove what’s already in place.

Check with the priest and the Altar Society or whoever is in charge of the church environment, however. The tomb might not come out every year, and even if it does, it might not stay out for the entire Easter season – maybe they only put it out for the Octave of Easter? (i.e. Easter Sunday through the following Sunday).

Worst-case scenario, you and the photographer might have to get a little creative to shoot around the tomb, but most of the rest of the Easter season decor should be really lovely for a wedding. Usually white and gold are the predominant colors in Catholic churches during Easter.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would think they’d get rid of the tomb after Easter? Are you sure that would still be there? If so go ahead and ask the priest but ask in a way that makes it sound like you’re not thinking of it for photos more like, “Since Jesus has risen and I would like to focus on the glory of that, do you think we can move the tomb for the wedding??” or something like that??? Since it’s not a fixture of the church you may be able to – it’s not like you’re asking to move the crucifix! I’d just ask, worse they say is no and you photo shop it out.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I suspect that if you also move them back right after the wedding (in time for the next service) it might be ok with the church. It depends though, because if you need to use a ladder and could injure yourself the church might not want to be liable for that.

ETA: I don’t think they would care if you put flowers or something like that in front of it to hide it as long as it doesn’t block an exit.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

@katiebee77:  I dont see why not. It might look funny from some angles, but i think as long as you’re not moving it, putting something large infront of it wouldn’t be that bad. You  could maybe do an arch or screen or something, as an alter backdrop, and just stick that infront of it.

Like this

 

Or even just make or buy a cheap arch, and put some curtains on it. Do it in your wedding colors, adds some pop to your decorations, and covers up anything you can’t move.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@MrsPinkPeony:  ^^^This.  Pardon my ignorance of the Catholic traditions, but why would the tomb still be out through June? Lent is over and Advent doesn’t start for a while after that.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Just the decor every wedding needs, a tomb! I would ask your priest, I’m not Catholic but in our church they had no issue moving decorative items like the extra chairs and stuff on the stage but I think the only way to know is to ask your specific church. Also why are Easter stuff up that long? Isn’t in like March next year? And Lent is before that…. what is after Easter Sunday that they keep up the Easter decor??

ETA: The only thing I could think of is if they keep it up though the Feast of the Ascension, (and I didn’t even know that was a thing until I googled!) but even that is in early May. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@NAvery:  Easter lasts for 50 days

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@Sugaree:  @MrsPinkPeony:  Easter is a whole season in the Catholic Church calendar. (So is Christmas, incidentally – that’s where the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” comes from – the Christmas season lasts from 25 December through 6 January, the feast of Epiphany). The week from Easter Sunday through the following Sunday is called the Octave of Easter, and the church stays fully decorated. Then it tones down a little bit, but we are still in the Easter season for about the next seven weeks (50 days), until Pentecost. The OP’s wedding would fall during the 50 days of Easter. The main question, for the OP, is whether the church keeps the tomb out just for the Octave or for the whole season. She might not need to worry if it’s just for that first week, but if it they display it for the whole season, then she might want to think about a huge flower arrangement or something.

@chasegirl: We celebrate the Resurrection (Easter) and when Jesus ascended to Heaven (Ascenscion), but when he did that, he gave the Apostles the message that he would be sending the Holy Spirit to be with him now that he was leaving. That happened at Pentecost, 50 days after the ressurection, which is when the Easter season ends and we move into Ordinary Time.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Sugaree:   Easter lasts for 50 days Catholics & Episcopalins observe this

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@KCKnd2:  Gotcha. I’m actually Episcopalian, so while I’m familier with the idea of Epiphany and Lent, the idea of Easter as a season is foreign to me. That’s just not how my church portrayed it. Basically as soon as Easter was over, we went back to more…happy…topics. 

I also used to work in a job where our busy season was loosely based on Easter and Ash Wednesday.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@KCKnd2:  I’m Catholic – I get it. My statement was made because I’m surprised that for the Easter decor they’d use a tomb as decoration, which is why I asked thinking maybe the OP was confused.

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