Post # 1
In my church (I’m Eastern Orthodox Christian) it is considered disrespectful to clap in church. I know that after a lot of weddings in other churches people clap when the bride and groom have their first kiss. I know that a lot of people from my side of the family already knows this, however my Fiance is Catholic and a lot of are friends are of other religions, so they wouldn’t know not to clap in my church. I was wondering if maybe you bees could help me come up with a polite way to word it in my program so that others know not to clap in church. It’s very important to me to follow the tradition of the church so any help is appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
Hmm… I’ve never seen wording like this before. How about: “In Eastern Orthodoxy, the sacred space of the Church is marked with quiet praise. In respect of (Bride)’s religious traditions, please refrain from applause within the Church, and save your excitement for the reception!”
Sorry, I don’t have much else to go on. As a Catholic, I’ve never heard this, so I think if it’s a big concern for you, then it probably does need to be said either in the program, or have someone announce it just prior to the ceremony.
Post # 4
I think the previous suggestion is excellent.
Could you have the officiant ask people to hold their applause? I’ve heard that before, but worded nicely.
Post # 5
I would ask your clergy to say something. not everyone reads the programs.
Post # 6
The clergy would also be a good idea because it will be fresh in their minds (if they are listening!)If an “authority” figure like the clergy mentions something, I would likely listen to him/her than the program. I usually read the programs after the ceremony.
Post # 7
Our Ceremony is really long so i figured those not used to it might read the program during that time. Haha…. I think the wording above is wonderful, and also, my uncle is the priest officiating so I’m sure he’d probably make an announcement too. Thanks everyone!
Post # 8
definitely get the officiant to say it. Dont put it in the program it comes across too STRICT but if officiant says it it will be just like a “Please refrain from taking photos during the ceremony unless you’re an official photographer”, which is common here in UK and no one moans
Post # 9
I agree with others who say the officiant should say it. It could be part of the whole talk about uniting two families – “Since we are here today to unite two families, many of you may not be familiar with Eastern Orthodox tradition…. blah blah blah any other things that are different/may need explanation.”