Role of sponsors

posted 2 years ago in Catholic
Post # 2
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not sure if the lasso couple needs to be Catholic. We only considered Catholic married couples because we figured that was appropriate at a Catholic wedding, but neither the priest nor the church’s coordinator asked about them. They also didn’t stand with us. They were part of the processional but then they sat in one of the first two rows and only came up during the lasso part.

Post # 3
2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We’re having an interfaith wedding, but I’m Catholic and Hispanic. My parents will be putting the lazo on us. They’ll come up when it’s time to do so, but that’s it.

As a side note, I’ve only heard of sponsors helping pay for the wedding or buying things for the wedding. Like, my dad’s cousin wants to be a sponsor and help pay for the music. As such, it’s considered in poor taste to ask or tell people that they’ll be a sponsor. We were all side-eyeing another cousin for asking for volunteers on Facebook after she got engaged. 

Post # 4
3677 posts
Sugar bee

Misplacedsox:  Since the lazo, the coins, etc., are a cultural tradition and not an official part of the Rite of Marriage, there aren’t official rules about the sponsors having to be Catholic. (Same with bridesmaids and groomsmen, actually – they are a cultural tradition at weddings, not an official part of the liturgy, and they can be any religion or no religion and still be part of the wedding. The readings, prayers, etc., on the other hand *are* officially part of the liturgy, and so the people you choose to read them are supposed to be Catholic).

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