Wedding mass time

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@brit_lynn8:  I dont know of any churches but we were forced to have a 2pm ceremony becuase of 4 pm mass. I will say that it is pretty typical with Catholic weddings to have a gap. Ours will be 2.5 hours but most of our guests will be staying at the hotel our reception is being held at and like you there is a bar attached. Most if not all Catholic churches have saturday masses and most of them are early evening

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think you are going to have a very hard time finding a catholic church that does ceremonies afte 3. My DH church only does two weddings per saturday 12:00pm and 2:00 pm with absolutely no wiggle room. We had a 4 hour gap between ceremony and reception. I have been to a lot of catholic weddings and for me its always been at least a 2-3 gap. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@brit_lynn8:  Iahead mine at 3 and there was a 5 after us (and a 7 I believe). I is totally possible. I think a tougher challenge will be finding a church that I’ll marry non-members. You will probably have to register and attend mass for awhile before booking your ceremony. That is what our home church required, but wewere married in a university chapel.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

As PP noted, you will need to either join a church or find a church that will allow non-parishioners to marry there. As a general rule, if a church wedding is important to you, it’s best to set your date with them before booking reception stuff, but hopefully yours is far enough out that your date will be available on their calendar.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My church is allowing us to have our ceremony at 3pm. Their Saturday night Mass is at 5:30pm. Perhaps you should look into churches with late Saturday night Masses because they are more likely to let you have a later wedding Mass. I’ve never heard of a Catholic wedding starting at any time later than 3pm personally.

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