(Closed) Convalidation

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Include pamphlets or something. But honestly, the way you word your invitations will be key. Don’t say “wedding”, say “convalidate” and then you could write a personal note. Something like this:

After one blissful year of marriage, you have decided to have our marriage convalidated in the catholic church and celebrate with your friends and family. Ceremony to be performed at 3pm, blah blah blah, with dinner, drinks, and dancing at the ____ at 7pm or whatever.

I think avoiding “wedding” and “reception” will help everyone understand it’s not necessarily a second wedding. You can include notes on the programs about how this corresponds to your Catholic beliefs.

As far as reception–do you want the traditioanl wedding stuff, like cutting of the cake and stuff? I don’t see why you can’t have it (since you didn’t have a reception the first time), but it does scream ‘reception’ to me. Maybe make the reception more of a casual cocktail party style. Forgo the traditional formalities of a regular reception and give it a loungey, laid back party kind of vibe.

Post # 4
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

a good friend of mine married a Frenchman and she is catholic. they did the wedding in the us and then for the ceremony they called it a blessing of the vows in france. she wore her same dress, but they didn’t have a bridal party and then afterwards they had the traditional French wedding reception (waay too much food waaay too much wine and tons of fun!) I think people will be excited to celebrate with you and you should wear a wedding dress! I would call it a vow celebration or something and use the invitations to make it clear that you are celebrating your existing marriage in a new way.

Post # 5
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think the invitation is going to be the important part. Maybe instead of saying “honor us with your presence as we celebrate our marriage,” it could read something like, “honor us with your presence as we renew our marriage vows,” or “as our marriage is recognized by the Catholic church.”

I would treat it more as a vow renewal probably.

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