(Closed) Blessing on the beach? What to include? (already married)

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

since you’re already married in the catholic church i have no idea if a priest would do that.  i say ask one of the local parishes in california and see what they say.  my only question is what you are hoping the priest will do in 10-15 minutes since it won’t be a mass or liturgy of the word?  you might be better off finding a general minister.

as to your second question it’s really up to you and how you think the family in california will feel. personally since you already had the ceremony i’d skip it and just do a second mini reception/congratulations party.  less to organize and probably cheaper in the long run.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh I dunno, in my experience, priests love blessing things. Especially if you have a family friend who is a priest. I mean, it’s never not kosher to pray, right? I know Mormons do ring ceremonies after the weddings, where they don’t say vows but say something about how much they love each other, sometimes a minister speaks and says a prayer. You could do something like that. 

Were you going to dress up again? 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I agree with jedeve that in general priests love blessing things! My concerns are more logistical: Do you have a relationship with a priest in California or would you be contacting someone new? The only trouble I can imagine is that priests are usually really busy and getting a priest you don’t know to do a blessing ceremony might be more difficult than getting one to do a marriage ceremony, because they might see it as less important or superfluous since you’re already married.

From a guest’s point of view, would this involve two sites, and how far apart would they be? As a guest I would prefer just one location if the blessing ceremony is going to be so short. It may be easier to have a blessing ceremony in the location of your reception and to have a family member or friend officiate if you can’t get a priest to do it.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If you have a reading and have it look anything like the ceremony, than you’re going to have issues with confusing this with the liturgy.  Most priests will be reluctant to do that for a number of reasons.  Either they think the liturgy is being demeaned or they’re just so busy actually administering the sacraments, that it really is too much to ask of them.  It would make sense if you had a close relative who was a priest that was going to be there anyway give you a non-formal out of the blue blessing that takes 10 seconds.

I’d say have pictures out from your ceremony and really make it a reception.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

You could also call it a ‘renewal of the vows’ and do quite a bit (almost a re-enactment of the ceremony)

 

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