(Closed) Can I Get Married on Palm Sunday?

posted 11 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think your first bet would be to check with your family, the minister and venue

Post # 4
1981 posts
Buzzing bee

I’d venture to guess no, mostly because most ministers are busy all day with church, and if people stay afterwards, that would affect the timing of your wedding. You have to talk to your venue and officiant though!

Post # 6
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think that you can get married during lent but they may not allow it on Palm Sunday since it is the beginning of Holy week, but then again it may depend on the church. could you do the day before Palm Sunday?


Good Luck!


sorry went back and re- read and saw that it has to be a sunday.

Post # 7
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If the church allows it you can do anything you want, but be prepared to lose some guests if they are very religious.  It’s also going to be harder if you want to get married in a church since you know, it’s a big church day.  I get what you are going for, but you could be making it harder to have the wedding you want by picking that day.  Good luck! 

Post # 9
2206 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I thought about doing it Palm Sunday, and I’m an atheist. My experience was that even though it would have been a convenient time (because kids had week off between Palm Sunday and Easter), there was a general disquiet about it. One, general discouraging of a wedding during Lent. Second, Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem before his sacrifice on the cross. While Christians believe in the end that is a triumph, the real celebration is in the rising from the dead, not the persecution and suffering. Sooo…I didn’t pick that date.

EDIT: btw, these were the feelings of my guests, which I wanted to respect. Atheists don’t usually follow Lent.

Post # 10
5976 posts
Bee Keeper

Definitely see if your minister is ok with it. There are certain times in my church where an Orthodox priest isn’t allowed to perform the sacrament of marriage. During lent is one of them. I also have a friend who is waiting to have her baby baptized until after Easter Sunday for the same reason. She’s Catholic, and her priest won’t baptize her during lent.

If your minister is ok with it, then I don’t think it should be too much of a problem. The only thing I might say is that some guests might not come because of their own religious beliefs.

Post # 11
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Even the most devout Christians don’t usually do anything to celebrate Palm Sunday when church services are over. You are more likely to have a higher guest count than if you choose Easter Sunday or even Easter weekend. As long as the wedding is not during worship service times, there is no issue. A wedding is not disrespectful to God, even if some people think it is just because it takes place on Sunday. Honestly, what makes Sunday different? Even the most devout Christians do not spend every waking minute of Sunday doing only religious things, even on a holiday. In the Christian community, a wedding is generally performed as a type of worship service, which really isn’t different from a Sunday evening service. Don’t change your date just because other people (who won’t be attending) have an issue with it. Even on your actual guest list, there will be some people who can’t make it for whatever reason (not related at all to religion), not matter what date you pick, even if there is no holiday whatsoever in sight. The final decision rests with the minister, no one else, so that is who you need to ask first and foremost.

Post # 12
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

If it’s a Catholic church, I don’t think they’ll let you. My brother was married when I was very young, but I remember they had to move their wedding date because they orig. booked the venue before the church and found out it was Palm Sunday – the church wouldn’t let them have a wedding mass on Palm Sunday.

Post # 14
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think it depends on which church you are part of and which church most of your guests attend.  As others have mentioned, very liturgical traditions such as the Orthodox and Catholic churches (and I would imagine many high Anglican churches or traditional Lutherns) would be against a Palm Sunday service, and guests from those traditions might think it’s an inappropriate time for a celebration.  However, I’ve been to many evangelical churches where the liturgical church year is not very important (or fasting), so if you are part of such a community, people would probably be more open to attending a wedding on that day.

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