(Closed) Can you include lazo and arras in a civil ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Latino
Post # 3
13012 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

That’s something you’ll need to talk to your officiant about.  I know people who have done the lazo in civil ceremonies, and it doesn’t need a priest or an ordained minister to conduct that part of the ceremony.  As long as your officiant is comfortable with using this cultural tradition, I don’t think you’ll have any problems!  Unity candles also have nothing to do with the Catholic religion, so again, it’s not a religious vs. civil thing, but a preference of your officiant thing. 

Post # 5
14 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are doing the lasso and arras.  I am Baptist and FI was raised Catholic but is not practicing.  I don’t think a pastor will mind as long as you explain what it is.  Most would agree with the purpose/meaning of the ceremony.  We are marrying in the same location as the ceremony for logistic sake so technically ours is a civil wedding although my Pastor is marrying us.  Am I wrong that generally the Padrino and Madrina usually perform the lasso ceremony?  So really the only thing your Pastor would perform would be the arras side of things?  Or am I totally wrong here?

Post # 6
389 posts
Helper bee

Yes you can!  It does not matter what you include.  Your officiant can incorporate anything you want into your ceremony.  After all, you are paying for it!  If he is a strict Pastor, he may have his own way of doing things, but most regular officiants are willing to customize your wedding rituals.  Good luck!  Lise of My Beloved Wed and Art

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