(Closed) Catholic “Accessories”

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I wouldn’t recommend wrapping the rosary around your bouquet. I know that certain cultures develop different traditions but growing up we were taught the rosary is not to be used as “decoration” ie a necklace or accessory. Do you have any specific items that are important or were used in your families wedding ceremonies?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Garnety: I had a rosary bracelet on my wrist.  I ordinarily don’t agree with wearing a rosary as jewelry (I absolutely cannot STAND rosaries worn as necklaces), but I know someone who makes beautiful bracelets from antique rosaries that have been broken beyond tasteful repair.  Why that’s different to me, I don’t know, but it is. 
I did have a Bible offered to me…wish I would have thought to have my mom hold it.  Great idea there!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My mom has a rosary with blue beads that she wanted me use as my “Something Borrowed” and “Something Blue”. It was important and special to her (and me) for me to have it with me while I walked down the aisle. I did not wrap it around my bouquet, but I did have it draped over my hand that was carrying the bouquet. I had to hold it until I was able to slip it to my Maid/Matron of Honor to put in the pocket of her bridesmaid dress (which I highly recommend dresses with pockets!!)

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

A friend of mine had her bouquet built onto her grandmother’s prayer book.

This photo is from 2002, so the style of the flowers is a little out of date…

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We had a ceremony and had neither a rosary, cross, nor bible. I honestly wouldn’t know what to do with those during the ceremony.  I was glad the altar girl took my bouquet.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

We didn’T have any such personal items in our Catholic ceremony.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve seen the coins used at a wedding, it’s called arras. The bride and groom exchange coins which are blessed. I think it symbolizes financial responsibility in the marriage.

Another hispanic tradition is having family members (usually the mothers) drape a lace mantilla over the bride and groom for a unity blessing.

I am planning to have a medal of my favorite saint, St. Teresa of the Little Flower, on my bouquet. I also plan to bring flowers to Mary. I am thinking about doing the mantilla tradition, but probably none of the others.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Garnety: Oh, yes, I’d forgotten about my rosary ring!  I used to wear it as a purity ring until my hands got too chubby for it.  πŸ™
P.S.  If you’re ever looking for Catholic jewelry, I’d be glad to send you the link to this lady’s Etsy shop.  She’s wonderful to work with…PM me if you’re interested.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I carried a family prayer book and a rosary with me, in lieu of a big bridal bouquet. They were both very special family heirlooms from my grandmothers, so having those with me as I walked down the aisle was far more meaningful than flowers. I wrapped the rosary around my right hand, and around the book, and it was very easy to hand them off to my sisters (bridesmaids) when the time came to during the ceremony.  And, it’s not that unheard of– Grace Kelly carried a prayer book with her (you can spot it if you’re looking for it in the pictures), and Melania Trump wrapped a rosary around her hands rather than carrying a bouquet.

I ended up carrying a few full garden roses up the aisle too. They were more bouquet-like than I anticipated, but they were to lay for Mary and it just made the mose logistical sense for me to carry them. It wasn’t difficult at all to juggle the prayer book, rosary, and flowers either.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I love the idea of putting a saint’s medal on the bouquet. Do you have one that is special to you?

Also, I buy this for my mom and grandmother every year and they love it! If you plan to serve coffee, this might be cute! http://www.mysticmonkcoffee.com/store/storefront.php

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Garnety:  I know– huge bummer that you can’t find new ones that beautiful anymore! They do have old ones on eBay. I spotted one on eBay (searching for “prayer book”) that is VERY similar to the one I carried in how it looks, and in the fact that it deals specifically with the marriage sacrament.

(I can’t get the hyperlink to work)    

http://cgi.ebay.com/My-Key-Heaven-Prayer-Book-Missal-Brides-MOP-1951-/160586928050?pt=Antiquarian_Collectible&hash=item2563ba0fb2

If you don’t like that one, there are plenty others on eBay. Also, if you find one on eBay, and aren’t wild about the cover, or if it seems to need a little extra protection because it’s frail, you can see if you can get someone on Etsy to make you one. While I was skimming through what I found on eBay, I noticed a lot are in other languages– Latin, Polish, German, French– and some were beautiful, so if you have a connection to other languages, you could carry one of those, even if you might not speak the language well enough to use the book. But it could be a sweet little nod to your heritage if you found one in the language your great-great-grandma spoke (or what have you).

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