(Closed) Catholic ceremony elements?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 4
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Did you recieve a booklet of readings, such as “Together for Life”?

Post # 5
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It basically follows the structure of the Mass through the Liturgy of the Word, but then after the Rite of Marriage skips the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We had our Prayers of the Faithful after the marriage part and then a blessing and then it was over. So you have all the regular readings, plus POF, and a homily. I would say ours was about 35 min total.

Like PP says, “Together for Life” lays it out very clearly. It’s a super helpful booklet!

Post # 6
3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

the Together for Life booklet that Garnety mentioned breaks it down pretty clearly. catholicweddinghelp.com also has most of the info in the book :]

Post # 8
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We are not having a full Mass since I am not Catholic and about half of our guests are not Catholic. We went to one church and the first thing the priest gave us was the “Together for Life” book. At the second church (where we are getting married), the wedding coordinator sent us a packet of information that included the readings in “Together for Life,” but not the other notes in the book.


You will have: first reading, psalm (sung or responsorial), second reading, gospel, homily, Rite of Marriage, and Prayers of the Faithful. You can choose to do the Unity Candle, flowers for Mary, or any other cultural traditions (we are doing the cord and the veil, and maybe coins). Hopfeully the priest or church wedding coordinator can help you out as you get closer to the date.

Post # 9
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are also doing a Catholic wedding outside mass since I am not catholic nor are most of our guests.  As PP mentioned, the Together for Life book is very helpful.  Here is our ceremony outline:

Opening Prayer
Old Testament Reading                                                                                    
Song (in place of a Psalm.  My dad is an accomplished vocalist so I want him to  sing and our priest said this would be a good place to sustitute in a song.)
New Testament Reading
Rite of Marriage
Prayer of the Faithful
Lord’s Prayer
Final Blessing

Post # 10
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@medsie35: Your church may give you this or a similar booklet closer to your date, but you can buy it now on Amazon, it’s only $3.95 plus shipping. It really goes through everything. There is a special edition for marriage outside of mass Together For Life 

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