Post # 15
We also wrote our own Prayer of the Faithful and read it ourselves alternating between the two of us. Choosing friends and family to welcome guests, lead the singing, and do the other readings makes it more personal than you realize when you are planning the day. We didn’t include a unity candle since it’s not really part of the Mass, so adding that is making your ceremony your own. Also programs and decorations can add to the overall feel, and you can choose how you and your bridal party will enter.
Post # 16
First of all, we’re aiming to pick a reading or two that’s not found in the Together for Life book. I’ve been reading the bible almost straight through for ideas.
Second, we’re picking music that speaks to what we like. I’m an avid pianist and I actually play piano at one of my church’s weekly masses, so it goes without saying that I chose several songs with beautiful piano parts. Also, we have a song or two in Spanish as a nod to FI’s heritage.
Lastly, as other posters mentioned, we’re probably going to tweak the petitions to make them our own.
Post # 17
a few ways we did things a bit different from the normal Catholic ceremony: we walked down the aisle together (Option 2 processional) which ended up being my favorite thing from the day because I felt like it honored our parents more and it showed that we were walking into this marriage thing together. Leaving flowers for Mary (this is only really popular in some Catholic circles; most of our Catholic guests hadn’t seen it done before but they were easily able to figure out what was going on), and the music— there is so much Church-approved music out there that you can get really creative with your selections and still be a-ok with the church.