Post # 1
I am curious to know how your catholic ceremony is going to layout. My fiance and I are having a traditional wedding in a catholic church, and are planning for our bridal party to sit down while our best man and maid of honor stay standing by our sides. However, is it tacky to have our bridal party stand up when it is their turn to bring something up to us. For example, the rings or the lazo. I was also wondering if the newlyweds walk out first, or do the guest?
Post # 3
If I remember correctly the bridal party stood up front with Darling Husband and I during the opening prayers, the vows and rings, and then closing prayers. Bride and groom walk out first, followed by bridal party and family, then guests.
Post # 4
Are you having the full mass? I should have started with that question. Mine was a full mass, so it was kind of silly to be standing for an hour long ceremony.
Post # 5
All the Catholic masses I’ve been to (and in) including my own, the bridal party sat and stood along with the B, G, and congregation. When we needed something, the appropriate person just got up and brought it over, fixed the dress, whatever. It worked fine 😉
ETA – ditto above. If it’s just a simple ceremony then I don’t know. Haven’t been to one! Your priest will know the drill, though, as will the parish wedding coordinator.
Post # 6
@7yearlovestory: The bridal party stood when we stood, sat when we sat and kneeled when we kneeled. There may have been one part where we were kneeling and they were sitting but they pretty much followed what we were doing. So they were standing for the ring exchange. The best man and maid of honor did get up and bring the gifts up while everyone else was sitting.
Post # 7
@CoffeeBeanKate: Totally talk with your wedding coordinator. Catholic weddings can vary parish to parish on the small details.
Post # 8
We had a full mass and went traditional – with a bit of a twist because I have a bad knee. The bridal party sat in the first pews on their respective sides (groom/bride). My husband and I had kneelers in the front with our maid of honor and best man having kneelers next to us. We pretty much either stood or knelt during the whole mass – except I had them bring small chairs for the homily because I couldn’t deal with kneeling that long. It worked out well. The other members of the bridal party pretty much did the same thing as the rest of the guests. My Maid/Matron of Honor had everything she needed to give us by her kneeler so that wasn’t an issue. Typically – at the end of mass the newlyweds leave first – followed by the wedding party – followed by the guests.
Post # 9
We had a full mass. Our church coordinator told everyone when they should sit or stand during our rehearsal. The Bridal Party stood by our sides at the altar until the opening prayer then sat down. They also stood by us during the sacrament of martimony. Other than that, they stood, sat or kneeled like all the other guests.
We also did the lasso, arras and unity candle. Each person who was presenting us with that just came up to the altar at that time. My Maid/Matron of Honor did come up a few times to fix my dress but our coordinator had directed her to do that at any time she found necessary.
The couple walks out first, followed by the bridal party then the guests.
Post # 10
@7yearlovestory: i had a traditional catholic mass as well, our entire wedding party however were seated, except for our Padrinos de Velacion (equivalent to MOH/BM) they sat special seating infront of the pews… when we had the lazo and rings brought up, the invited the entire bridal party to come up and did it all at once… you can check out my wedding video here… it shows how we did the mass.