Post # 1
Does anyone have a sample program of a Catholic vow renewal ceremony that I can see for peace of mind? And has anyone done it with all the parts of a traditional Filipino wedding ceremony — cord, veil, arras, etc.?
I can’t really find anything except Catholics don’t really do vow renewal ceremonies and if they do, they’re very small and happen during mass. I’m a little worried, I’ve tried contacting the Hawaii parish we booked but they are not good with responses, so I’ve been a stressful mess these past two days. We’ve had to pay a large non-refundable deposit to get married there and I’m just a little anxious in finding out if it’ll be a big difference from what I had originally planned for.
Just want to see if anyone has been to a big Catholic ‘vow renewal,’ (all the traditions, bridal party, etc) or has a sample of how a big Catholic vow renewal ceremony program goes!
Post # 2
Do you mean a convalidation ceremony, which would be if you were already married in a non-Catholic civil ceremony and wanted to be married in the Church?
From what I’ve read I think a convalidation ceremony can have all of the same parts of a regular wedding ceremony- I’m not sure about the cord/arras, that might be up to your individual parish. Although typically the main “trappings” of a big wedding such as having bridesmaids, wearing a big white dress, etc. are discouraged since the Church does recognize that you’re already married, and it shouldn’t be a “re-do” wedding.
Here’s my usual source for most Catholic wedding info: https://togetherforlifeonline.com/wedding/convalidation/
Post # 3
^ What PP said.
However, if this is like your 50th wedding anniversary and you want to celebrate with a vow renewal, I’ve seen that done at mass on a regular good ol’ Sunday mass, and my grandparents did it. It took zero planning and according to them was pretty stress-free. Your priest would definitely be able to help you – or any priest in the neighborhood, really. 🙂