Post # 1
I’m having a Catholic church ceremony with no mass. I need to turn in my schedule to my photographer and reception location, but I’m not sure how long it’s going to last. I get the church at 6 pm. I plan on having the ceremony at 6:30 (says the invitations) I really want to be out of there quickly so we can be at the reception location a few blocks away by 7-7:15. Do you think that’s possible? Any ceremony timelines you can share?
Post # 3
Check with your priest for the best estimate.
Non-wedding services I’ve been to without communion are usually half an hour. adding in the vows, and other marriage-y things, I would guess 45mins. But it seriously depends on the length of the priest’s homily. Some will talk for 5mins, others will take 15-20. So asking your priest about ceremony length will give you the best idea.
Post # 4
It all depends on the priest/decon and how long the homily is. We had a full mass wedding, 200 guests, 60% Catholic (a lot of people at communion), and we were done in 45 minutes. I know others that have had a full mass wedding and it took an hour and a half. It all depends.
Post # 5
45min is the best ESTIMATE. It could be 30-60min.
The no mass version is the same thing as the full version…. just sans Communion. You still have the readings, homily, Rite of Marriage, petitions, and lords prayer….
Post # 6
I doubt you’ll get there by 7. Are you doing pictures afterwards? Even if you aren’t, think of it this way:
Wedding starts at 6:30
Ceremony lasts most likely around 45 minutes. Ends at 7:15.
7:30 (at the earliest) people have slowly cleared out
7:45 have gotten into the car/walked/driven/parked and at the venue.
To get there by 7, you’d have to have a 15 minute ceremony most likely!
Don’t rush or try to hurry your ceremony. It’ll be over so quick, and its THE most important part! Allow yourself some cushion time so you don’t feel stressed in the transitions.
Post # 7
Give yourself 45 minutes so you have a cushion. then plan accordingly. If it’s shorter than that you’ve got some time to breath in between heading to your next stop.
Post # 8
Went to a similar service and it lasted all of 21 minutes!
Post # 9
We had a non-full Mass ceremony, and the only extra thing we added was the Unity Candle lighting. It lasted 40 minutes, and then we spent another 25 minutes or so doing family portraits. That was with our ceremony starting RIGHT on time. Keep in mind that generally weddings tend to run 5-10 minutes late.