(Closed) Catholic wedding ceremony with out mass- how long will it last?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

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
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Went to a similar service and it lasted all of 21 minutes!

Post # 9
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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.

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