Post # 1
For the tradiational Catholic brides out there- or anyone with suggestions!- how did you, or how are you planning to incorporate Catholicism at your reception.
We would like to carry on Catholic traditions or decorations to the reception to remind everyone about the true reason for the social gathering following the ceremony.
We are not having a sit down meal, or else we would name tables after our Patron and special Saints. I would love to find a way to honor Saints who have played a significant part in our lives as individuals and as a couple.
Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks!
Post # 3
@moose91: Well, a few ideas …
– several saints are associated with a particular plant or flower, and there are a number of flowers associated with the Virgin Mary (lilies, for example, or Castilian roses for the Virgen of Guadalupe). You could incorporate meaningful flowers into your centerpieces and decorations.
– you could give your guests medals or holy cards as favors?
– Ignatius Press publishes a (really cool) cookbook called Cooking With the Saints. Maybe there’s something in there (a type of cake/dessert?) that would work for your reception?
Who are the patron saints you’d most like to highlight? Your and FI’s confirmation saints, the parish’s patron, etc.? Chances are most of the “saints” references you’ll be able to work into the reception will be fairly diffuse, so if you want people to notice, you might have better luck choosing just one or a few saints and doing something a little more concentrated.
Post # 4
Sorry, I misread just a little bit and was focusing exclusively on “saints’ traditions” and not on broader Catholic touches …
Are you serving wine? An obvious tie-in would be the Wedding at Cana.
Music would be a nice way of doing it, too. Check out some recordings by Danielle Rose, Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, and maybe the Notre Dame Folk Choir if you’re not familiar with them. See if you find some songs you’d like to have playing in the background.
Post # 5
The Unity Candle has been done away with in most churches but you might do the Unity Ceremony at the reception…..
I am a little lost as to how to help since you said you do not want a traditional sit down dinner…. that’s great but what are your plans?
Post # 6
We are giving out the marriage prayer cards that we got at our Pre-Cana classes at our reception. They had a bunch of extra that we could take and we thought it would be a nice way to tie in our religion to the reception.
Post # 7
You might think about decorating with grapevines (“I am the vine and you are the branches … those who remain in me shall bear abundant fruit”). Maybe build an arbor/gazebo arch and drape vines over it, use it for the entrance of the bridal party or to frame the head table/sweetheart table?
Post # 8
@LaTortuga: The unity has been done away with because of it’s history- We’re going to stick with the Church on this one and skip that. And sorry I forgot to mention it! We are having a cocktail reception so guests will be sitting and up and about the location, which has 6 or 7 different rooms.
So far we have decided to attach prayer cards to our favors, and will be putting 6 stone jars at each bar.