(Closed) Getting married during an Easter Season Sunday Mass sort of

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have been to Masses with baptisms built in, but I’ve never seen a wedding at regular Mass. Gotta say though, as a guest I would get a little thrill showing up to Mass to find out I got to witness a wedding too! But I love weddings so that’s me. I can imagine that the added length might not sit well with some churchgoers. But if your Church is OK with it and maybe publicizes it in advance (so folks who would avoid something like that can do so) then I don’t see why not…

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think it’s a cool idea, but maybe not during the vigil.  Vigil is already 3 hours long.  I’d personally think “Oh how nice!  Wait – that means I won’t be getting home until 12:30 now!”

I’m getting married this Saturday (Yay!) and we are thrilled at how the church looks.  We don’t have to do anything!  That makes Easter a huge bonus.  But my church has a small chapel that can be used for small weddings too.  Does yours have anything like that?  It could be another option if you can’t do it during a mass.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Is it common? Probably not. Would I be annoyed? No, I think I’d be really intrigued! I agree with others that some parishioners might feel confused or a bit ambushed, coming to a regular mass and having an extra rite added in. But I also think that they might be touched to be sharing such a big moment with you and your guests.That’s just my two cents — hope it helps!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Oh – just saw your post.  A regular vigil mass during the Easter Season would be awesome.  I’d be thrilled to witness that.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hmm I have also seen baptisms but not weddings. I think its a cool idea!! I wouldnt be annoyed at all.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think it would be really nice! I wouldn’t mind at all.

As far as a “well decorated” church, don’t forget that the week you choose will probably determine the decor. We got married (on a Saturday not during a regular mass) during Lent and were required to keep bare branches and purple decor on the altar. On the other hand, we talked to a couple who was getting married the Saturday after Easter and they were required to keep all the Easter flowers! (lucky them!)

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I have seen weddings during Mass, but it is rare.  It really doesn’t add much time (5-10 minutes, really) and I think most people get a kick out of witnessing a wedding (I certainly would).  I don’t think it’s uncharitable at all.  

 

@beekiss: you’re exactly right.  Catholic weddings, baptisms, confirmations, etc are open events and anyone can attend.  I know some brides get upset at the idea and say “I don’t want something I don’t know at my wedding”, but if the extra guests aren’t hurting anything or costing you anything, why should it matter?  It’s not like you’re having a secret wedding.  

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Just to clarify, when you say Easter season you mean the weeks following Easter Sunday correct? You can’t get married in the Catholic Church during Lent so I wanted to be sure. I agree that it would be cool to witness a wedding during a regular Saturday mass in fact it is an option at my Church. As an alternative does your church have a smaller chapel you could use instead? Congrats!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it would be a nice surprise to come to mass and have a wedding.  Maybe it’s a girl thing, but I love to see weddings, even if I don’t personally know the bride and groom. 

I have been at mass when there was a baptism and I wasn’t as thrilled.  I’m not sure why, but I think it’s because the baptism is harder to see from the pews and just not as exciting to watch.

 

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