Post # 1
My fiance and I have decided that we do not want to decorate the church in which we will be married. We find the church to be beautiful on it’s own and don’t feel we are worthy to decorate it while it is typically only decorated for special liturgical events.
I did run into a small problem today while talking to my mother in law to be. Our church is very very large. There is a long aisle of pews along with a wing on each side. We really want everyone to sit close to together for Mass, but we are having trouble coming up with a way to say “HEY DON’T SIT BACK THERE! WE DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE NOT CATHOLIC!” without putting giant pew bows on the first 10 pews or something.
Future mother in law and I were thinking of picking Saints who are important to us and using a statue or picture to mark the pews we would like people to sit in; however, i’m not sure exactly how to do this and I don’t want to turn the aisle into a museum either!
Post # 3
Could you rope off (in a pretty way!) the back rows so it forces the guests to sit closer? Also, you can depend on your ushers to seat them up front.
I REALLY hope this doesn’t come out the wrong way, but if I saw the saints I’d be like “Woah…this is SUPER CATHOLIC” and I would feel even more uncomfortable. Saints are strictly catholic and might send the message you’re trying to prevent.
Post # 4
I would just use ribbon to rope off the pews you don’t want them to use. If you leave all the pews open I guarantee people will spread out, particularly if you are not having ushers.
Post # 5
@Mars62312: We want our wedding to be super Catholic 🙂 We just don’t want people to be spread out!
I guess we will stick with depending on the ushers for now. When I meet with the secretary at the church we can see if she has any ideas!
Post # 6
@moose91: Sorry, I took it from your comment that you didn’t want guests to take that on. Then picking important Saints could be a great way to show your personality AND faith!
Post # 7
@julies1949: I vote for an idea like this.
Post # 8
@Mars62312: Saints are not stictly Catholic… Greek Orthodox as well….
OP, We are having the same issue about decorating though we are not having a super Catholic service. Our thoughts have been to rely on the ushers and to have a few more ushers than normal.