(Closed) Homeless walking into church during wedding

posted 5 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@delovely13:  I’ve never heard of that happening!! Thank goodness it didn’t happen to me lol

Post # 4
4524 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m more worried about my *mother* causing a commotion than a random homeless walk-in.

In fact, I think I might welcome the distraction from her antics.

Post # 5
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it would make for a funny and memorable story. I wouldn’t stress about it :-).

Post # 6
3731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@delovely13:  I wouldn’t sweat it. If it happened all the time we would all be well-versed in fending them off. On the plus side, they aren’t zombies so that’s good.

Post # 7
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve never heard of this!

Post # 8
12068 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I wouldn’t stress about it, but if you’re worried, have the ushers keep the doors closed at the back of the church and ‘stand guard’ this will also prevent late stragglers from interrupting an imoprtant part of the ceremony.

Post # 9
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My guess is you are fine–even if a homeless person enters the church he or she probably does not want to disrupt your wedding in any way (most homeless people are not crazy or rude or looking to cause a scene)

Post # 10
12248 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve never heard of that happening!

Can you actually do that, though? Aren’t churches always open to the public?

Post # 11
1285 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve never heard or seen that happen before, but photographing a ton of weddings with immediate mass afterwards, a lot of church members DO show up early during ceremonies and sit in the back of the church and watch. I  never seen it be a big deal with anyone.

Post # 13
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@delovely13:  That sounds awesome. Just my opinion. No one would EVER forget it! 

I think if they’re busting in on the ceremony part politely asking them to come back later is smart. If it’s the reception, ask the caterers to spare them a little food and start your marriage off with some good merit. 

Post # 14
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Just FYI, but I think you can’t prevent someone from entering the church.  Check with the officiant.

Post # 15
1877 posts
Buzzing bee

@delovely13: Two random people (I don’t know that they were homeless) tried to walk in during my brother’s ceremony in June, and 99% of the guests in attendance didn’t even notice. My fiancé and the wedding planner politely kicked them out through the back door.  The bride and groom were none the wiser and it didn’t cause any issues.  So long as you have ushers and/of staff to take are of such things, you’ll be fine.  It’s not worth having anxiety over. 

Post # 16
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The chance of this happening I would say would be more dependent on WHERE the Church is located.

Ya if it is a Downtown Church in a good sized City, then there could be a possibility (I am envisioning Churches & Locations I personally know in Montreal – Ottawa – Toronto etc)

But out in the burbs, or a Town or smaller City… probably not and issue at all.

(Altho I do know that in some areas of the country, that local Parishoners / Neighbours of the Church have been known to come out to Weddings just to watch… be that on Church Steps outside, or they sneak into the back pews / balcony once the Bride has made her way down the aisle)

Totally harmless… as they also leave immediately before the Recesssional as well… so usually the Happy Couple is no the wiser that they were ever there !!

Technically as someone said, a lot of Churches are an OPEN Public Place (more so in City Centres) and OPEN TO ALL who come for spiritual solice

So closing them down is neither Welcoming to “the Flock”, nor is the practice “welcome” by some Church Administrations / Pastors etc.  (You might want to check in beforehand to see what the Church you wish to use thinks on this subject)

Having someone outside the doorway tho to make an announcement to any “casual visitors” that the Church is in use for a Wedding is not unheard of.

It certainly is what I’ve seen at other Weddings I’ve been too (mostly tho for local semi-celebs when they marry)

Hope this helps,


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