Post # 1
There might be a stuff-up at the church that we’re booked into – we’re still confirming, but it looks like they have booked another wedding at 1pm, and ours starts at 11:30am (invites have gone out and everything!). We definitely told the priest that we were planning on a full mass, but I don’t know exactly what my fiance said to the church coordinator.
Anyway, given that the guests for the 1pm wedding will start showing up from 12:30pm, and their groomsmen etc will want to arrive a little bit early… is there any chance we can still squeeze in the full mass + wedding sacrament? How fast can they possibly be done? We might have to cut back to just the sacrament, which would be disappointing, especially for the fiance’s family who are much more religious than my family.
Sigh. There’s always something, right?
Post # 3
Ours was like 35-40 minutes? Just remember it will be quicker than normal mass because not as many people will be going up and recieving communion. The homily was super duper short for ours too. I wouldn’t worry too much. The church will figure it out for you 🙂 or at least ours was good at coordinating (we also had two weddings at my church). Also I guess you make sure everyone from your wedding is there EARLY and then you can start right on time.
Post # 4
Ours was around 40-45 minutes I think. PP is right, it will go faster than a normal mass since there are a lot less people taking Communion.
Post # 5
I would say its definitely not longer than an hour and probably more like 45 minutes. Since you’re first I don’t think its as much your issue – everyone will leave fairly quickly (there isn’t any reason to stick around) so it will clear out and they can get the next wedding going.
I would stick to what you want – have the full mass with communion if you want it – I think its kind of up to the church to make it work.
Post # 6
About 40-45min provided you don’t have alot of readers. Full mass at my church at 7am Tuesday mornings runs about 25min with the older priest who likes to hear himself talk, so I think yours should run about 40 min.
Post # 7
Ours was under an hour, but we did photos (groom/his guys, me/my girls/family) before the service so that all we had to do after was the ones with us together, since we weren’t seeing each other before the wedding. I think it’s odd that they would “stack” services like that- it would make photography and florals/candles difficult.
Post # 8
I have a 3:30 mass and the regular Saturday mass comes at 5:00PM. I was surprised they offered that time slot, but they did and we took it.
I was told VERY clearly not to be late, lol.
You can do a full mass and ceremony in that timeframe. Just make sure you are on time, and they will get it done. If you are late it will screw everything up, though.
Post # 9
Okay thanks everyone, that is good to hear!
Yeah I don’t know about the florals/decorations… if the second wedding is going to want to bring their own, they’ll have a very small window…
Post # 10
I have the same worries! My wedding will be at 5pm and I was told we had to be out of there before 6:30 because there is mass at 7:00pm. My Fiance and I were both hoping for a full mass/ceremony so it’s reassuring you guys could manage it in 40 – 45 minutes!!
Post # 11
We’re getting married on a Friday because Saturdays are INSANE at our parish! They book as much as 6 weddings a day during the summer. We’re the only wedding on that Friday and the only event happening at the church period. Much better that way.
We were told an hour for a full mass, 45 without the full mass.
Post # 12
A couple of things you can do to alleviate the time crunch:
– communicate with the other couple and see if you can coordinate some of the flowers, etc., so that the extra decorating is minimized. It will also be helpful if you can agree that you guys will take all your church pictures beforehand and they will take all of theirs afterward, etc.
– try to keep the music to a minimum. That is usually the part where you have the most control as far as shortening or stretching the time.
– make sure your celebrant knows that the homily needs to be short because of time concerns.