(Closed) How long was your Catholic full mass ceremony?

posted 9 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

I’d say ours ran a bit shy of an hour.  I think it depends on how many guests you have, since a full mass includes communion, and usually everyone processes through for that even if they aren’t going to receive. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown

I went to a my friend’s wedding last year and she had a full Catholic ceremony with mass and it last about 1.25 hours.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Mine lasted about an hour too.  In fact most of the Catholic masses I’ve been to, have been about that long.  I would think if the mass lasted much longer than that, it is because of aspects the bride and groom are adding into the mass.  (Maybe someone else can confirm or deny that.)  For example, while the readings chosen by couple  could vary in length, they aren’t going to be so drastic that it will swing the time by 1/2 an hour.  But I bet adding extra songs and dedications will.  Or perhaps a long winded priest.

If you are including pictures into being out by 4pm, I woudl start your wedding at 2pm.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Most Catholic weddings that we’ve been to have been around 1 hour (with anywhere from 50% – 70% receiving communion).  I begin my RCIA classes in October and will be confirmed on Easter, 1 month before our wedding.   🙂  I’m excited for the process to begin! 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Good luck Miss Carmel.  Keep us posted.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Thanks, I will for sure.  I was just reading one of the Catholic wedding boards re: Pre Cana and NFP.  I have no idea what those are.  LOL  I have lots to learn still.  🙂 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Pre cana is the marriage prep.  I think it’s fun. Different parishes do different things.  But it involves usually meeting with a couple or in a group and discussing topics of marriage.  You usually have to meet with the deacon or priest and take a test (FOCCUS).  But the test is cool, not scary.

NFP is for natural family planning.  That’s cool too.  You can find out so many things about your health based on using those fertility sings to track your cycle.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our wedding isn’t until May, but we have been to several weddings at the same church and the wedding mass never goes more than 45 min (thats with full mass). The priest keeps things very short & sweet. If you get a chance to go to a wedding with the same priest I’d reccomend that, otherwise you might get an idea of how long the ceremony will be from Sunday mass.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

Great info!  We’re having a full mass wedding and people are telling us to allow an hour and a half!  

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our officiant said our Catholic ceremony (not a full mass though, no communion) would last about 1 hour.  I recently attended a colleague’s wedding who had a full Catholic mass with about every possible option included and it lasted 2 HOURS!  I would avoid this if at all possible, it really started to drag towards the end!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The last family wedding I went to that did the full Catholic mass had roughly 150 guests, ~90% of which took Communion, and the timing ran at just about an hour and a half.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it depends a lot on the priest.  Ours kept things short and sweet, we had 250 people and mass was over in just under an hour.

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