(Closed) How long will a full mass ceremony take? (only me and FI are taking communion!)

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
634 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@sunshinewish15:  Generally Catholic weddings with mass are about an hour long.

Post # 4
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@sunshinewish15:  Our church lady said ours will take about 45 minutes, depending on how long the priest talks for during the homily.

Post # 5
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Generally they take an hour.

Post # 6
3051 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Plan for an hour. They’re quite long =/ All the weddings in my family have been Catholic full masses except for one. It may be a little bit shorter if only 2 people are taking communion but not much more than likely

Post # 7
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have never seen a Catholic wedding where only the bride and groom take communion. I thought the point of mass was for the community to participate.

Post # 8
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve been to one that was an hour and 45 minutes, and another that was only 50 mins or so.

Post # 9
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

The shortest Masses are the weekday Masses that are about 20-30 min because they don’t have music and the priest gives a 5 minute homily. If you have a lot of music, you will have a longer Mass. At a wedding, the priest usually speaks longer, and the Mass generally takes about an hour. 

If you really want a shorter Mass, you could try leaving out a lot of the music.

Post # 10
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The wedding that I was in with a full mass took an hour.  All of the guests took communion so I would imagine yours would be alot less time.

Post # 13
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’ve never heard of a mass where only the bride and groom received communion. Is that even allowed in canon law? If I was attending a mass where I couldn’t receive the Eucharist, I would be really upset, since that’s the highest point of the liturgy, what the mass is centered around. Whenever I’ve been to wedding that had non-Catholics, usually the priest would just make an announcement to invite them up for a blessing and remind Catholics that they must be in good standing to receive the Eucharist, and usually there’s also a note in the program explaining that this isn’t out of exclusivity, just that the Eucharist is a sign of communion and signifiy a desire for Christian unity, something to that effect. I really wouldn’t be concerned about length, especially if you only have a few that actually go up to receive communion, it would probably be pretty quick, and even if others went up for a blessing. Maybe it’s legitimate, it sounds like your priest is okay with it, but if I was a Catholic attending your wedding, I would be extremely upset. 

Post # 14
7976 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

First, I understand your dilemma, which is why Fiance and I are not having a mass. But the length of the service really depends on so many other factors. I was told that a mass takes an extra 10 minutes. Our ceremony, without a mass, will be about 1 hour.

I’ve been told that you can have full mass services which last for 35 minutes, or non-mass ones which take over an hour, so it really depends on what else is in there.

Anyway, my best advice is to think that mass takes an extra 10 minutes, and plan everything else around that, timings wise.

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