(Closed) I need serious Catholic nuptial mass help…

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I willdo my best to answer what I know!

1.I think the processional can go any way you want. Mine will be something like: grandparents, godparents, priest, bridal party, groom and his mom, me and my parents. I’ve never seen a “normal” hymn done for weddings.  Its usually just the traditional wedding song.

2. At my church, when the bridal party walks down, they stand where ever they will be for the ceremony, usually by the altar area.

3. (again, at my church)…right after the homily the bridal party will stand and go down the steps that lead up to the altar and create a V, then bride and groom follow and stand at the top of the steps.

4. Every Catholic wedding I’ve seen does the kiss right after the vows.  THey might also do another before bride and groom leave.

5. I’ve never heard of doing a song for the vows…could be pretty though!

6. the recessional goes something like: bride and groom, bridal party, parents, priest.

Post # 4
2641 posts
Sugar bee

I think the bottomline is you should set up your meeting with the priest.  Some of those things are done a bit differently at different churches.  (Ie, I’ve seen priests walk down the aisle.  I’ve seen priests come in from the side, with the groom.)

Wait  Isee you’re getting married in August, so you probably have already met with your priest.  If he didn’t answer some questions, I would either ask him, or (hopefully) if your church has a wedding coordinator, ask her. 

Post # 6
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Do you have the book, together for life? Most churches give it to you and it details out your selections for the processional, readings, music, etc…

1. How does the processional work?  Do the preist and co. process just before the bridal party or what?  How do you work a “normal” entrance hymm into it and still have the Canon in D type stuff for the bridal party?

  • Depends on you and the priest. We are planning a full processional. Starting with seating of the VIPs, cross, groom, Groomsmen and priest. Then the bridesmaids and me/dad. Some will allow certain “bridal” music. Some will not unless it’s liturgical music.

2. Does the bridal party process and then stand in front of church or sit down right away?

  • Church by church, but they will most likely stand in front, the priest does some blessings and such, and then the wedding party is seated for the Liturgy of the Word and usually the B&G are seated up front in the middle or to the side depending on church layout and preference. 

3. As far as I understand it, the rite of marriage takes place just before communion.  Is there a particular order that the Groomsmen and Bridesmaid or Best Man stand up, etc, and should their seating be arranged accordingly? 

  • At your rehearsal this should be covered. They will sit for the liturgy of the word, then they will rejoin you at the altar for the rite of marriage after the homily. After the rite of marriage everyone is seated, the presentation of gifts happen, and then the Eucharistic blessings.

4. Are we supposed to kiss after we exchange rings, even though it’s kind of in the middle of mass yet?

  • Yes, “you may kiss the bride” happens in the middle of mass 🙂

5. I’ve heard of picking a song for the exchange of vows.  When is that played, and do people just sit and listen to it after the vows or what?  Is it optional?

  • If anything it may just be “mood music?” Never heard of that, or heard it done.

6. How does the recessional work?  Exactly opposite from the processional?  Is there even a closing hymm if there’s recessional music?

  • Some churches, as I mentioned in point one, require Sacred Music for the whole mass, Including the recessional. Depends on your church though. It may be a “bridal” piece or hymn. If it’s done to bridal music there is no hymn. Bride and Groom first, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, then the priest.

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