Post # 1
My fiance is Hindu and I’m Catholic. We were hoping to get married in a Hindu ceremony and then follow it with a Catholic vow renewal/blessing, but have been told by my priest that this isn’t allowed by the Church. According to him, we can have a Hindu ceremony with a Catholic priest present to give a small blessing, or vice versa.
This was awful to hear, but we were coping. Then I went online to look for ideas on blended ceremonies, and saw that there were dozens of examples of people doing both a Hindu and Catholic ceremony. (In fact, this seemed much more common than blended ceremonies.) Has anyone else had a Hindu/Catholic wedding with two ceremonies? Or, if you had a blended ceremony, to what extent were you able to mix the two traditions?
Post # 3
I’ve shot many weddings where they did a Hindu Ceremony in the moring and then a Catholic or Prodestant ceremony in the afternoon.
I have not yet seen a ceremony where there were both a Hindu and Catholic priest present.
It really all depends on the priest you are working with really.
Post # 4
My friend is in the same situation as you in the sense that she is Hindu and her fiance is Catholic. My understanding is that they will be doing two ceremonies. The only time that I have seen a blended wedding was in a situation where the primary ceremony was Catholic, performed in the church, and then the other faith(in this case, Jewish) was invited up to give a blessing. I don’t believe you’re able to "blend" in that sense.
I would talk with your fiance about which ceremony might be more important to you. For example, Catholics will not necessarily acknowledge a marriage if it is not performed by a Catholic priest. I would check with them for requirements and for more information.
By The Way, in case you go the Catholic route, the interfaith marriage must have special permission granted by the Bishop. It will take time to request that, so make sure you get a head start. Most churches will have marriage prep classes you can take – along with an introductory class for any Q&A you have.