(Closed) Length of Catholic Wedding Mass

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It really depends on how long your priest likes to talk and how many people want communion/a blessing out of the 120. you can tack on anywhere from 15-30 mins to the normal ceremony, I should think. Is your reception at the church as well? If not, how long is the travel time? I think starting at 6:30 would be good, you might also want to consider when you’re wanting to take pictures (in between ceremony & reception would mean you’d miss most of the cocktail hour)

Post # 5
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My sister’s was an hour, my future BIL’s ran long (close to 2 hours!) because they were friendly with the priest so he talked genuinely about them for a while.

Post # 6
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My sister’s was held at one of the California Mission bascilica’s.  The actual mass lasted about an hour and twenty minutes.  They had quite a few latin traditions (lasso, coins etc), a full choir, and large bridal party (which took a long time to process/reccess) which all added extra time. Also, it took people a good while to leave the church grounds and get to the reception venue, as everyone was excited and visitng with one another.  I think 6:30 would probably be cutting it close.

Post # 7
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

A few things to consider:

  • How long are the priest’s USUAL masses?
  • How long are your readings?
  • How many verses or the various songs will be sung?
  • How many attendants do you have?
  • What “other” ceremonies are you doing (sand, candle, etc)?
  • How dedicated are you to starting on time? (And will your guests be punctual?
  • Will you be having a receiving line as people exit?

My sister’s wedding was in and out in 45 minutes. Short songs, short readings, amazing, but concise wedding ceremony. (No candle ceremony or anything like that.) However, I’ve also been to Catholic weddings that stretch to 90 minutes. So, you might be cutting it a little bit close. But, you should have a pretty good idea if you consider the stuff above.

Post # 8
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Every Catholic wedding I’ve ever been to has averaged about an hour. But it does depend on what your doing. I’ve gone to mass where its been exactly 18 minutes – no singing, no homily and I’ve gone to a 2 hour mass.

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