(Closed) Marriage Blessing

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
  • poll: Should we re-think having a sacremental ceremony?
    No, plan the ceremony you've been wanting : (10 votes)
    43 %
    Yes, It might be a good idea to look into etiquette about this situation : (7 votes)
    30 %
    Plan the ceremony but be considerate of your non-catholic family/friend's wishes : (6 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
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    591 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

    As a lifelong Catholic, I think the Catholic sacrament in totally different (well not totally but fairly different) from marriage anywhere else. Not that it is more valid, but it is a whole different process. It is a sacrament, like first communion, baptism, or reconciliation. As such I think it deserves its own recognition.

    I know lots of people who throw receptions after a baptism or first communion, so I don’t see how this would be that different. Especially since you are not asking for gifts, and keeping it small, I don’t think it should be an issue at all.

    On top of all that people renew their vows all the time!

    I say go for it!

    Post # 4
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    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    If I were planning this for myself I would want it to be a very small, intimate ceremony full of those who supported our spiritual decision and understood where we’ve been and are now in our siritual walk.  I wouldn’t really want to do the formal dinner/dance reception thing b/c that has already been done but I could see you and your husband taking those people who attended out for dinner afterward or hosting a dinner at your house.  If I were a guest invited to something like this for someone whose wedding I attened a year or so ago I would be happy for their spiritual journey and cumulation in the blessing but I would expect it to be a low-key event full of spirituality and blessing and support from those who love and support you two but not a big party.  Just my 2 cents. Congratulations on your spiritual transformation 🙂

    Post # 5
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    893 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @morgan_ruth11:  Is it possible to keep it small, as in only close family and friends?  It’s a lot easier to explain to the people closets to you about what you want to achieve and why you’re doing it.

    Post # 7
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    95 posts
    Worker bee

    In my opinion, if you already did the wedding ceremony and reception with friends and family, it wouldn’t be proper to celebrate the sacramental marriage ceremony in the big white wedding manner.  I think a pretty (possibly white) dress or dress suit from the department store followed by a nice dinner and drinks with your close family and perhaps a few close friends is the best way to celebrate.  Hope you enjoy your journey into the church and congratulations on your upcoming sacramental marriage celebration! 🙂

    Post # 8
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    440 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    In my Christian opinion, you already got married under God’s eyes. I don’t know about another wedding ceremony… but I like Singasong’s view & suggestion.

    Post # 9
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    4336 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think it could be rather offensive to the non-Catholics there (if they feel like you’re saying, “we weren’t married before,” then they’ll wonder what you think about their marriages. Even though I don’t think that’s what you’re saying, I think it might come across that way if you are celebrating the *marriage* aspect too much.)

    I think it would be nice to just have a low key “entering the Church” little celebration, but without the marriage emphasis.

    Post # 10
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    3166 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Congratulations and welcome to the Church! :] I agree with PP that if you’ve just had a wedding (big white dress, reception, the whole shebang) you’ll get funny looks for wanting to do it all again. Like joy2011 said, I would shift the focus to celebrating your coming into the Church. You can probably get away with wearing a white dress (but i wouldn’t go for an elaborate ballgown or anything) and have refreshments afterwards, maybe host a dinner at a local restaurant, but i would avoid calling it a wedding and keep the focus on receiving the sacrament.

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