(Closed) Non-Wedding Ceremony

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
7803 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Did she say she wants you to do a pretend ceremony? That seems awfully weird to me. Especially if you have a DVD of the actual ceremony.

Why dont you just have dinner and the pastor can lead a prayer for you or something?

Post # 3
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

A few weeks ago, I sang for a convalidation mass – the couple had been married legally for a few years and now wanted to have a ceremony to have the marriage officially recognized by our church.  They followed the same basic pattern for a regular wedding, but some things were different – no ring blessing, different vows – to reflect it being an affirmation of a marriage already existing instead of a re-marriage or a vow renewal.  Of course, this isn’t for everyone.  But if you and your g-grandma already have a bond with a particular pastor, ask the pastor!  He’ll probably have some great ideas, and he also knows your grandma’s tastes.

Good luck!

Post # 4
7268 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I think it’s a lovely idea to do something for your great grandmother. Since you already got officially married and will be showing a dvd of the actual marriage ceremony at this event, I wouldn’t do a full blown second ceremony at this event. I would simply have this pastor invite you two up to the front of the room before the dinner and give a brief blessing. He could read a passage from the bible or some other reading that is meaningful to you, and then join your hands and ask for God’s blessing on your marriage or something like that. No exchange of vows or rings or anything – just a simple blessing, so your great grandmother gets to see the pastor joining your hands and you standing up there in your dress, but it doesn’t feel like a fake second wedding or anything insincere. Just a thought!

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