(Closed) Prayer before dinner at reception?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Is a blessing/prayer said before dinner at reception ok?
    Yes-it reflects the bride and groom's religious upbringing/beliefs : (45 votes)
    59 %
    No, it might make people uncomfortable : (12 votes)
    16 %
    It might make people uncomfortable but say it anyway : (19 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5784 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’ve been at weddings where they have done this and it made me uncomfortable but I survived. If it is important to you and your Fiance do it.

    Post # 4
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    1036 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We are definetely going to do this.  At every family gathering since I can remember my Gramps has said a prayer before we eat.  I would like him to do the same at my reception dinner (which is only for immedate family up to aunts/uncles).

    Post # 7
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    7293 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If its important to you , than your guest will understand!

    Its not a crime to pray, public or private 🙂

    Post # 8
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    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @AirForceFiance: I would do it if it reflects you/your Fiance and your families. There are many ways to go about it that would be least-offensive/uncomfortable to folks.

    I know my church does what I call an ‘invitation’ to pray, something along the lines of “those who would like to join us in prayer are welcome to do so at this time.” I’d think that just recognizing that some may prefer not to will help ease their discomfort level. Maybe? 

    Post # 10
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    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    I have been to weddings that did this also, and though it made me a bit uncomfortable, I got through. I just sit there silent and politely wait. You should do what makes you happy, people will get through it.

    Post # 11
    Member
    5011 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    For me it actually depends on the wording. I find very evangelical prayers very uncomfortable (particularly when very heavy on the references to Jesus), others are more bearable.

    That said, I’m sure that my other half and my dad have found it very uncomfortable at Jewish weddings with prayers in Hebrew both before and after the meal.

    Post # 12
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    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @LGenz: I agree with this!  I’m not a pray-er (one who prays? prayer?)  but I would be understanding and be respectful during the prayer.  Just as long as it doesn’t go on forever, then I might get a little irritated. 

    Post # 13
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    2161 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We had a quick grace.  Darling Husband is religious, I’m not.

    Post # 14
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    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @SpecialSundae: That’s also a very good point, I feel like the more general it is the less likely to offend.  If I was at a wedding and someone started going on about Jesus hanging on the cross so we could be here today, etc. I might start to look around the room with a strange look on my face.  

    Post # 15
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    1962 posts
    Buzzing bee

    People sit through hours or religious or cultural ceremonies.  Why should a prayer at the beginning of a meal be so bad? I think you are fine to have grace before your reception meal.

    Post # 16
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    3068 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I am 100% athiest. By Darling Husband is Christian and I respect that. We had a prayer before dinner that his father said and it was pretty much asking to bless the food and our marriage. It was honestly very sweet.

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