(Closed) Questions about ceremony without mass

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

It depends on which ceremony they use.  I know its a catholic church (and I’ve attended plenty of those, beieve me).  But, if its Roman Catholic – then the Ceremony itself is still about an hour and a half, with the mass included its about a 3 hr mass.

A regular Catholic ceremony is about an hour (a little less and depending on how quickly the priest speaks, lighting the unity candles, the readings, etc).  You are having people read scriptures, right?  That takes time, too.  So, there’s you’re hour.

You should have plenty of time, but it would need to start right at 11am. If that’s not possible, you may want to think about talking to the church to see if something could be worked out (or changing venues; not sure how possible that is).

Let us know what you’re gonna do and good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@ASoonToBeMrs: oh no! i’m sorry things are getting so complicated. with mass, depending on how much you include and how fast everyone speaks it’s about 45 mins to 1 hr 15 mins at the ones i’ve been to/heard of, without I think it’s about 30-45 minutes. so, it might be feasible for you to still have a full mass. It sounds like having a full mass is important to you and since that’s the focus of the day, i think you should go for it! since FH isn’t catholic (yet) we’re not having a full mass but i think it’ll still seem “right”… it’s basically everything but the Eucharist, I believe. you can still have your venue from 12 to 5 and have 12-1:30 be the cocktail “hour”, you know? people wont start coming in ’til like 1230 probably and they’ll still have an hour to get settled in. since it’s midday, it’s most likely people aren’t going to be getting blitzed and dancing the afternoon away so i think it would still work out. :]

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

My non mass Roman Catholic ceremony will be about 30 minutes.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

My wedding did not have a Mass.  It last 25 minutes, and it8 did feel “right”.  The largest amount of uncertainty is how long the priest/deacon talks.  Ours talked for about 7 minutes.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

if its Roman Catholic – then the Ceremony itself is still about an hour and a half, with the mass included its about a 3 hr mass.

Woah! I think you’re confused ;-). A Roman Catholic non-mass ceremony is typically 30-45 min, depending on length of homily. It includes everything except the Eucharistic Liturgy. A full Nuptial Mass will be around 60-90 min. max. I shot a nuptial mass Friday that was 47 min. But I’ve never seen a full mass that short before that one. I also think it’s because the father of a HS senior (in his late 40s) had a stroke and was about to die, so right after the priest had to go give last rights… so I think he tried to keep it moving. 

 

If it’s an Eastern Rite; Byzantine, Ukrainian, Greek etc… a full mass can run 2+ hrs depending on how many traditional elements are included.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Our non-mass will be 45 mins.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

njm1313, I think you are mistaken. A Catholic wedding, including Mass, would never be 3 hours long.

KLP is correct- you’re looking at 90 mins max. Realistically, you’re looking at a little over an hour.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

my catholic ceremony without a mass will be 30-40 minutes long 🙂

Post # 11
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Helper bee

The PP’s who have said a little over an hour are correct.  But there are things you can do to shorten it.  Readings and Music choices can significantly change the length.  I went to a full Catholic ceremony on Saturday….40 mins.  It’s all in the choices.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Just to be clear, whether you have communion or not, it’s still a full Catholic ceremony. Nothing makes one ceremony (Rite of Marriage or Nuptial Mass) inherently better or worse than the other and both are equally valid.

Except in certain cases you can choose either ceremony (in the case of a marriage between a Catholic and a non-baptized person, you must have a Rite of Marriage and not a Nuptial Mass as it is not a sacrament).

If you have a Nuptial Mass, it will be about as long as a typical Mass in your church + 10 minutes or so for the exchange of vows and blessing. If you only have a few guests receiving communion, it can be very short (under an hour). I’ve never seen one go more than 90 minutes.

If you have a Divine Liturgy (Mass in the Eastern rites), it can go on for hours. But not in the Latin Rite (Roman Catholic).

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had a ceremony without communion and it was about 30-40 min long. My Darling Husband wasn’t catholic which is why we decided not to have communion.  It felt right to me and I didn’t feel less married or less catholic by not having communion.

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