(Closed) Rosary for wedding jewelry?

posted 8 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

In gradeschool (I went to Catholic School) when we put the rosaries around our neck we always got yelled at b/c your not supposed to do that. If your not Catholic and its just a “rosary-inspired” necklace I think you should be fine.

Post # 4
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was raised Catholic and even though I’m now Epsicopalian, I love making Catholic rosaries.  I’m not sure about proper etiquette regarding wearing rosaries – I’ve seen it done but I think it looks kind of weird.  Could you carry it with your bouquet instead?

Post # 5
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If by rosary inspired necklace, you mean a beaded necklace with a crucifix at the end, I can’t really see a problem with that.

A real rosary is not jewelry, though, it is a set of prayer beads used to guide someone through a meditative prayer practice. Each bead represents a different prayer. Using the rosary helps you keep your place in the order of the prayers.

What I would advise is to go with the style you like, but try to make sure the count in the beads is off, so that it isn’t actually a rosary.

Post # 7
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This has actually come up before on the boards, but as a Catholic, I’ll just say, “NO.” The general sentiment was the same.

They can indeed be beautiful, but they are a sacred representation of part of the Catholic Faith. If that is not the faith you believe in, and you’re going to use it in a decorative way contrary to it’s purpose, you run a high risk of offending many people from vendors to guests. Not only that, but your guests who know you’re not catholic will probably be wondering why you would wear a rosary… 


Post # 8
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

In the middle of the Y of a rosary is a medal of Mary, the bottom is a crucifix. If you want to do a “Y” necklace, and not have a cross on the bottom and have your grandmothers picture, and not have the 10 and 1 spacing of beads… then it’s fine. There’s a lot of “Y” necklaces… but if you mean you’d replace Mary with your grandmother and keep the cross… then… no 🙂 

For instance… Below with your grandma’s picture on the very bottom would be fine. Or, in the middle of the Y minus a cross on the bottom. But add the cross or other “rosary” elements and not so much.


Post # 9
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

KLP is correct, and I would suggest that if your mom is talented at making necklaces, you just ask for an attractive-looking cross necklace. It could certainly involve beautiful beads, but having it be inspired by a rosary will make it look like a rosary, which is indeed offensive if worn as jewelry.

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