- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2016
My fiance and I are getting married next year, and we have already found our perfect outdoor venue for the reception and a very beautiful church nearby. We both really want to incorporate Spanish/Filipino wedding traditions which includes coins, cord, veil, and lighting of the unity candle. Some photos below if you are not familiar with this ceremonial tradition:
The problem is that the church we like does not allow the use of kneelers and unity candles which are integral parts of the tradition. So my idea is to have the regular mass at church and say standard vows, and then head over to the reception venue which is a 15 minute drive away for the second part of the ceremony.
The second part of the ceremony would consist of the Filipino wedding traditions and our more personal vows. It would be held at the reception venue’s ceremony site which actually allows candles and kneelers. A photo of the outdoor ceremony site below:
Here’s a quick timeline of how I imagine it’d playout:
1 – 2pm Ceremony Part 1 (at church)
- church wedding with mass and standard vows
- photos with wedding entourage and family
- shuttle guests to the reception venue/part 2 of ceremony
2:45pm arrive at venue and have guests seated by 3:15pm
3:15 – 4:00pm Ceremony Part 2 (at reception venue)
- Walk down the aisle together as newlyweds
- Filipino wedding traditions
- personal vows
4pm: cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres
- more photos with wedding entourage and family
- We MUST have a church ceremony and full mass since both our families are very religious and won’t have it any other way.
- The Filipino wedding traditions are not particularly religious, just cultural, so they can really be done anywhere.
- Our invitations and program will let people know that the second part of the ceremony will be held at the reception venue.
- We don’t expect all of our guests to show up to the church/part 1 (or even part 2 for that matter).
Please let me know your thoughts on this! Is it too complicated? Do you think this is asking too much of our wedding entourage who will have to take part in both the church and outdoor ceremony? If it was completely up to us, we would just do the outdoor Filipino ceremony and receive a quick blessing from our priest. Since that is not an option, is there any other way you suggest we do it?