(Closed) Together For Life – Ceremony Planning Book

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Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We used the same book to plan our ceremony.  Our priest is awesome as some of the ending prayers can get a little long and in the excitement of just saying vows and exchanging rings, he is going to shorten ours up.  We didn’t really read through it together.  We sat in the room with the priest and we skimmed and he asked us which ones we wanted and we just really agreed on most of the readings.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I definitely knew I wanted the second reading to be Corinithians “Love is” passage.  So that was pretty easy.  The first reading we chose was F or something like that. I like to joke that everyone will get to hear in what ways I will enhance my Fiance’s life (haha) and isn’t too long.  We picked the Gospel reading that talks about the greatest gift being love.  All things that worked for us. My fiance grew up Mennonite so we tried to keep the readings and prayers to something that everyone would be able to recognize.  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We used this booklet, too.  We had a lot of fun picking out the readings and prayers.  When it came to the little handout we were asked to fill out, we did have to “write in” a few of our preferences, I think.  For example, we memorized our vows, but wanted a gentle nudge from our priest if need be…and Darling Husband and I walked down the aisle together.  I’m surprised that wasn’t in the worksheet, as that’s what is in the Catechism…

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MissAnchor: LOL!  We had the same issue, too, with some of the prayers.  I think we figured out a balance.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MissAnchor: Exactly.  I think the wording in the Catechism is along the lines of “the bride and groom should approach the altar together”…well, most couples do take the last few steps into the sanctuary together, so, they technically get around it.  When I told the “wedding lady” that my father had passed just a few months ago and I wasn’t sure who would be escorting me down the aisle, she was very quick to suggest it.  I’ve had a few friends consider doing this, also (well before my wedding).

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i’ve been using it! all the readings and stuff are online (catholicweddinghelp.com) so i was using the book while FH used the site – both offered different commentary so it was nice to get varied insight on the passages. our first reading isn’t in the book (we didn’t really like any of them – FH liked the one comparing the woman to all these good things but neither of us liked the inequality of its message). our responsorial also isn’t in there, but we’re doing a 2nd reading and Gospel found in the book. i like that there are options for the opening prayer and nuptial blessing, etc but we’re also writing our own prayers of the faithful. i think there’s a lot of customization, actually!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MissAnchor: I think I was drawn to Proverbs 31 because it spoke of ways a wife can be strong for her husband which is a huge contrast to the passages about women being subordinate to their husbands, etc.  I just thought it was refreshing that it was a passage that could be included in a marriage ceremony. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@jalaamarie: I really wanted that reading, too…Father-In-Law actually compared me to that reading.  We chose the one from Sirach that’s very similar, but speaks about the husband as well.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am really enjoying going through it with Fiance, we’re also doing a little bit at a time.

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