- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
I need some advice from Ukranian Catholic brides or those who have attended this type of ceremony…
I am Ukrainian Catholic and my Fiance is Roman Catholic. We are having our marriage ceremony in a Ukrainian Catholic church and incorporating some of his family’s Croatian cultural traditions into the reception.
From what I know about the traditional Ukrainian Catholic marriage ceremony (similar to Orthodox), the rings are exhanged before the couple walks down the aisle together led by the priest, and there is no exchange of vows like in the Roman Catholic ceremony.
My Fiance has expressed disappointment that we won’t be saying vows to each other in front of our friends and family in the church, as we would if we were getting married in a Roman Catholic church or most other churches. I have to say I do like the idea of saying vows and exchanging rings at the altar, followed by a first kiss at the end of the ceremony.
I’m wondering: has anyone altered the traditional Ukrainian ceremony to include some vows and the ring exchange up at the altar??? And what about first kiss — did you get one in the church??
I’m hoping our church would allow it since we wouldn’t be removing any of the elements of the traditional ceremony, in the case of the rings we’d just do it in a different place…
Any advice or experiences with a Ukrainian ceremony are appreciated!