Post # 1
During our ceremony, we will be having a dedication to Mary. I would like to include an explanation in our ceremony program explaining the tradition for our non-Catholic guests. Have you done something similar? What did you say in your programs?
Post # 3
mmm, I would suggest explaining that the flowers are an offering to Mary in appreciation for nurturing your relationship so far, and that as you lay them, you are asking Mary to help guide you in your marriage and as parents. A nice touch might be to might add that you invite the congregation to silently join you in that prayer.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I think you should have an explanation, because I didn’t know about that tradition. It sounds really, really lovely based on the explanation that red_seattle gave. I bet most non-Catholics would not know what it meant, and the meaning behind traditions is the best part. 🙂
Post # 5
I believe – though I could be wrong – that the offering to Mary is to ask that she bless you and your husband in raising your future children. The priest will say a prayer and explain to the congregation what is happening.
I am Catholic and had never heard of this until last year when my mom went to a wedding where this happened. Now she insists I do this too. I probably will 🙂
Post # 6
Im Catholic and have seen this tradition at alomost every wedding i’ve been to. Its really special, but your right…it needs some explaining to the rest of the congregation. You could let your priest know that there will be lots of non-Catholics at the ceremony, so some explanation during the flower dedication from him would be appreciated. Who best to explain than a Catholic priest! 🙂