Post # 1
My fiance and I are hoping to get married on July 3, 2014 which is a Thursday. We live in an area where 4th of July is a huge deal. A lot of family is traveling for the wedding and they would love to come for the week of the 4th – so we figured the 3rd would work out well (and the savings in cost is an added bonus) because everything else that weekend and the next weekend is already booked. We are both Catholic and plan to get married in a church. Does anyone know if you can have a church ceremony on a Thursday?
Post # 3
Yes. I was married at my catholic church on a thursday afternoon at 5:30. We did vows only with 10 guests to witness the wedding. We had no music or readings. It was perfect for us.
Post # 4
Okay great! I figured a church wouldn’t restrict the day you get married but I just wanted to make sure before booking a venue. Thank you.
Post # 5
There are a handful of restrictions on when you can get married, but apart from Holy Thursday, there generally isn’t a problem with getting married on a Thursday (or any other weekday). In July (ordinary time in the church calendar) you should be just fine. The limitations are:
– you can’t get married on Good Friday or Holy Saturday.
– if you choose to get married on a Sunday, a Saturday evening (after 5pm) or a major feast day (Annunciation, Assumption, etc.) you have to use the readings specified in the Lectionary for that day instead of choosing your own readings.
– if you want to get married during Advent or Lent, you can do so, but you have to keep in mind that these are penitential seasons in the church calendar, so celebrations are more subdued. Your priest may have guidelines about toning down certain aspects of the ceremony (music, flowers, etc.) and you have to work with the seasonal colors and decor that will be in place in the church (for instance, you shouldn’t move the Advent wreath to place your own floral arrangements in that spot).
– you do always have to keep in mind the church might have restrictions on available dates/times for practical reasons (for instance, if your parish holds regularly-scheduled Confession on Thursday afternoon, they are not going to change that for your wedding; you’ll have to work around it). Just talk to your priest and see what the possibilities look like.
Post # 6
Thank you – this was very helpful. I’ll make sure to talk to my priest to see if there are any restrictions, but it seems like it shouldn’t be a problem
Post # 7
They will marry you any day. We looked into getting married on July 3, 2014 too (but the venue we wanted was booked – so we moved it to the 4th), and the church was going to marry us that day.
Post # 8
Like others said, there is no official reason why not, but I’m sure that, like everything else, different churches are different. At the very least, there might already be things scheduled at the church that you have to work around, so just ask at the church you are thinking of. They are the only ones who can tell you for sure.