What to Expect at a Catholic Wedding
Every wedding is different even if they fall under the same category of ‘Catholic wedding.’ However, this type of ceremony may have some similarities. If you have never attended a true Catholic wedding, you might not know what to expect. The Catholic wedding invitations
you receive may give you some hints, but here is what you may expect from a Catholic wedding.
Many religious weddings hold to certain traditions and standards. A Catholic ceremony is no different. Typically, in a service at a parish there will be:
- No talking during the service
- No flash photography during the service
- Classy, appropriate clothing worn by the wedding party and guests
- Communion at a nuptial mass
- Readings from Scripture
- Prayers for the couple
- Standing, sitting and kneeling as instructed by the priest
The practices followed depend on the couple and the priest conducting the ceremony. Not all Catholic ceremonies will include the nuptial mass, and some even allow the bride and groom to personalize their vows.
Besides the added formality of the religious ceremony, some brides and grooms may also choose to follow other common wedding traditions. Pictures may be held between the ceremony and reception to avoid the groom seeing the bride before the wedding. The bride may have ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ simply to keep with the tradition of the wedding. Most brides today do not follow this ritual to bring luck, fertility or prosperity. The traditional aspects may trickle to the music and readings used at the ceremony.
Finally, when you attend a Catholic wedding service, you may be wondering how long it will last. The length will depend on whether it is a nuptial mass or not. The ceremony could be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 90 minutes. The bride and groom may be able to customize the length a bit, but chances are it will depend on the priest and the liturgy being followed.
Customer reviews Catholic Wedding Invitations
July 14, 2015Elegant and classy
"I am so happy with my invitations. The quality of the paper is great...weighty and perfectly textured. The design is so elegant. The only thing I would say is that they are smaller than I expected but I was reading that's that is a good thing as it saves on postage! Service was also prompt and a pleasant experience."
June 10, 2015Beautiful Invitation
"This invitation was exactly what we were looking for! It has our wedding colors on it. I love how you can personalize it with whatever font you like. We ordered it on the shimmery paper and loved the turnout. Can't wait to get them ready and send them out! Thank you Wedding Paper Divas! They are beautiful."
June 6, 2015Wonderful
"I really liked this design, but I was nervous that it would be hard to communicate my tweaks without meeting someone in person. I made a couple of tweaks, and the team was able to complete all of them and they made the product even better than I was thinking. Really easy process and the took minimal effort on my end!"
June 2, 2015Elegant Card
"The paper was nice, but not super thick (which is what we wanted). The printing looks very nice. The font is on the smaller side, but it was exactly what we expected. Also you are able to adjust the text size if you ask the designer."
May 20, 2015True Fall
"This is a beautiful card. The branch theme wraps around to the back. The font used is pretty and formal, but not hard to read."