What is a Catholic wedding like?

June 25th, 2011

My entire family is Protestant but I converted to Catholicism 8 years ago and it made them angry. My fiance is also Catholic and we attend the same church and we are planning on getting married within the next 6 months or so…The thing is, I’ve never been to a Catholic wedding. Her side is all Protestant and mine is all Protestant. What is different about a Catholic wedding than a Protestant wedding? Are any Hail Mary’s recited?

12 Responses to “What is a Catholic wedding like?”

  1. Jerry Rosenzweig says:

    Looks like any other , cost a lot of money because catholic priest will not do that for free .

  2. Caleb says:

    Better start getting in shape now

  3. Dr. Arroganto says:

    Just like other weddings except there’s a priest or a deacon and sometimes there’s a mass.

    Not all Catholic weddings have a mass.

  4. Eric L K says:

    No, it is pretty much the same, you walk down the isle and profess your vows, some readings take place and there is a Mass (your Protestant family doesn’t have to participate in it).

    Just contact your local priest for more in depth descriptions.

  5. Rev wing wang woo woo says:

    It is a traditional Mass with wedding vows.

    Then all heathens are killed and eaten, so tell your family to plump up!

  6. PaulCyp says:

    It usually takes place within the context of a Mass, which I assume you are familiar with if you have been Catholic for 8 years. The actual wedding ceremony is not much different from most Protestant ceremonies – the exchange of vows by the couple, guided by the priest or deacon.

  7. Fiji John says:

    It’s usually about an hour and a half too long.

  8. http://www.bible-reviews.com says:


    …a huge production
    …drunken (well…the reception, anyway)

    Lots more clips like these

    – Jim

  9. Messenger of God says:

    It’s nothing like what is on television for starters. They don’t play that Hear Comes the Bride song instead they use Liturgical music, basically it’s both a Mass and a service being held at the same time. In some traditions the bride and groom lite the Unity Candle together and of course we say our vows to each other, but there is no “If anyone should not want this couple to be married speak now of forever hold your peace”. That’s either Hollywood or some Protestant denomination, it’s definitely not Catholic. In a Catholic Church those attending are bearing witness to the couple exchanging their vows before God and His Church.
    It is very different if the couple decides to have a High Latin Mass for their wedding.

    The Church does charge for the use of the ceremony which what I paid was only $100.00. Then we had to pay for the Cantor and Organist which came to be about $300.00. And $10 for the alter servers, but the Priest asked for nothing, I even tried to offer him some money but he refused to take it he advised me to give it to the church. So me and my wife decided to give $500.00 to the church.

  10. Rumpelstiltskin says:

    Welcome home to the Catholic Church! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs6qZd_xP1w

    The Catholic wedding is much like any Mass the only difference being the special prayers for the couple. Much other special occasion Masses you have seen (Funeral, Baptism, Confirmation) the formart is the same with a little added to the middle. See: http://www.catholicweddinghelp.com/topics/order-wedding-with-mass.htm

    The Hail Mary is not a usual part of the Mass, unless on some special occasion someone wishes to include it. You may or may not want to include one in the Mass. You may or may not want to include a Marian Hymn in the Mass. Personally, I would. She is the heart of the Holy Family and the Mother of us all. It would be nice to make Her part of your new family and the lives of your children to come.

    You will also have choices in readings.

  11. pepgurli says:

    They are usually longer and sometimes have a mass included. The link below should be a useful resource. Also a priest is a great resource too.

  12. Tony says:

    Some Catholic weddings have mass, others don’t. But we know how to party! Especially Italians and Irish,

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