Many brides and grooms choose not to follow wedding etiquette and tradition – and yet, for many other couples, following their roots and traditions is a sign of pride and of pertaining to a specific culture and heritage.
For example, if you are Catholic, you may want to return to your roots on your Big Day and make it really meaningful for you and for all those present too. What are the key elements in a Catholic wedding? Read on and find out more.
· First of all, it is very important for you to understand that Catholic weddings always take place in Catholic churches – this is a must if you want your marriage to be considered official in the eyes of the church. There are instances when your bishop may be able to approve a marriage outside of the church (such as in an outdoor space), but the truth is that these cases are very rare, so it’s better for you not to rely on this.
· The Nuptial Mass is frequently incorporated in the wedding ceremony – but it is not always compulsory. Some couples can stick to the short wedding ceremony version (which includes mostly just the wedding vow exchange and the ring exchange). Others, however, want to have the full wedding ceremony, including the Nuptial Mass and all the elements it includes (the gospel, the psalms, the communion, and so on).
· The communion is a very important part in every Catholic Mass – but only Catholics should participate in it. If you want to have non-Catholics in your bridal party, remember to talk to your priest and see what they should do when everyone else stands in line for the communion (should they stand in line too, or should they remain seated?).
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