Catholic Wedding Etiquette

by Claire Valenty on April 9, 2010

in Special Occasion - Weddings

wedding catholic etiquette

If you are Catholic and attending a Catholic Wedding, then, no worries; you already know what is expected of you. However, if you are not familiar with this traditional wedding ceremony, then, Catholic wedding etiquette may appear to be very confusing. This article is for those people, as, if you are having a Catholic wedding, you are already well accustomed to what is expected of you; and, if not, you will be after your rehearsal.

There is a lot of sitting, standing and kneeling thrown at you. The officiate will usually indicate when each action is required. One less thing for you to worry about!

At some stage during the ceremony, the priest will ask everyone to offer each other the sign of peace. When this is asked of you, shake the hand of the person next to you and say, “Peace be with you.” Their response (which should also be your response, if this is said to you) will be, “And also with you.” The Priest will also ask the guests to come forward to receive Communion. If you are not Catholic, the priest usually asks that you remain seated during this portion of the service. The bridal party goes through the line before the guests; if you are a member of the bridal party and are not Catholic, when you reach the priest, you will cross your arms over the chest and the priest will not perform Communion on you.

At the end of the day, if you aren’t sure what you are doing, trust me, you are not alone! One of my really good friends recently was married in a Catholic ceremony. Even if you forget everything above, if you just follow the lead of those around you, you will be fine. No one will judge you if you are trying your best! And, if any thing during the ceremony contradicts your personal beliefs or religions, you are not forced to participate; just discreetly remain seated.

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