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Wedding Wednesday – Catholic Rules

Happy Wedding Wednesday and Ash Wednesday!

In the spirit of Ash Wednesday I did a little research on Catholic weddings to see if I found anything surprising or unknown and lo and behold there are some interesting rules and guidelines I wasn’t aware of until today!
 St. Mary’s Parish in Annapolis, Maryland (my hometown Catholic Church, isn’t it stunning!!!?)

Did you know that there are certain days in which you cannot choose your own readings? If you choose to have a wedding Mass on a Saturday evening or Sunday you are required to use the readings of the day from the Lectionary for Mass. This takes away a bit of the personalization but also can take a lot off your plate! You must also use the readings provided on certain feast days and solemnities.

Days you cannot get married in the Catholic church? Not many! However, it is a no-go on Good Friday and Holy Saturday during Triduum. Some advise that you should avoid scheduling during Advent and Lent as the entire Church is observing a special period of penance. It’s up to your priest or pastor to decide but they may ask you to “tone it down”!


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