6 questions and answers about the Catholic marriage ceremony

Marriage is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. As such there are certain requirements and limitations that must be subject persons wishing to marry in the Catholic Church and receive the sacrament of marriage.

1. Who can marry a Catholic marriage ceremony?

In all cases

2. How many types of ceremonies are there?

There are three basic to celebrate the marriage in the Catholic Church choices.

A couple in which both are Christians (either that both are Catholics or only one of them) can choose to celebrate their marriage with or without mass. The pastor of the parish is the one who will help them determine the most appropriate for the date, place and circumstances particular to your marriage.

3. Can you customize a Catholic marriage ceremony?

If! Although a Catholic marriage ceremony follows a defined order and includes fixed elements that definitely can not be changed, as is the rite of marriage, couples can personalize your ceremony to better reflect their feelings. Among the items that the couple can customize are the readings, the psalm, the gospel and even musical pieces. In addition there are six options for the entrance antiphon and three options for the nuptial blessing. So even following the guidelines established by the church there are several ways in which the Catholic ceremony can be personalized.

4. Can I customize wedding vows?

No. The votes are part of the rite of marriage prescribed by the church and can not be customized, modified, changed or altered. The basic and primary reason is that the church considers marriage as a sacrament, an act that brings the couple to the grace of God, and also makes them a single entity not only each other but with the church, it is an act very serious and transcendental. For this reason, and to avoid misunderstandings, conditioning, or any other kind of confusion (which could lead to the invalidity of marriage) couples are not allowed to write their votes or customize the wording of the consent of the bride and groom dictates church.

What it is that, the rite of marriage offers several options (in terms of writing) for consent between the couple and approved by the church. The couple can choose from among these options, the best like. Furthermore nothing prevents couples include a custom declaration of love in ceremony programs, or to profess their love in front of family and friends with a declaration of love written by them during the reception.

5. Can you hold a Catholic marriage ceremony elsewhere than the church?

In short, the answer is yes. However, you should know that it is neither usual nor as recommended by the Catholic Church (although it is fashionable today). Basically, the temple is considered the physical place where the couple and their fellow believers gather to celebrate the most important events of his life, including the sacraments of baptism, eucharist, penance (confession), and confirmation. As a practicing Catholic in good standing with the church is natural that the church want to receive this sacrament, like the others, in the temple.

To marry outside a Catholic church requested permission from the bishop. This permission or dispensation is usually reserved for couples who marry need for important causes outside the temple and is often given to celebrate the marriage in appropriate places for the sacrament (or as “convenient” canon law says). For example, if the couple is of mixed faith is understood that is most convenient that marriage be held in a hall where both a Catholic priest as the celebrant of the other religion may agree to celebrate the marriage between the parties.

Anyway, if you have a very strong desire to marry elsewhere than the temple you belong per household have a few options … For example: you can search a temple that you like better either aesthetic or size, you can search and also places where Catholic masses are held with permission, such as a chapel or hall that regularly offer Catholic religious services. In all instances have to talk to the pastor of your church, meet all requirements, and perhaps ask permission to marry in the other place, while appropriate, is likely to get the grant.

6. Can I celebrate my Catholic marriage at a wedding destination?

Yes. In addition to completing the usual formalities and requirements you have to complete a few more steps, but if you have enough time (from 9 months to a year) is more than possible. As with any other kind of marriage ceremony want to study in depth the requirements and legal consequences of marrying a tourist destination and find out good of all the steps you need to follow for your marriage is valid both in the place where you plan to marry as the place where you live.

Note that the same limitations as there at home with respect to where it is held and requirements to comply apply anywhere else in the world because the Catholic Church is subject to the same canonical code worldwide.

Visit your parish with confidence

Do you have more questions of questions? Visit your parish and questions with confidence. They will gladly guide you in doubt and question. Congratulations!!

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