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#1 mrsvtobe

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 11:26 PM

Hi all,

My fiancé and I have decided we will have 2 ceremonies on our wedding day, as he is Roman Catholic and I am Orthodox.

I am getting a little anxious about the whole idea, but there is no way around it. I think it could become difficult with logistics and take a lot of time etc

I have a church which I regularly attend, we need to find a Catholic church so I am trying to find one close to my church.

Has anyone here been in the same situation and had 2 ceremonies, I would love to hear about it and any advice for me!



#2 HelsBels

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 10:43 AM

Firstly congrats on your up coming wedding biggrin.gif

Do you have to have both ceremonies on the day? That seems like it would be pretty lengthy and involve a lot of travelling for you and your guests. Perhaps you could have a second more private ceremony at the 'other' church on another day, just a handful of witnesses and a nice restaurant lunch or dinner to follow. It wouldn't have to be expensive if you kept it simple and low key but you would both get your ceremonies and you wouldn't have to drag your guests to multiple locations in one day.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 10:56 AM

Firstly congratulations, how exciting!!

Like HelsBels I was going to ask if you have to have both ceremonies on the one day, however would it be easy to negotiate which ceremony to have on which day? Could you have them a week apart? Or even a day apart, ie one on a Friday then the second on the Saturday then the reception Saturday night, turn your wedding into a two day thing.

Otherwise the logistics could get awfully complicated, and depending on how well known you are at the churches getting the timings of each ceremony could be difficult as we were not given a choice in start time when we booked our ceremony.
The other thing to consider, if you were going to have a full service at each church it will be a very exhausting day for the two of you, your wedding party and families, I know a full Catholic service can take over an hour, and I believe and Orthodox one can too, then you have a reception to get through, adrenaline can only take you so far laugh.gif

What ever you decide, good luck and enjoy.
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#4 Guest_Windsor_Guest

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:28 PM

I've been to a similar wedding, the first ceremony was at an Anglican church and the second was at an Orthodox church. As the Orthodox church was pretty set and the bride didn't regularly attend a particular Anglican one, they just picked an Anglican church about 15 mins away.

The Anglican ceremony was actually first and was just a blessing, the official marriage took place in the Orthodox church. I guess you would be doing the same? If so you wouldn't require a full mass which would shorten that ceremony time.

Time wise, as a guest, it really wasn't that bad! We milled around after the first ceremony for about 20-30 mins, waved off the bridal party and then joined them all at the second church. They were out of the car and welcoming guests, we all had to drive over and park so the 'bridal' entry was at the first church only.

The orthodox ceremony was a lot longer (and standing!) so good that we could all head out to the reception after that and relax. We left our DD, who was about 2 1/2, with a grandparent rather than cart her around all the churches though and picked her up before the reception as she was invited.

#5 StaceyR

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:07 AM

Congrats!!! Wish you all the best!

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 12:44 AM

QUOTE(HelsBels @ Apr 26 2013, 10:43 AM) View Post

Firstly congrats on your up coming wedding biggrin.gif

Do you have to have both ceremonies on the day? That seems like it would be pretty lengthy and involve a lot of travelling for you and your guests. Perhaps you could have a second more private ceremony at the 'other' church on another day, just a handful of witnesses and a nice restaurant lunch or dinner to follow. It wouldn't have to be expensive if you kept it simple and low key but you would both get your ceremonies and you wouldn't have to drag your guests to multiple locations in one day.


I am agree with this, try for it and congrats for your upcoming wedding. Wish you all the best.




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