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The Questions Before Consent

The Questions Before Consent

“The Questions before the Consent” are an important part of a Catholic wedding ceremony. True to its name, this moment entails the celebrant (priest or deacon) asking the bride and groom a series of questions immediately before they exchange their consent and are married. As the Order of Celebrating Matrimony explains, these questions involve the […]


The Nuptial Blessing

The Nuptial Blessing

The Nuptial Blessing is a beautiful moment in the Catholic wedding ceremony. It takes place after the bride and groom have exchanged their consent and so have become husband and wife. In this blessing, the celebrant (priest or deacon) prays for the married couple and asks that God give them special graces, including fidelity, the […]


Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition, What’s New?

Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Second Edition, What’s New?

Starting September 8, a revised translation of the marriage rite can be used in the United States. There are two new adaptations and some other minor updates. It’s a chance to re-appreciate the beauty of Catholic marriage!


How to Include Service to Others in Your Wedding Ceremony

How to Include Service to Others in Your Wedding Ceremony

Want to include service to others in your wedding ceremony? Catholic Relief Services has some tips!


The One Wedding DIY Project You Can’t Do Without (And the style blogs won’t tell you about)

The One Wedding DIY Project You Can’t Do Without (And the style blogs won’t tell you about)

Anthony and I are married. It’s surreal to type that sentence. We’re on our honeymoon as I write this, and we’ve had several moments together in the last two weeks when we look at the other and think, “what did we just do?” The reality of our marriage seems so much bigger than us, and, […]


How Much Does it Cost to Marry in the Church?

How Much Does it Cost to Marry in the Church?

How much does it cost to get married in the Catholic Church?

Actually, nothing. Sacraments are not for sale. It’s appropriate, however, for the bride and groom to share their joy and, in generosity, to contribute to the support of the Church and its ministers.


Avoiding wedding photography mishaps

Avoiding wedding photography mishaps

Note: the following is re-posted with permission from The Compass, the official newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Original link here. A video on YouTube is making the rounds on photography websites and blogs. I decided to join the discussion here because it relates to photography in a religious setting. In the […]


The Exchange of Consent

The Exchange of Consent

The consent exchanged between bride and groom is the “indispensable element that ‘makes the marriage'” (Catechism). The beautiful words provide rich reflection for both engaged and married couples.


Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding (VIDEO)

Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding (VIDEO)

This new video resource walks you through the Rite of Marriage, whether you’re marrying another Catholic, a baptized person who is not Catholic, or someone who is not baptized. It also answers several FAQs about Catholic weddings. Ideal for engaged couples, their families and anyone who is involved in Catholic marriage preparation.


Why Marry in the Catholic Church?

Why Marry in the Catholic Church?

If you’re thinking about getting married, you’re probably also thinking about where to have the ceremony. John Bosio, author of three books on marriage, explains why marrying in the Catholic Church can have a positive impact on the rest of your married life.


Planning Your Catholic Wedding: Ten Tips

Are you planning to get married in the Catholic Church? Congratulations! Whether your wedding is next month or next year, here are some helpful tips for making it a ceremony to remember.


Things You Won’t See at a Catholic Wedding

Things You Won’t See at a Catholic Wedding

Weddings are steeped in tradition, so we can be surprised when some of the expected elements “go missing.” Why are some of these words and actions (for example, “I now pronounce you man and wife”) not part of the Catholic wedding ceremony?


A Wedding Planning Reality Check

A Wedding Planning Reality Check

If you’re caught up in the stress of wedding planning, step back for a moment and consider what’s really important about your big day.


Responsorial Psalms

Responsorial Psalms

1. 33:12 and 18, 20-21, 22 R. (5b) The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. But see, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness. […]


The Order of Celebrating Matrimony Between a Catholic and a Catechumen or a Non-Christian

The Order of Celebrating Matrimony Between a Catholic and a Catechumen or a Non-Christian

Catholics marrying an unbaptized person or someone preparing for baptism (a catechumen) should use this form of the wedding ceremony. While not a sacrament, it is a valid Catholic wedding with many of the same elements as the wedding Mass.


Order of Celebrating Matrimony Without Mass

Order of Celebrating Matrimony Without Mass

When a Catholic marries a Christian of another denomination, the Order of Celebrating Matrimony Without Mass is usually used. The marriage will still be a valid Catholic marriage and a sacrament, and contains the same basic elements as the wedding within Mass but without the Liturgy of the Eucharist.


The Order of Celebrating Matrimony Within Mass

The Order of Celebrating Matrimony Within Mass

The Catholic Order of Matrimony centers around two key moments: the Exchange of Consent and the Nuptial Blessing. Marriage is rooted in the couple’s mutual vows of faithful love and is blessed by God as an image of the marriage between Christ and the Church. The couple’s declaration of reciprocal consent and the nuptial blessing reveal the sacramental nature of marriage as the spouses become symbols of Christ’s selfless love.


Gospel Readings

Gospel Readings

Gospel reading suggestions for a Catholic wedding ceremony.


New Testament Readings

New Testament Readings

Readings and reflections from the New Testamant.


Old Testament Readings

Old Testament Readings

Readings and reflections from the Old Testament.


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