Sunday Wedding?

Sunday Wedding?

It is no secret, that weddings are a costly occasion. Those endless lists of suppliers and things to be done, can mean budgets can easily be exceeded in the bustle of organisation. Match this with the stress of trying to pull together your favorite venue and suppliers for your big day, can make for an altogether trying experience that could take the gloss of what should be a happy time.

With that said, it’s always puzzled me why Sunday is not a more popular day for weddings? Some of the best venues in the country will lay empty on Sundays and suppliers, more often than not, remain at home. There is the obvious of course – that if you require a church wedding only some diocese allow Sunday weddings and these seem few. This from….

Can we get married on a Sunday?

To have a Wedding Mass on a Sunday is not directly forbidden by canon law, but is a matter for the local bishop to decide. A bishop can allow Sunday weddings within his diocese but it is forbidden in most Irish dioceses, as: *1. liturgically, the Sunday texts have precedence, and *2. it’s burdensome for the clergy.

On Sundays, liturgical priority is given to the readings and texts of the Sunday rather than to those of the Wedding Mass. * Parish clergy are usually quite busy on a Sunday. Often they must celebrate two or more Masses in the morning, and may have to other pastoral commitments as well (e.g., bring Communion to the sick)

The local regulation in Dublin is: “No marriage may be celebrated on a Sunday or Holy Day without the permission of the Archbishop.” (Pastoral Directives, 1982). Clearly, bishops may dispense with this regulation. But there is resistence to this in most places, as it could set an unwelcome precedent.

So yes, if you are planning a Catholic service, a Sunday wedding may be quite hard to organise. But with the increase of civil weddings, humanist services etc. and with celebrants willing to officiate on a Sunday it still strikes me as strange that there is not more uptake. Even if an ‘official celebrant’ is not available for a Sunday, couples have the option of having the legal registration separate to their service, which then can be officiated by anyone. This may not be to everyone’s taste, but I’ve been at such a wedding. It was presided by an actor friend of the groom, and no one was any the wiser.

Sunday is the least popular day for all weddings in Ireland, just 2%. Some might think they don’t wish for guests to have to take a day off on the Monday, but guests would require a day off for a Friday wedding and two days off for a Thursday wedding, which is actually a very popular day.

Point is, by overcoming a few hurdles a Sunday wedding could be very easy to organise, not to mention give the opportunity for massive savings on the overall cost. I can see Sunday weddings gaining in popularity, with the availability of venues and suppliers offering much more choice to couples at reasonable prices. Ok, you may not save on the dress, or the rings but all location based suppliers should be able to offer discounts for what would essentially otherwise be a night off. Might it be worth giving some thought?

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