Is It Possible to Have a Catholic Ceremony.. on a Sunday?

One thing Fiance and I didn’t think through when sending in our deposit to our reception venue – how we were going to coordinate holding a Catholic wedding ceremony on a Sunday.  A Sunday of a holiday weekend no less.

Since Fiance and I were getting married out of town, we decided to first book the venue and the rest would follow.  Having a church wedding was always important to us – I grew up Methodist, and Fiance Catholic. Our wedding is the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, and in my mind I naturally treated it like a Saturday (because a lot of our guests would have the Labor Day holiday on Monday off from work).  It wasn’t until I started looking into which church we would be married at that I realized planning a church ceremony on a Sunday would be somewhat challenging.

I started my search by asking Fiance’s Aunt and Uncle (who live in the area) for recommendations.  We had three criteria that we wanted to meet:

  1. The church had to be either Catholic or Methodist (we were willing to compromise as long as it was one of the two).
  2. It had to be big enough to accommodate our 200 guests (I’ve been to a few churches where there was not enough room).
  3. We needed to feel comfortable with the priest/pastor/minister performing our ceremony (again, I’ve been to weddings where the priest was just…awkward).

We found three churches right away we loved, and I immediately contacted them.  Each one came back with the same response – they do not perform weddings on Sundays.

Insert panic.  We still really wanted to have our wedding in a church.  I started my internet search and stumbled upon Chapel Hill, a church that is available to rent and only used for weddings/funerals, but not religious services.  Perfect!

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Then Fiance told me it was really important for him to have a priest from his college perform our ceremony.  A majority of his friends had been married by this priest, and in reality, he was the only one we had a connection to.

Sounds great, we’ll have a priest we know marry us  – #3 all set!

One problem.  Chapel Hill does not allow Catholic ceremonies (the local Catholic diocese forbids it).

Ugh.. .now what?  Le Sigh.

And just when I was about to give up…

I emailed a college that had a chapel.  One in which we could have our Catholic ceremony (#1), it would accommodate our guest list(#2),we get to bring in our own priest (#3) and it was gorgeous (bonus!)

And the best part – they had our date available and school would not be in session yet, which means we were free to book it.  And we did.. immediately!

I’m so excited to be married in such a beautiful church!

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Are there any other Sunday brides out there planning to get married in a church?

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Modern Invitations

Before I share what invites we chose, I first wanted to show you all the pretty contenders.  When Fiancé and I first got engaged, I thought for sure I would go to an invitation store and look through stacks of oversized invitation books to find the perfect formal invite.  But as the months passed by, I realized that there are so many unique and beautiful invitations online.  Suddenly I didn’t want such formal invites, but instead something that reflected our personalities and the type of event we are hosting.

And let me say – there are SO many invitations to chose from!  I could look at them for days.  I definitely gravitated to some of the modern, simple designs.   Below are some of my favorites.

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I think you can see where I am going here – I love the look of a modern invitation that still uses elements of  a traditional invite.  Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing what we chose and how they turned out.

What elements did you look for in an invite?

It Starts Now…

Bridal Beauty that is.  It’s insane how much effort goes into looking good for one day.  You want to look phenomenal, and essentially.. the most beautiful you have ever looked in your life.  No pressure.

Where exactly do you begin?   For me I want my skin to look flawless.  So I caved when Sephora offered a Friends and Family promotion, and purchased the ever so popular Clarisonic Mia.

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According to the Sephora review:

Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology gently removes the impurities traditional cleaning methods leave behind, cleansing six times better than your hands alone.

You apply your facial cleanser, turn it on and it pulses for sixty seconds then automatically turns off.  And I must say – I love mine!  Pricey?  Yes.  But I’m happy I made the investment.  My skin looks healthier and feels so soft after I wash it.  There are cheaper versions too  – Olay has a cleansing brush that spins instead of pulses.

I wanted to do something else for my skin so when I saw some deals pop up on Living Social and Groupon for facials, I bought two.  After hearing about all the benefits of facials for your skin, I knew I had to give it a try.

Going to the salon, I had no idea what to expect and was pleasantly surprised to walk into a peaceful room of tea light candles and spa music playing in the background.  I was given a towel wrap dress and told to lie down on the heated facial bed with a soft blanket.

I was given about ten minutes to just relax, and it felt amazing.  (I’d love to come home to a room like that just relax for a few minutes every night!)

The sweet facialist came back in the room for my sixty minute facial.  Overall, I loved it!  She started by putting a towel on the top of my forehead and putting creams on my face.  Next she turned on the steam machine which felt amazing on my face. I received a fabulous arm and hand massage.

And then there was a slight break from my relaxation – midway through she did the extractions.  Basically it’s just the removal of all the blackheads (sounds kind of gross).  This was done on my nose and chin and lasted about five minutes.  It was slightly uncomfortable and slightly painful at times, but I was happy to have clean pores!

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After extractions, more creams were put on my face, and toweled off with a warm towel over my face.  I received an upper chest and head massage and forgot all about the extractions.  By the end of the hour I was so relaxed and my face felt so soft.  My only wish is that extractions could be completed at the beginning.

I’m definitely going to try to get a couple more in before the wedding!

What are you doing for bridal day beauty?