Chicago Catholic Wedding Ceremony
Happily, the location for our ceremony was an easy choice. Along with the fact that Benjamin and I are both religion teachers at Catholic schools, we are regular mass-goers and we met studying theology in Boston—so it only made sense that we would pursue a full Catholic wedding ceremony and mass.
We are in the suburbs now, but we lived in Chicago proper for three years and attended this lovely, lovely parish:
The space itself is decor enough, don’t you think? | Image via La Belle Fleur Events
I was very involved at Saint Clement while I lived in the city and got to know one of the priests quite well, so we knew we wanted to hold our ceremony there. Also, it’s located in the vibrant Lincoln Park neighborhood, which for our out-of-town guests will be a perk. Finally, the interior is so delightful that we don’t feel like flowers or other adornments are necessary (which is lucky, as the church itself has quite a few restrictions on what can be used anyway).
Note: Even though it was always a given that we would have a full Catholic nuptial mass, my family isn’t Catholic and many of our friends aren’t either. Our solution? To create a portion of our website that addresses common concerns of those who are unfamiliar with the liturgy—things like length of ceremony (long), responses and gestures (just follow your neighbor), and communion (non-Catholics shouldn’t receive communion but can come forward for a blessing or remain in their pew—no shame in that game). I don’t know how many people will actually read it, but we want to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible!
Did you select your ceremony site based on your faith? How did you handle explaining rituals to those who don’t practice?