8 Things to Consider for an Easter Wedding

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Planning to get married during Easter? It can be tricky as it is one of the holiest holidays in the Christian calendar. Your date selection relies heavily on how you or your family observes this holiday, as well as which religious sect you are a member of. On the one hand, it is during a usually long weekend which does give you time to prepare. On the other hand, it might cause some schedule conflicts with wedding officiants and raised eyebrows amongst some of your guests who religiously observe the holiday and actually spend that day celebrating with family. Before you gun for that wedding date, here is a list of 8 things you should consider for your Easter wedding. 

1. General Days to Avoid

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Easter is not usually the best day to conduct a Christian wedding. This includes the days before Easter, which is Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Getting married during the Lenten season might not also be anticlimactic to your wedding seeing as how the entire Lenten season is an observance of one of the more spiritual practices in the Christian belief. Getting married in a Greek Orthodox Church will be out of the question during the 40 days of Lent and Easter. Not to mention, it’s a holiday during a long weekend, and plenty of families take the opportunity to spend that time together and even celebrate over a background barbecue and some Easter Egg hunting fun. 

What can you do about it? 

First of all, you need to know how your family and guests feel about it. If they are not as religious or don’t have anything special planned for the coming Easter, then you won’t have a problem. As Easter is a tricky date to have a wedding, make sure you advise your guests months in advance of the wedding date. You can do a temp check to see if anyone would bother, but if it’s not a big deal to the people you will be inviting, then you shouldn’t have a problem. 

2. Will Your Officiant Perform The Wedding?

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Choosing an Easter Sunday wedding date for a Catholic wedding may cause you some unexpected problems. Priests and officiants are usually busy during this holy season, and you might not be able to book an officiant or priest as they themselves are observing this holiday. There is a high likelihood that your priest will tell you that you should move your wedding to a different day. Keep in mind that most dioceses and churches might prohibit any celebrations in the church during the Lenten seasons until Easter. 

What can you do about it? 

While most parishes and dioceses do not conduct weddings during Easter, there are still others that do. You will need to do a little bit more research if you are intent on getting married in a Catholic church. Most Christian officiants, though, will be a little bit more flexible with this date, and if you are willing to consider getting married in a different venue such as a garden wedding or having a backyard wedding, then you should be fine. 

3. Do You Need Permission To Marry At This Time?

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As this is a religious holiday, observances and celebrations apart from the Lenten season and Easter Sunday are discouraged, and in most cases, declined by priests and churches due to the number of activities and masses they need to carry out. You will need to speak with the priest or your church to find out if they will allow it. Due to certain restrictions and practices from the church, there is a high likelihood that they would not allow weddings to be conducted until after Easter Sunday. 

What can you do about it? 

If you have chosen this date due to constraints with time or availability, or that you just want to get married around Easter, you must speak with your priest who will seek permission from higher authorities. In an Orthodox Church, you must make an appeal to your priest. They in turn will confer with the Bishop on your behalf. You will then be informed if your request has been granted, and you can definitely carry out the celebrations! 

4. Choose Your Menu Carefully

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You will need to take into account your guests who are observing the Lenten and Easter holiday when choosing your menu. If your wedding date leads up to this time, there will be a certain number of dietary requirements that you need to consider. For instance, many of your guests might be fasting or have stopped eating meat. 

What can you do about it? 

Make sure you check with your guests about any dietary requirements or preferences they might have during this time. As your wedding is also around springtime, now would be a great time to serve veggies such as asparagus and a cheese board filled with cheese, fruits, and berries. Salads offer a refreshing snack for your guests, and a healthy fish fillet dinner would be much appreciated. For your guests who are observing the Lenten season, you can serve grilled cheese sandwich bites, pasta dishes like fettuccine Alfredo, a garden quiche, or a vegetable pizza. 

5. Possibility of a Low Guest Count

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With the many things you need to consider when celebrating your marriage on a day that is considered to be a holy holiday, keep in mind that a low guest count would be inevitable. This is also something you can expect if the majority of your family observes the Lenten season and Easter Sunday. If a low guest count won’t be a problem for you, then you won’t have to worry about anything. Taking this into consideration, you should know your guests well enough to know how they feel about attending a wedding during the Easter holiday. 

What can you do about it? 

It will require plenty of time to ensure that the people who matter in your wedding are in attendance, given the terms of your wedding date. You will need to properly explain the situation to your family as to why you are getting married on Easter. It somehow helps if you already have the blessing of the church that your marriage will be conducted then, so make sure that you lay out all the details with your family. And make sure to remind them that you will be celebrating as a family, especially if your wedding happens to be right on Easter Sunday. Perhaps, this one year could be marked as a special get-together to celebrate new life and a new union! 

7. What time Should the Ceremony Be? 

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Another important factor of your wedding will be the time of the ceremony and the reception. For starters, if you are targeting an Easter Sunday wedding, you won’t be able to have your wedding at the same time as the church service. If you get away with a Sunday morning wedding, you might have a low turnout of guests. Depending on your guests’ belief in faith, you probably won’t see them in a ceremony conducted in the morning. And unless it’s sometime after lunch towards the afternoon, guests who are active church members might not be able to make a wedding ceremony in the morning. If you have your wedding in the afternoon, you need to be sensitive to the time your wedding festivities end as the next day would be a workday, and your guests might have to leave early. 

What can you do about it? 

Manage expectations when it comes to guest attendance. A brunch wedding or an after-lunch affair would be a great bet. You’ll be able to serve guests and keep them fed, energized for the ceremony and reception, and they’ll have time to travel home and rest in time for the start of the work week the next day. It would also be in your best interests to keep your wedding local for accessible locations to allow your guests to be part of your celebration. 

8. Getting out of the Traditional Wedding Dress

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Getting married in spring is the perfect time to choose a one-of-a-kind wedding gown. Something that is special, and makes you really stand out as the bride. For a spring wedding, you don’t have to stick with the norm! Colored wedding gowns are now in season, so you can choose a color for your wedding dress that goes perfectly with your wedding’s color scheme. Choose from shades of blue, lemon, pink, mint, and peach. They fit well with the season, and are a refreshing take from the usual wedding gown! 

What can you do about it?

Not comfortable getting a different colored-wedding gown, but love the idea? Don’t fret! Go for a touch of color towards the edges of your wedding gown. It’s a nice little feature that shows your upper torso in the traditional white but ends with a flair towards the bottom. Or make it a nice little surprise by going for colored tulle underneath! Make it a bold sunny spring yellow, or a bright robin egg blue color to add a colorful show at the right time when your pictures are taken. 

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