Friday, March 8, 2019

No Decorating During Lent

If you're Christian, you know that Wednesday started the Lenten season. You're supposed to use this as a time of reflection, and end Lent as a better person, a better Christian. To help you aid in your betterment, you're asked to sacrifice. On Ash Wednesday, and all Fridays during Lent, you abstain from eating meat; on the holiest days of the Lenten season, you are asked to fast; and during the 40 days, most Christians will give up something extremely enjoyable to them. For me, it's chocolate; for that dude in 40 Days and 40 Nights, it was sex; for brides, it's decorating the church.

If you're picking your wedding date, and planning on getting married in a church, be sure to check to see if it's during Lent. Many churches will NOT allow you to decorate at all during the Lenten season, so keep that in mind -- and read this post from about it.

That was news to me when I heard it.

A few years ago, I was out with my friend Nicole, blabbering about weddings, and she brought it up. She had a friend who planned her wedding and church ceremony, all blind to the fact that her wedding was happening during Lent. And that meant no decorations at the church.

No white tulle pew bows. No flowers adorning the alter. Nope, nada, zippo, zilch.

On one hand, it sure saves a lot of money. Having a bow on every pew and a runner down the aisle can get expensive. So getting married during Lent eliminates those costs (and since it's a church mandated order, it stops you from looking cheap).

But, on the other hand, it might make your photos inside the church a little lackluster.

Pete and I planned a summer wedding, so this wasn't something we had to keep in mind, but it is just one small aspect of the wedding to think about that you didn't think you had to think about when the planning process started. That there are a ton of those sort of things.

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  1. To answer your question... how much work it is to actually plan a wedding. My husband & I were married 9 years ago and when I started looking at venues, decor, cakes, etc., I quickly realized that since it was a second marriage for us both, that we were much better off in just flying to the Bahamas and getting married. WAY cheaper and WAY less mental stress. I highly suggest it.
    :) gwingal

  2. Thank you for sharing this, Lisa -- this really isn't something you necessarily think about when planning a Catholic wedding. When my husband and I were married in January 2013, we were fortunate in that the church was still decorated for the Christmas season. Fortunately, most Catholic churches are gorgeous as it is and don't require much decorating, but it gives you something to think about!

    So nice to meet a fellow Catholic blogger! I just followed you on FB and would love to have you stop by Living Like Martha sometime!


  3. I was born and raised Catholic but never knew about the no decorations in the church rule. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week and have a Happy Holiday.

  4. Wow! I had no idea either! i'm presbyterian, so we don't really "participate" in Lent like Catholics do -- this is VERY good to know! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMatters

  5. We were married during Lent 28 years ago and the church was very strict. However they did allow us to have one large tall pedestal arrangement near the altar. We made sure our bouquets were really large and beautiful, and honestly, no one seemed to notice. We also had lots of flowers at the reception. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope to see you again this week!