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Catholic Wedding Services in Venice

If you are planning a Catholic Wedding Service, Italy is the perfect destination for your wedding. No matter if it’s Rome, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Chianti, Amalfi or Sicily, Italy weddings are rich with Catholic religious history and tradition Italy offers a large number of church locations to choose from. You will need to select a church for your Catholic Wedding Service in Italy because Catholic services are not permitted outside the walls of the church.

There are two basic types of service with a Roman Catholic wedding: a ceremony without a mass; or a wedding ceremony incorporated into the mass. The first option, about twenty minutes in length, is quite straightforward, with readings and hymns; similar to the Protestant service. The second option with a mass may take just over an hour.

 As Catholics enter the church, they bless themselves by dipping the fingertips of their right hand into a font containing holy water, and then they make the sign of the cross, touching their forehead, heart, left shoulder, and right shoulder. Other guests, who are not required to do this, may simply proceed into the church or be guided to their seats by the ushers. Some Catholics, on arrival at the pew, make the sign of the cross while genuflecting (bending the knee as a sign of reverence). Some may go directly to their seats and sit down while others may kneel and pray before sitting.

After entry into the church, a greeting is usually issued by the priest, first to the bride and groom and then to their guests. This is followed by an opening prayer. 

 There are readings and prayers. Standing is required at times. Sometimes, there may be kneeling, but non-Catholic guests can just sit quietly while others kneel. When the congregation is invited to participate in the recitations out loud of the Lord's Prayer, Roman Catholics omit the Protestant version's final few lines, "For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever."

The Liturgy of the Word includes readings from the Old and New Testaments, a responsorial psalm, the "Alleluia" before the Gospel, and a Gospel reading. The selections may be read by the priest or by honored members of the family or wedding party. 

The homily, or sermon, elaborates on the marriage theme. If the priest knows the couple well, he may interlace his homily with personal references. 
The exchange of rings follows the exchange of vows. The best man, who usually has both rings, gives the bride's ring to the priest, who blesses it and gives it to the bridegroom, who then places it on the bride's finger. In the double ring ceremony, after the bride receives her ring, the blessing and presentation will be repeated for the bridegroom's ring. Some brides honor the role of the Virgin Mary as Christ's Mother by presenting flowers at a side altar dedicated to Mary.

The Prayer of the Faithful follows which may also include personal prayer by the couple. During a mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist is said at this time. Those who are chosen to bring gifts of wine and bread to the altar carry out their role at this point and the liturgy begins. 

The priest then offers the Nuptial Blessing. Just before Communion is served, there will be the "sign of peace". The priest will say, "Let us offer each other a sign of peace," which is an indication for everyone to turn to their neighbors, shake their hands, and say, "Peace be with you," or some other friendly greeting. Sometimes, relatives or very close friends will hug and a mother may kiss her child at this point.

Communion in the Roman Catholic Church is technically reserved for baptized Catholics only. The priest will indicate what the local custom is. Communion, the commemorations of Christ's last supper, is the ceremony in which bread and wine are consecrated and taken as the body and blood of Christ. To take communion, people walk down the center aisle to take the bread, usually a thin wafer, and sometimes a sip of wine, then come back up the sides to their seats.

After communion, the signing of the register takes place. After that is completed, the priest introduces the newly married couple. At this point, people may applaud, depending on local custom. The conclusion of a wedding without mass is the Lord's Prayer and a blessing. At a mass, the service ends with a blessing and dismissal. 

If you have been divorced, you will not be allowed to marry again in a Catholic Church. The ceremony could be done only if you can acquire an annulment for your previous marriage and have it recognized by the Church. If that cannot be done, you may still have a “Mixed Ceremony” or “Blessing Ceremony” provided in a Catholic Church. In this type of ceremony, only one of the bride or groom needs to provide proof of baptism and confirmation and does not combine the civil aspect of the wedding. That means that you will need to have a civil ceremony completed prior to the blessing ceremony.



















Protestant and Anglican Wedding Services in Venice

Unfortunately in Italy It's no possible to have a legally recognized protestant/Anglican weddings. Protestants and nAnglican couples must previoulsy celebrate their civil marriage in the Town Hall of Venice.

This just means that you get the pleasure of marrying twice! First at the civil hall (the ceremony only takes about 20 minutes) and then later the same day or another day in a religious ceremony held in the Anglican Church of St. George, near Accademia.

In these cases ,we normally organize a civil ceremony with only the parents as witnesses and guests. In the afternoon  the couple celebrates their wedding mass with none of their other 35 guests aware that they were "secretly" married in the  morning. Originally you may think it would be annoying or anti-climactic to have a civil ceremony in addition to the religious but instead, it was an added pleasure and moment for celebration.

Many of the Protestant ministers are flexible and will perform the ceremony wherever you would like. Since the ceremony is largely symbolic, there are few requirements and vary from one minister to the next. The minister will provide verification that you can take to your home church to demonstrate that in addition to being legally married (the civil ceremony) that your union was recognized within the Protestant church.

Some opt to be married in a civil ceremony in their home countries and have only a religious ceremony here in Italy.

For the religious authorization, it could be asked a baptismal requirement, church membership requirement and some other documents in case that  one or both of you have been married before. Marriages between people of different faith  are possible.


Protestant Wedding is considered one of the easier ceremony to plan. Protestant services have less restrictions and present much easier instructions to follow thus making them a very requested choice as a type of religious ceremony. we will have to be contacted in advance  to discuss both the conseils and restrictions so we can assure the complete fulfilling of the requirements.





Orthodox and Coptic  Wedding Services in Venice


The churches of the Eastern rite, including Russian and Greek Orthodox are similar in many ways to the Catholic tradition. While not encouraged, interfaith marriages are allowed, providing that the non-Orthodox party is a baptized Christian. Remarriages are also acceptable if religious decrees of annulment have been received, followed by a civil divorce. The banns of marriage may be published or not, as desired.

The Orthodox ceremony is long and full of symbolism. It usually takes place in the afternoon or early evening, but not during seasons of fasting or certain holy days. The ceremony begins with a betrothal ritual in which the rings are blessed, exchanged three times to signify the Holy Trinity and then placed on the bride’s and groom’s right hands.

At the close of the betrothal ritual, two crowns are placed on the heads of the bride and groom and exchanged three times. A Gospel is read. The couple then drinks from the same glass of wine three times. This signifies their everlasting love and commitment to share both the happy and sad times in marriage. The ceremony closes with the bride and groom, hands bound together being led around a ceremonial table three times while the congregations sings “God Grant Them Many Years.”

At least one of you and one of the witnesses must be baptized in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Interfaith and second marriages are permitted if church requirements are satisfied.


In general, however, the Orthodox wedding ceremony follows this outline:


 1. The Rite of Betrothal, in which rings are exchanged as a sign of commitment and devotion to one another.


2. The "Crowning," in which crowns or wreaths [customs vary in each parish] are placed on or held above the heads of the bride and groom. This signifies that in marriage there is a certain amount of sacrifice, especially in the area of "give and take." It also signifies that in a certain respect the bride and groom become the "king and queen" of their own "kingdom," or family, which is an integral part of the Kingdom of God.


 3. The sharing of a common cup of wine, which signifies that in marriage all things are shared equally.


 4. The procession around the sacramental table, during which the priest leads the couple three times as they take their first steps together as husband and wife.


 5. The removal of the crowns and the final blessing, in which all gathered wish the couple many years of blessings.


There are no "vows" in the Orthodox ritual, as found in other confessions.


Wedding services are not held during seasons of fasting or on certain holy days. You’ll need to plan far enough in advance to assure that your Orthodox Venician Wedding isn’t held on one of the restricted days.

Here are some of those days

  • During all the 4 long fasts

  • During the Meat Fast.

  • On the Bright Week (Easter).

  • During the period from Christmas (January 7) to Baptism (Jan.19).

  • On the eve of the 12 great feasts.

  • On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year.

  • On September 10, 11, 26 and 27 (due to strict fast on the day of commemoration of beheading of John the Baptist and the Elevation of the Cross).

  • On the eve of the church holidays (each church has its own days).

Coptic Wedding Services in Venice


For your Italy Wedding, Coptic Wedding Ceremony are also available. While Coptic Ceremony are similar to and based in Orthodox belief – many still prefer to maintain their religious integrity and will choose to stick to the strict guidelines that encompass the wedding mass of the Coptic Orthodox.

Planning for Coptic Wedding Ceremony in Venice like other religious services will require the bride and groom to do very specific things to meet the church’s requirements. Planning to marry in Venice it is best if you begin preparing for your Italy wedding well









Jewish Wedding Ceremony in Venice

Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist are the four main groups within the Jewish religions, with Orthodox being the strictest in following Jewish law. Conservative falls in the middle while Reform and Reconstructionist adherents are the most liberal of the four.

Some of the differences between the traditions are as follows: In the Orthodox interpretation the rabbi will not marry divorced persons unless they have a religious as well as civil decree. The men and women are seated in separate areas of the synagogue. Even though the conservative ceremony is less rigid in adhering to the Jewish law, many of the traditions are the same as the Orthodox. With both, service is in Hebrew and English. Neither a Conservative nor Orthodox rabbi will officiate at a marriage of mixed faiths. The wedding attire is very conventional. The men wear caps or yarmulkes in these ceremonies. Another similarity is that the ring is placed on the index finger of the bride’s right hand during the ceremony (it may be switches to the left hand after the ceremony). The ceremonies are preformed under a chuppah by a rabbi. The chuppah is a canopy, which symbolizes cohabitation and consummation.

The Reform service is usually in Italian though some Hebrew may be used. The ceremony is generally performed under a chuppah, but this is not mandatory. Men may wear yarmulkes, if they desire.

The ceremony begins and ends with the blessing of the wine, and the bride and groom taking a sip from a joint cup. The exchange of rings in the Jewish ceremony has slightly different significance in that it represents the exchange of material goods, which must take place in order to validate a Jewish wedding.

The Ketubah is a marriage contact, usually finely decorated that lists the bride’s rights in the marriage. It is given to the bride after the ring exchange, and then she usually hands it off to her honor attendant for the rest of the ceremony.

The ceremony ends with the reciting of the seven blessings. The bride and groom drink the blessed wine from a glass; the glass is wrapped in a napkin and then smashed beneath the groom’s foot. Many times, mazel tov is said at the end of the ceremony. This means good star or good position of your stars, which, over the years has come to mean good fortune.

The bride and groom then withdraw for a few minutes of seclusion, known as the Yichud. It is a few private moments in which the bride and groom have an opportunity to savor their new union. In the past, the bride and groom withdrew to consummate their marriage, but luckily that’s no longer the case!


 The Jewish wedding may take place at any time, other than on the Sabbath, major festivals, or other holy days. It may not take place during the forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot, with the exception of the thirty-third day. in advance. This is especially true for Coptic weddings.




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