There are two liturgical options for celebrating the marriage: the Rite of Matrimony within Mass, and the Rite of Matrimony without Mass.
For marriage between two Catholics, the Church recommends that the Rite of Matrimony take place within the celebration of the Eucharist.
If, however, the couple has been inactive in practicing the faith, rarely attends Sunday Mass, or is cohabiting, it is recommended that the Rite of Matrimony take place outside of Mass.
If there are questions about this please feel free to discuss them with the priest who will be celebrating the rite.
For marriage between a Catholic and a baptized non-Catholic, or non-baptized person, the Rite of Matrimony will be celebrated outside of Mass.
In selecting someone to do the scripture readings, please keep in mind that the person who fills this liturgical role will be proclaiming the Word of God. These individuals should be instructed at the rehearsal on the appropriate timing and method to proclaiming the scriptures. It is most important that they be able to read so that the assembly can hear the Word of God.
Copies of the readings will be provided by the wedding coordinator and placed on the ambo (pulpit) prior to the liturgy. There is no need for the readers to carry a copy of the reading to the ambo.
If your wedding will take place in the context of the Mass, there may be a need for extraordinary ministers to help with the distribution of Holy Communion.
Family or friends who function as extraordinary ministers in their own parishes may fill this role during the wedding. Please discuss this matter with the Pastoral Assistant for Marriage when planning the liturgy.