Sunday, November 2, 2008

Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Wedding Ceremony


I was privileged to attend an Iglesia ni Cristo wedding primarily because I have not yet witnessed one. Good thing my college friend invited me and it happened to be on my birthday. It was also a perfect timing because I had an appointment with my OB so I can attend her wedding.
When we arrived at the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) church San Francisco Locale, San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City, I felt at home because of the serene environment. The spacious grounds of the church provides ample parking for all the guests with a car.

The church was also accessible to the commuters since it's easy to hail cabs when you just step out of the church's gate.
It was also my first time to enter an INC church. I was awed with the how they maintain the cleanliness of its interiors. At first I expected that the church ministry would be so strict about the guests' attire; requiring all the female guests to be wearing a dress. Thank goodness no one approached some of our friends who were wearing slacks. I guess it was because our friend already mentioned that instance to the church ministry. I was also expecting that somebody would approach my husband to transfer to where the male guests are seated, but it did not happen. It was not that so strict after all. I heard that the strictness varies per locale.

After a while of musings and looking around, our friend was ready to march down the aisle accompanied by a traditional wedding entrance song. The wedding rite itself is very solemn, and it only took 30 minutes to complete the whole wedding ceremony.


Differences versus a Catholic Wedding:
1. Only traditional wedding music can be played when the bride walks down the aisle.
2. No wedding symbols such as wedding arrhae, wedding cord, and unity candle.

3. Ceremony only takes 30 minutes.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

how was the reception?? i heard no music or dancing is allowed? is this true?

Anonymous said...

nope. the reception is an entirely different thing.

Anonymous said...

you cannot pick your own songs?

Anonymous said...

you cannot pick your own songs?

dhen said...

hi, you can do pick any song on the reception program but on the wedding ceremony itself, we use our own songs. the same with the traditional wedding march, we have our own now.

Anonymous said...

Can the bride has a maid of honor who is not of their religion?

Anonymous said...

Can a bride have a maid of honor who does not attend their church or is not of their religion?

Marco Paolo said...

The strictness was not imposed since it was a wedding ceremony and not a "pagsamba". On Church services the males are seated at one side and the females at the other. The bride can have a maid of honor which is of different religion

claire said...

how about the reception, what kind of program did they have? is it boring?

claire said...

is it posible to have a mother/son and father/daughter dance?