Hi Guys! I'm getting married on May 5th at the Gran Caribe Real's Catholic Chapel. I've read a ton of threads from past brides that have gotten married here but I have not seen one bride mention anything about having to sign a church guideline form. When I sent my coordinator, Ana Perez, a PDF of our permission letter and Baptismal Certificates, she sent me the church guideline form and said that a signature was required. I reached out to someone that got married there last month and she said that she didn't sign any type of church guideline. I'm sure this is some new requirement that the Church has implemented but I was curious to know if any other brides, getting married in the chapel, have had to sign this.
The form isn't bad. It just outlines the rules of the church. They are things that you would normally do in church.
I thought it was worth posting on here for future brides/grooms to be aware of (if in fact, this is a new requirement).
Here are the guidelines that are listed on the form (word for word):
1. Dress code: should be according to the celebration. Please avoid the use of hats, shorts, dresses too short, see-through and/or strapless that rest solemnity to the celebration and devotion by distracting followers. We suggest using some type of scarf to cover up during the mass. The use of shoes is requested at all times.
2. Wedding vows will be limited to the exact text found in the marriage ritual.
3. Punctuality is very important. We ask you to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time as the priest will start on time, because there are often ceremonies scheduled for each hour.
4. You are not allowed to eat, drink, chew gum, or to chat inside the temple. Also, please keep cell phones turned off to show your respect for prayer. As you approach the altar to read or participate in a ritual, or when crossing the aisle of the chapel bow your heard towards the altar as a gesture of reverance and respect.
5. The flower arrangements for the chapel is optional but it is very important to consider that every flower is an offering made to God our Lord, so it must remain inside the chapel after the celebration.
6. Refrain from throwing rice, bubbles, ballons or any other object inside the chapel. The atrium is the appropriate place (from the door to the chapel and out) for this. In this Prelature we believe that many people do not have food to eat and that it's wrong to waste the rice - being a basic food item that can be shared with the needy.
7. Children who cry: If your child cries or screams please go with him to have a stroll through the atrium of the chapel to calm him/her down, give the child a piece of candy and let others listen to the mass without a distraction and pray with a spirit of recollection.
8. Choirs and musicians in general: their presentation shall be uniform, both in clothing and musical performance. The group must keep composure and respect througout the mass. The audio should be moderate. The music interpreted will comply with religious norms; they must be songs with lyrics and music composed to praise the Lord. Profane chants are not allowed.
9. Photographers: their wardrobe and personal presentation is very important. They are not allowed to be barefoot, in inapporpriate clothing or hats. They should respect the altar or chancel area staying at least one meter away from the altar and may not distract the bride and groom from the celebration, etc. Especially in the most sacred and important moments such the consecration and the silence after the communion. They must keep a good composure and respect throughout the mass.