Wedding consent in Spanish

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: A couple getting married soon wanted a Spanish-speaking priest, but no one is available. I have agreed to preside in English, although their elders speak Spanish. If I have the ritual book with the translation in front of me, can the couple exchange their consent in Spanish?

I am fairly certain that the answer is ‘no’, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.


A: They may exchange their consent in Spanish. Even though the custom in the US is that the priest speaks the words of consent and the couple repeats after him, that option is never given in the Order of Celebrating Matrimony. It envisions that the couple recite the words by themselves. Or they respond to questions posed by the minister.

Even when celebrating weddings in English, I usually invite the couple to read their complete words of consent to each other while I stand nearby and listen.