Busted Halo
feature: sex & relationships
March 25th, 2009

A Marriage of Inconvenience

Coming Soon! Busted Halo's "The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding"



From over-the-top registries to destination weddings, the American wedding industrial complex is a $161 billion consumer bonanza. But a wedding is more than just a party: It’s the beginning of a life-long marriage, an important sacrament in the Catholic Church. Brides want everything to be to their specifications — and priests bristle at being treated like hired help. Friends and family ask about color themes for the reception, and the priest plies pre-Cana compatibility quizzes. It’s a cultural war, and engaged couples are on the front lines.


What happens when the princess planning her “one perfect day” clashes with the priest who would rather preside over a dozen funerals than one wedding?

Find out in the new BustedHalo.com series, “The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding.” Send in your questions to weddings@bustedhalo.com and hear Dr. Christine Whelan, author of the Pure Sex, Pure Love column go head to head with Father Eric Andrews, a Paulist priest with more than 15 years of wedding experience as they debate your questions: Why can’t you get married on the beach? Why is the priest being such a jerk? Why do we have to talk about sex during pre-Cana? And many more.

Click here to watch episodes of “The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding” here.

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  • SG

    I wish I had a nickel for every “so-called” serious person that wanted a big, beautiful, sacramental wedding, white dress and all…. only to watch the debauchery at the reception. The bride and groom and possey all drunk, the groom crawing around under the birdes dress…. yeah, i don’t doubt that there are serious couples out there, but it’s been years since I witnessed one where the couple wasn’t keeping quite the fact that they were shacking up, and everyone played the game, and including some priest…….. i wish you well, peace

  • Lindsay

    I love it! I understand that maybe this offend some people but I think it’s great. There are a lot of people out there who have turned weddings into parties and it’s no wonder that priests have become jaded. I have met quite a few ‘princesses’ and trying to convince them of the importance and sanctity of the step they are taking, is like talking to a brickwall. If it’s not about flowers, location, dresses, etc, it doesn’t matter. I can’t wait to see this, great job Busted Halo!

  • Ellen M

    This is a very sexist story. Blaming over-the-top weddings on a “princess”, and leaving the groom out of it entirely is ridiculous. Get a clue Busted Halo.

  • Mary K

    Why such a negative overtone for this project?? The only real problem I had when we got married two years ago was that the priest (a lifelong family friend) almost expected us to take the whole thing as “just a big party.” I think he was so jaded that he didn’t start out thinking that “hey, these kids might actually be taking this seriously, and be interested in the sacramental part of the event.” We DID take it seriously, and it was offensive when the priest just assumed, as this article seems to do, that we and most others don’t take it seriously! Sure, I wanted the day to be beautiful and perfect, but why not?? We make a big deal out of baptisms, confirmations, and even funerals have receptions. I’m sure priests want to celebrate their ordinations just as much…. its just that no one has made a commercial market out of that… yet….. Although there are ordination registries out there!

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