This just in by e-mail (edited):
As a regular reader (and occasional comboxor) of your blog, I wanted to write and share with you the news of my recent engagement, especially given that my fiancee and I are planning to celebrate the sacrament of marriage according to the 1962 Missal. … The wedding Mass will take place in her hometown, with (hopefully) my parish priest being able to offer the Mass.
I am hoping that we do not encounter any "wrinkles" once our intentions are expressed to her parish priest. In that regard, if you have any suggestions as to how best to go about this, I would most sincerely appreciate hearing from you (although, as I understand it, no "permission" is no longer needed, and thus my plan is to simply treat it as if we were intending to have a "regular" Mass).
Likewise, I have searched but have not found any explanatory resources re: a wedding Mass per the 1962 missal. I have seen the missalette published by the Coalition Ecclesia Dei, but beyond the text of the nuptial (and the Mass itself) I know very little about "what" to do. Do you know of any such resources?
I would be happy to keep you informed about the progress of our plans. If it works out, we will also be blessed with chant from a few members from [a] schola. Bold plans, no doubt, but we are both extremely excited and looking forward to all this!
This sounds like a wonderful event. Congratulations in advance.
However, remember that when it comes to weddings, the local parish priest is the one who gets to say if a visiting priest can do anything. Period. A visitor really doesn’t not have the right to come into a parish and just do what he chooses. Therefore, it is very important to approach the parish priest where the wedding is to take place with great diplomacy. Make sure the priest who is to do the Mass is involved and ready to answer any and all questions about the differences in the rite, etc. Remember to review the paragraph in Summorum Pontificum which says that the older form of Mass and the Rituale Romanum can be used for "occasional" celebrations, which would include weddings (see below):
Some readers here might be able to point you to printed resources you can put in the hands of the congregation, just in case the local priest is worried about "participation", or people running screaming from the church, etc.
Art. 5 § 3. Fidelibus seu sacerdotibus id petentibus, parochus celebrationes, hac in forma extraordinaria, permittat etiam in adiunctis peculiaribus, uti sunt matrimonia, exsequiae aut celebrationes occasionales, verbi gratia peregrinationes.
WDTPRS VERSION: Let the pastor permit to the faithful or priests requesting it, celebrationes in this extraordinary form also in particular circumstances as are marriages, funerals, or celebratory occasions, for example, pilgrimages.
Art. 9, § 1. Parochus item, omnibus bene perpensis, licentiam concedere potest utendi rituali antiquiore in administrandis sacramentis Baptismatis, Matrimonii, Poenitentiae et Unctionis Infirmorum, bono animarum id suadente.
WDTPRS VERSION: Similarly, a pastor, everything having been well thought through, can grant permission for using the older Ritual in order to administrate the sacraments of Baptism, Matrimony, Penance and Annointing of the Sick, as the good of souls suggests.