From a reader:
im getting married on friday may 31st the day after Corpus Christi.
can i eat meat at the reception or do i need a dispensation?
All Fridays, except for liturgical Solemnities, are days of penance even if one is doing something celebratory on that day. Congratulations, by the way, on your upcoming nuptials!
You can ask for a dispensation from your parish priest in individual cases.
You also have the privilege, in the United States, of substituting some other penance in lieu of abstaining from meat.
Now for my brief rant:
Would it not make a strong statement in favor of reviving Catholic culture were you as a couple, marrying on a Friday, to offer only meatless options at your reception?
It is certainly possible to do that without diminishing the celebration.
I’ll bet the readers here could think of zillions of great meal options that don’t include meat but are nonetheless both beautiful to look at and better to eat!