Weddings at Cathedral

jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-cathedral-of-mary-our-queen-weddings_0894We welcome you to the Cathedral for your wedding, and we congratulate you on your decision to marry! When lived with respect and fidelity and with faith in Christ’s sustaining presence, marriage can be an extraordinary blessing throughout all of life’s moments.

All of the initial information needed is located in the Wedding Booklet. For important highlights about having your wedding at Cathedral, please keep reading.

Once you have read through the Wedding Booklet, please contact Lori Ryan for the next steps in scheduling your wedding.

Many thanks to Jennifer McManamin Photography for the lovely photos on this page of weddings at the Cathedral. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Scheduling

jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-cathedral-of-mary-our-queen-weddings_0864-1Couples are to contact the Parish Office at least six months before any wedding plans may be made. It is most important that arrangements are made first with the priest/deacon before any other arrangements are finalized (i.e. reception facilities, caterers, etc.). Weddings can be held in the Main Church of the Cathedral or in the Lady Chapel, located behind the main
sanctuary at the west end of the Cathedral.

Due to the great number of events held at the Cathedral throughout the year, weddings may be held at the Cathedral only on Saturdays at 10am, 12noon, or 2pm. Wedding rehearsals are typically scheduled Friday evening at 6:30pm. Other times for rehearsals may be requested or required depending upon the Cathedral schedule.

Because of the large number of weddings at the Cathedral, the clergy staff are able to witness only the weddings of parishioners of the Cathedral. Non–parishioners must contact a priest or deacon to be responsible for their wedding and be present for the rehearsal. Couples whose wedding is to be witnessed by a priest or deacon who is not on staff at the Cathedral must request permission from one of the Cathedral parish clergy. More details are included in the Wedding Booklet (above).

Fees

jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-cathedral-of-mary-our-queen-weddings_0922The fee for use of the Cathedral for a wedding is $600 for parishioners of the Cathedral and $1200 for non–parishioners.

In light of the large amount of time and effort that planning a wedding requires on the part of the presiding priest or deacon, it is suggested that the couple make a personal offering of $150 to the celebrant.

Fees for musicians are in addition to the fee for use of the church. Basic fees are $250 for the organist and $150 for the cantor/soloist. Additional charges may apply. See the Wedding Booklet section on liturgical music for more details. These fees should be paid to the Cathedral no later than two months prior to the wedding.

Archdiocesan Resources

jennifer-mcmenamin-photography-cathedral-of-mary-our-queen-weddings_0869In addition to reading the Wedding Booklet (above) for information on documentation, scheduling, fees, marriage preparation, liturgical and music planning, we believe the following resources are useful: