Congratulations on your engagement!
Thank you for considering the possibility of being married at St. Cecilia Parish. We want to support and assist you in the best way possible as you embark on this very important commitment in your lives.
Where do I start? After browsing through the information below, please contact the parish office at email@example.com or 206.842.3594 to get started.
This page is intended to answer a few of the questions which are most likely on your mind at this time. It may also help you to raise some questions which haven’t yet occurred to you but which will be important for you to consider as you make plans for your wedding.
Who can be married at St. Cecilia Parish?
Are you looking for a Convalidation?
A Convalidation ceremony is a type of marriage ceremony where a couple has married outside of the Catholic Church and now wants their marriage validated by the Catholic Church. If you are interested in a Convalidation ceremony, please contact Fr. Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is able to officiate at St. Cecilia weddings?
Is some sort of preparation needed for couples wishing to be married?
Yes. The Archdiocese of Seattle establishes a marriage preparation requirement which includes those wishing to be married contacting the pastor at least 6 months prior to the wedding. See our page on Marriage Preparation here!
When may weddings take place?
Do Catholic weddings always take place during Mass?
Does the parish have policies regarding the content of the wedding service, the music used, etc?
Yes. The content of the service is set forth in the Church’s official Ritual Book for weddings. However, the couple being married is encouraged to engage in helping to plan the wedding service by choosing the Scripture readings that will be used during it. There are certain other options for the service, too, which will be explained to you. The parish also has standards and policies regarding the music to be used at a wedding. You will be able to consult with the Director of Music, Emily Neer to select music that is right for your wedding.
How does a St. Cecilia parishioner arrange to get a wedding on the calendar?
St. Cecilia parishioners may begin scheduling a wedding by calling the parish office up to 14 months before your desired wedding date. After an initial contact with the parish office, the pastor will follow up with a further conversation to begin the marriage preparation process.
PARISHIONERS and NON-PARISHIONERS, PLEASE NOTE:
The above steps should be followed before you finalize any arrangements regarding the place of your reception, contracts with photographers, florists, etc.
The use of a wedding coordinator is optional. If a wedding coordinator is desired, St. Cecilia Parish engages the assistance of a wedding coordinator who is primarily concerned with non-liturgical activity for the wedding ceremony. The coordinator meets with the couple to talk about where the wedding party will be placed during the service and the actual rite as well as the process of entry and exit from the Church. The coordinator conducts those portions of the wedding rehearsal and is present on the day of the wedding to assist in the same way. Contact the parish office for details. Wedding coordinator fee is $100.00, which is paid directly to the coordinator.
Our music director, Emily Neer, will assist you in planning the music for your wedding. She may be contacted at email@example.com or 206.842.3594. Fees are listed below. Please review the list below prior to meeting with meeting with Ms. Neer.
A vocalist and keyboardist $300
Additional instruments $150 per instrument
Wedding Coordinator, if used $100
Church usage $500
Altar servers $20 per server
(usually there are 3)