Marriage

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Welcome to the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and we congratulate you on the occasion of your engagement and upcoming marriage. If you are considering the Cathedral as the place for you to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage, we want to support and assist you in the best way possible as you embark on this very important commitment in your lives.

Please contact Lynnae Jarrell,
the Cathedral Wedding Coordinator with any questions or to get started on the planning process.

The information given below is a brief overview. Please download the policies for complete information.



Who can be married at the Cathedral?

The Catholic Church has a long tradition of celebrating the sacraments within one’s own community of faith; registered parishioners of the Cathedral Parish and, as the mother church of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, we also welcome weddings of Roman Catholics from other parishes who might wish to celebrate their wedding in the Cathedral with the preparation and also officiated by a priest or deacon from the home parish of the couple. If the home parish priest cannot preside, a Cathedral of Saint Andrew priest may be requested.

Who can officiate at Cathedral weddings?

The Paulist priests normally officiate at Cathedral weddings for parishioners. But permission can be given for a visiting priest or deacon to officiate. If you belong to another parish, your home parish priest is the appropriate person to ask to help you complete your wedding file and preside at your wedding. If the home parish priest cannot preside, a Cathedral of Saint Andrew priest may be requested.

When do weddings take place at the Cathedral?

Traditionally, the day and time for a wedding at the Cathedral is Saturday at 1:30pm. Alternate times on Saturday are 10am or 6:30pm. On a Friday, or any other day of the week, the time for a wedding is 2:30pm. Weddings are not permitted on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, durig the Catholic Church's Easter Holy Week or on Sundays.

Is the Cathedral Chapel available for weddings or convalidations?

Yes. they may also take place in the St. Ambrose Chapel when guests will not exceed 60 persons. Please contact the Cathedral Wedding Coordinator for details.

What preparation is required for the couple before the wedding?

The Catholic Bishops of the Province of Michigan, which includes the Diocese of Grand Rapids, requires a minimum immediate preparation period of six months prior to the celebration of a couple’s wedding. The covenant of love that a couple hopes to enter with the Sacrament of Matrimony requires time, so the couple is ready for the commitment they are about to make, six months is necessary to insure time for proper preparation.

Since marriage in the Catholic Church is a sacrament and a lifetime commitment, one of the ways the Church values and honors it is by taking time to help couples prepare. After a date has been confirmed with the Cathedral Wedding Coordinator, all couples may begin their preparation. Please download and read the wedding policies carefully to understand and plan for all requirements.

Do Catholic weddings always take place during Mass?

No. Weddings can be celebrated either during the celebration of Mass or during a Liturgy of the Word. Normally, weddings are celebrated during Mass only when both parties are of the Catholic faith.

Are there policies regarding the content of the wedding, the music used, etc.?

Yes. The content of the service is set forth in the Church’s official Ritual Book for weddings. The couple being married is encouraged to engage in helping to plan the wedding service. The Cathedral also has standards and policies regarding the music to be used at a wedding. They are set forth in some detail in the Wedding Policies and Procedures for the Cathedral of Saint Andrew which is given to all couples who are going to be married in the Cathedral.

Is someone who is not Catholic able to be married at the Cathedral?

They are, if they are free to marry a Catholic in a Catholic ceremony, and at least one of you is Catholic.

Are people who have been married before able to marry at the Cathedral?

Normally speaking, the answer to this question is no. That is because the Catholic Church regards marriage as a permanent commitment. However, because there are exceptions and extenuating circumstances, you would be well advised to discuss it as soon as possible with the priest or deacon whom you approach about officiating at your wedding.

How does a Cathedral parishioner schedule a wedding?

A parishioner is anyone who has been registered AND has been actively, regularly giving and participating at the Cathedral for at least 6 months before scheduling a wedding date.

If you are a regular and contributing parishioner, contact the Wedding Coordinator at the Parish Office who will verify that you are a parishioner and then give you available dates/times. Weddings at the Cathedral are usually scheduled more than a year in advance because of the demand. A $200.00 non-refundable deposit must be received before the date is reserved.
PLEASE NOTE: The above steps should be followed before you finalize any arrangements regarding the place of your reception, contracts with photographers, florists, etc.
A Cathedral priest will be assigned based on their availability, or a specific priest may be requested.

How does someone who is NOT a Cathedral parishioner schedule a wedding?

It is necessary first of all for you to have a priest or deacon who is willing to preside at your wedding. Normally, of course, this would be a priest or deacon from your own parish. It could also be a relative or a close friend. Once you have identified the priest or deacon presider, the Cathedral Wedding Coordinator will work with you to find an agreeable date for your wedding. This date will remain tentative until the priest or deacon has confirmed it with the Wedding Coordinator, and after receipt of a $500.00 non-refundable deposit to secure the date. 
PLEASE NOTE: The above steps should be followed before you finalize any arrangements regarding the place of your reception, contracts with photographers, florists, etc.

What is the fee for a Cathedral wedding?

The fee assigned to your wedding helps defray the costs of the services of the wedding coordinator, the organist, the sacristan, the custodians, the business office, as well as the cost of utilities, such as heat and electricity.

Fees for parishioners*

For weddings in the cathedral, the fee is $1000 for the main church, $800 for the chapel (limit 60 people). This includes the use of the cathedral church and facilities, wedding coordinator, liturgy planning, Cathedral Music Director/organist, printed worship aid, cantor, security, and cleaning and maintenance.

*The parishioner rate for weddings is set in order to honor the commitment of participating, contributing members of the parish. It is unfair to them to extend it to people who simply change parish affiliations in order to pay a lower fee. Normally speaking, the parishioner rate applies to those who have been registered and participating members for at least six months prior to scheduling a wedding.

Fees for non-parishioners

For weddings in the Cathedral, the fee is $2,000 for 2020 weddings, $2,250 for 2021 weddings. For weddings in the chapel, the fee is $1,200 (limit 60 people).

A security deposit is required:

Please note that $200 (parishioner) or $500 (non-parishioner) of your fee must accompany the initial requesting of a wedding date at the Cathedral.

 

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