Marriage

marriage page
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, (616) 456-1454 x1901,
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 or preside at Cathedral weddings?

The Cathedral priests 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 through the Wedding Coordinator.

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 and/or convalidations?

Yes. they may also take place in the St. Ambrose Chapel when guests will not exceed 60 persons. Please call the parish office at 616-456-1454 x1901 to schedule at date and time.

What is the time period for preparation to celebrate a Catholic 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.

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.

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.

If one person of the couple is not Catholic is s/he able to be married at the Cathedral?

Yes, if s/he are free to marry a Catholic in a Catholic ceremony, and at least one of you is Catholic.

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.

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.

Request a date and time for a wedding to be put on hold for no more than one week.

Send a $200.00 non-refundable deposit made out to the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Please write the date of your wedding on the memo line.

A Cathedral priest will be assigned based on their availability, or a specific priest may be requested.

When the deposit and the confirmation from your priest to complete your wedding file and preside at your wedding are received, your date will officially be placed on the calendar.

PLEASE NOTE: The above steps should be followed before you finalize any arrangements regarding the place of your reception, contracts with photographers, florists, etc.

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

Contact the Wedding Coordinator at the Parish Office who will give you available dates/times. Weddings at the Cathedral are usually scheduled more than a year in advance because of the demand.

Ask a priest or deacon from his/her home parish to confirm with the Cathedral through email or phone that he will be preparing your marriage file and be present to preside at your wedding.
*If the priest agrees to complete the wedding file, but cannot preside, he still needs to contact the parish office and talk to the Wedding Coordinator. A Saint Andrew parish priest can be asked to preside at your wedding.

Call the Wedding Coordinator at the Cathedral, and she will place your date on hold for no more than one week.

Send a $500.00 non-refundable deposit made out to the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Please place the date for your wedding on the memo line.
When the deposit and the confirmation from your priest to complete your wedding file and preside at your wedding are received, your date will officially be placed on the calendar.

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 or Convalidation?

The following fees have been established for a wedding at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and the balance (less the deposit) must be paid in full two months prior to the wedding. Please download the policies for more details. *When Covid guidlines are in place, please contact the wedding coordinator.

Parishioners: $1000.00 for the main sanctuary.
                        $800.00 for the Chapel (Seating is limited to 60*)
                        $200.00 deposit

Non-parishioners: $2,250.00 for the year 2021 for the main sanctuary
                              $1,200.00 for the Chapel (Seating is limited to 60*)
                             $500.00 deposit

 

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

Unless there has been an annulment, the answer to this question is "no". 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 before a committment for preparations have been made.

end faq

Contact Lynnae

jarrell lynnae sm

 
  Questions?
  Lynnae Jarrell
  Wedding Coordinator

Email Lynnae
or call (616) 456-1454 x1901

English Spanish Vietnamese