Your wedding day will take a great deal of planning and we are here to help. The Celebration of Matrimony is within the Liturgy and below are all the guidelines to keep in mind and follow. Please note a few resources :
WEDDING FEES & HONORARIUMS
The Reservation Fee can be paid via Credit Card, Cash, or Check. Payment plans are available. The Reservation fee must be paid in full 2 weeks before the Wedding Date.
The Marriage Coordinator will send you an email with instructions to pay the online fees.
Parishioner = the Catholic individual or their parent(s) are registered members of St. Anthony’s for at least 6 months prior to the request for a wedding date.
CHURCH RESERVATION FEES
MARRIAGE PREPARATION FEES
Deliver these payments to the Parish Office at least 2 Weeks before the wedding. Please notify us when you will be delivering the envelopes. Place each payment in a SEPARATE envelope marked with the following information: Groom & Bride Names, Wedding Date, Payment for: Clergy (Indicate whether, Clergy, Altar Server, Accompanist.. etc.)
WEDDING CEREMONY FEES
MUSIC & AV FEES
Photographs provide lasting memories of the wedding ceremony. The taking of these photographs, however, must never distract the bride, groom and their guests at the wedding from the prayerful dignity of the liturgy of Christian Marriage. Careful observance of the following policies is expected. All policies cover the church and chapel.
The photographer and/or the videographer must read and sign the Photography Agreement Form.
Please use the Rite of Matrimony guidebook (below) to guide you through this selection process. This needs to be submitted at least 2 months before your wedding so your Wedding Coordinator can contact you to discuss details of your rehearsal and wedding day. Any questions please contact :
Our office is here to assist couples with music preparations for weddings. Music is a normal part of any Sacrament and we want to make sure that all music needs are met, so advance planning is important. Your answers to the questions below will help us assist you in choosing musicians for your wedding. Once confirmed, those musicians will then help you choose the music for your wedding.
Even though it is the norm, there are a couple of instances where music is optional.
If you have any questions please contact :
Wedding Programs or Worship aids should be more than just a program with names in the ceremony. Worship aids should serve as a source for Catholics and non-Catholic alike who are invited guests to your wedding so that they may actively participate in the prayers that are being offered during your wedding ceremony. It can also provide music lyrics for them to follow along and sing. It is a simple aid printed on either white or cream paper with black ink. We encourage the bride and groom to keep a copy as a memento and any extras leftover are sent home with the family to either keep or send off to relatives or friends who were unable to attend.
All members of the wedding party (attendants, ushers, parents, readers, etc.) should be encouraged to attend the rehearsal. During the rehearsal the wedding coordinator will go over placement, how to approach and leave the altar/ambo/lectern, procession and dismissal with all involved, and where to sit and stand during the celebration.
A Catholic wedding takes place in the context of the Sacred Liturgy. The Rite of Marriage may be celebrated within a Liturgy of the Word or within the Nuptial Mass. The Nuptial Mass is celebrated only when both parties are practicing Catholics. During the Rite of Marriage, the Church seeks God’s blessings for the newlyweds and the couple professes their solemn vows to God and to each other.
LITURGICAL PROCESSION (ENTRANCE)
BRIDAL ENTRANCE OPTIONS
LITURGICAL RECESSIONAL (EXIT)
**If a couple choose to include the tradition of the Arras (coins), Lazo or Bible – those individuals will come in [in that order] after the priest and/or Deacon or can be seated on their own before the procession begins.
**Padrinos (“godparents”) do not need to be part of the processional, but if desired, the most appropriate place is just before or just after the grandparents and parents.
The Church building of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church is a sacred place where we gather, pray, and celebrate. The architectural beauty of our Church and the furnishings of the celebrations of liturgy are designed to express a sense of unity and “noble simplicity.” Decorations used at weddings should be appropriate to the space and a quality that reflects the dignity of Christian Marriage. The following policies are provided in order that the beauty of the Church be respected and maintained.
USE OF THE CHURCH
USE OF THE BRIDAL ROOM
We invite the Bride and her attendants to use the parlor and adjacent restroom for dressing. The following policies are to be observed:
USE OF THE CHURCH FAMILY ROOMS (CRY ROOM)
This is the Bridal Party Designated Area. We invite the Groom and his attendants to use the Church family room and adjacent men’s restroom for waiting. The same offer is extended to the Bridesmaids and the adjacent women’s restroom. The following policies are to be observed: