Planning a wedding is both exciting and stressful. Couples getting married in the Catholic Church know that their wedding day is much more than getting the right flowers or venue, but those practical details can get in the way of a focus on the couple’s faith and trust in God’s love in the sacrament. Because of this, the Church invites couples to celebrate their marriage in the context of prayer so that their love, the promises they make and the hope they hold for one another, become a living example of Christ’s love. Great care is taken to see that the prayer for this special moment is reverent, beautiful, graceful, rooted in the Scriptures, and open to the movement of God’s spirit among us.
In the Diocese of San Diego, couples are expected to contact their pastor, priest or deacon at least nine months in advance of the date on which they hope to celebrate their wedding. Although nine months may seem like a long time, we feel this time is important in order to complete the necessary marriage preparations in a manner which is not rushed. It is also important to develop a friendly relationship with the priest or deacon who will assist you in your marriage preparations and preside at your wedding celebration.
Setting the Date:
1. It is the responsibility of the couple to secure a tentative date and time for the church or chapel with a $100 non-refundable deposit before making a commitment with the hotel, reception hall, caterer, musician, videographer, photographer, etc.
2. St. Pius X reserves the right to cancel the wedding if the couple does not complete their marriage preparation or payoff the balance a month before the wedding.
Celebration and Rehearsal:
1. All who will take an active part in the wedding celebration must attend the rehearsal.
2. The wedding and rehearsal will start promptly at the assigned hour. Please be on time!