Celebranting your Wedding
Time of Wedding Ceremony
Weddings are usually on Saturday ending by 2:00 pm. However, there is scheduling flexibility on days of week and time. Discuss with Father Joe Salerno the date and time that you would like.
The wedding time is the time that the bride must begin to walk down the aisle. It is suggested that Invitations should reflect at least 1/2 hour earlier than wedding time to allow guests to arrive on time.
Each couple must do whatever is necessary to ensure that not only the entire wedding party is ready to start on time, but all guests are present in the church on time. The wedding party should assemble at least 30 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. By starting on time, there is much less anxiety and frustration. Thus, everyone can enjoy participating in the wedding.
Official Church Witness of Wedding
The priest officially assigned to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church will officiate at all weddings. Other Catholic priests or deacons will be permitted to officiate at the wedding with the pastor’s advance approval. Pastors from other religious traditions or Jewish rabbis are most welcome to take part in the wedding ceremony.
Visiting Catholic priests are welcomed to witness the wedding vows of relatives and close friends. However, the couple will set the date, complete the appropriate forms and supply the required sacramental documents with the assistance of the priest at Our Lady of the Rosary.
Planning the Ceremony
Approximately a month before the wedding, there will be a planning meeting with the priest or deacon to plan the actual wedding ceremony. Each couple will be expected to complete the wedding plan before meeting with the priest or deacon. All couples should be as involved as possible in the planning of their wedding ceremony.
The rehearsal is scheduled at a mutually convenient time for bridge, groom and bridal party. The rehearsal must start on time. The priest will conduct the rehearsal. No bridal consultant is permitted to conduct the rehearsal.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
It is recommended that Catholics receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to their wedding. The priest officiating at the ceremony will normally be available for confessions following the wedding rehearsal.
All music performed in the church must be liturgical. The Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church organist usually plays for all weddings. If the organist should not be available, a competent substitute will be suggested. Please schedule a meeting with the parish music director to discuss your wedding music. If you wish to have a soloist, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church organist will suggest names of singers for you to contact. Both the organist's and soloist's fee is directly negotiated between you and them. (If you wish your own organist to play, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church organist must approve that the person is able to adequately use our organ).
Floral arrangements are the responsibility of the bride and groom. Usually one arrangement of flowers on either side of altar is sufficient. Any decorations placed on the end of the pew must not be harmful to the finish and must be picked up after the ceremony. Flower arrangements are not permitted on the Altar table. It is suggested that floral arrangements are to be left for the weekend liturgies. Our bulletin will note that this gesture is made by the couple in loving memory of their deceased relatives. Please notify the parish office of the names of the deceased family members two weeks before your wedding.
Runners are permitted but really not needed since the church is carpeted.
Costs are responsibility of couple.
Some couples may wish to have a Unity Candle at wedding. If so, please bring candles and stand to the wedding rehearsal. It is the couple’s choice who pre-lights the “outer” candles during the ceremony. Sometime, it is the bride and groom; other time the mothers of the bride and groom or special relatives or friends.
Photographers are permitted to take a limited number of pictures during the ceremony. They must consult with the priest or deacon prior to the ceremony to acquaint themselves with the order of events. The Sanctuary is a sacred space, and the photographers may not enter it at any time. The Church will remain open with lights on and available for photographers for a reasonable length of time after the ceremony.
Clean and Safe
The Church must be kept clean and present no hazard to those attending the wedding. Rice, confetti, bird seed, etc. may not be tossed anywhere in the church or in front of the church. Flowers may not be strewn down the center aisle by the flower girl.
If the honeymoon takes place outside of the United States, care should be taken to insure that all visas signed correspond to the names in the passports.