Thank you for considering the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph for your wedding.
The following information below covers our basic wedding guideline and policy.
Please contact Antonia Lira, at 408/283-8100 ext. 2204 for further information and/or when you are ready to make your reservation.
Wedding dates are scheduled on Saturdays, at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. as well as Friday and Sunday (at 3:00 p.m. only).
Some conditions apply to Sunday weddings.
Each wedding is allotted a 2-hour time slot, which allows for seating of guests, the ceremony and pictures.
For example if your wedding is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., your time will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.
The donation cost for the use of the Cathedral is $1,875.00 for parishioners and $2000.00 for couples from other parishes. A parishioner is a person who is registered or lives within parish boundaries and has a history of support and participation. A special discount is given for 10:00 a.m. Saturday weddings.
Musicians and a ceremony coordinator are included in the Cathedral fee.
A $300.00 non-refundable deposit is required to be paid within two weeks of the reservation approval and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to the date of the wedding. Additional fees may apply for holiday weddings.
The Cathedral requires that you schedule an initial visit with one of our priests regardless of who is presiding or preparing you.
If you are not a parishioner of the Cathedral we encourage you to consult a priest from your own parish about his availability to preside over your ceremony and prepare you for the Sacrament. Your priest needs to verify that both of you are free to marry in the Catholic Church and you must allow at least 6 months for preparation prior to your wedding. Your priest will receive written confirmation from us following the $300.00 non-refundable deposit.
A marriage preparation retreat and Natural Family Planning class is required for couples preparing for marriage.
The Cathedral Basilica offers a one-day retreat 3 times per year, for more information call Antonia Lira at 408/283-8100 ext.2204.
You may also attend a 2½-day Diocesan Engaged Encounter Retreat, which is $400.00 per couple.
Your priest will advise you of any other activities that may be required and their fees.
All documentation that substantiates the completion of marriage preparation must be submitted to your priest. Your priest will need to submit all your paperwork no less than 6 weeks prior to your wedding.
Our music director will be your consultant regarding musicians and music selections and will also cantor for your ceremony.
A Cathedral organist is provided. Should you wish to contract additional liturgical musicians, we recommend budgeting approximately $250.00 for each. It is required that our music director meet with you to approve the selections, provide technical information to your musicians and be present at your ceremony to help things run smoothly. You may also visit the Cathedral web site for more information about wedding music selections and materials for your convenience.
Pop music is not appropriate or permitted.
Two arrangements will be provided by Citti’s florist for the Cathedral that will remain in place behind the Bishop’s seat and cannot be moved. These arrangements reflect the liturgical season, but at times can accommodate our wedding couples.
Please call Citti’s to ask if your colors can be worked into these arrangements. Citti’s can also assist you with supplementing these arrangements should you choose to purchase additional flowers.
You may select your own photographer and videographer however they must follow the guidelines of the Cathedral. They must complete and sign the Photographer and Videographer Guideline and Agreement.
The ceremony coordinator will contact you 6 weeks prior to your wedding date to arrange the details of your ceremony, conduct your wedding rehearsal and assist on your wedding day.
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