Planning Your Wedding

MUSIC

Along with the paperwork, preparations, meetings and classes outlined in our wedding brochure, there is an additional very important step to ensure that you have a secure place in another of our wedding calendars.   All details with regard to music must be arranged through our Music Department.   John Sittard is our Music Director at ext. 2211 (john.sittard@sthugo.org), and David Enos is Associate Director at ext. 2214 (david.enos@sthugo.org).

Fee Schedule for Music:

Organist:                                $250

Cantor:                                   $175

Additional instruments:       $175 per musician

Musician or cantor stipends are to be made payable to the individual.  Total payment for these fees are to be submitted when you bring in the marriage license.  This must be at least three days before the wedding.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY

You are welcome to record your wedding.  Photographers must know that they must work within the time framework allotted for each wedding.  Also, proper regard for the sacred space of the church and chapel must be observed.  Movements must be unobtrusive.  Flash may only be used during the processional and recessional.  At no time may photographers be in the sanctuary area, the balcony above the altar, or the aisles (with the exception of the processional). We ask that you be respectful of the church and grounds. If there is a wedding following yours, the photographer may have to work quickly to vacate the church building.  You may use the grounds for additional pictures.  No supplemental lighting may be used.  Please have all photographers check in with the wedding sacristans before the ceremony.

RING BEARERS/FLOWER GIRLS

Please note that the Ring Bearer(s) will not carry the actual wedding rings.  You should plan for a pillow with imitation rings.  Flower girl(s) are not allowed to drop flower petals.

MARRIAGE LICENSE

The marriage license may be obtained from the county in which you live in for Michigan residents.  If both parties are out-of-state residents, you must apply in the county you are going to be married (Oakland County).  Both the bride and groom-to-be are required to present certified copies of their birth certificates at the time of application.  The license expires 33 days from the date of application.  Please deliver all three copies of the license along with the return envelope to the Parish Office no later than three (3) days before the wedding.

TIMING OF WEDDING

Two hours of the day of your wedding are allotted for your celebration and your use of the church or chapel.  This includes the 30 minutes before, and the 30 minutes following your wedding.  This is a schedule that will be strictly adhered to in consideration of others.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Wedding Day and Time

Time Allotted

Friday 4:00 pm

  3:30  –  5:30 pm

Friday 6:00 pm

  5:30  –  7:30 pm

Saturday 12:00 noon

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Saturday 2:00 pm

  1:30  –  3:30 pm

Saturday 4:00 pm

  3:30  –  5:30 pm

 

Plan to arrive promptly 30 minutes before the start of your wedding.  Bride and bridesmaids may gather in the downstairs crypt area prior to the ceremony.  Please note that the mothers of the bride and groom will be seated five minutes before the start of your wedding time (music will be selected for this).

We are unable to accommodate receiving lines and suggest planning one at your reception site.

FEES

Because we believe our parishioners are good stewards and generous with their support of the church, there is no fee for the use of the church or chapel for the wedding.  However, most couples wish to make a donation, and their generosity is appreciated.  Fees for the musicians are due to the Parish Office no later than 3 days before the wedding (may be dropped off at the same time as the marriage license).

Special acknowledgement may be given to the priest who has prepared you and will be the celebrant of your marriage. 

FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS

It is important to note that flowers may not be placed on the main altar.  If you have a unity candle arrangement, this is to be provided by the couple or florist and placed in the area designated by the sacristans on the day of your wedding.  In the chapel, the main aisle is 87 feet long and 5 feet wide.  A 100-foot runner may be used in the chapel, but is not mandatory.  No runner is to be used in the main church. 

For safety and care of the church and chapel, the throwing of flower petals, rice or birdseed is not allowed and may not be any part of your celebration. Blowing bubbles outside of the chapel is permitted.  Pew decorations can be tied or attached with special clamps only.  No tape is to be used.  Be sure to assign someone to remove decorations and bows immediately after your service is complete, in consideration for others that may follow you.

NO FOOD OR BEVERAGE/ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED  AT ANY TIME IN THE CHAPEL

 

 

 

Guest Musicians and Vocalist Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apply online for marriage license in:

Oakland County

Wayne County

Macomb County