Congratulations on your engagement! We look forward to celebrating your wedding in our parish. As with all liturgical celebrations, music will play a unique and integral part in your wedding service. The guidelines below will assist you in planning an appropriate music program for your wedding. Please familiarize yourself with these guidelines right away to avoid any disappointment or hardship along the way. For questions related to wedding music, contact Director of Music, Lacy Kidwell.
Getting Started The first step in arranging wedding music is to submit the Wedding Music Reservation Form. Our Director of Music will be in touch once he receives the form. Under no circumstances should couples make any arrangements without first submitting this form and speaking with the Director of the Music.
Choice of Music It's essential for couples to think liturgically when selecting wedding music. Catholic hymns and service music must represent the core of your music program. We embrace both traditional and contemporary styles as long as they are in keeping with the sanctity of the Sacrament of Marriage. In addition to church music, we also permit the use of certain Classical works as processional and recessional pieces. Pop music, show tunes, and other similar genres are not allowed, nor do we permit the use of recorded or commercial music. Please address any questions regarding the selection of music with the Director of Music.
Music Personnel Couples having a Nuptial Mass are required to have an organist and cantor. A cantor is recommended, though not required, for wedding ceremonies. Due to their experience and expertise, the organist and cantor will be hired by the Director of Music from the church's regular music staff. Requests to use a cantor from outside the parish must be made at least three months in advance and are subject to the Director of Music's approval. Cantors from outside the parish will need to meet with the Director of Music for a rehearsal at a mutually agreeable time. Couples desiring other arrangements (string quartet, harpist, etc.) should consult with the Director or Music as early as possible regarding the feasibility of such requests. In the event the Director of Music is unavailable for your wedding, you will be provided with contact information for a suitable replacement.
Music Fees Music fees vary depending on the type of service and rehearsal time involved. The Director of Music will be happy to discuss these fees with you at any time. Music fees are separate from the church's stipend, and are due together with your completed Wedding Music Program Form no later than 30 days prior to your wedding date.
Wedding Music Planning Page If you have submitted your reservation form and received confirmation from the Director of Music, you may proceed to our Wedding Music Planning Page. This page is password protected. Only couples whose reservation forms have been received will be granted access to the planning page. If you are having problems accessing the planning page, contact the Director of Music.