Congratulations as you prepare yourselves for the Sacrament of Matrimony. The following guidelines, based on many years of experience, will help insure that your wedding is a wonderful affair. Please read them carefully. Sometimes couples will have certain ideas for their wedding, which would be contrary to a cathedral setting. These ideas need not be labeled right or wrong, but simply contrary to a cathedral setting, and perhaps another location would be more suitable. For this reason, it is important that you read these guidelines and consider them before finalizing your decision.
Here is what you need to do to reserve a wedding date at the Cathedral:
First, read the guidelines and determine that you are in complete agreement with them. Choose an available date. Note that weddings are performed only on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. These dates are not available during the seasons of Advent and Lent or on concert weekends at the Cathedral. Please contact the Cathedral office at 801-328-8941 for any questions or to check available dates. If the date is open, we do not “pencil it in”. Next, if you are not a registered, contributing Cathedral of the Madeleine parishioner for at least 18 months, you must check with your own parish church to arrange for a priest or deacon to prepare you for marriage and agree to come to the Cathedral to perform your marriage rite. Information and signatures are required on the attached scheduling form. You will also need your pastor’s consent to be married, even if he is not officiating. You need to be attached to a parish. If you are new to the area, you will need to first make that decision. Individuals registered less than 18 months from the time you inquired about the wedding are considered non-parishioners.
Finally, complete and mail the scheduling form (page 3 only) with a nonrefundable deposit check for 50% of the total fee (Regularly Contributing Cathedral parishioners, registered for at least 18 months: $700.00. Non-Cathedral parishioners: $1,350.00). This fee includes the cathedral organist, cantor, sexton, rehearsal and processional coordinator, as well as a printed program/worship aid and cathedral overhead. Please note that the fee does not include a gift you may wish to make to the priest or deacon officiating at your wedding.
Completed material should be sent to:
The Cathedral of the Madeleine
331 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
This is intended to assist couples in preparing for a Christian Sacramental Marriage in a thorough and responsible manner. A primary purpose of preparation is to facilitate communications between the couple. This is why the diocesan policy suggests that a six-month notice be given to the parish. Residents of the Cathedral parish or nonresidents registered and active at the Cathedral for 18 months may be married at the Cathedral. Others requesting marriage need to contact the priest at your own parish of registry. Parish priests are responsible for the sacramental preparation. You must belong to a parish to be married.
There are certain documents that must be obtained for marriage. Some will be completed through your parish priest. These documents include: Pre-Nuptial Questionnaire, Freedom Affidavits, Baptismal certificates, issued from church of baptism, and dated within six months. Dispensations, which require documentation and annulments of previous marriage, which require a minimum of nine months, if granted, can be facilitated by your parish priest.
Marriage License, which is a civil document, and must be obtained from the County Clerk within 30 days of the marriage. The Salt Lake County Clerk is located at 2001 South State Street, South Building, 2nd floor.
The Diocese of Salt Lake City requires that the couples attend the Engaged Encounter weekend weekend and the Natural Family Planning Class, both of which issues a certificate to be included with the documents submitted to the Cathedral prior to the wedding. These last two activities function to form and facilitate communication between you as a couple and may not be excused by your priest, if you wish to have your wedding at the Cathedral. Please click on the links above for more information from the Diocese of Salt Lake City regarding the Engaged Encounter and the Natural Family Planning Class.
A wedding date will not be reserved and/or guaranteed until the completely signed form and a deposit check made out to Cathedral of the Madeleine is submitted to the Cathedral. The deposit is to be 50% of the wedding fee ($1,200.00 for regularly contributing Cathedral parishioners and in-state Catholics wedding and $1,800.00 for out of state Catholics). Please note that it is not refundable should you cancel. We will assist you to reschedule when necessary. The remainder of the fee and other forms must be at the Cathedral three weeks prior to the wedding to guarantee your specific wishes for the ceremony.
Please note: None of these fees go to the officiating priest or deacon. If you wish to make a gift to the presider, it should be done separately and must be clearly indicated as a personal gift.
This page and cover page should fulfill the needed information. The times for rehearsals are important as only 60 minutes is allotted due to events at the Cathedral that follow them. Please be on time. Likewise, a wedding scheduled at 11:00 AM, with photo opportunity following, must conclude at 12:30 PM. A wedding scheduled at 1:30 PM, with photo opportunity following, must conclude at 3:00 PM.
Should you employ an outside wedding coordinator, their position ceases within the Cathedral. The Cathedral coordinator will guide the rehearsal and the wedding day processional. The marriage license must be given to the coordinator at the rehearsal. The order of the entrance processional is determined by the options available in the ritual and may be discussed with the coordinator. If you desire a lector or gift bearers of your own, they need to be present and practice with the coordinator. Only the bride, groom, and two witnesses of documentation (over age 18) will be seated on sides of altar in the sanctuary. Young attendants may require chaperones in procession. Bridal room is provided and must be returned cleaned. With the exception of water, no food or drink allowed in dressing area.