1. Wedding Times: We schedule weddings in such a way that no one will be rushed. On any weekend, the Basilica is used for many functions (funerals, confessions, other weddings, evening Mass, weekend liturgies, etc.). Because of our busy schedule time must be used efficiently and effectively. This is important information for you, your photographer and florist. For your wedding, you have the Basilica from one half hour before the scheduled start time until one and one-half hours after the scheduled start time. For example, for a 3:00 wedding, set-up can begin at 2:30 and all wedding-related materials must be cleared from the Basilica by 4:30. Therefore you, your photographers and florists must plan accordingly. All weddings must begin on time and leave the Basilica as they found it at the one and one-half hours later.
Our wedding schedule is as follows:
Friday 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
2. Arrival Time: On the day of the wedding, the entire wedding party should be at the church thirty minutes before the wedding is to begin. The Processional Music will begin at the time scheduled. The groom and groomsmen can gather in the Mother’s Chapel, located to the west of the Sanctuary. The bride and bridesmaids can gather in the Baptistry, located just off of the vestibule of the Basilica.
3. Rehearsal: Trained volunteers run our rehearsals. Please respect their directions and be on time for your rehearsal. Call the parish office to schedule your rehearsal at least three (3) months prior to the wedding date.
4. Stipends: Envelopes are provided for the parish offering, the music fees and the servers’ stipend. The church offering and music fees should be received at the rectory no less than six (6) weeks prior to the wedding. For more information, see the Timeline page of this folder. The stipend for the altar servers should be received at the rectory no later than the day of your rehearsal. *Please note further details on fees are given on the wedding checklist.
5. Florist: Please tell your florist that bows and decorations may not be taped to the pews. Rubber bands are acceptable. There are 39 rows of pews in the church. The aisle is 150 feet long. The florist will have thirty minutes before the wedding to set-up. Also, it is against the fire code to close off the pews in any fashion, therefore fabric or ribbon may not be draped across the pews.
6. Decorations: Helium balloons are not permitted inside the Basilica. Also, rice, birdseed or any other materials may not be thrown inside or outside the Basilica.
7. Photographers: Photographers and videographers may use artificial lights during the processional and recessional only. They are not permitted in the sanctuary or choir loft at any time. During all other parts of the wedding ceremony, there is to be no flash or artificial lights. The parish wedding coordinator will be on hand to instruct photographers and videographers as to where they can position themselves during the wedding. A place has been reserved for photographers behind the rail of the mother’s chapel. They may not be in front of the pews during the wedding.
The Priests and the Staff of Queen of All Saints Parish wish you
every blessing in your journey to a life
of commitment and love.