To celebrate your wedding at St. Brendan:
You must be a registered, actively attending member of St. Brendan for at least six months prior to requesting one of our priests to celebrate your wedding at St. Brendan.
Once you have secured a date for your wedding with one of our priests, the date will be held on a tentative basis until the church use fees have been paid, and marriage preparation has been completed.
The marriage preparation process takes six month and will include completing canonical forms, attending Engaged Encounter or an alternate option, meeting with the priest who will preside at your wedding, and meeting with the Pastoral Associate to plan your liturgy. For Marriage Preparation, contact Linda Haptonstall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 425-483-9400 x2645.
Either email Fr. Jim at email@example.com to request your desired wedding date, or call the office to leave a voice message for Fr. Jim or with Fr. Ron.
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy. (USCCB.org)
Frequently Asked Questions
Respecting the liturgical calendar, there will be no weddings scheduled from December 17 through December 25, or during the Lenten season and Easter Triduum.
1. Musical judgment―Are the music and text good quality?
2. Liturgical judgment―Does the piece fit into the flow of the rite itself? Would it be appropriate for a liturgy with readings on the subject of married love?
3. Pastoral judgment―Does the music express the faith of the couple and the community? In other words, is it prayerful?
Additional information concerning music for weddings will be made available to you as part of the Marriage Preparation process.
The furniture in the worship space cannot be moved or rearranged. Seasonal environmental accents or arrangements ordinarily may not be moved or altered for your wedding. This includes the colors that are used on the altar or in the ceiling area.
Nothing may be taken down, nailed or attached to the walls, the altar, the chairs or anything else in the church. If you wish to use bows on the pews or chairs we ask that no tape, putty, sharp hooks or anything permanent or damaging be used. Plastic hooks and ribbon work well in attaching bows.
For safety reasons, you may not block aisles and traffic flow and you may not use a runner on the floor. Flower petals, confetti or other materials may not be scattered in the church or outside.
We recommend that the flowers, candelabra, etc., be in proportion to the environment that will be used for your wedding. We only allow real flowers in our church since liturgy celebrates something real―the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ.
Candelabra must have plastic under them to protect the carpet from melting wax. For safety reasons, no uncovered candles are allowed down the aisles of the church.
All still photos be taken before the wedding and the taking of pictures ends at least 30 minutes before the liturgy is scheduled to begin.
Photos during the actual liturgy may be taken, but we ask that at no time should the taking of photos obstruct the liturgical action. No flash photography may be used at anytime during the liturgy.
Videotape equipment may be set up at the approved locations only. We ask that all equipment be set up and in place at least 30 minutes before the beginning of the liturgy. No microphones may be placed on the bride or groom.
We ask that no additional lighting be used in the nave during the liturgy.
Please include in any worship aid distributed to wedding guests a request that flash photography not be taken during the liturgy.
In order to protect our own equipment, no outside equipment can be plugged into the church sound system.
Fees for Engaged Encounter, the counseling sessions and musicians are paid directly to these parties.
Each of you will need to complete a Canonical Prenuptial Investigation form. The Pastoral Associate will complete this document with you.
Each of you will need to have a family member or close friend complete a Canonical Prenuptial Investigation form.
You will need to obtain a marriage license from any Washington State County Clerk’s Office.
• The King County Clerk’s Office phone number is 206-296-3933.
• The Snohomish County Clerk’s Office phone number is 425-388-3627.
The license must be brought to the wedding rehearsal.