The Wedding License
The wedding license should be secured and presented to the priest celebrating your wedding at the rehearsal. Please follow this link to the NY City Clerks Office for information on obtaining your wedding license. In the United States, the priest is the civil officiant for the wedding as well as the religious officiant. Thus, there is no need for a civil wedding.
The Wedding Rehearsal
Traditionally held the night before the wedding, the rehearsal enables all members of the wedding party to obtain information on their roles. The bridal party, parents, readers, and any other participants should plan on attending this event. The couple should bring with them a written outline of the wedding service. The priest performing the wedding will conduct the rehearsal. The honoraria are paid to the priest that evening.
The Wedding Day
St Joseph’s is a historical church; in order to preserve its beauty, and to ensure safety, we ask all to adhere to the following guidelines.
- Flower Petals/Runner
- For safety reasons, we cannot allow the strewing of flower petals or the use of a runner down the aisle. These items represent hazards that make our marble floors quite slippery and dangerous.
- Unity Candle/Wedding Candle
- The unity candle, though lovely, is a tradition outside of the Roman Catholic liturgy and is not allowed as part of the wedding Mass itself. Many couple use this beautiful symbol of unity as a part of their reception, when grace is said before the meal.
- Unfortunately the throwing of any items over the wedding couple as they exit the Church cannot be allowed for safety and sanitary reasons.
- St Joseph’s is a very busy place! In order to conduct both the rehearsal and wedding in a dignified manner, we ask everyone to be on time for the rehearsal and wedding. Often, baptisms, funerals, or other weddings or Masses are scheduled either before or after your wedding. We want you to be able to celebrate your wedding in an unhurried manner, and your promptness will help ensure this.