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Weddings

It is with great joy that we welcome you to celebrate your love for each other at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church!  We hope that the information below will answer many of your questions.  If at any time you would like specific questions answered, a tour of the church and facilities or to set a wedding date, please call:
  • Parish Office – 314.231.9923
  • Deacon Thomas Gorski – 636.861.3319

Preparing for your Marriage

The Bishops of Missouri have created a Common Marriage Policy to inform engaged couples who are coming to the Catholic Church for marriage.  There are two requirements:

1) The Priest or Deacon who will witness your marriage will guide you through a time of focusing to help you prepare for your lifetime together. It will involve:

  • A preliminary assessment of marriage readiness (FOCCUS Inventory)
  • Completing paperwork with information to be recorded in our marriage register
  • Several meetings to discuss the FOCUS, the spirituality of marriage, Marriage as a Sacrament and prayer.
  • Planning your ceremony

2) You will be asked to participate in a marriage preparation program.  For a list of options on the internet go to http://www.archstl.org/laityandfamilylife/ and click on “marriage preparation” or call 314.792.7182 for a schedule of programs.  You will receive a certificate from the program of your choice to be included in your records.

 Baptismal Certificate

The Priest or Deacon who will be officiating at your marriage will require a recent Baptismal Certificate, obtained from the church of your Baptism.

 Marriage License

The State of Missouri requires a marriage license.  This must be applied for no sooner than thirty days prior to your intended date of marriage and at least one week prior to your marriage.  This license may be obtained from:

  • St. Louis City Hall – 314.622.3257
  • St. Louis County – 314.889.2180

Planning your Ceremony

Time: Weddings are celebrated on Friday evenings and Saturdays no later than 2:00 p.m.

The rehearsal may be scheduled on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.  If special circumstances require another time for the ceremony, please contact the Parish Office for arrangements.

Music: All music is coordinated through Mary Smith.  Mary will assist you in selecting prelude and processional music as well as music suitable for Mass.  She can suggest qualified musicians to help make your wedding music beautiful and prayerful.  You many contact Mary at 314.962.9260 as soon as your wedding date is confirmed.  No CD or taped music may be used during Mass or ceremony.

Decorations:  Our church lends itself beautifully to the imagination of your florist.  Candles are not permitted on carpeted areas unless covered.  Balloons are not permitted inside the church.

Photographs:  Pictures and videos may be taken during the ceremony; however no cameras may be set up within the sanctuary or flash pictures taken during Mass.  We believe that this is essential to maintain the sacredness of the ceremony.

Alcoholic beverages:  Your marriage is a sacred event and church is a holy place where your marriage occurs.  No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed by the wedding party prior to the rehearsal and wedding.

FAQ

How much does it cost?

Church rental is $850 dollars.  Must be paid in full to secure reservation.   (Any offering you choose to make to the Priest or Deacon who presides at your wedding is at your own discretion.)

When can I get into the church to set up?

We will open the church two hours before your ceremony to allow time for dressing and pictures.  This is also when the florist may have access to the church.

May we have our wedding outside the church?

No, the Bishops of the State of Missouri do not allow weddings to take place outside the church.

What if I am not a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish?

If you are not a member of the Parish, you must obtain written permission of the pastor of the bride, if both the bride and groom are Catholic.  If only the groom is Catholic, then written permission of the Pastor of his parish is required.

Does Sts. Peter and Paul have a reception hall?

The mid level hall across the street from the parish is available for wedding receptions.  The Franklin Room is in the same building as the Mid-level Hall, across the street from the Church. 

Please contact Doug Swaney @ (314) 752-7153 for further information. 

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