wire (i.e. pipe cleaners). Do not use staple, tape, or tacks, as they damage the wood. Please keep in mind that the church is over 130 years old and on the National Register of Historical Places.

Wreaths under 24 inches on the outside diameter can be placed on the designated brass hardware of the interior church doors.

Selecting a florist is, of course, your choice. We recommend that your floral arrangements be in keeping with the reverence and environment of the church. Floral displays but must be real flowers or plants.

It is very important that you understand that any arrangements you put on the altar become a gift to God and must, therefore, remain in Church. You will not be allowed to take with you the flowers placed on the altar. Other arrangements may be taken or left at your discretion.

If there are more weddings than one on a given Saturday, you may wish to share the cost of the church flowers with the other couple getting married that day. Your Wedding Coordinator can assist you in that regard.

Couples are asked to take note of the Church's liturgical seasons during which their marriages will take place. Liturgical decorations and enhancements cannot be moved aside or removed (for example, the red bunting during Christmas, the purple panels during Lent). This knowledge should be helpful to you to take into account when selecting the color of your flowers, as well as when selecting your wedding attire. There are restrictions regarding the display of flowers allowed during Lent. Please discuss this with the parish secretary or Wedding Coordinator in case your wedding date falls during the Lent season.

During Ordinary Time, flowers can be place on the following locations:

  • On either side of the Tabernacle on the Altar of Repose.
  • By the two side Altars (Blessed Mother and Divine Mercy), on columns.
  • On pedestals or on the console table in the vestibule area.

The altar arrangements must be under the following size:

  • 36" high
  • 36" wide
  • 24" deep

The base of the vases cannot be over 11 inches, and vases must be waterproof. One-sided arrangements are fine as the back of them will not be seen.

Placement of flowers and decorations are permitted one hour before the beginning of the ceremony.

Florists may return on the Friday following your wedding day to remove vases, pedestals, etc., that they provided (unless they are disposable). Your arrangements need to stay on the Altar for the entire week.

Local and State fire regulations prohibit lighted candles in the aisle of the church. Candles may only be used in the sanctuary and their use is limited. There will be a fee for candles requested beyond the normal number used by the Church for that particular season. Candelabras are not allowed along the pews because of wax spillage.

For environmental, safety, and liability reasons, we insist that no rice, confetti, birdseed or ballons be thrown inside or outside of the Church building. Also, no flower petals are permitted to be thrown on the carpet.

Wedding programs are optional and of your responsibility. If you decide to have one, please consult with the Wedding Coordinator about the order of the service and the options available. The Coordinator will give you an outline to assist you on your planning. It is important that the Coordinator and you be in agreement before you print your program.

Many ethnic groups have particular customs as part of their wedding ceremonies. If you wish to have a certain custom be part of your celebration, please inform the Wedding Coordinator during the planning stages.

Should you decide to have a Unity Candle, cord (lasso), or coins (las arras), you should purchase those items from a local wedding supply or religious goods store. The parish provides only a stand that will be used for the Unity Candle.

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