Frequently Asked Questions

When can we visit the Cathedral?

We’d love to have you join us for Sunday Mass at 11am. The church is also open to visitors during normal office hours which are Monday through Thursday 9am until 5pm, Friday 9am till 3pm, Saturday 9am till 2pm, and Sunday 9am-11am and 12:30pm-2pm. If you would like to meet with our wedding coordinator, please call 313-865-6300 to schedule an appointment.

Can my parish priest preside over our wedding at the Cathedral?

Yes, your parish priest is very welcome to preside over your wedding ceremony. He can indicate this on the Priest Permission Letter.

When are rehearsals held?

Wedding rehearsals are typically held on the Thursday or Friday before the wedding at 6pm or 7pm for Saturday weddings. Rehearsals for Friday weddings are typically held on the Wednesday or Thursday before at 6pm or 7pm. You will be contacted to schedule your rehearsal once your wedding date is reserved. Rehearsals are typically 45-60 minutes long.

Are there decoration restrictions inside the Cathedral?

Yes, you are welcome to bring in flowers and/or pew bows, but please keep in mind that nothing can be taped/stapled/glued. Floral arrangements in the sanctuary should not be taller than the altar (3.5′ tall). For safety, aisle runners cannot be used on the marble floors, and for the same reason nothing can be scattered – including flower petals.

Can we have a Unity Candle?


Can my friend/family member sing or play an instrument during my wedding?

The policy at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral is that trained vocalists and instrumentalists who are related to or friends of the bride/groom are allowed to perform prelude music only – after being approved by the Music Director. All music within the Mass or Sacrament of Matrimony must be played and sung by Cathedral staff.

If there is no other wedding scheduled before or after mine, can I have more time for pictures?

No; in fairness to all couples, we do not allow additional time regardless if another wedding is scheduled before or after.  Other cathedral events may be occurring, or staff may be needed elsewhere.