When can we visit the Cathedral?
We’d love to have you join us for Sunday Mass at 11 AM. The church is also open to visitors during normal office hours which are listed on the homepage of this website. If you would like to meet with our wedding coordinator, please call 313-883-2868 to schedule an appointment.
Can my parish priest preside over our wedding at the Cathedral?
Yes, your parish priest or deacon, or another priest/deacon you know (in communication with your parish priest) is very welcome to preside over your wedding ceremony. He can indicate this on the Priest Permission Letter.
What’s the seating capacity of the Cathedral?
When are rehearsals held?
Wedding rehearsals are typically held on the Thursday or Friday before the wedding at 6 PM or 7 PM for Saturday weddings. Rehearsals for Friday weddings are typically held on the Wednesday or Thursday before at 6 PM or 7 PM. Six months before your wedding date, you will be contacted to schedule your rehearsal. 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?
Yes, if you provide the candles. You may also choose to bring your own stand.
Can my friend/family member sing or play an instrument during my wedding?
Musical leadership during the liturgy is provided solely by our professional music team. Guest musicians can apply to sing for prelude or for the presentation of flowers to Mary. To apply, please see “Choosing Your Music” in the wedding liturgy planning menu on the website.
If there is no other wedding scheduled before or after mine, can I have more time for pictures?
No; in fairness to all, 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.
Is there a dress code at the Cathedral?
We expect that all in attendance, including the wedding party, would show the discretion and modesty appropriate to this holy sacrament and sacred space. As such, please avoid low-cut necklines showing cleavage, garments far above the knee, low-cut (near or below the waist, especially) backs, bare midriffs, and skin-tight designs. A good rule of thumb is to imagine presenting yourself before the Blessed Mother and asking her how she likes your outfit.