You have decided to be married and the community of the parish of the Basilica of Regina Pacis wishes you well and prays for you as you prepare for your wedding day and your married life.
The celebration of marriage in the Catholic Church is a beautiful experience of God's love made manifest in the love of a man and a woman. The love you share is made holy by the Sacrament of Marriage or the Church's Blessing.
You will want to preserve the memories of this sacred day and so photographers will be welcomed, as will videographers. However, they may not photograph from the Sanctuary or the Sacristy. Additionally, since we must maintain a proper reverence for God's house, we cannot allow bridal parties to come back into the Church to use it for pictures. All guests should be reminded about the sacredness of the moment and should act and dress accordingly.
The celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage in our parish is a joyful occasion for everyone. Here at the Basilica of Regina Pacis, we try very hard to make sure that everything is perfect for your wedding. Many people on our staff are involved in this effort: Parish Secretaries who prepare documents, church Sacristans who prepare for the ceremony, maintenance people who make sure that the church is spotless and in proper order for your guests, our Music Director who is an integral part of the celebration, and, of course, our Priests who prepare you for your wedding and have the joy of celebrating the Sacrament with you.
Our fees cover all these people and also help us to pay for heat, light and air conditioning, when needed. Considering all the money that you will be asked to spend on things like flowers, dresses, tuxedos, limos, and, of course, the reception, you will no doubt understand that our fees are minimal in comparison, and are taking care of essential components of your celebration.
The one fee (offering) we ask of you covers all these people on staff. There are no other charges or fees. This fee is completely tax deductible. Apart from this practical explanation, we are talking about the Celebration of a Sacrament which will take place in the Church, which is the house of God. It is the most sacred place we have in our neighborhood. This is why Catholics are required to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage only in a Church. We are not "...using a space or renting a church," we are coming before God's altar to ask His blessing and His help. Please keep these things in mind as you begin to prepare for your wedding.
Our complete fee for a wedding at the Basilica of Regina Pacis Church is $1500 plus a returnable "late fee" of $200.
The $200 "late fee" will be returned to you IF:
-All papers, documents, fees and civil license are submitted to a Priest no later than one month before the wedding; and - The ceremony begins no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled time. (Out of respect for the next wedding or service, wedding ceremonies delayed more than 25 minutes will forfeit their time slot and will be asked to wait until after the next wedding is over. Also, a scheduled Nuptial Mass which must begin more than 15 minutes late will be changed to a simple ceremony instead.) After making the non-refundable deposit ($250) which secures your date and time, the remainder of the fee ($1450) can be paid over time so long as it is fully paid one month before your wedding. These payments can be made by cash or credit card. We hope that you realize that we were forced to make this regulation in fairness to other couples and the schedules of our own parish staff and activities.
May God Bless you as you prepare for this most important day in your lives.