Parish Policies for Wedding Ceremonies

St. Martin Catholic Church

7148 St. Martins Blvd, St. Martins MO 65109

Mass Times

Monday: No Mass

Tuesday: 5:30 p.m.; Confessions 5-5:20 p.m.

Wednesday: 8 a.m.; Confessions 7:30-7:50 a.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m.; Confessions 7:30-7:50 a.m. 

Friday: 8 a.m.; Confessions 7:30-7:50 a.m.

Saturday: 5:30 p.m.; Confessions 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Sunday: 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Confessions 7-7:20 and 10-10:20 a.m.

Contact Us

Parish Office
7148 St. Martins Blvd
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109

Office Phone:
(573) 893-2923

Office Email:
stmartinparishoffice@gmail.com

Office Hours

Monday:  Closed
Tuesday-Friday:  After morning Mass until    4 p.m.

St. Martin Catholic School
7206 Bus 50 W
Jefferson City, MO 65109

School Phone:
(573) 893-3519

Diocesan Policies for Wedding Ceremonies

Sometimes the requirements for wedding ceremonies -- along with the many other aspects of planning your wedding -- can start to feel overwhelming. In an effort to help you plan your ceremony in concert with the beauty and fullness of Church teachings, we have created this Fifteen Point Checklist for Holy Weddings. Please use this as your guide when planning the specific aspects of your wedding ceremony.

>> FIFTEEN POINTS FOR A HOLY WEDDING

St. Martin Policies for Wedding Ceremonies

We understand the many facets of planning your wedding ceremony, and the importance of this special day for you and your family.

We have put together the following resources to help guide you in preparing for your wedding ceremony. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the parish office for clarifications or to set up a meeting with our Pastor.

Scheduling Your Wedding Ceremony
  1. Call the Parish Office and schedule a meeting with a clergy member. During the initial meeting you can set a wedding date. Only after speaking with a priest can a date be confirmed. 
  2. The wedding date should be at least 6 months after that first meeting. A couple must be free to marry in the Catholic Church. If either person has been previously married, no date can be set until their freedom to marry has been determined.
  3. Ordinarily, weddings are celebrated on Saturdays anywhere from 10:00 am; with 2:00 pm being the latest. Other days and times can be arranged if the church is available. 
  4. Please note, there are no weddings scheduled during the Lenten season.

Scheduling Your Rehearsal 

When scheduling your wedding ceremony, a rehearsal date and time will also be set. Typically, the rehearsal takes place the Friday evening before the wedding day.

 

Decorations

Floral Arrangements

  1. Only live flowers can be used in the Cathedral Proper. It is customary for all flower arrangements used in the church for your wedding to be left for weekend Masses.
  2. During the Christmas or Easter season, the arrangements that are already present in the church may not be moved/rearranged.

Pew Bows

  1. Pew bows can be used, but they must be attached without tape. Ribbons or snail clips are permitted.

Candles

  1. Candelabras may be used, however, dripless candles are required to prevent wax from damaging the carpet.
Photography & Videography
  1. Flash photography is permitted as the couple enters and leaves the church, but it is no longer permissible once the couple arrive at the altar.
  2. Please note, no spotlights may be used during the wedding.
  3. Photographers and Videographers are not allowed to enter the Altar area during the ceremony.
  4. Additionally, photographers and videographers are to be discrete when moving around during the ceremony to preserve the liturgy.
  5. After the wedding, group pictures can be taken in front of the Altar.

 

Celebrant and Concelebrants

Typically, the parish pastor, parochial vicar, or a deacon witness marriages.

If you have a relative, or a friend who is a priest or deacon, we welcome them to officiate a wedding at our parish. Please be sure to coordinate the necessary details with our pastor.

Please note, any priest or deacon from outside the Diocese of Jefferson City planning to celebrate or assist with a wedding ceremony at our parish requires a current Letter of Good Standing from their Bishop or the Superior of their order.

Required Documents

Please note, all necessary paperwork should be completed one month prior to the wedding if the marriage will take place at our parish.  Requests for documentation from our parish office should be made two months prior if the marriage will take in another parish.

Baptism Certificate (Issued within the last 6 months)

Every Catholic must present a Baptism certificate from their church of Baptism.

The certificate must be issued within six (6) months of the scheduled first meeting with the celebrant.

Please note, this document should have notations on back indicating all Sacraments received up to date.

 

Civil Marriage License

If you are to be married in Cole County, you will need a Cole County Marriage License.  This can be obtained from the Cole County Clerk’s Office in Jefferson City.

If you are to be married outside of Cole County / Missouri, check on the requirements of that state/county. They may vary from those of Missouri.

You may find information on the Official Website of the State of Missouri's website pertaining to marriage helpful in obtaining your marriage license.

Holy Matrimony at the Cathedral of St. Joseph

QUICK LINKS

Marriage Preparation at our parish

Guidelines from our Diocese, and specific information regarding your wedding ceremony at our parish.


Parish Policies and Procedures for Wedding Ceremonies

Step-by-step instructions for scheduling your wedding ceremony, understanding our policies and ensuring you have the necessary documents and information as you plan.


Marriage Resources 

Our Diocese provides opportunities and resources for engaged and married couples