Catholic Weddings

Planning your Catholic wedding requires a little more planning than your average San Diego wedding. The timing, the location, and what you wear all need special consideration for a Catholic wedding Mass.


My ceremony is at noon, but my reception doesn’t start until 5:00PM!

JAYNE-BENSON-380Most Catholic parishes in San Diego are available for weddings on Saturdays at 10:00 AM, noon, and 2:00 PM. Evening wedding Masses are not usually held as there are scheduled Saturday evening Masses every week. Many couples want to have an evening reception with dinner and dancing. So how do you handle the time gap between a noon ceremony and a 5:00 PM reception start time? If you have contracted with a photographer for 8 hours, will he be able to cover both your ceremony and reception within the allotted time? The planners at Stephanie Rose Events understand these unique issues and will partner with you to create a fluid and stress-free wedding day.


Should I select a reception venue close to the church?

DSC_0838San Diego has some of the most beautiful Catholic parishes in the country. Whether your wedding will be held at the ornate Immaculata on the University of San Diego campus, the historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, or the gorgeous Our Lady of the Rosary, your ceremony is guaranteed to be picture perfect. Unfortunately most of the parishes do not have ample facilities to host a dinner wedding reception. You will need to select a different location than the church for your reception. Should you select a venue that is closest to the church? How will your guests get from the ceremony to the reception? How do you list both locations on your wedding invitations? How do you get your ceremony decorations to the reception venue? Let the planners at Stephanie Rose Events handle these unique issues, so you can be a guest at your own wedding.

Bridal Attire

Most Catholic priests will allow modern bridal styles to be worn during the Catholic wedding Mass. However, many brides choose to wear a more conservative style, with covered shoulders, for their church ceremony. These brides still want to look contemporary and glamorous for their receptions. How do you select a wedding gown that is both appropriate for a daytime Catholic wedding ceremony and a sexy evening reception? At Stephanie Rose Events, our Catholic wedding planners help Catholic brides navigate all of these issues and more. Click here to talk with a Catholic wedding planner who can help you today. 

Read more about planning your Catholic wedding here:

Catholic Weddings – Reception Directory

Catholic Weddings – Can I Get Married Outside?

Catholic Weddings – Marriage as a Sacrament

Catholic Weddings – Roles for Family & Friends