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Can I Have Mariachi at my Catholic Wedding?

Mariachi can be a fun, cultural addition to your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Traditionally, our couples will have the mariachi perform a few songs during their ceremony and then have the band remain for cocktail hour to entertain the guests before the reception. But what if you are having a Catholic wedding Mass? Are mariachi allowed?mariachi-pinterest

What is allowed at your Catholic wedding Mass is largely dictated by your priest. He will have a preference for how his weddings are celebrated and if he doesn’t want mariachi at the celebration, you are probably out of luck. However, mariachi music is allowed during Catholic Masses and wedding celebrations. An outgrowth of Vatican II reforms in the 1960s, Misa Panamericana, the Mariachi Mass, was authored by a Canadian priest and first performed in Mexico. It quickly grew in popularity throughout Spanish-speaking parishes in the United States. If you search for “Misa Panamericana” you will find several examples of mariachi-style music appropriate to perform during Mass, including Gloria a Nuestro Dios and Aleluya. During Lent, it is more common to forgo trumpets and take a more somber tone with the music.

If you are planning a Catholic wedding Mass in San Diego, contact us for help and advice. Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most trusted wedding planning teams. With experience planning weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa, Carlsbad, Balboa Park and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

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Catholic Weddings – Reception Directory

San Diego has some of the most beautiful Catholic parishes in the country. Unfortunately, most of the parishes do not have ample facilities to host a dinner wedding reception. Below are our favorite picks for reception venues close to your San Diego Catholic church.

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All Hallows, La Jolla
La Jolla Country Club
La Valencia Hotel

Ascension Parish, San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium
32 North Brewing Company

Blessed Sacrament Parish, San Diego
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center
SDSU Alumni Center

Christ the King, San Diego
Moniker Warehouse
Luce Loft

Corpus Christi, Bonita
Chula Vista Golf Course
Eastlake Country Club

Founders’ Chapel (University of San Diego)
Francis Parker School
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Junipero Serra Museum

Good Shepherd, San Diego
Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens
32 North Brewing Company

Guardian Angels, Santee
Carlton Oaks Country Club

Holy Angels Byzantine Catholic Church, San Diego
Doubletree San Diego – Mission Valley
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

Holy Family, San Diego
Riverwalk Golf Club
Francis Parker School

Holy Spirit, San Diego
Cucina Sorella
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center

Holy Trinity, El Cajon
Crystal Ballroom
Sycuan Golf Resort

The Immaculata, University of San Diego
Francis Parker School
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Junipero Serra Museum

Immaculate Conception, San Diego
The Cosmopolitan Hotel
The Abbey on 5th
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant

Mary, Star of the Sea, La Jolla
La Valencia Hotel
Cuvier Club
Darlington House

Mater Dei, Chula Vista
The Venue at Eastlake
Otay Lakes County Park

Mission San Diego de Alcala, San Diego
Riverwalk Golf Club
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

Mission San Luis Rey De Francia, Oceanside
Paradise Falls

Most Precious Blood, Chula Vista
The Pavilion at California Yacht Marina
San Diego Country Club

Nativity, Rancho Santa Fe
Del Mar Country Club
Rancho Valencia

Our Lady of Angels, San Diego
The New Childrens Museum
Moniker Warehouse

Our Lady of Grace, El Cajon
Mission Trails Golf Course
Carlton Oaks Country Club

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chula Vista
Pier South Resort

Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Diego
Marriott Coronado Island Resort
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, San Diego
The Santaluz Club
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, San Ysidro
Pier South Resort

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lakeside
Hazy Meadow Ranch
Lakeside Community Center

Our Lady of Refuge, Pacific Beach
Catamaran Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort

Our Lady of the Rosary, San Diego
Marina 5 Penthouse
San Diego Maritime Museum
Residence Inn & SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/ Bayfront

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, San Diego
The Lafayette Hotel
The Prado at Balboa Park

Our Mother of Confidence, University City
Green Acre Campus Pointe
San Diego Marriott La Jolla

Our Mother of Perpetual Help, San Diego
Mt. Helix Park

Queen of Angels, Alpine
Campbell Creek Ranch

Resurrection, Escondido
Daley Ranch

Sacred Heart, Coronado
Coronado Island Marriott
Hotel del Coronado

Sacred Heart, Ocean Beach
The Thursday Club
Stone Brewery Liberty Station
The Brick

St. Agnes, Point Loma
Bali Hai Restaurant
Kona Kai Resort & Spa

St. Anne, San Diego
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Gold Leaf Project

St. Anthony of Padua, National City
The Pavilion at Chula Vista Marina

St. Brigid, Pacific Beach
Tower 23 Hotel
Darlington House

St. Catherine Laboure, San Diego
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Francis Parker School

St. Charles Borromeo, Point Loma
The Pearl Hotel
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St. Charles, San Diego
Coronado Cays Yacht Club
San Diego Country Club

St. Columba, Serra Mesa
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
Francis Parker School

St. Didacus, San Diego
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
Crystal Palace Banquet Hall

St. Elizabeth Seton, Carlsbad
Leo Carrillo Ranch
Park Hyatt Aviara
Omni La Costa

St. Ephrem Mission, El Cajon
Mission Trails Golf Course

St. Francis of Assisi, Vista
El Camino Country Club
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort

St. Gabriel, Poway
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club
Maderas Golf Club

St. Gregory The Great, San Diego
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club
Doubletree Golf Resort

St. James, Solana Beach
Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
Morgan Run Country Club
L’Auberge Del Mar

St. John of the Cross, Lemon Grove
BO-beau Kitchen & Garden

St. John The Baptizer, Ukrainian
La Mesa Community Center
Mt. Helix Park

St. John The Evangelist, Encinitas
San Diego Botanic Garden
Lux Art Institute
Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

St. John The Evangelist, San Diego
San Diego Zoo
Mr. A’s Restaurant

St. Joseph Cathedral, San Diego
El Cortez Don Room
University Club atop Symphony Towers

St. Jude Shrine of the West, San Diego
San Diego Central Library
Luce Loft

St. Kieran, El Cajon
Sycuan Golf Resort

St. Louise De Marillac, El Cajon
Sycuan Golf Resort

St. Luke, El Cajon
Sycuan Golf Resort

St. Margaret, Oceanside
Shadowridge Golf Club

St. Mark, San Marcos
Twin Oaks Golf Course

St. Martin of Tours, La Mesa
La Mesa Community Center

St. Mary, Escondido
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Orfila Vineyards & Winery

St. Mary, National City
Gold Leaf Project

St. Mary Magdalene, San Diego
Soledad Club
Hilton San Diego Resort

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Oceanside
Oceanside Marina Suites

St. Maxmillian Kolbe Mission, Pacific Beach
Tower 23 Hotel
Zlac Rowing Club

St. Michael, San Diego
Sweetwater Farms
Chula Vista Golf Course

St. Michael (Chaldean), El Cajon
Sycuan Golf Resort

St. Michael, Poway
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Stoneridge Country Club

St. Patrick, San Diego
The Prado
Lafayette Hotel

St. Patrick, Carlsbad
The Crossings
The Flower Fields
Cape Rey Hilton

St. Peter (Chaldean), El Cajon
Cottonwood Golf Club

St. Pius X, Chula Vista
Swiss Park & Hall
San Diego Country Club

St. Pius X, Jamul
Steele Canyon Golf Club

St. Rita, San Diego
Gold Leaf Project

St. Rose of Lima, Chula Vista
The Pavilion at Chula Vista Marina
Swiss Park & Hall

St. Therese of Carmel, San Diego
The Santaluz Club
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar

St. Therese, San Diego
Mission Trails Golf Course
La Mesa Community Center

St. Thomas More, Oceanside
The Slate Barn & Gardens

St. Timothy, Escondido
California Center for the Arts

St. Vincent De Paul, San Diego
57 Degrees
The Abbey on 5th

San Rafael, Rancho Bernardo
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Maderas Golf Club

Santa Sophia, Spring Valley
Spring Valley Community Center

Stephanie Rose Events specializes in Catholic wedding planning. We know the unique challenges of planning a Catholic wedding Mass with a dinner reception. Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here and let us help you be a guest at your own wedding.

Read more about planning your Catholic wedding here:

Catholic Weddings – Can I Get Married Outside?

Catholic Weddings – Marriage as a Sacrament

Catholic Weddings – Roles for Family & Friends

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Catholic Weddings – Choosing a Reception Venue

San 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.JAYNE-BENSON-365

Most Catholic wedding couples assume they should select a reception location close to their church. If your reception immediately follows your ceremony,  than it is much easier for your guests to travel to a close reception venue. In that case, it makes sense to select a reception venue within a few minutes drive of the church.

But what if you have a time gap of 4 or 5 hours or more between your Catholic wedding ceremony and your reception? If there is a significant amount of time between your wedding ceremony and your reception, you can select any venue you like for your reception. Some guests may elect to only attend the ceremony or the reception. We do recommend selecting a hotel for out of town guests that is close to the reception venue, regardless of where your ceremony venue is located.

Catholic Wedding Planning Tips:

  • Reuse your ceremony decor at your reception. Altar floral arrangements can be placed on either side of your sweetheart table and aisle decor can be reused as centerpieces or to accessorize your cake table.
  • Ask your florist to transport your flowers from the  church to the reception venue after your ce
    remony and church photos are complete.
  • Print the name and address of the reception venue on your ceremony programs or on small cards at the church exit so guests can easily find their next location.

Stephanie Rose Events specializes in Catholic wedding planning. We know the unique challenges of planning a Catholic wedding Mass with a dinner reception. Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here and let us help you be a guest at your own wedding.

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Catholic Military Wedding Part 2

Thank you to Russell John Films for allowing us to share this gorgeous Catholic, military wedding. The amazing vendor team:
Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: Brett Butterstein Photography
Videography: Russell John Films
Hair & Makeup: Socal Hair and Makeup
Flowers: FloralWorks & Events
DJ: San Diego DJ & Video
Cake: Twiggs Bakery
Transportation: Elite Image Limousine
Stationary: Take Note! Creations
Venue: Immaculata & Bali Hai Restaurant 

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most respected wedding planning teams. With experience planning Catholic and military weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

 

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Nautical Catholic Military Wedding

I was in heaven when Benson and Jayne came to me for help planning their wedding. Both the bride and groom were in the military (Navy and Air Force) – my favorite groom’s attire is a uniform. They wanted a Catholic wedding at the Immaculata at University of San Diego – I am a USD alumna. And their reception was to be at the Bali Hai – which hosts my favorite San Diego skyline view!

The colors for the nautical themed wedding were blue and white. The bridal bouquet by FloralWorks and Events was simple and elegant with just the right amount of blue.JAYNE-BENSON-020The amazing Brett Butterstein Photography captured the day. This is one of my favorites of the bride leaving the hotel ready meet her groom!   JAYNE-BENSON-103

The Catholic ceremony was held at the Immaculata Parish at the University of San Diego. If you follow my blog, you know it is one of my favorite places on the planet, so I’ve included lots of photos for you.  JAYNE-BENSON-239 JAYNE-BENSON-240 JAYNE-BENSON-285 JAYNE-BENSON-365 JAYNE-BENSON-380After the ceremony, the couple headed to Harbor Island to board a sailboat to grab some alone time as husband and wife, and to make their grand entrance into the waterfront reception.  JAYNE-BENSON-472

JAYNE-BENSON-549They were greeted at the reception with a traditional military sword detail forming an arch for the couple to walk through. JAYNE-BENSON-562The reception tables were decorated in blue and white with nautical details. The tables were named after places the couple had visited. Two different centerpieces were alternated between the tables featuring floating candles and submerged orchids. The adorable menus with sailing flags were created by Take Note! Creations.JAYNE-BENSON-510

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JAYNE-BENSON-497As the sun fell, blue uplights added a cool glow to the venue. The guests danced well into the night and enjoyed the gorgeous San Diego skyline.        JAYNE-BENSON-663

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most respected wedding planning teams. With experience planning Catholic and military weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Vendors:
Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: Brett Butterstein Photography
Videography: Russell John Films
Hair & Makeup: Socal Hair and Makeup
Flowers: FloralWorks & Events
DJ: San Diego DJ & Video
Cake: Twiggs Bakery
Transportation: Elite Image Limousine
Stationary: Take Note! Creations
Venue: Immaculata & Bali Hai Restaurant

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Sweet Catholic Wedding at St. Therese of Carmel and The Santaluz Club

St. Therese of Carmel is a gorgeous Catholic church, so I am always giddy when couples choose me to help plan their weddings there. Ed and Melissa were visibly in love when I met them and I watched their love and devotion to each other grow throughout the wedding planning process.

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The traditional Catholic ceremony included several family members of the bride and groom and celebrated their strong tradition of Catholic faith.

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After the ceremony, guests traveled a few miles East to The Santaluz Club for a lunch reception in their white wedding tent.Salas_0500

The couple wanted a simple, classic and elegant white wedding with calla lilies and navy blue accents. FloralWorks and Events provided the navy table linens and created the tall centerpieces featuring the gracefulness of the flowers.

Salas_0491Chandeliers added a touch of elegance over the dance floor as guests danced to the music of Republic of Music. Salas_0498 Salas_0540 We were blessed with a dramatic sky – perfect for capturing photos of the newlyweds! Thank you to ABM Photography for sharing these amazing photos!Salas_0828 Salas_0862Vendors:
Planning & Design: Stephanie Rose Events
Photography: ABM Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Therese of Carmel
Reception Venue: The Santaluz Club
Flowers and Rentals: FloralWorks & Events
Band: Republic of Music
Transportation: Elite Image Limousine
Videographer: Side by Side Cinema
Hair & Makeup: Audra Rene
Cake: Cute Cakes

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Tiffany Blue Sparkle Wedding at Immaculata and Westin San Diego

When Chio told me her wedding colors were Tiffany blue and silver, I knew we would get along. As you know, my silver desk is surrounded by Tiffany blue walls in my office. And when the couple selected the Immaculata parish on the USD campus for their ceremony, I was in love with them!

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The parish is so beautiful and grand that it doesn’t require much decor. The couple selected two all white floral arrangements to display on pedestals on either side of the altar.

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The church pews were decorated with small white floral bouquets to line the main aisle.This parish truly is one of the most beautiful venues in our city.

After the traditional Catholic ceremony, the couple and their guests traveled downtown for their reception at the Westin San Diego.Perez_0570

At the Westin, guests were greeted with a “Something Blue” cocktail and silver wedding bell place cards, to keep with the color theme.Perez_0588Perez_0590

The ballroom sparkled with silver chiavari chairs, crushed taffeta linens in snow and silver rimmed charger plates. Pale blue uplights added pops of color along with the Tiffany blue napkins.Perez_0587Perez_0623

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The couple selected two centerpieces for the tables. My favorites were these tall lily and orchid arrangements.

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The sweetheart table wore a lavish silver sequin linen and a small bowl of white roses.Perez_0569

The all white wedding cake was adorned with silver sparkles and rhinestones and was topped by a silver carriage. Perez_0563         Perez_0709 Perez_1003

Vendors:
Ceremony Venue: Immaculata Parish, University of San Diego
Reception Venue: The Westin San Diego
Photography: ABM Photography
Flowers: Flowers by Coley
Linens, Charger Plates, Chairs, Dance Floor: Concepts Event Design
Cake: Twiggs Bakery
Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events

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Traditional Catholic Wedding at Founders Chapel, University of San Diego

I was very excited to work with Jay and Veronica as they were married at one of my favorite places, Founder’s Chapel at the University of San Diego. As a USD alumna myself, this chapel holds a special place in my heart. The couple hired Stephanie Rose Events to coordinate all of their wedding details about 2 months before their wedding day.

The bride was radiant in her gown and was surrounded by her family and closest friends as she was getting ready.

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The groom was calm and happy waiting for his turn to walk down the aisle.

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Founder’s Chapel is so beautiful that it doesn’t require much additional decor. The couple added two alter displays and flowers to line the aisle.

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Eucharist for the wedding Mass.

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The bridesmaids wore a vibrant red and the groomsmen matched with their ties and red rose bouts. The flower girl and ring bearer were adorable and practiced their walk all morning so they would be perfect for the wedding. Such committment!

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The wedding Mass included traditions from the bride’s Mexican heritage and the groom’s Filipino family. The couple also presented flowers to Mary.

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Mariachi Real de San Diego provided the ceremony music as well as the cocktail music after Mass.

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Vendors:
Ceremony Venue: Founder’s Chapel, University of San Diego
Reception Venue: The Bayview Restaurant, MCRD
Photography: DeSerra Photography
Music: Mariachi Real de San Diego
Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events

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I do! …and then they rode the Roller Coaster!

Steph and Paul claim they have more fun than anyone. And their April wedding in San Diego proved just that! The day started with a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony at the historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. It was a special location, as the bride’s parents were married in the same church 35 years earlier.

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All of the personal flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres, were created by the bride’s talented aunt. Steph selected succulents for their cool colors and textures and as a green alternative to cut flowers. All of the bouquets have since been planted in the yards of family and friends as a remembrance of the special day.

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The bride wore dazzling hot pink shoes as all fun-loving, vivacious brides should!mission%20basilica%20wedding%20ceremony%20(42)-L[1]

The photos, captured by Heather Elise of Heather Elise Photography were stunning and really captured the joy and love present that day.

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Once the ceremony was complete, the entire wedding party took to Mission Beach to ride the iconic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster!

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Next, the couple had a special Ceremony of Love on the private beach at the Bahia Hotel. This ceremony celebrated wedding customs from around the world, as Steph and Paul have travelled extensively and lived internationally. Travel-themed decor greeted the 170 guests who had travelled from across the world to celebrate with them.

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A custom petal drop was created so the rose petals were released for the couple’s first kiss.

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After the beach ceremony, the guests were treated to a party on board the William D. Evans sternwheeler. Each dinner table was named for a country the couple had visited and included framed wedding customs from that country. Bottles of wine or beer from the countries held postcard sized flags to indicate the table name.bahia%20wedding%20photography-35-L[1]

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The cake was covered with passport stamps to continue the travel theme. The knife used to cut the cake was a family heirloom and the lace tablecloth on the cake table belonged to the bride’s grandmother.

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The guestbook was a quilt lovingly created by the bride’s mother.

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The guests danced for hours to the music played by San Diego DJ & Video. Truly a fun day filled with family and friends. Congratulations to Steph and Paul!

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Vendors:
Venue: Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, Bahia Hotel
Flowers: Isari Flower Studio
Photography: Heather Elise Photography
Music, Sound & Lighting: San Diego DJ & Video – Dale Gottschalk
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Photo Booth: Just A Memory Photo Booth
Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals, ChiavariChairRentals.com
Wedding Planner: Stephanie Rose Events

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Catholic Weddings – Can I Get Married Outside?


This is the second video in the Your Catholic Wedding series, Marriage Inside the Church. It discusses why Catholic marriage takes place in the church and not outside or at a reception site and the role of the church community in your marriage.

Thank you again to Cort Peters from St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church for sharing his knowledge and passion about Catholic marriage and Dale Gottschalk, San Diego DJ & Video, David Zumaya, Weddings at California Photography, and  Ian Grant, Distinct Weddings for all of the amazing Catholic wedding images.