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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
Brick

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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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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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.

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Catholic Weddings – Marriage as a Sacrament

As a wedding planner, I am often asked how to get married in the Catholic Church. I created this video series about Catholic marriage to help you understand Catholic marriage and plan your wedding. This is the first video in the Your Catholic Wedding series, Marriage as a Sacrament. It discusses what a Catholic sacrament is and how marriage is celebrated as a sacrament in the Catholic Church.

Thank you to Cort Peters from St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church for sharing his knowledge and passion about Catholic marriage and to Dale Gottschalk, San Diego DJ & Video, http://SanDiegoDJ.biz, David Zumaya, Weddings at California, http://weddingsatcalifornia.com, and Ian Grant, Distinct Weddings, http://distinctweddings.com for the amazing Catholic wedding photos taken in San Diego and Orange Counties.

If you’re planning a Catholic wedding in San Diego, I’d love to help!