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Marriage

Wedding Ceremony

"The love they pledge is greater than any emotion, feeling or state of mind, although it may include all of these. It is a deeper love, a lifelong decision of the heart."

Pope Francis

Get Started

If you are interested in getting married at St. Edward, fill out the following forms and send them to weddings@stedward.com

One of our priests will contact you within 4 business days to walk you through the next steps!

First Dance

Frequently Asked Questions

When can my wedding take place?


Wedding liturgies are celebrated on Saturdays at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. One of our priests will work with you to determine a date after you have submitted the initial paperwork.




What about the Construction Project?


Construction on the church grounds will be occuring from April 2021 to September 2022. While the areas next to the church will be closed due to construction, the main church will be unaffected.




Do I have to go through Marriage Preparation?


Your decision to marry is joyful and serious – joyful in that your love for each other in marriage will bring you an ever-deepening experience of love, but serious in that your lives will be changed for a lifetime. Moreover, your marriage has great significance to the life of the Catholic Church. It is important that you enter your new together with as much knowledge and insight as possible into your relationship with each other and with God and the Church. To help guide you on your journey together, the Church offers you several options for marriage preparation to provide you with the wisdom and experience of married couples.

The Diocese of Orange requires completion of one of the following marriage preparation programs prior to your wedding. A Certificate of Completion will be given to you and is to be submitted to the Parish Office at St. Edward's prior to your wedding. Schedule your marriage preparation as soon as possible before the busyness of your wedding plans begins.

For weddings in Spanish, contact your priest or deacon. For weddings in English, select from one of the following.

St. Edward the Confessor Parish Marriage Preparation Workshop is a series of four weekly sessions presented by married couples covering important aspects of their experience of married life. The sessions include opportunities to discuss privately with each other how the presentations apply to your own unique love relationship. The workshop is held at St. Edward's Parish. See a pamphlet describing the workshop here. Catholic Engaged Encounter is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values. This weekend experience for engaged couples is given in Orange County and at various locations nationally and internationally. See http://www.engagedencounter.org/. Diocese of Orange Marriage Preparation Programs are offered by parishes throughout Orange County organized by the deanery regions of the diocese. See the programs offered: https://www.rcbo.org/resource/marriage-preparation/ .

As a supplement to these programs, a pre-marriage relational aid is offered by our parish called FOCCUS©(Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding, and Study). To find out more and to register, see https://www.foccusinc.com/foccus-inventory.aspx and contact one of the certified FOCCUS facilitators in our parish:

Gary & Wendy Tucker GTucker@Stedward.com Rosemary Kane, MFT RKaneMFT@gmail.com




Can we get married outside the church building?


No.




Can we write our own vows?


Just as with other sacraments of the Catholic Church, the commitment you make to each other is defined by the Church to clearly state the needed content. The present rite offers two sets of texts that may be used. The first set offers an opportunity for the couple to state vows; the other set allows their consent to be made as a response to questions asked by the priest.




What if either myself or my fiance have been married before?


Please indicate this on the Wedding Request Form you give to our Parish Office. Gather all relevant documentation regarding a prior marriage such as a wedding license, a decree of divorce, and a decree of nullity to give to the priest when you meet.




How far ahead do I need to plan?


There must be at least six months between the initial interview with the parish priest and the proposed wedding date. We receive many wedding requests so we highly recommend you complete the Wedding Registration Form and return it to our Parish Office at least one year in advance.




What about a Wedding Coordinator?


A Wedding Coordinator will be provided by St. Edward the Confessor Parish to assist and advise you in planning your wedding ceremony and to conduct your wedding rehearsal. On your wedding day she will prepare the church and make certain that all is ready for a smooth and prayerful marriage ceremony. Additional wedding coordinators are welcome as guests but are not permitted to serve in a professional capacity at our church and chapel.




When will our rehearsal take place?


Your rehearsal will be held where your wedding will take place: either in our church or our chapel. After our priest confirms your wedding date you may call our Parish Office to reserve the church or chapel for your rehearsal. Wedding rehearsals usually last one hour and are held on Thursdays or Fridays at 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. It is important that your rehearsal starts on time since other parish events are often scheduled before and after rehearsals. We request that everyone in your wedding party attend the rehearsal including parents, readers, offertory gift presenters, grandparents and anyone who will be in the procession.




What is the cost?


Please see the wedding costs shown above under Additional Information.