If you are visiting this page, it means you are planning your wedding! Congratulations! We understand that this is a very exciting, busy, (and sometimes stressful) time. We are here to help. Following is information about our parish wedding procedures, as well as help in planning your liturgy and music. We invite you to acquaint yourself thoroughly with the materials and guidelines presented here. They have been prepared with an eye toward making your wedding day both beautiful and memorable, and we hope you will find them most helpful in that regard.
The first thing you'll want to do before planning your ceremony is to schedule the date and time of your wedding with our Pastor, Fr. John Vallier. They can be reached by calling 616-453-6369. You may also speak with our Wedding Coordinator, Deb Russo, to answer any questions you may have. Since our wedding calendar fills up quickly, we suggest that you schedule your wedding liturgy at least six months in advance. After you schedule your wedding date, you will have private, follow-up meetings with our Pastor to discuss premarital preparation classes and wedding planning.
Holy Spirit Wedding Policies and Guidelines
We have designed our Wedding Policies and Guidelines to help you in your wedding planning. In this booklet you will find our policies, procedures, and other general information to answer many of your questions regarding your wedding at Holy Spirit. You can download the booklet here.
Plan Your Wedding Liturgy
You probably already have a lot of ideas about the kind of wedding liturgy you would like to have. One of the first things to consider is whether you will have a full mass (with communion) or a liturgy of the word (without communion). Our Pastor will help you determine which option is best for your circumstances, and he will also assist you in planning many of the other details for your ceremony.
Choose Your Wedding Music
The selection of music for your wedding ceremony is a very important process, just follow these steps to help you select the best music available for the various parts of your Catholic wedding liturgy:
- Understand our Music Guidelines - It is important to understand our parish wedding music guidelines. These can be found in the Wedding Policies and Guidelines booklet.
- Download the Wedding Music Selection Form - This form includes basic contact information, instrumentalist requests, and all the music appropriate for your wedding liturgy.
- Attend the Wedding Workshop - Every couple getting married at Holy Spirit is required to attend a Wedding Workshop, held on two consecutive Saturday's each February. The Wedding Workshop is a premarital preparation class, and is concluded with a presentation of music. The Director of Music (along with vocalists and instrumentalists) will play through all the music appropriate for your wedding liturgy.
- Meet with the Director of Music - The Director of Music, Joe Houdek, will set up a time to meet with you and finalize all your music selections approximately one month prior to your wedding date. You may turn in your Wedding Music Selection Form at that time. Please be aware that instrumentalists play for many weddings throughout the year, so you may want to put in your instrumentalist requests in as soon as possible.
Make Your Wedding Program
Once you've finalized all the details of your wedding liturgy, you're ready to make your wedding program. We've included sample programs to help aid you in this process.