St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at Lake Tahoe welcomes brides and grooms from all over the world to enjoy one of the most spectacular settings for one of the most important days of their lives. To help our parishioners and their guests orchestrate an appropriate and spiritual ceremony, we offer this Check List to make your planning as smooth and successful as possible. All of this information is available in an PDF format; just click this link and use the list to help you along the way.
We look forward to working with you to create a meaningful and lovely wedding for you.
1. Does St. Francis provide a Wedding Coordinator?
Our Parish Wedding Coordinator, Katie Christensen, should be contacted after completing all of your Pre-Nuptial requirements in order to plan your ceremony. The church Wedding Coordinator will attend your rehearsal and will be present at the wedding.
Our Wedding Coordinator will email you a document that you can use to plan your ceremony. It will be very helpful to use when discussing your ceremony with Katie. She will help clarify any further questions you may have regarding the ceremony when you meet with her via telephone, email, special meetings or at the rehearsal.
If you have hired your own Wedding Coordinator, our Parish Wedding Coordinator will cooperate with your personal coordinator; however, our Parish Wedding Coordinator is fully responsible for the rehearsal and marriage ceremony to assure that the Sacrament of Marriage is in compliance with the Diocese/Parish customs and traditions. You may contact Katie Christensen by email email@example.com or telephone her at (775) 831-0490 or (775) 762-3935.
Wedding Ceremony with or without the Eucharist?
2. Should you celebrate your marriage in the context of a Mass or non-Eucharistic ceremony?
When a wedding is celebrated at St. Francis, the Rite of Marriage takes place after the Liturgy of the Word and the homily. The Liturgy of the Eucharist follows when a Nuptial Mass is held. The Rite of Marriage concludes with prayers and blessings.
In choosing which format to use, you will want to consider the following points but keep in mind that you are planning YOUR wedding so it should be what you desire, not your guests:
If both couples are Catholic, we encourage a Nuptial Mass that includes the Eucharist.
If one of you is from another faith tradition we encourage you to discuss your ceremony with our Wedding Coordinator. She will help you pick out the readings for your ceremony and guide you in personalizing your ceremony. Your local Parish should provide you with a copy of “Together for Life” or you may view it on-line at http://catholicweddinghelp.com
When planning the music for the celebration of your marriage, please keep in mind that all music chosen needs to be appropriate for a sacred liturgy. Some love songs, while beautiful to listen to, may be more appropriate at the reception than at the wedding itself. A general guideline is that any sung music (by cantor, soloist, or choir) should be spiritual in nature. A list of musicians available at St. Francis of Assisi is provided. Our musicians and cantors charge a separate fee.
Flowers should never placed on the Altar itself but may be placed on the steps or floor directly in front of the Altar. Nothing may be placed on the pews themselves. The use of flower petals (real or artificial) may not be tossed by a flower girl. Couples may have the flower girls pass flowers out to guests along the aisle as they come down the aisle. Keep in mind that we have a beautiful church with a spectacular view and the couple is the focus of attention so this is potentially a good place to save money.
5. Decorations & Wedding Accessories
The Church environment is decorated according to our liturgical calendar. There are certain colors used during the different seasons which will be prominent and which may influence your decisions as to arrangements or time of year that you are married.
None of the Church decorations or furniture may be moved for a wedding. Please be respectful while working in the Church.
It is the responsibility of the wedding party to see that any items placed around the altar are removed after the ceremony and that the Church is left tidy and orderly.
6. Unity Candle
We encourage you to incorporate this tradition into your ceremony. We do not, however, provide the actual candles. Please choose candles that are meaningful to you.
7. Love Story
Please discuss this with the Wedding Coordinator.
8. Bridal Runners
Due to insurance liability risk, bridal runners are not allowed.
9. Celebratory Rice Toss, etc.
Birdseed, confetti, rose-petals, bubbles, etc. create a safety hazard. There is a clause in our insurance policy prohibiting such items. We ask you to inform your guests that none of these are to be thrown in, around, or in front of the church property
Wedding parking is provided adjacent to the Church with an overflow parking lot located on Kelly Drive. Please note that the driveway on the south side of the Church is one-way.
11. Bride’s Room
Space is available in the Church Hall downstairs. The Wedding Coordinator will assist you in this matter.
Great care must be taken to insure that nothing interferes with this sacred event. Please review with the photographer(s)/videographer(s) the enclosed information that offers guidelines for your wedding memories.
13. Seating Capacity of Saint Francis: 375
Tim Callicrate, Assoc. Music Director
Lynne Cibulsky, Music Liturgy Director
Photographers (familiar with St. Francis)
Dalia Photo Studios
(775) 833-foto (3686)