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Weddings and Marriage Preparation

Here is your first stop in planning your Catholic wedding.

Congratulations on your engagement!

It is an exciting time of life. For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage (Holy Matrimony) is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to another person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values. …and it is a celebration of family, a gathering of friends, and filled with many public events such as dinners and receptions.

We are here to help you…

…prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament. But we also know that there is a lot that goes into planning a wedding and that many things hinge upon the date of the wedding. Dresses, venues, caterers and photographers all take time to find and book. So, we strongly recommend that you don’t commit to a venue or vendor until together we have confirmed the date on the parish calendar.

Ready to inquire? Please download and complete our Marriage Inquiry Form.

Contact Us

Please forward the completed Wedding Inquiry Form to our Wedding Coordinator.

Some Initial Guidelines

We welcome our families active in their faith and registered in the parish.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage must begin no later than 6 months before the planned wedding date. If you are planning a wedding celebration outside the United States, please allow even more time.

We adhere to The Diocese of Arlington Guidelines for Marriage Preparation

We understand the life of military families and are happy to work with you!

Wedding Times

Saturdays at 2:00 pm with rehearsals on Friday. Other days of the week are possible, but must be discussed with the parish before making any plans! In general there are no weddings on holiday weekends.

Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at some common FAQs that couples ask while they are inquiring about the possibility of celebrating their wedding at St. Francis.