Here are the most commonly asked questions and answers regarding the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony at St. Edward the Confessor Parish. Please contact us if you have additional questions.

Can I get married at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church or San Felipe de Jesus Chapel?

If you or your parents are registered members of St. Edward the Confessor or San Felipe de Jesus, or if you or your fiancé reside within the parish boundaries  (cities of Dana Point and Capistrano Beach) you may request to have your wedding at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church or San Felipe de Jesus Chapel. You or your fiancé must be a baptized Roman Catholic.  If you live outside of the parish boundaries and are not a registered member of the parish, click here: Non Parishioner Wedding Requests   

What are the available times for Weddings?

Weddings liturgies are celebrated at St. Edward the Confessor Church and San Felipe de Jesus Chapel on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Occasionally a wedding may be celebrated on a Friday if the church of chapel and a priest are available.  

What if either my fiancé or I 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 much does it cost?

Everything you are and everything you have.  Marriage in the Catholic Church is a serious personal and spiritual commitment.  You will be asked to give your all to your future spouse every day.  As far as money goes, there is no charge for the Sacrament of Marriage.  The costs associated with having a wedding in our church or chapel are for musicians, wedding coordinators, altar servers and to help the Parish maintain its buildings and services.   A non-refundable deposit is required within five days of the priest setting your wedding date.   Your deposit may be paid by personal check, cash, cashier’s check, or credit card at our Parish Office.  All wedding costs are due IN FULL ONE MONTH PRIOR to your wedding and may be paid by personal check, cash, cashier’s check, or credit card at our Parish Office.   See Wedding Costs 2017     Costos de Boda      

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. 

I’ve decided to get married at St. Edward the Confessor Church or San Felipe Chapel. Now what do I do?

1. If you are a registered parishioner, or live in our parish boundaries (cities of Dana Point and Capistrano Beach) please complete the Wedding Registration Form  and return it to our Parish Office at least six months before your desired wedding date.  A priest will contact you within 72 hours.    If you are not a registered parishioner of St. Edward the Confessor Parish and live outside our parish boundaries (cities of Dana Point and Capistrano Beach)  please have your parish priest complete and sign the Agreement for Visiting Clergy (PDF) and return it to our Parish Office with the Wedding Registration Form at least six months before your desired wedding date.  For more information about non-parishioners requesting a wedding click  Non Parishioner Wedding Requests

2. Obtain the following documents and give them to your priest:

Baptism Certificate

  • Catholics must give the priest a new copy (issued with the last six months) of their baptism certificate.  Contact the parish where your baptism took place and ask for a new certificate.
  • Baptized, non-Catholic Christians are asked to give the priest a copy of their record of baptism; it does not need to be new.

First Communion and Confirmation Certificates: Catholics are to present copies of the certificates that they were given at the time of receiving these sacraments. Either original or copies are acceptable.

What if we are not registered parishioners at St. Edward the Confessor Parish?

The church’s beautiful panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and its prime location to world-class hotels and restaurants draw the attention of couples throughout the United States. In an effort to accommodate those who are not associated with our parish but would like to get married here, your request will be considered if your parish priest will collect all the required documents and prepare you for the sacrament of marriage.  Marriage preparation by your local priest is mandatory.   If you cannot provide a priest to preside over the ceremony, one of our priests may be able to preside.  If you are providing a priest, please have him complete and sign the Agreement for Visiting Clergy (PDF) and submit it with the Wedding Registration Form at least six months before your desired wedding date.

Do we need to take Marriage Preparation classes?

As with all sacraments, the Sacrament of Marriage requires a time of spiritual preparation. Engaged couples are required to attend one of several marriage preparation programs or a Engaged Encounter retreat. You will receive a certificate of completion from the program or retreat you attended that you must give to your priest prior to your wedding.   For information on the Marriage Preparation Workshop at St. Edward read  Marriage Preparation Workshop   For information on other marriage preparation programs, visit our diocesan website at http://www.rcbo.org/services/family-services/marriage-preparation.html. For information regarding the Engaged Encounter retreat see http://www.engagedencounter.org/.  

Is there anything I should do?

Yes, pray! The Sacrament of Marriage is not just the union of a man and woman; it is the union of a couple with God. “The Sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life.” (The Catechism of the Catholic Church #1661) Pray with your fiancé. Demonstrate your love and fidelity to God by your participation in Mass every Sunday, celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly, share your time, talent and treasure with your local parish and serve Christ in the poor.