Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! The Sacrament of Marriage is truly a cause for joy and celebration. By coming to Trinity Cathedral to be married, an engaged couple is requesting that the Church both witness and bless their marriage. A wedding is one day; Christian Marriage is for a lifetime.
We are pleased you have chosen Trinity Cathedral to be a part of this special season. We hope the information here will begin to answer some of your questions. Always feel free to contact us! We are looking forward to working with you to make your wedding celebration both beautiful and meaningful.
The Clergy and Staff of Trinity Cathedral
All weddings are scheduled by the Cathedral office on a first come, first served basis. Please call as soon as you are sure of the date you would like to reserve for your wedding. We cannot guarantee any dates, but will do our best to accommodate requests.
Weddings are normally held on Saturdays, but arrangements may be made for other days of the week including Sundays. Weddings will be scheduled so that they do not conflict with the worship life of the parish. Weddings will not be scheduled during Holy Week (Palm Sunday-Easter Sunday) or December 24, 25, and 26.
We are happy to schedule a tour of the Cathedral by appointment.
Please contact Bonnie-Marie Yager-Wiggan in the Cathedral office at email@example.com or by phone at 412-232-6404.
Requirements for Marriage at Trinity Cathedral:
Those who seek to be married in the Episcopal Church affirm that they intend a life-long commitment to one another. Their vows are made in the presence of God and within the Christian community. Therefore, it is required that one of the parties be a baptized Christian, that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses, and the marriage conform to the laws of the State.
The Book of Common Prayer for the Episcopal Church contains a service for the Celebration and Blessings of Marriage. This is an excellent service, which we would recommend, but do not require. It can be personalized in many areas including music, readings, and particular customs. The wedding may include Holy Communion. It is encouraged, but is not required. Family and friends may be invited to read Scripture lessons or prayers.
Clergy and Officiants:
We relish the ministry of hospitality and are available and happy to officiate weddings at the Cathedral. We also welcome other members of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, Episcopal clergy and guest clergy from other Christian traditions to officiate weddings at Trinity Cathedral.
Trinity Cathedral holds to a standard of music which upholds the dignity and integrity of our Anglican heritage. Our organist, David Schaap, is available to play for weddings, using Trinity’s well-known pipe organ. All wedding music, including any soloists or instrumentalists you may desire, must be pre-arranged with David who works in conjunction with the Cathedral clergy and wedding coordinator. He may be reached by calling 412-232-6404 ext. 124 or at firstname.lastname@example.org . Keep in mind that music of a secular nature is not appropriate for a worship service and is, therefore not permitted. However, there is a wide range of sacred music entirely suitable for weddings, and the Organist will assist you in making appropriate choices
In most weddings, the music includes a fifteen-minute prelude of organ music, a processional and a recessional. Music at other points of the service may be arranged. For those who may desire a soloist, they are available from the Cathedral choir.
Decorations and Flowers
The beauty of the Cathedral lies in no small measure in its own presence and history: from the original white mahogany pews to its stained glass windows and gold accents. Lavish decorations are not needed and therefore, we request that flowers be confined to the two flower stands near the altar and the base of the stands. A ribbon or small nosegay may be used on the pews, but NO tacks or metal fasteners are permitted.
We are happy to recommend a florist upon request.
Trinity Cathedral will also provide altar candles and standing candles on either side of the altar. We will also provide aisle candles upon request.
Fees and Payment Scheduling:
The fee for members of Trinity Cathedral or clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is $700. This fee includes the cost of the sexton (janitor), the use of the Cathedral for the rehearsal, wedding, the bridal dressing room, the groom dressing room, and other incidental costs.
The fee for all others is $1,100 and includes the above.
A $250 non-refundable deposit is requires and must be paid along with submitting the contract to reserve the date for the rehearsal and wedding. This deposit goes towards the total cost. Only the receipt of the deposit will guarantee a specific date for your wedding.
A $250 damage deposit is also required in the form of an un-deposited check that Trinity Cathedral will retain until two weeks after the wedding. If no damage is sustained during your event, it will be returned to you in full.
Full payment for your wedding must be made fourteen (14) days before your wedding day.
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