Welcome to St. Boniface, founded in 1836.
We are the oldest extant Catholic Church in the city of Louisville.
We are honored that you are considering having your wedding here with us.
Two preliminary notes are called for:
1. Wedding Coordinators and writers in bridal periodicals are not in a position to make decisions about liturgical
celebrations. The staff at St. Boniface will have the final say in all matters concerning the wedding.
2. Practices at other church are not normative for what can or ought to be done at weddings at
St. Boniface Church.
Who may be married at St. Boniface Church?
We welcome all registered parishioners, we also welcome non-registered Catholics who are looking for a traditional church to celebrate their marriage.
1. The fee for the use of the church is $1,500 with $750 due at the time of booking. The remaining $750 is due one month before the wedding. This fee includes the organist and the wedding assistant.
Special consideration will be made to currently active members of the parish.
2. You must provide your own priest or deacon if you are not a member. Your priest or deacon is responsible for the paperwork concerning your wedding.
3. All rules and norms regarding weddings at St. Boniface are to be strictly followed.
4. The wedding coordinator at St. Boniface will make final decisions about wedding formats.
The priest or deacon will be concerned only with the administration of the sacrament itself.
For non-member couples providing their own priest or deacon, that person must:
1. Be properly qualified by both civil and church law.
2. Assume all responsibility for all marriage papers.
3. Be present at the rehearsal and carry out the wedding according to parish regulations.
Times of Weddings
1. Weddings will not be scheduled later than 5:30 pm. Wedding are not permitted on Sundays.
1. Rehearsals are scheduled the evening before the wedding at 6:00 pm. The rehearsal will begin on time
regardless of who is present. Rehearsal will last approximately on half hour.
2. It is your responsibility to have the groomsmen and bridesmaids paired before the rehearsal.
3. Lectors must attend the rehearsal.
4. The marriage license must be brought to the rehearsal.
1. The church has no dressing area for the bridal party so it is necessary that you arrive already dressed.
You may, however, wait in the west tower room of the church.
Flowers, Candles, etc.
1. Decorations should never block the view of the ambo, altar, priest’s chair, or the exchange of vows.
2. Due to the danger of slipping on the hardwood floors, aisle runners are not permitted.
3. If bows are used on the pews, they must be tied, not taped.
4. Rice, confetti, bird seed, etc. are not allowed to be thrown inside or outside the church.
5. Your florist must contact Bill Lincoln to set a time to get into the church. This must be done prior to the day
of the wedding.
Photographers and Videographers
The photographer must contact Bill Lincoln before the wedding to discuss the guidelines. The guidelines will be strictly enforced.
1. Flash and lights are permitted only during the entrance and exit processions.
2. NO flash or lights may be used during the ceremony.
3. Pictures may be taken during the ceremony, without flash or lights from behind the congregation.
4. Only one video camera is allowed and it must be stationary.
5. Please note. No pictures may be taken before the ceremony. We have found that this contributes to a
carnival-like atmosphere not conducive to a sacred ceremony.
6. After the ceremony, the wedding party may use the church for a period of 45 minutes for pictures. You are
asked to be respectful and dignified while posing and always remember that you are in a sacred building.
Additional Rules and Information
1. It is your responsibility to see that the church is left as clean as you found it. Programs, flowers, tissues, etc.
are to be removed by you.
2. Alcoholic beverages are absolutely forbidden on St. Boniface property. If members of your party are found
drinking, they will not be allowed to participate in the wedding. Also, food, snacks, etc. are not allowed.
The Wedding Ceremony
The Catholic wedding takes place in a sacred setting where certain liturgical values govern the ceremony. The principle being, the full, active and conscious participation of the assembly. The people at the wedding are not mere spectators. Their role is to pray and to witness the exchange of vows. The primary purpose of the wedding Mass is the praise of God and the exchange of vows. Following are some points you want to keep in mind:
1. Lectors: Please choose experienced readers. The readers must attend rehearsal.
2. Eucharistic Ministers: You may choose family or friends as long as they are commissioned in their own parish.
3. Servers: Servers are welcomed. Please consult Bill Lincoln.
4. Children: Children seven years of age and younger are not permitted to be members of the wedding party.
5. Punctuality: Weddings will start on time. Seating of the parents, grandparents, etc. should take place five to
ten minutes before the scheduled time of the wedding.
6. Receiving Lines: At the conclusion of the wedding, proceed immediately with pictures as receiving lines in
church are not permitted.
Music for Weddings at St. Boniface
1. The parish Director of Music, Bill Lincoln, plays for all weddings at St. Boniface.
2. Two months before the wedding, please call Mr. Lincoln (584.4279) to arrange an appointment to discuss your
3. St. Boniface Church is a traditional church in style and in music, therefore only sacred music and classical
types of music are allowed for weddings.
4. The parish does not allow outside musicians to perform at weddings, therefore, please do not ask your family or friends to play or sing at the service.
5. If you wish music other the organ, Mr. Lincoln will arrange musicians for you. Fees will be paid directly to these musicians, and payment is due the week before the ceremony.