Planning Catholic Wedding Liturgy
Planning your wedding ceremony is an important part of celebrating your sacramental marriage. 4 months prior to your wedding, please contact Kathryn Anderson Kuo at firstname.lastname@example.org
to begin completing the Wedding Liturgy Planner. Using this document, Kathryn Anderson Kuo will assist you in organizing the structure of the ceremony, from the Processional to Recessional. This includes, selecting scripture readings, writing prayers of the faithful, assigning gift-bearers, and organizing other details that will make your ceremony more personal. The ceremony is also a wonderful opportunity for guests to participate in the wedding as Ushers, Lectors, Gift-bearers, and Eucharistic Ministers. Completing the Wedding Liturgy Planner ensures that the Campus Ministers who will assist you on the day of your wedding will have all of the information they need to make your day go smoothly.
Couples should come prepared and on time for the marriage rehearsal, bringing along the readers, gift-bearers, ushers, and anyone else involved in the marriage ceremony. The organist and musicians do not attend wedding rehearsals. The marriage license obtained from the state of New York (obtained within 60 days of the wedding) must also be brought to the rehearsal. You may bring the programs and other items for the ceremony as well, and we will lock them in the safe overnight. Rehearsals are usually scheduled on the Thursday or Friday before the wedding date at 5 PM, 6 PM, or 7 PM. You may make arrangements for the rehearsal time when you book your wedding or soon thereafter. The time is booked in the order received.
A trained student marriage minister will conduct the rehearsal for your wedding party and direct all proceedings on your wedding day. Please respect the authority of the University Church staff and follow these directions. It is best if all members of your wedding party and the officiant performing your marriage attend so that all will be comfortable with their respective roles. Make sure to bring your civil marriage license with you to the rehearsal.
Floral arrangements and other appointments must work around the furnishings of the University Church. Church furnishings and liturgical decorations are not to be moved. All arrangements for your marriage ceremony must be set a one-half hour before your ceremony. Such arrangements might include bouquets of flowers, bows for center aisle benches, or a "unity candle" on the altar (all provided by you). Torches are not allowed. Runners are not allowed. The University Church is a designated New York City landmark, and as such, we must take special precautions.
Photography and Video
Professional photographers should be as inconspicuous as possible throughout the ceremony. Videotaping that requires additional lighting or wiring is not permitted. In most cases, the ordinary light of the church should suffice. Photographers using extra lighting will be asked to remove the equipment. Photographers are not allowed in the sanctuary behind the altar, or on the steps or choir loft. No photographers, professional or amateur, will be permitted to interrupt or delay any part of the ceremony, nor will they be allowed to delay preparations for a subsequent ceremony.
No drones are allowed on campus and/or inside the church under any circumstances.
Directions to the Church
A map with detailed directions on how to reach Fordham’s Rose Hill campus and the University Church will be included in the Couple's Portfolio email sent from the Office of Campus Ministry. If you would like, you will need to make copies for your guests. We are not able to make copies.
GPS Address and Parking
The Fordham University Church is not a parish. We do not have a dedicated parking lot adjacent to our church.
For both the rehearsal and wedding itself, the security guards at Fordham’s main entrance (off Southern Boulevard, opposite the New York Botanical Garden, GPS address: 2691 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458
) will have the bride and groom’s names and will inform your wedding party and guests of the parking arrangements. There is no additional cost for guests to park on campus. Guest parking will be determined that day. The bride’s limousine will park in front of Martyrs’ Court so that she may walk up the main pathway to the front of the church.
Should your guests need to park in the main parking garage near the Southern Boulevard entrance, assistance will be provided for persons with mobility issues. Please ask the security guard to call a car to transport any physically challenged guest. Every effort will be made to ensure guest parking for your wedding at University Church is as convenient as possible.
Before you hire any buses for your guests, you must speak with Public Safety and Security to ensure the buses can be accommodated (718-817-2222).