RITE OF MARRIAGE MUSIC POLICY
The Marriage Rite is a Sacrament of the Church, a solemn exchange of vows between a bride and a groom, and an act of worship on the part of all those present to offer thanks and praise for God’s blessings on the couple’s life together as husband and wife. Therefore, all music during the wedding liturgy reflects the sacred nature of the ceremony and must be taken from sacred or religious music repertoire.
Music at worship is a form of sung prayer and must relate to the glory of God and reflect the redeeming grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All music at your wedding ceremony should follow that principle, and your favorite popular music should be reserved for your reception.
The wedding fee, paid upon contract confirmation, includes the services of a Cathedral Basilica cantor. In addition to singing the parts of the Mass, your cantor may also serve as a vocal soloist. If you are interested in having a choir sing at your wedding, you should contact the Director of Sacred Music, Dr. Horst Buchholz, at 314-373-8228. The Cathedral Singers, a professional chamber choir of the highest standards, is available for $1,200. For repertoire questions or more information, please contact Dr. Buchholz.
For your wedding at the Cathedral Basilica, one of the Cathedral Staff Organists will play. The fee for the organist is $275.00; that fee includes one planning meeting with your organist in addition to playing for your wedding. You should schedule your planning meeting approximately 2 months prior to your wedding date. To schedule your meeting, please contact Dr. Buchholz, at 314-373-8228. A check for the $275 organist’s fee, made payable to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, was required to be sent with the wedding contract. If payment was not received when the contract was returned, your organist will be cancelled and no music will be included in the wedding program.
If you would like additional musicians to participate in your wedding, the Music Office may be able to help contract some of the finest professional musicians in the area, who have performed at the Cathedral on a regular basis. Particularly popular are trumpet, violin, harp, a string quartet, or brass ensemble. The fees vary from instrument to instrument, and you may call the Music Office for additional information. If contracted, fees for the services of additional musicians, vocalists, or choirs are due in full 30 days prior to the wedding rehearsal.
The use of outside musicians/vocalists must be approved by the Director of Sacred Music. References and an audition may be requested. Singers should be professionally trained and experienced singing in large spaces and liturgical settings. Amateur musicians may better perform at your wedding reception. Music selections must be made with or approved by the Director of Sacred Music. If additional meetings or rehearsals with the organist are required, there may be an extra fee.
Congratulations! We are pleased to be participating in the joyful event of your marriage.