Wedding Process

OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS

  1. Couples may call to inquire about dates for their wedding ceremony 12 to 18-months before their requested date. Couples should make their initial inquiry by contacting the Community Relations Liaison in the Office of College Relations.
    • The Community Relations Liaison will confirm the couple's eligibility to be married at Rosemont College.
    • Once a couple's eligibility has been confirmed, the Community Relations Liaison will schedule an appointment for the couple to meet with the Wedding Coordinator.
    • A wedding date will not be confirmed until after the couple's first meeting with the Wedding Coordinator.
  2. A Letter of Permission to marry at Rosemont College must be obtained from the pastor of the parish of either the bride or the groom.
  3. A Wedding Registration Form must be completed by the priest requested to be the presider at the wedding, or by the pastor of the parish of either the bride or the groom. The registration form is available on the Rosemont College website or from the Community Relations Liaison.
      • The couple should send the Letter of Permission and Wedding Registration Form to the Community Relations Liaison.
      • Once a couple's eligibility has been confirmed and the Letter of Permission and Wedding Registration Form have been received, the Community Relations Liaison will schedule an appointment for the couple to meet with the Wedding Coordinator. A wedding date will NOT be confirmed until AFTER the couple's first meeting with the Wedding Coordinator.
      • Please note that Rosemont College cannot provide a priest to preside for weddings. It is the responsibility of the couple being married to contact and confirm a presider for their wedding.
  4. The couple will meet with the Wedding Coordinator to review the sacramental preparation process, Church requirements, and Rosemont College policies.
      • The Wedding Coordinator will conduct the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Pre-Nuptial Investigation with the couple at this meeting.
      • The Wedding Coordinator will also review Witness Testimony forms with the couple.
  5. After the couple's first meeting with the Wedding Coordinator, the Community Relations Assistant will send a Wedding Packet to the couple.
      • The Wedding Packet outlines Rosemont College's wedding requirements and includes a Wedding Agreement/Contract.
      • The name, address, and phone number of the priest/deacon who will preside at the wedding must be included with the Agreement.
      • The signed Agreement and a deposit of $300.00 should be sent to the Community Relations Liaison within three weeks in order to confirm the wedding date. Checks may be made payable to Rosemont College.
      • The time set aside for weddings at Rosemont College is 3:00PM on Saturdays. Rehearsals take place on Friday evenings at 5:00 p.m.
      • A date for the wedding ceremony will not be confirmed until the Community Relations Assistant has received both the signed Wedding Agreement and the deposit.
  6. The paperwork for the wedding should be done by the priest who is the presider for the wedding, or by a priest in the parish of either the bride or groom. This paperwork includes the Prenuptial Investigation form, two witness forms for each party, and any necessary dispensations or permissions.
      • If the wedding paperwork is done locally (in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia), it should be given by the priest to the wedding coordinator one month before the wedding date.
      • If the paperwork is done by a priest in another diocese, it needs to be sent by the priest to the Chancery Office of his diocese, who in turn will forward the paperwork to the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. They will in turn send the paperwork to Rosemont.
  7. An approved Marriage Preparation Program (Pre-Cana) is required by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Preparation may be attended at any time during the couple's engagement, but not less than six months prior to the celebration of the sacrament of marriage. Please note that Rosemont College does not offer Marriage Preparation. The Wedding Coordinator can assist you in finding local Marriage Preparation Programs to attend in the Philadelphia area.
      • In addition to the Marriage Preparation requirement, there are a number of pre-marriage assessment inventories available to assist engaged couples in communication with each other about important issues that will affect their married lives together.
      • Although Rosemont College does not require or administer a particular pre-marriage inventory, we strongly recommend that couples talk with their assisting priest about taking an inventory.
  8. All couples need to meet with the Rosemont College Wedding Coordinator for a liturgical planning session three (3) months prior to the wedding to discuss appropriate readings, music, etc. for the wedding liturgy.
  9. The couple must obtain a marriage license from a Clerk of the Orphan's Court in Pennsylvania. The license is valid for sixty days. The entire ORIGINAL Marriage License must be received by the Office of Campus Ministry THREE WEEKS prior to the wedding date. The license may be brought directly to the Office of Campus Ministry or sent to the Wedding Coordinator via registered mail.
  10. The Wedding Coordinator will ensure that the marriage license is in the sacristy the day of the wedding for the priest to sign. The couple will receive the original certificate and the duplicate will be sent to the courthouse of origin for recording. A copy will also be kept in the St. Thomas of Villanova parish office.