Matrimony is a powerful and effective sign of Christ’s presence that joins a man and woman together for life. In the sacrament of Matrimony, a bride and groom promise to love each other as equal partners forever.

Unlike other sacraments at which a priest or deacon presides, in Matrimony the ministers are the bride and groom, and the priest or deacon is the witness to the couple’s promises. Holding hands and saying the words of the marriage vows are the visible signs of Matrimony. Jesus comes to the couple and unites them in love. The Holy Spirit strengthens and blesses their love. Their married love becomes a sign of God’s love for the world. Wedding rings are signs of the new union.

Couples contemplating marriage should begin their preparation at least one year prior to their wedding date.

Congratulations on your engagement! What an exciting time in your life! May God continue to bless you on your journey together. Over the years St. Rita has become a very popular location to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage not only because of our beautiful Church, but because it is conveniently located in one of the most stunning parts of Florida, the Emerald Coast. We are thrilled that you are considering having your wedding with us. Below are a few quick points to bear in mind as you discern where to take your vows. All of the following information can be found in the Wedding Brochure.

  • Bride and Groom must review the Wedding Brochure which contains detailed information about weddings at St. Rita.
  • A letter from your parish priest, deacon, or Marriage Prep counselor, explaining that they are working with you, must be sent by mail or email to St. Rita Catholic Church.
  • A completed Marriage File must be sent to St. Rita Catholic Church or the Diocesan Tribunal by whomever does your marriage preparation (information can be found in the Wedding Brochure).
  • The completed and signed Wedding Contract.
  • The cost for non-parishioners is $2,000.
  • The latest start time for weddings on Saturday’s is 2:30 PM.
  • If you wish a priest of your choice to oversee the marriage, we will need a letter from his superior (for example, if he is a diocesan priest, we need a letter from his bishop) stating that he is in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church and able to oversee the Sacrament of Marriage.
  • Only the bride or groom is able to reserve a wedding date (not parents or relatives).

Above are the basic requirements for weddings at St. Rita Catholic Church, however, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel more than welcome to send an email or contact our wedding coordinator.