The Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic Chapel. The only requirement is that either the bride or the groom must be Catholic. The only documentation you will need to provide is a certified copy of your baptismal certificate dated within six months of the wedding. We ask for this, as all Catholic churches do, because all of your sacraments are noted on the back of your baptismal certificate at your baptismal parish, even if you received your sacraments at different churches.
Our chapel is part of a school community. We do not have a resident priest. You are responsible for choosing and securing a priest or a deacon to marry you. If you do not have one in mind, I would be happy to refer you to one. There are several priests and deacons in our area who perform wedding ceremonies here regularly. You do not have to have a full mass for your wedding. You can choose to have only the marriage ceremony.
We hold weddings on Saturdays. You and your vendors may arrive one hour before your ceremony begins and stay forty-five minutes after it has ended. If extra time is needed and if the building is available it may be rented for a fee of $50.00 per half hour.
The rental includes a beautiful, formal parlor for the bride and her attendants and a wedding coordinator who is on-site for the rehearsal and the wedding. It also includes the grounds for picture taking. Rehearsals are included and are usually held the Thursday or Friday prior to the wedding.
Your coordinator is responsible for running through the rehearsal with you, greeting you and your vendors the day of your wedding, setting up for mass, lighting candles, and assuring that your ceremony goes just as planned. She takes care of you the whole time you are with us.
The rental fee is $1100.00. A non-refundable deposit of $550.00 is due to book the date and the balance is due one month before the wedding. A date may be held free of charge for five business days to give the bride and groom the opportunity to finalize other reservations. If, after five days the deposit is not received, the hold will be taken off and the date will become available to the public again.
Thank you for your interest in our chapel and I look forward to meeting with you to answer any further questions and to show you the chapel personally!