Wedding Guidelines


Planning Your Wedding at the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit

Welcome to the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detoit! Our beautiful basilica is a wonderful place for couples to begin their new life together as husband and wife. Please contact our parish office for more information at 313-496-1701 x14 or weddings@steannedetroit.org.

Requirements

At least one member of the bridal couple (bride or groom) must be Catholic.

If either party (Catholic or not) has been married before, previous marriages must be annulled or the proper paperwork finalized. This includes weddings that took place outside of the Catholic Church. Inform Ste. Anne of previous marriages when inquiring about available dates. Please do not let a previous marriage deter you from inquiring about getting married in the Catholic Church. Our priests are willing to assist you with the annulment process if necessary.

Couples who wish to be married at the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit do not need to be registered parishioners but need to obtain the permission of their pastor.

Weddings must have a minimum of six month notice to comply with the required six months of marriage preparation in the State of Michigan.

Both bride and groom must be able to be married in the Catholic Church.

Other rites (Chaldean, Maronite, etc.) may be able to marry at the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit. Please call the office for more details.

If both the bride and groom are Catholic the wedding ceremony will include Mass. 

While other parties may make initial inquiries, the engaged couple must book the church themselves.

Ceremony Times

Weddings are celebrated on Saturday afternoons in one of the three slots: 12 noon, 2 p.m., or 4 p.m. Weddings can also be celebrated on other days with more limited options: Sunday weddings can be held at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.; Friday weddings can be held at either 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Weddings consist of a two-hour time block, to include arrival, any necessary vendor setup, couple and guest arrival, ceremony, and all photos inside the basilica.

The two-hour segment begins 30 minutes before the scheduled wedding time and ends 90 minutes after the scheduled wedding time.

Weddings are permitted during the seasons of Lent and Advent.

Sample Saturday Timeline:

11:30 a.m.

Wedding Party A arrives

12:00 noon -1:00 p.m.

Wedding Party A Ceremony

1:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m.

Wedding Party A photos and clean-up

1:30 p.m.

Wedding Party B arrives

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wedding Party B Ceremony

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wedding Party B photos and clean-up

3:30 p.m.

Wedding Party C arrives

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wedding Party C Ceremony

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wedding Party C photos and clean-up

To respect parish events and ensure multiple couples have the ability to celebrate on a given day, the timeline must be respected.

The couple and guest are expected to be prompt.

Cost

The wedding fee for the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit church is $1600. This includes the following.

  • The use of the basilica on the wedding date for a two-hour block. One hour for the ceremony bookended by one half-hour before the ceremony for primping and details, one half-hour after the ceremony for formal photography.
  • A wedding rehearsal the day or two before the ceremony.
  • A wedding hostess who will walk you through both the rehearsal and the wedding.
  • A celebrant (if needed).
  • Organist for the sacred music for your wedding. (Other musical artists are allowed, with permission). Please call the office for more details.
  • Utilities and maintenance for you and your guests.
  • Upkeep of the historic basilica.

A $800 nonrefundable down payment holds the date of the wedding once the couple has submitted their formal request. The balance is due two months before the wedding date.

Please note that there is an additional charge of $150 for weddings that take place on holidays or holiday weekends. These holidays are New Years Eve, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Christmas.  

Hostess

One month prior to the wedding, a hostess will be assigned to your wedding. Your hostess will be present at both the rehearsal and the wedding ceremony, assisting the family and answering questions. A rehearsal is required. Please note that everyone involved with the wedding should be present at the rehearsal. Usually the musician and presider are not present at the rehearsal.

Celebrant

We have two priests and a deacon who can perform your ceremony. Languages available by our celebrants include English, Spanish and Italian. Family members or friends who are priests or deacons are welcome to conduct the ceremony as well; we just require necessary paperwork to be filed beforehand. Celebrants must follow the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Detroit and be ordained for Catholic ministry. Non-Catholic clergy are welcome to participate according to the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Contact the parish with questions.

Musicians

Arrangements must be made with our Music Director at least three months prior to the wedding date. All music for the ceremony must be sacred or classical in nature. Visiting musicians are welcome. Any and all visiting musicians including organists, singers, and instrumentalists must by approved by the music director. There are no exceptions to this policy. If you are planning on having a guest organists or mariachi, the music director must be notified, informed of selections, and approve them.

Marriage Preparation

Marriage preparations may take place at Ste. Anne or at another parish. More details about marriage prep at Ste. Anne can be found here.

Before the wedding takes place, Ste. Anne requires the following.

  • Completed diocesan questionnaire
  • Sacramental records dated within the past 6 months
  • Adequate marriage preparation

If marriage preparations take place at another parish, you are asked to follow the requirements of the parish where you are being prepared. The pastor of where you are doing marriage prep is required to send the marriage file to Ste. Anne so that appropriate permission and dispensation can be obtained and so the information can be accurately entered into our sacramental records.

If marriage preparations take place at Ste. Anne, the couple will participate in the highly acclaimed Witness to Love program, a very special mentor-based formation process that most couples find enjoyable and helpful for their marriage.

Marriage License

Marriage licenses must be obtained by the couple no later than two weeks prior to the wedding. We ask that you bring all original copies of the marriage license to the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit office once they are obtained so that the marriage certificate can be properly prepared.

Wedding Day

Please arrive a half hour before your ceremony to ensure the prompt start of the service.

The Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit is a place of sacred worship. Out of respect for this, dresses must have sleeves or straps. If there are no straps or sleeves, the shoulders must be covered via a shawl, capelet, topper etc.

Decorations

Flowers and adornments are allowed, but nothing that leaves a mark on our historic basilica. Tape, tacks, pins, nails, staples, wire, and glue are not permitted.

Decorations may be free-standing or attached with pew clips or ribbons in a way that respects the historic space.

Basilica furnishings must not be moved.

Aisle runners are allowed. Please note that our aisle is 100 feet long. Keep the dimensions in mind when ordering.

You are not allowed to throw petals, rice, birdseed, glitter, confetti, etc. inside or outside the basilica. Clean-up is difficult and time-consuming, and poses a safety hazard for those coming to worship.

Items, such as bubbles, sparklers etc, may be used outside the basilica in the plaza, provided the entire space is completely cleaned up after their use. The couple is responsible to ensure this cleanup occurs.

Be respectful of the space keeping in mind other liturgical celebrations will occur on the same day.

If visiting the space is helpful, you are free to make an appointment with by calling 313-496-1701 x14 or emailing weddings@steannedetroit.org. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We find that most brides decide that the historic beauty of the soaring architecture is stunning enough, and additional decorations may not be necessary.

Photography

Photographs are permitted before, during, and after the ceremony.

Photographers are expected to be as unobtrusive as possible. Movement in the sanctuary, beyond the communion rail, and flash photography during the ceremony are not permitted.

Flash photography and respectful movement is permitted during the entrance processional and recessional. Photographers must be respectful of the space; appropriate attire is expected.

Pre-ceremony photographs may be taken. The basilica and grounds surrounding the basilica are available one half-hour before the wedding ceremony starts.

Post-ceremony photographs may be taken. The photography session following the wedding will end 90 minutes after the scheduled beginning of the wedding, in consideration for later weddings, parish events and parish staff. (For example: a 2 p.m. wedding will have until 3:30 p.m.).

Respect for the historic nature of the basilica is required. You may not alter, damage, or misuse any part of the basilica space to take pictures.

Photographers are not permitted in the organ loft except during the homily and solely at the discretion of the music director.

Contact

Contact the parish office at 313-496-1701 x14 or weddings@steannedetroit.org with questions or to begin the process of arranging a wedding at the Basilica of St. Anne de Detroit. More details can also be found on our Wedding Process page.

We welcome any additional questions you may have and wish you God’s blessing as you prepare for this special day!