Weddings at Saint Denis
Who May Be Married Here
Thank you for your interest in the possibility of getting married at Saint Denis Church in Hanover, NH! We ask that you contact the parish well in advance of six months before your desired wedding date, to see if the date is available on our parish calendar. Only weddings in which at least one member of the couple is Catholic can be celebrated at St Denis. We do not make the church available for non-Catholic weddings. If you are residing in Hanover or the Upper Valley and one member of the couple is Catholic, you will need to complete the parish's pre-Cana requirements. If you are residing elsewhere but wish to get married at St Denis, it's easier for an engaged couple to complete their pre-Cana requirements at a Catholic parish near where they live.
If you wish, the pastor, Fr Brian Mulcahy, O.P., will officiate at your wedding ceremony or Nuptial Mass. However, you may request a specific priest or deacon whom you know. Visiting clergy are very welcome; they should get in touch with the pastor for the necessary delegation at least two months before the date of the wedding. Clergy from other states must be specially licensed in the State of New Hampshire to officiate at weddings.
When you know who is officiating, you should contact that clergyman as soon as possible. He will arrange to meet with you and guide you through the preparation for your wedding. He will begin gathering information for our permanent sacramental records, share the Church’s vision of Matrimony and work with you on the details of the liturgy itself. Our parish uses other Marriage Preparation programs we will be in touch with you about the details.
Along with the clergyman officiating at your wedding, our Music Director, Lisa Willems ([email protected]) will meet with you to review the Church’s music for weddings, and guide you in the preparation of a wedding program. Please remember that only sacred music is allowed during the wedding ceremony itself. Any non-sacred musical selections would need to be done prior to the beginning of the ceremony Please contact Lisa Willems very early in your planning process. Couples are able to bring in their own musicians and soloists; all of this has to be coordinated with the parish Music Director.
Weddings are scheduled on Saturdays at either 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm or 2:00 pm with the wedding rehearsal usually scheduled the evening before at 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. Exceptions can be made for the date and time of the rehearsal. Weddings are not scheduled during Advent or Lent, because of the penitential nature of those seasons. Weddings are also not scheduled on summer or autumn Saturdays when there is a Dartmouth home football game, because of the church’s proximity to Memorial Stadium.
Flower arrangements for weddings are so expensive these days, that it is perfectly fine for a couple to take the flowers they have in church for their wedding with them, to be used again at their reception. If a couple wishes to leave their wedding flowers with the parish, that is acceptable and please just inform us beforehand. When the church is decorated for Christmas or Easter, you may not add flowers at the altar.
Additional Guidelines & Information
Unity candles are not used, nor are aisle runners. Anything attached to the pews (bows, flowers, etc.) must be attached in a way that does not mar the wood of the pews (no tape, pins, tacks, etc.), Flower petals, birdseed, or any other form of confetti are not strewn inside or out.
On behalf of the whole parish family, we welcome your interest in Saint Denis Catholic Church and pledge our prayers for your happy engagement and married life together.