Worship and Sacraments
Weddings in the Catholic Tradition

Weddings in the Catholic Tradition

  • Weddings for current Seattle University students, faculty and staff can be celebrated in the Chapel of St. Ignatius or Campion Chapel under certain circumstances. 

    Scheduling Your Wedding

    Weddings are celebrated on Saturday at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. during university closures, the Advent/Lent liturgical seasons and the week before and after changes in the liturgical seasons. 
    Weddings must be scheduled at least six months in advance of the wedding. Please contact Campus Ministry for more information about guidelines and scheduling. Please allow for three business days for a response.  

    Guidelines & Important Documents for Wedding Preparation

    For important guidelines on weddings at the Chapel of St Ignatius, please read the following documents: 


    Also, please consider reading Chapters 1 and 2 of Planning Your Wedding in the Catholic Tradition written by Rev. John D. Whitney, S.J. The wedding liturgy offers a lifetime of inspiration and encouragement for spouses. We encourage couples to treat the wedding ceremony (whether that be a Mass or a Rite) as important to the reception and party after. Therefore, we encourage the use of music, communal responses, silence, environment (flowers) and joy. 

    Marriage Preparation

    As noted in the Wedding Documents checklist, marriage preparation is required for engaged couples to assess their readiness for marriage and to assist them in understanding that marriage is a vocation, covenant and sacrament. Campus Ministry hopes marriage preparation will offer ways to help engaged couples live out their vocation with hearts striving to be a couple with and for others. 

    Couples have the option to take marriage preparation with us, here in Campus Ministry or at other certified institutions. While our Marriage Preparation program is specifically geared toward couples interested in being married in the Roman Catholic Church, couples being married in other faith traditions and contexts may also benefit from taking part in this process. Whether you are getting married on-campus or somewhere else, Campus Ministry is here to be of service to you. 

    The program is tailored to fit the scheduling needs of the couple. Read the below FAQ for more information.

    What is Marriage Preparation

    Marriage preparation is intentional time that a couple takes to talk explicitly about their relationship's gifts and challenges. Led by a marriage preparation facilitator, couples participate in 4-6 sessions, each an hour and a half long. These sessions involve conversations around family of origin, lifestyle expectations, friends and interests, personality, communication styles, problem solving, spirituality and values, sexuality, finance and readiness. 

    Why Marriage Preparation?

    Through Marriage Preparation, couples become more of their strengths and potential struggles. Hopefully, with marriage preparation, they are able to work on these potential struggles and make a fully informed lifelong commitment. 

    Who is welcome to participate in Marriage Preparation at Seattle University?

    Current students, faculty, staff and trustees of Seattle University regardless of their location of marriage and alumni who are married in any of the Chapel on the Campus of Seattle University. NOTE: Couples need not be Catholic to participate in marriage preparation at Seattle University.

    How much does Marriage Preparation Cost?

    Marriage preparation is $300 per couple or $75 if one of the individuals is currently enrolled as a student at Seattle University. Cash or checks made out to Seattle University Campus Ministry Marriage Preparation. 

    When and where do we meet for Marriage Preparation?

    Mostly on campus and according to your schedule. You can determine all the details with your facilitator.

    What resources are available for us to prepare for Marriage Preparation / Marriage?

    See the below chapters from A Resource Manual for Couples and Presiders written by Rev. John D. Whitney, S.J.