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 Saturdays at 12pm and 5pm except 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 6 months in advance of the wedding. Please contact Campus Ministry for more info about guidelines and scheduling.  

    Please allow three business days for a response. 

    Preparing for Your Wedding

    For important guidelines on weddings at the Chapel of St. Ignatius, please read the Wedding Document ChecklistWedding Guidelines,Wedding Finance Agreement, and Chapel Policy

    To prepare for your wedding liturgy, please consider reading Chapters 1 and 2 of Planning Your Wedding in the Catholic Tradition: A Resource Manual for Couples and Presiders - 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, of communal responses, of silence, environment (flowers) and joy.

    Marriage Preparation

    Campus Ministry offers Marriage Preparation.  This program, or its equivalent, is required for engaged couples to assess their readiness for marriage and to assist them in understanding that marriage is a vocation, a covenant and a sacrament.   Campus Ministry invites engaged couples to participate in marriage preparation, which we hope will offer ways to help engaged couples live out this vocation with hearts striving to be a couple with and for others.  While our Marriage Preparation program is specifically geared towards couples interested in being married in the Roman Catholic Church, couple 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.  For more information, contact Katherine Buck, Campus Minister for Marriage Preparation.

    What is Marriage Preparation?

    Marriage preparation is intentional time that a couple take to talk explicitly about their relationship’s gifts and challenges.  Led by a marriage preparation facilitator, couples participate in 4-6 sessions each 1 1/2 hours 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 Prep, 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 prep at Seattle University?

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

    How much does it 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 SU Campus Ministry Marriage Preparation)

    When and where do we meet?

    Mostly on campus and according to your schedule. You can figure out all of the details with your facilitator. We will work around you.

    A Resource Manual For Couples & Presiders

    By Rev. John D. Whitney, S.J.