Weddings are a time of feasting and joy, family and new beginnings. At St. Paul's, we also recognize that this is one of the seven sacraments of the church.

If you are interested in a wedding at St. Paul's, there are a few guidelines and a fee structure.

First, there is a minimum of four hours of premarital counseling that the couple must complete in consultation with the Rector. The discussions will be both practical and theological, covering the four parts of a sacrament: form, matter, minister, and intent. 

Secondly, at least one of the persons to be married must be a baptized Christian, preferably, both.

Thirdly, if a prior marriage was dissoled by divorce or annullment, the Rector must ask and receive a marital judgement from the Bishop of San Diego before a date can be set.

Lastly, all arrangements for the wedding service will be done under the direction of the Rector. This includes photograpy, additional clergy, music, decorations, and use of other parts of the building.

The following is a statement about the theology of marriage to which each couple considering a marriage at St. Paul's must agree:

The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church, and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people.

The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God's will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Therefore marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.