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Wedding Information

Getting Married at Mission Santa Clara...

As a Catholic chapel within the Diocese of San Jose, CA, Mission Santa Clara has been granted permission to host Roman Catholic weddings for current students, faculty, staff, or alumni of Santa Clara University.  Only weddings within the Roman Catholic rite, wherein one party (either the bride or the groom) is a baptized Catholic, are permitted.

To reserve Mission Santa Clara for your wedding, either the bride or the groom must be a current student, faculty, staff member or alumnus of Santa Clara University. Unfortunately, the privilege of using Mission Santa Clara does not extend to relatives or other members of your immediately family.  No exceptions to this policy are made.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the Mission Office at 408-554-4023.

To make a reservation, you'll need to stop by or call the Mission Office directly at 408-554-4023.

Available time slots are as follows:

Saturdays 12pm, 3pm, or 6pm
Sundays 1pm (a 4pm slot also becomes available outside of the academic year)

Weekday/Outdoor weddings are prohibited on campus.  

Reservations consist of a 2.5 hour window with your wedding beginning at one the above mentioned hours.  These times are fixed and may not be extended beyond these offerings. When considering a time slot, you can expect your reservation to be broken up into the following:

1 Hour The hour prior to the ceremony is meant for any preparation of the space, as well as the seating of the guests.  Floral deliveries, music setup, and any decorations will be put in place during this time.
1 Hour This hour (consistent with one of the time slots above) is allotted for the wedding ceremony.  All ceremonies will start at their contracted time and end accordingly.  
30 minutes The remaining 30 minutes following the conclusion of the wedding are meant for photography inside the Mission.  Be aware this time may be diminished if you wedding lasts longer than expected.  The limit if your photography time end with the conclusion of your contracted reservation.  With a proper photography permit, you can spend as long as you like utilizing our outside spaces.

The reservation fee to schedule Mission Santa Clara for your marriage ceremony is $1250.  

This fee is due in full within 10 business days of putting a date/time on hold. Failure to make this payment within a timely manner will result in the forfeiture of your wedding date and time. An attempt to contact you may be made, but is not guaranteed.

Your reservation fee affords you the following:

  • The use of the Mission Church for 2.5 hours on your wedding day.
  • 1 hour wedding rehearsal on the Thursday or Friday before your wedding.
  • Mission Staff to be with you on both days.  
  • Available grand piano/pipe organ
  • Seating for 400 standard (additional fees apply for more seating).
  • Sound system provided

Please be advised that this fee does not include the following:

  • A customary stipend of ~$200 to your presider
  • Marriage Preparation Courses - $175 if done at SCU, but can be done elsewhere.
  • 3rd Party Vendors (i.e. florists, photographers, etc.)
  • Music for your ceremony

 

Optional Charges
A candlelight option is available to purchase
($100-150 depending on scheduled time slot). 

 

Cancellations and Refunds
If for any reason you need to cancel your wedding reservation, you must submit a letter of cancellation to the Mission Office.  We will refund 100% of your reservation fee as long as you submit your request no less than 7 months before your original scheduled reservation.  Be aware that no refunds, for any reason, are issued if your cancel your reservation less than 7 months before your original scheduled reservation.  Refunds are issued to the original payor in the form of a check, and can take 2-3 weeks to receive in the mail once your request has been received.

The Mission Office is unable to provide a presider for wedding ceremonies.  Couples will need to approach a presider on their own.  At the 6 month mark (prior to your reservation), the agreement of a Catholic priest/deacon to preside at your ceremony will become necessary to continue holding your reservation.  While your presider can be from within or outside of Santa Clara University, a good place to start is your local parish.  

Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage must begin at least 6 months before your wedding.  Consult the following steps to make sure you've met all the requirements before your wedding day.  Failure to fulfill any of these obligations can jeopardize your reservation and our ability to host your wedding ceremony.

Step 1 Initial consultation with your presider to establish your Freedom to Marry in the Catholic Church
Step 2

Completion of at least ONE (1) of the following:

  1. The Marriage Preparation Workshop hosted at Santa Clara University.
  2. The Engaged Encounter Weekend (visit www.EngagedEncounter.org for more information).
  3. A Parish Marriage Preparation Program (inquire at your local parish for offerings).
Step 3 Participation in a Natural Family Planning Presentation (sometimes included in parish workshops or the Engaged Encoutner Weekend - NOT included in SCU's Marriage Preparation Workshop).  Visit www.DSJ.org for more information on registering in the Diocese of San Jose.

A Certificate of Completion will be given to you after the conclusion fo the courses.  These certificates must be submitted to the Mission Office.  Should you have any questions or concerns about your marriage preparation requirements, please contact the Mission Office.  

You can contact the Mission Office if you would like to sign up to attend our Marriage Preparation Workshop here at Santa Clara University.  Space is limited, so sign up early.  

One of SCU's best kept secrets, the Mission Gardens can be the perfect location to host your wedding reception.  Adjacent to the Mission Church and Mission Gardens, The Adobe Lodge is prepared to cater a lavish affaire or an inviting cocktail hour right after your ceremony.  With various spaces available, you're limited only by your own creativity.  Please feel free to request their digital Wedding Brochure by contacting their catering staff for assistance at 408-554-4059 or by email at: AdobeLodge@scu.edu.

Visit the Adobe Lodge Website for more information.

Please remember that University parking restrictions are fully enforced during the following hours:

Monday –Friday: 6am to 8pm

Saturday – Sunday: No Restrictions

 

Guests to the University can park in either of 2 University owned and operated parking structures:

  1. Main Parking Structure: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
  2. North Parking Structure: 1063 Alviso Street, Santa Clara, CA 95053

 

During Enforceable Hours:

  • Stop at the El Camino Real guard kiosk to secure a FREE Visitor’s Permit to park in either garage.
  • If you choose to bypass the guard kiosk, pay stations are available in both Parking Structure.
  • Valid parking permits must be displayed during enforceable hours to avoid parking citations/fines.
  • Permits are NOT required during non-enforceable hours (Saturdays and Sundays).
  • Follow all posted signage and instructions to avoid citations and/or fines.

The Santa Clara University Campus is private property.  Permits are required to utilize the campus for photography purposes.  

Weddings scheduled to take place in the Mission automatically qualify for a Photography Permit.  You will be given this permit at you wedding rehearsal.

Please note that wedding photography in the Mission is prohibited just prior to your wedding ceremony.  There is time allotted for this after the conclusion of your ceremony, through the end of your contracted reservation.  This time is dictated by the timeliness with which your event begins and progresses.  Ceremonies that start late diminish the amount of time you will have for photos in the church.

While the time inside the Mission is limited to your reservation, you are free to spend as much time as you wish utilizing the Mission Gardens for pictures both before and after your ceremony.

Please contact the Mission Office is you have additional questions regarding photography at your wedding.

For those not being married in the Mission, please review this additional information about photography at SCU.