Marriage at St. Mary Immaculate
Interested in getting married at St. Mary Immaculate? The FIRST thing you should do is contact the Parish Office at 815-436-2651. Please call St. Mary Immaculate BEFORE you book a date with your reception venue or hotel as our date availability for weddings fills up quickly and we might not have the date you are looking for.
Weddings must be scheduled at least SIX MONTHS in advance, according to Diocesan norms. Weddings are typically not scheduled on Sundays, unless during a regular Sunday Mass.
Congratulations on your engagement! We look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Holy
Matrimony with you. For your information, these are the fees and guidelines for Weddings
here at Saint Mary’s.
For parishioners who are registered, active, and contributing (either by financial support,
regular volunteer support, or both) for a minimum of six months.
$500.00 plus $250.00 deposit*
The deposit gets returned to the couple the week after the wedding if they are on time for the ceremony, and the church is left clean after the ceremony (no glitter from dresses or flower petals, etc.).
For those living outside the parish boundaries, or parishioners who have not been active and participating, or who have not registered in the parish.
If the couple lives outside the parish boundaries, they need to present a letter to the priest on the first meeting from the pastor of their church that they are registered there, and that the pastor gives us permission to celebrate their wedding. The pastor of Saint Mary Immaculate must also approve the wedding. In general, the couple must have some affiliation with Saint Mary Immaculate, for example the parents are parishioners. At least one of the couple must be a practicing Catholic.
$700.00 plus $250.00 deposit
*The deposit gets returned to the couple the week after the wedding if they are on time for the
ceremony, and the church is left clean after the ceremony (no glitter from dresses or flower
The deposit will not be refunded if the wedding is cancelled.
Music for your Mass or Ceremony will be arranged between you and our Music Director. He
will advise the costs for that, based on the musicians you require. Please note that because this
is a religious ceremony, we do not use secular music; that would be most appropriate at your
When you call the office you will be asked to visit our website and complete the intake form if still interested:
As a part of marriage preparation, you must complete the Marriage Prep Retreat through the parish or Engaged Encounter through the Diocese of Joliet.
The next workshop is listed below. To register for it, please click the link.
Marriage Prep Retreat
(THIS IS A SINGLE RETREAT OVER TWO DAYS):
Join other engaged couples for two evenings of reflection and conversation around your call to the vocation of Marriage. This is a crucial part of your preparation for Marriage and you will leave the evenings feeling energized with a deeper understanding of the Sacrament.
Couples must attend both sessions. Materials will be provided.
Future dates TBA.
Make sure you have completed all of the marriage preparation steps that are listed on our checklist! This checklist is a detailed outline of everything you need before getting married.
If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office at 815-436-2651