Frequently Asked Questions
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Regarding the Ceremony and Rehearsal:
We would like to be married at the Basilica - What is the first step?
We’re glad you asked! Before making ANY plans such as booking a reception hall, choosing a caterer, etc., review the wedding section of this site in its entirety and then complete the Wedding Inquiry form located on the
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Are Weddings allowed during the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent?
Yes they are. However, ceremonies and decorations must be kept very simple in consideration of these two liturgical seasons centering on the advent of Christ's coming just before Christmas and the sorrow and reflection of His Passion prior to Easter.
Can a priest from the Basilica marry us?
Basilica priests preside at weddings for registered members for whom they have prepared for the Sacrament of Marriage.
What if my future spouse is not Catholic?
This concern will be discussed with your priest during
If the Mass is part of our ceremony, can the Basilica provide Altar Servers?
Yes, in fact we will automatically schedule our trained altar servers for participation in your ceremony when it includes the Mass. A stipend is customarily given to each altar server.
Are there any guidelines for our non-Catholic guests?
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Are there any restrictions regarding fresh flowers, candles, and other decorations used in the Basilica?
Some people have severe allergies to flowers, especially Lilies! Please verify with your florist that no lilies of any variety will be used in your floral arrangements. Candles may be purchased through the Basilica Altar Society or through your florist. Please be sure to read our page regarding
in the Basilica.
Are there any restrictions regarding dress?
While the Basilica has no specific policy regarding dress, couples are expected to choose attire that reflects the beauty and sacredness of the occasion. Bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses should avoid low necklines, high open seams in the skirt, etc. Concealment of tattoos is preferred. Groom and groomsmen should wear suits or tuxedos suitable for a religious service. Costume type attire is not appropriate for a sacred event and not permitted at the Basilica. Neither is writing humorous anecdotes on the soles of the Bride and/or Grooms shoes. Your choices must reflect the dignity of Christian marriage.
Do I need to have Ushers?
It is preferred that Ushers are provided in addition to Groomsmen to escort and seat guests. Two to four ushers are needed depending on the number of guests attending. Two would be a minimum for 50 to 100 guests. Ushers are also able to assist and direct guests to restrooms, help with handicap issues, and with the close of the ceremony. Ushers should be at least 16 years of age.
When will my Wedding Rehearsal be?
Regarding the Basilica:
Will there be ample parking for guests?
- Rehearsals for 2pm weddings begin at 3:30 p.m. on the Friday before the wedding
- Rehearsals for 7pm weddings begin at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the wedding
- The couple will meet with the Wedding Director in the parish office 30 minutes prior to the wedding rehearsal to go over the rehearsal plans.
- Rehearsals must be completed in 1 hour due to other Basilica events. It is very important that the wedding party be on time to prevent any delays as this will shorten the rehearsal time.
We do have space available for guest parking. Handicapped parking is also available. An approximate number of spaces needed for your guests will be reserved. Large weddings may require additional parking in the nearby parking garage behind the Asheville-Buncombe Library on Haywood Street.
How many people can be seated in the Basilica?
Maximum capacity is 500.
Is there a dressing area for the bridal party?
A dressing room is reserved for 2 pm weddings only.
Where do the groom & his entourage wait?
They may gather in the Sacristy and Main Vestibule of the Basilica. No food is permitted in these areas.
What do we do in inclement weather?
Unfortunately, our walkways are uncovered. Please be prepared in case of rain. We do not provide umbrellas.