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We just locked our date in and I’m now getting the heebie jeebies.
If there are any St. Patrick’s Cathedral brides out there, can you share some tips or suggestions?
Was it strange having tourists at your wedding?
Did you hire the organist?
Were you nervous your party would look tiny in comparison to the cathedral?
The nerves are kicking in.
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congrats…I’m getting married there too and am feeling the same jitters….Not sure what goes on but will find out soon and update you. Do you know if they have a receiving line. Somebody told me they don’t allow it?
Ny Bride to be
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Hi Wgrape and NYCbridee,
I am so sorry I didn’t see this post. To answer your questions.
Don’t worry, the nerves will come and go. I was nervous too during the process but all goes well in the end.
No it wasn’t weird to have all those tourists there. It’s a typical NYC day. To my surprise the tourists were really respectful and quiet, remained still and didn’t bustle about. They cheered and clapped for us at the end.
Yes, we hired the organist and singer. I believe you have to.
No I wasn’t nervous my bridal party would look tiny in comparison in the cathedral. Well, everything looks tiny in THAT cathedral but no, it’s so beautiful and the number of people don’t matter in terms of scale.
They don’t allow a receiving line or photos in FRONT of the cathedral. However I found that we winded up greeting everyone in the front anyway on the steps (just not inside). And it seems like they didn’t stop us from pictures anyway (there was no wedding after us). And all the staff are so friendly and helpful and kept watch for us.
Apparantly there is a police precindt below the cathedral and they come out to keep watch when you exit and are outside with guests.
I hope that answers all your questions. Congratulations! It’s an exciting and wonderful place to be married!
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Congrats too! Did you have to buy flowers for St. Pat’s wedding or do they provide them? What if you have another mass right after, are you allowed to have a receiving line in front of the cathedral? Does the bride walk down the center aisle to the main altar? THANKS MUCH still nervous… How was your reception at the 3WEst Club; I was trying to book there but didn’t care for their somewhat snobby attitude. Is the dancefloor big in the ballroom?
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Have you met with them yet? The priest who is handling your wedding should be able to answer all those questions. If you ever have a question, don’t hesitate to ask them. They do things differently than other catholic churches so asking them is always the first thing you should do. Also, they will give you a little booklet outlining exactly what can or cannot be done at the cathedral.
We didn’t buy flowers for the cathedral simply because the cathedral speaks for itself. No flowers in the world would decorate that place. It’s spledid as is. No they don’t provide flowers. Also, if you should chose to buy flowers to decorate the cathedral for your wedding, they are considered a donation to the cathedral and you can’t take them back (to use at your reception or anything like that.)
A receiving line is never allowed. Mainly because it’s a public hazard. There’s lots of people coming and going and the entrances can’t be blocked. Also, the cathedral is a first and foremost considered a place of worship. (Weddings are not their top priority)
If you’ve booked the main cathedral and not the lady chapel then yes you do walk down the main aisle along with your bridal party. I have a short video on my blog. If you’ve booked the lady chapel then I don’t know what the protocol is there.
My reception was fantastic. You can read my blogs about them. Pilar is a sweetheart and not snobby at all. She’s very direct and to the point and very busy. You can call her and book an appointment to see the place for yourself. Their website also has room dimensions. I don’t know what size you’re looking for. We had 100 guests and a 7 piece band and it was plenty of room but still intimate.
Hope that helps! Goodluck!