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We are delighted that you are considering being married at St. Mary’s. We believe that “marriage is intended by God for [your] mutual joy” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 423). To that end, we are eager to make your wedding a joyful and meaningful experience. And even more importantly, we want to help build the strongest foundation for your marriage in the many years to come. In this regard, the Episcopal Church requires all couples must attend pre-martial counseling with an Episcopal priest, and if desired, with a certified marriage and family counselor

One of the most challenging and rewarding of human relationships, marriage is meant to be lived out in a community of faith where it can be nurtured and supported by others. As you prepare for your wedding, and after you are married, we encourage you to get involved in the life of this parish.

Within a faith community, marriage is regarded as a sacrament—as an outward sign of God’s love, reconciliation, justice, and compassion for all people. By choosing to be married in a church, you are asking for the blessing of Christ on your union and asking that this sacramental character be bestowed upon your marriage.

Weddings at St. Mary’s conform to the doctrinal and liturgical practices of the Episcopal Church.

Congratulations again on your plans to be married. If you are interested in celebrating your wedding at St. Mary’s, it would be our joy to celebrate with you as you make this covenantal relationship. For more information on costs and dates, please contact our Events Coordinator, Nancy Svendsen, at nancys@smvsf.org or at 415-205-6787.