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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the time considerations for a wedding in the Immaculate Conception Chapel?

Couples are permitted a total of three hours for their wedding. The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception will be available for one hour PRIOR and two hours AFTER the scheduled start time of the wedding.

Weddings are expected to begin on time. Since more than one wedding may be scheduled on a Saturday afternoon, couples will be required to strictly observe the time limits allowed for their wedding ceremony and photography.

Weddings may be scheduled for 1pm or 4pm.

Are there any rules about alcohol in the Chapel?

Yes, there are. The Chapel is a sacred space for the couple to make Sacramental vows to each other. Many people want to celebrate weddings with alcohol, and there may be a time and place for that. But the Chapel is definitely NOT the place. And drinking right before one makes a life-long commitment is NOT the time.  

To keep the space sacred, no alcoholic beverages are allowed to be brought into the Chapel whatsoever (other than the wine that we provide to be consecrated and shared during the Mass). Alcohol is also prohibited on the grounds surrounding the Chapel.  If this rule is not followed, the couple will lose their deposit.

What is the Design of the Chapel?

Take a virtual tour of the Chapel using Google Maps!

How many people does the UD Chapel seat?

About 350

Is there somewhere that our bridal party can get ready?

There is a meeting room located adjacent to the ladies restroom in Immaculate Conception Chapel that is available for the bride and bridesmaid’s use. This area is expected to be cleaned and straightened by the bridal party following the wedding.

What do we do if we are living in one place and getting married in another?

Send all contact information including email and phone numbers of the priest or deacon who will be preparing you for marriage to Katie Mathews. Ms. Mathews will send the priest or deacon information about the requirements for marriage in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

When everything is completed where you live, the priest/preparer will send all necessary documentation to the diocese at your location and they will in turn, send them to the University of Dayton. Dioceses in the Province of Ohio; Indianapolis, Fort Wayne/South Bend, or Lafayette in Indiana; or Covington, Kentucky can send the paperwork directly to Katie Mathews at LEAST four weeks prior to the wedding.

You must obtain a Civil Marriage License in the State (Ohio) where the wedding will take place.

If all permissions, certificates, and licenses are not obtained, the presiding priest will not be able to witness the marriage. Ask the priest or deacon preparing you to contact Katie Mathews with any questions.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Chancery
100 E. Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Is the ‘Unity Candle’ a part of the Catholic Wedding Liturgy?

In the Catholic tradition, the primary Symbol is the Exchange of Vows because this expresses the total gift of self by each person to the other. This is sometimes elaborated by an exchange of rings. The rings are meant to express the never-ending promise/commitment just made in the Exchange of Vows.

The wedding candle is not part of the Catholic Wedding Liturgy.

If you want to use the unity candle, it might be best to incorporate it into the Table prayer at the formal dinner which follows the Liturgy. This would be another way to incorporate more special persons into the wedding by having one of them read a prayer or poem as the bride and groom light the unity candle. This could be an opportunity for the bride or groom to compose the prayer or poem, just for this occasion.

If one of us was married before (and civilly divorced) must we do anything else before getting married in a Catholic Church?


The previous marriage must be examined from the sacramental point of view. The civil divorce removes the civil and legal connections between the couple but does not remove the sacramental bond, if it exists; if it is determined that the sacramental bond exists, no further Catholic marriage may be attempted; if it is determined that in the first civil marriage that there really was no sacramental bond, then you may proceed to be married in the Church.

For a marriage to be valid in the Catholic church, one of the conditions is that each person is FREE to marry and not bound by a previous union.  This holds whether the person was married in a Catholic ceremony or not.

If a person was married and divorced, it still must be determined whether that person is free of the sacramental bond; this is determined by the "annulment" process to see if there was NO (null) bond.


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