Marriage

Marriage is a Sacrament of the Church, that is, a place in which you can encounter the person of Jesus alive and active within your relationship. As such, we hope that you recognize your wedding as a profoundly spiritual experience for you and for the rest of the Church who will see in your love for each other a reflection of the immeasurable love that Jesus Christ has for all the Church.

Celebrating Marriage at Holy Trinity

Who may marry at Holy Trinity?

  • Active Parishioners: one or both parties of a wedding couple must be an active, contributing member of the parish for at least one year before the requested wedding date. Parishioners are considered active when they are formally registered and show a history of contribution and/or ministry involvement. Children of active parishioners are eligible to celebrate their marriage at Holy Trinity. The 3:00pm time is reserved for active parishioners.
  • Roman Catholics who live within the parish boundary: Roman Catholics who live within the parish boundary, but who have no formal relationship with the parish, are welcome to speak to parish staff about establishing a relationship with the parish before setting a date for their wedding. The parish boundary includes Georgetown south of Calvert Street NW to the Potomac River and bounded on the west by 44th Street NW and the east by 31st Street NW.
  • Non-Parishioners: couples who are not parishioners are welcome to celebrate their weddings at Holy Trinity provided that one party is a practicing Roman Catholic. The couple must provide their own priest or deacon to preside at the wedding, including the preparation of a wedding file. Non-parishioners may celebrate their marriages at 10:00am or 12:00pm.

What is the availability of wedding dates and times?

  • To inquire about availability of the church, couples should contact the parish no less than six months before the requested wedding date and preferably a year in advance. Weddings are scheduled on Saturdays only at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 3:00pm in the Church or Chapel.
  • Please contact weddings@trinity.org with dates and times to explore and parishioner status and involvement to date.
  • Review the policies provided before moving forward with reserving a wedding date and time.

Celebrating Marriage Away from Holy Trinity

I’m a parishioner, but will be married elsewhere. How can Holy Trinity support us?

  • Can we work with a priest to prepare the sacramental file? 

Couples who have been active parishioners (formally registered and parish records show a history of contribution and/or ministry involvement) for at least one year before the date of their wedding may work with one of the parish priests to prepare a wedding file for a marriage ceremony celebrated in another parish.

Contact should be made no less than six months before the wedding date. If the marriage is to be celebrated internationally, contact must be made no less than nine months before the wedding date.

Please contact Holy Trinity’s Wedding Coordinator at weddings@trinity.org with parishioner status and involvement to date.

  • How can we obtain a parishioner permission letter?

Couples who have been active parishioners (formally registered and parish records show a history of contribution and/or ministry involvement) for at least one year before the date of their wedding may request a parishioner permission letter. Please contact Holy Trinity’s Wedding Coordinator at weddings@trinity.org with parishioner status and involvement to date.