Parish Policies for Wedding Ceremonies


Please be assured of our prayers and support for you during this special time for preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

St. George Policies for Wedding Ceremonies

We understand the many facets of planning your wedding ceremony, and the importance of this special day for you and your family.

We have put together the following resources to help guide you in preparing for your wedding ceremony. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Parish Office for clarifications or to set up a meeting with our Pastor.

Scheduling Your Wedding Ceremony

Call the Parish Office and schedule a meeting with the pastor. During the initial meeting or phone call, you can set a wedding date. Only after speaking with a priest can a date be confirmed. 

The wedding date should be at least 6 months after that first meeting. A couple must be free to marry in the Catholic Church. If either person has been previously married, no date can be set until their freedom to marry has been determined.

Ordinarily, weddings are celebrated on Saturdays anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Other days and times can be arranged if the church is available. 

Scheduling Your Rehearsal 

When scheduling your wedding ceremony, a rehearsal date and time will also be set. Typically, the rehearsal takes place the Friday evening before the wedding day.



Floral Arrangements

Only live flowers can be used in the church sanctuary. It is required that all decorations be removed from the church prior to 5 p.m. confessions.  

During Christmas or Easter Time, the arrangements that are already present in the church may not be moved/rearranged.

Pew Bows

Pew bows can be used, but they must be attached without tape. Ribbons or snail clips are permitted.


Candelabras may be used, however, dripless candles are required to prevent wax from damaging the floor.

Photography & Videography

Flash photography is permitted as the couple enters and leaves the church, but it is no longer permissible once the couple arrive at the altar.

Please note, no spotlights may be used during the wedding.

Photographers and Videographers are not allowed to enter the Sanctuary during the ceremony.

Additionally, photographers and videographers are to be discrete when moving around during the ceremony for the sake of the liturgy.

After the wedding, group pictures can be taken in the church.


Celebrant and Concelebrants

Typically, the pastor or a deacon witness marriages.

If you have a relative or a friend who is a priest or deacon, we welcome them to officiate a wedding at our parish. Please be sure to coordinate the necessary details with the pastor.

Please note, any priest or deacon from outside the Diocese of Jefferson City planning to celebrate or assist with a wedding ceremony at our parish requires a current Letter of Good Standing from their Bishop or the Superior of their order.

Required Documents

Please note, all necessary paperwork should be completed one month prior to the wedding if the marriage will take place at our parish, and requests for documentation from our Parish Office should be made at least two months in advance if the marriage will take place in another parish.

Baptism Certificate (Issued within the last 6 months)

Every Catholic going through marriage preparation must present a sacramental record from their church of Baptism.

The record must be issued within 6 months of the scheduled first meeting with the celebrant.

Please note, this document should have notations on back indicating all Sacraments received up to date.


Civil Marriage License

If you are to be married in Linn, Missouri, you will need an Osage County Marriage License.

This can be obtained from the Osage County Clerk’s Office in Linn.

If you are to be married outside of Osage County / Missouri, check on the requirements of that state/county. They may vary from those of Missouri.

You may find information on the Official Website of the State of Missouri's website pertaining to marriage helpful in obtaining your marriage license.