Why no aisle runner?
We have encountered incidents in which guests have injured themselves on the aisle runners while exiting the pews during the ceremony. Some injuries have been serious enough to negatively affect the mood of the ceremony. Therefore, we do not allow the use of aisle runners for the safety of your guests and the harmony of your special day.
What is the current parking situation?
For your rehearsal evening, parking is usually available in the Jenkins parking lot on Friday evenings. However, please be aware that there is a charge for parking on Fridays in this lot; the cost is approximately $5 per car. Street parking is not available until 6 pm on weekdays. Free parking is also available after 4 pm in the Butler lot.
For your wedding day, your wedding party and guests may park in the Jenkins parking lot, which is the lot closest to the chapel. Unless there is a special event taking place on campus, there is no parking attendant on Saturdays and Sundays, so the Jenkins lot is free for your guests. If there is a special event on campus the day of your wedding and the Jenkins lot fills up, guests can park on Cold Spring Lane and Charles Street free of charge. Free parking is also available in the Butler lot all day on Saturdays.
Can I have other musicians perform at our ceremony?
In the wedding liturgy, the bride and groom are ministers of the sacrament of marriage. Musicians are chosen because of the ministry they fill and the professional quality of their art. A cantor, or leader of song, is indispensable at wedding liturgies. The task of this person is to enable and motivate the song of the assembly. This is different from a soloist who usually performs for an assembly, although the roles are not mutually exclusive. Therefore the organist and cantor must be part of Loyola's Music Ministry team. Additional instruments and soloists are permitted to perform subject to the approval of the director of music and liturgy. Please see our additional information regarding your wedding music on the Music and Liturgy Preparation packet that is mailed to you in the original wedding mailing. This will be sent to you shortly after we receive your reservation form and check.
Is there a list of priests at Loyola that we can contact to preside at our wedding?
Unfortunately, we do not have a list of Jesuit priests who are on reserve or who regularly perform wedding ceremonies at Loyola. Couples have asked Jesuits who they have had as instructors to preside over their wedding, however, availability can never be guaranteed. Typically, couples contact a priest or minister from their own parish and ask them to preside over the wedding here. Once we receive the name and address of the priest or minister that you have selected (which must be included on your reservation form), we send them a welcome letter with information on the services we will provide them while they are at Loyola.