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~ Weddings ~

Congratulations! Thank you for considering St. James Church in Florence, Italy for your religious ceremony.

Weddings in Florence, Italy

Weddings at St. James Florence

Congratulations on your engagement! Thank you for considering St. James Church for your religious ceremony. Below you will find answers to many of your questions. If you do not find what you are looking for, email weddings@stjames.it.

To celebrate your wedding in an Episcopal Church, it is not required that you either be Episcopalian or even attend an Episcopal Church, although we encourage you to establish a connection with an Episcopal or Anglican church in your neighborhood in order to become familiar with our traditions.

Requirements

Before you hold religious ceremony at St. James, Italian law requires that you first complete a civil marriage ceremony. This can be accomplished before you leave your home country or here in Italy with the correct marriage license. You must provide a copy of your marriage certificate before the ceremony can take place in the church.

For more information about U.S. citizens marrying in Italy, see the web page of the US Embassy in Italy:

https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/marriage/

In order to provide the blessing of God and the church, our canons (meaning the laws of the church) require that you respond to questions about your intentions and status. This is the case even though your legal marriage will occur separately from the blessing given by St. James Church.  We must determine that you are fully able and free to make the vows of marriage and that at least one of you is baptized.

We must verify that you have received some form of instruction about Christian marriage (meaning, premarital counselling) either locally or at a venue convenient to you.

If one or both of you are divorced, additional requirements apply. The divorced person(s) must supply a confidential letter for both the Rector of the parish and the Bishop who oversee St. James.

Details regarding these requirements will be provided upon your inquiry.

Church Availability

Weddings are customarily held on Saturdays with the time of the liturgy set  between 9 A.M. and 8 P.M. Other days of the week are negotiable at the discretion of the rector. Dates and times are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Outside of the regular Masses on Sunday, on which parishioners in good standing may choose to be married, the Sacrament of Marriage is not offered on Sunday. In general, marriages cannot take place during the season of Lent, and never from the Saturday before Holy Week to the first Friday after Easter Day.

Wedding will not be held at St. James on the following days: Ash Wednesday, La Festa della Liberazione (April 25), Workers’ Day (May 1), Italian Republic Day (June 2), Juneteenth (June 19), the Feast of St. John the  Baptist (June 24), American Independence Day (July 4), Ferragosto (August 15), Halloween (October 31), All Saints’ Day (November 1), American Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November), Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8), Christmas Eve (December 24), Christmas Day (December 25), St. Stephen’s Day (December 26), and New Year’s Eve (December 31).

Your Ceremony

We follow the rites of the Episcopal Church. We will provide you with the text of those sacraments upon request.

The structure of the service provides opportunities for members of the family and friends to read from the Scriptures. If you wish, we can provide traditional suggestions. The Episcopal Church Liturgy does not permit ceremonial additions such as Unity Candles or writing one’s own vows. 

Wedding Planning

St. James can answer your questions regarding the service at the church only. Flowers, photographers, printed bulletins, and the like must all be organized independently.

We recommend that you work with one of the many professional wedding planners in your country or in Tuscany. Attempting to organize the details yourself, far from Florence and possibly with scant Italian language skills, can prove to be stressful.

The contribution you make to St. James Church for your wedding will assist the Church in its maintenance and many activities to support the community.

Music during the Ceremony

Music during the ceremony is optional. If you wish, we can provide guidance regarding when during the ceremony music is appropriate. Prerecorded music cannot be played during the ceremony at any time.

If you would like to hire our professional organist, contact him directly – he works on a freelance basis. Note that donations for the organist are separate from the ceremony. He can also assist you with the selection of suitable music or musicians.

Photo/Video

Flash photography is not permitted during the ceremony. Flash may be used during the bride’s entrance and when the couple exits. After the service, you may make additional photos reenacting the service.

St. James Church is a well-lit space. No extra lighting is permitted unless previously agreed upon by the church. When photographing, maintain a respectable distance from the wedding party. Photographs from behind the altar or behind the priest are not allowed.

Additional information

  • When organizing flowers for the church, note that flowers are not permitted atop the altar.
  • The throwing of rice is strictly forbidden due to the safety hazard it poses (our portico has marble floor). Flower petals are permitted.

Donations

We invite interested parties to contact the church office using the dedicated email: weddings@stjames.it for suggested donation amounts. 

 

GET IN TOUCH

We would love to hear from you!

"We rejoice in a diverse and international parish family, and serve Italian and English speakers from many denominations, backgrounds and cultures."

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Office Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00am – 1:00 pm

Tel: (+39) 055 29 44 17
email: info@stjames.it

The parish office closes for the month of August and from December 25 through Epiphany, January 6.

Codice Fiscale: 800 357 50480 *

*Note: we do NOT have a partita IVA

 

Address

Via B. Rucellai, 9 

50123 Florence, Italy