Linda and Robert are a beautiful couple coming from Australia, both of them have Italian heritage and they decided to get back to Italy to celebrate their dreamy wedding.They both have strong catholic roots and they decided to get married in the most beautiful and important church of the world: Saint Peter’s Basilica, a place with a great spiritual meaning for them and for all Christian community.
A Roman Catholic Ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica – Little Guide
Planning a Roman Catholic wedding ceremony in a church at Vatican is an aspiration for all devoted but it can be a little bit more difficult as Saint Peter’s church it is the center of christianity and it has few restrictions that needs to be respected.
Wedding ceremonies with Roman Catholic rite can be organised in the Cappella del Coro (Choir chapel) a side chapel on the left. It can be reachable from the main door.
We can celebrate weddings at Saint Peter’s Basilica on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, usually at 10:30 a.m .
The total capacity of the chapel is maximum 200 guests. In terms of photographers, you do not have to forget that they will need an authorisation that has to be released by the Vatican office more or less 10 days prior to the wedding ceremony.
Music is of course allowed and you can choose to use the organ, matched with the voice of a tenor or soprano.
Getting to St Peters’ Basilica in Style
Let’s get back to Linda and Robert that chose an early spring day to celebrate their special day. As per all springs in Italy, the weather is usually warm and nice but it can be rainy from time to time and this was the case, but luckily a light rain that didn’t affect the organisation of the wedding.
Linda wore an elegant lace and Swarowsky wedding dress with veil. Bridal bouquet was a fresh composition of lysianthus and lovely peach peonies .
Bride arrived inside the Vatican walls on a white vintage Rolls Royce car and she entered the Chorus chapel with the background of the magnificent organ, a great emotion to have a wedding ceremony in such a unique setting.
We had the chance to see the famous passage of the Swiss Guards which is a small force maintained by the Holly See which it is responsible for the safety of the Pope, including the security of the Apostolic Palace.
The Swiss Guards serves as the de facto military of Vatican City. Established in 1506 under Pope Julius II, the Pontifical Swiss Guard is among the oldest military units in continuous operation.
A fantastic reception in Villa Miani overlooking Rome Skyline
After wedding pictures they all moved to one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Rome, Villa Miani.
The reception took place on the panoramic first floor of the villa. Appetisers were served on the terrace right in front of Saint Peter’s dome. What a great point of view to see where bride and groom tied the knot.
Flowers compositions were romantic and rich. Centrepieces were made with elegant crystal candelabras , wedding chairs decorated with a romantic garland and wedding stationery in peach and cream color.
Nabis wedding photographers for the amazing pictures.
July 29, 2019
I am an American and my fiancé and I live in California. We are both Catholic and hope to be married at the Vatican because it would be so meaningful to us. We would want an English language ceremony. We are already enrolled in the catholic preparation courses at our home church in California. We are seeking any information about scheduling the wedding. We would really appreciate any and all information.
We hope to make our dreaming of being married at the Vatican come true.
November 25, 2019
My name is Allison and my fiancé and I are both Catholic and are hoping to get married in St. Peter’s Basilica or elsewhere in Rome.
Would you be able to contact me and help us figure out if this is possible? Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you and working with you.