Basilica to implement new online wedding reservation system
Observer Staff Report | Thursday, May 24, 2018
Starting July 1, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will implement an online wedding reservation system, the University announced in a press release Thursday.
The new online reservation form will replace the approximately 25-year-old system in which couples would call the Liturgy Office starting on the first Monday of March — commonly known as “Basilica Monday” — to reserve a wedding date for the following year. The decision to switch to the new system was made due to the increasingly widespread use of online wedding reservation systems, the release said.
Now, couples will be able to book the Basilica up to two years in advance through the online system. Couples will continue to finalize their reservations with a deposit, the release said, and members from the Liturgy Office will aid couples once they have chosen their wedding dates online.
Starting in 2019, the Mary, Queen of Angels Chapel in Flaherty Hall will also host Saturday weddings during June and July.
“We are grateful to our local bishop, the Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades, who has given us his blessing to open this additional campus chapel to summer weddings,” Fr. Pete McCormick, director of campus ministry, said in the release.
The Flaherty Hall chapel will cost $750 to reserve, the release said, and prices for the Basilica and the Log Chapel will remain the same, at $1,000 and $500 respectively. Couples will also have access to a new pricing tool on the Campus Ministry website that determines the most cost-effective dates and times for an on-campus wedding location.
The Basilica can be reserved by any “Notre Dame students, alumni, members of Sacred Heart Parish and current, full-time faculty or staff members who have been employed at Notre Dame for at least five years,” the release said.
The online reservation form can be accessed at campusministry.nd.edu/weddings starting July 1.