Saint Francis By The Sea Cathedral

Orange County



Join your love at St. Francis by the Sea Cathedral. St. Francis by the Sea, a parish of the Diocese of American Catholic Communities, can offer you solutions since it has more flexible marriage canons and less restrictive wedding guidelines than do Roman Catholic parishes. St. Francis provides an alternative for couples who would otherwise be compelled to settle for a ceremony that would not be in accord with their Catholic tradition. Each priest assigned to St. Francis has been ordained to the sacramental priesthood considered valid by the Roman Catholic Church and, of course, legal in the State of California. The Cathedral features romantic lighting, elegant red carpet, high ceilings and dark, rich pews. Imagine walking down the aisle towards the love of your life as you prepare to start your new journey together. Host a beautiful wedding at St. Francis by the Sea Cathedral.

Venue Style

Church/Temple, Vintage/Rustic


Indoor Ceremony


Max Indoor Ceremony: 60 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start up to 1 hour prior to event start time. Events must end by 9:00PM.

Rental Fees

There is a tax deductible donation of $800 for a ceremony rental. The venue allows 2 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Priest is available to officiate ceremony for an additional donation. This additional donation cost would include an initial meeting with the priest, either in person or by phone, a one time only pre-marriage preparation workshop and a follow up meeting with the priest.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Saint Francis By The Sea Cathedral is estimated at $1,650 for a ceremony only for 50 guests.

Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Venue set up and clean up
Day of onsite manager
No kitchen
Public parking

Special Restrictions

Wheelchair access limited
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
No catering allowed
Amplified music OK indoors only
No smoking
Music must end by 9:00PM