St. Joseph Cathedral took first place in the Ceremony, Religious category.

Emanating warmth and charm, the historic St. Joseph Cathedral in Downtown Columbus provides the perfect “princess-like setting” for wedding ceremonies. With high ceilings, marbled floors, stained-glass windows that catch the sun and a long processional aisle, this Gothic-style church is a dream come true for many brides, says Sarah Wilson, wedding coordinator for St. Joseph.

Adding to the majestic allure is an enormous organ and columns that border pine-colored pews. “It really does fulfill some sort of their princess dreams of a wedding, walking down the long aisle, and the music is quite regal,” says Wilson adding that the sweeping altar lends itself to great photo opportunities. The organist and cantor are included with each booking, but couples can opt to add a trumpet player or other musicians.

Brides and bridal parties have access to changing rooms, and the undercroft (basement area) is suitable for small receptions. Couples also can take advantage of the garden area near the rectory for pictures.

The church is available to Catholic Diocese of Columbus member parishes and can accommodate up to 600 people. For ceremonies that include a full Mass, seating is provided for the bride and groom, and kneelers are positioned in front of the altar.

Soon-to-be couples must complete six months of classes and counseling prior to their nuptials at St. Joseph Cathedral. “The focus has to be about the marriage,” Wilson says. “It’s the role of the church.”

During peak wedding season, St. Joseph’s efficiently performs up to two ceremonies on Saturdays, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., to make way for a 4:30 p.m. Mass. Wilson’s advice is to be flexible when booking a church and reception hall by providing each with a couple of dates they can work with.

St. Joseph Cathedral
212 E. Broad St., Columbus