Plan Your Wedding Ceremony Today

Congratulations on your engagement!  We are privileged to be a part of this wonderful moment as you prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage.

Please contact our parish secretary at (518) 462-1336 to discuss your plans for marriage at least six months prior to your desired wedding date. Please do not finalize reception plans until discussing your marriage plans with St. Pius X Church

Weddings may be scheduled on Friday afternoons or evenings, or Saturdays (except between 4:00pm – 6:30pm) For more details please contact Fr. Walsh at 518-462-1336

Step 1: Contact St. Pius X

We encourage all families to discuss your marriage plans with our parish office at least 6 months prior to your desired wedding date.

Please do not finalize reception plans until discussing your marriage plans with St. Pius X first

Give our office a call at (518) 462-1336 to discuss your wedding plans

Step 2: Choose Readings

Step 3: Choose Music

Music Suggestions


  1. Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
  2. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
  3. Rigaudon – Andre Campra
  4. Air from the Suite in D – J.S. Bach
  5. Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel

Responsorial Psalms (replaces selection C in your Together for Life booklet)

  1. Psalm 33: The Earth Is Full of the Goodness of the Lord
  2. Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful
  3. Psalm 128: May the Lord Bless Us


  1. Come Down, O Love Divine 438
  2. God is Love 715
  3. I Have Loved You 623
  4. Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring 638
  5. Lead Me, Lord 733
  6. Lord of all Hopefulness 647
  7. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling 709

 Vocal Solos (Optional)

  1. Thy Perfect Love – John Rutter
  2. The Gift of Love – Hal Hopson

Marian Devotional Vocal Solos (Optional)

  1. Ave Maria – Bach/ Gounod
  2. Ave Maria – Schubert


  1. Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell
  2. Hornpipe – G.F. Handel
  3. Rondeau – Jean Joseph Mouret
  4. Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn
  5. Ode to Joy – Ludwig van Beethoven

Step 4: Complete a Wedding Planning Form

To Have and To Hold

To Have and To Hold is our marriage preparation program here at St. Pius X Church. It is typically held in person and run by different married couples in our parish. The retreat includes four different sessions throughout the month with a group of engaged couples and married “mentor” couples.

It is a great time to get to know other engaged couples as well as begin conversations with your future spouse that you will continue throughout your marriage!  For more information, please call Kirsten Bernardo at 518-462-1336.

Please come join us and meet other couples at St. Pius X! We are excited to walk with you in this journey and prepare you for the beautiful Sacrament of Matrimony.

When is the next Pre Cana Retreat?

Registration is live for our March 2023 Pre Cana Retreats! Click here to register today


*We encourage you to sign up for a virtual retreat only if you are out of state.*

March 2023

Mondays (virtual): March 6, 13, 20, 27

Tuesdays (in-person): March 7, 14, 21, 28

October 2023

Mondays (virtual): October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

Tuesdays (in-person): October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

February – March 2024

Mondays (virtual): February 26th, March 4th, 11th, 18th

Tuesdays (in-person): February 27th, March 5th, 12th, 19th


What is involved in a Pre Cana Retreat?

  • Marriage Preparation retreats are held twice a year, one in March and one in October
  • Each retreat consists of 4 weekly sessions that last an hour and a half each
  • Couples have the option of choosing Monday night sessions or Tuesday night sessions

FAQ’s About Weddings

If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to call the parish office at (518) 462-1336

What’s involved in preparing for marriage at St. Pius X?

Fr. Walsh looks forward to meeting with couples to develop a marriage preparation program suited for them.  Please contact our Parish Secretary, Carm Turpin, at or (518)-462-1336 for more information and Pre Cana retreat dates.

Can we have a unity candle (or the mixing of sand) as part of our ceremony?

Yes, but please know they are not part of the marriage ceremony.  If you choose to do so, you will need to supply all the materials, including the three candles and candle stands.

Can we have a candle in remembrance of our deceased loved ones?

Yes, we are happy to recognize your deceased loved ones in this way.

Can we have a runner?

Yes, but we recommend against it for safety reasons.  Runners tend to “bunch up” and can present a tripping hazard.  If you choose to have a runner, the length of the aisle at St. Pius X Church is 75 feet.

Can we use flower petals, rice or bubbles?

Bubbles are fine, but we ask that you avoid flower petals or rice.

When are weddings celebrated at St. Pius?

Most Friday afternoons and evenings and most Saturdays are available for weddings.  Because of our vigil Mass, the latest Saturday afternoon start time would be 2:30pm.  There is an option for a 6:30pm Saturday evening wedding.  We encourage you to confirm your wedding plans before securing a reception site.

Does the church provide musicians?

Yes, please contact Brian Hoffman, our Music Director, at 518-462-1336 or  He will meet with you to plan the music for your ceremony.

Does St. Pius prepare wedding programs?

No, we do not have the staffing to provide this service.

What rules are there for photographers?

We suggest having photographers and videographers check with the priest prior to the wedding ceremony.

Can my wedding be livestreamed?

Yes! All you have to do is indiciate on the ‘Ceremony Planning’ form that you’d like to have your wedding livestreamed.