“A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh.” Mk 10:7-8


“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, §1601)

For those inquiring about getting married at St. Mary, Congratulations on your Engagement!


Aspen has been a destination for many years for couples who desire to be married in this beautiful place. Your first step always begins with your local priest at your local parish where you live. Sit down and talk with him to begin your marriage preparation program before you contact us. Before any date can be set for your wedding, we must receive communication from your local Catholic parish containing the following:

    • Permission to marry at St Mary Catholic Church in Aspen, Colorado.
    • Confirmation that all marriage preparations and paperwork will be completed at your parish and within your local diocese.

After you have begun discussions with your local parish and we have received the required communication, please contact our marriage coordinator, Deacon Phil at Deaconphil@stmaryaspen.org. He will assist in scheduling the date for your wedding day.

Upon completion of your marriage preparation program at your home parish, your parish will send the completed paperwork to St Mary’s through the Diocesan offices. Your wedding cannot be celebrated here until we receive this complete Marriage packet from your Diocese.


If you live in Pitkin County or are a regular parishioner at St Mary, please speak to Fr. Joe or Deacon Phil about your desire to begin marriage preparation. You can reach Deacon Phil  at deaconphil@stmaryaspen.org to gather preliminary information and check availability. Marriage Preparation for the Archdiocese of Denver is an 8 month process. Once you begin the marriage preparation program, you can reserve the church for your wedding, or reserve a diffrent Catholic church out of town.

The Marriage Ceremony

If all of the above has been completed, more detailed information about how to plan the ceremony itself can be found by clicking the below button and reading our guidelines for planning the ceremony.

Marriage Resources

Below you can find some helpful resources for preparing for marriage or planning the ceremony.