I went to school at Villanova University, and always wanted to get married there. It was a dream come true, in more ways than one. I had heard rumors on how STRICT the parish is, and it is true. But, if you're on time there are no problems. We even got pictures inside the Church, which was amazing as they never allow that because of time issues. Beautiful inside and out, impressed our guests. They even do flowers for the brides on the altar, to coordinate with all the different brides' colors. It was a nice touch.
St. Thomas of Villanova on Villanova University's campus is simply an enchanting place to get married. The chapel is overwhelmingly exquisite with its completely white marble interior and gorgeous architecture. Not to mention that the ceremony coordinator, Patty, and the music coordinator, Don, were both incredibly helpful and responsive. Patty provided me with all of the info I could possibly need including a fully outlined ceremony schedule so I could easily put together a ceremony program. Don organized the music and provided a music workshop so that we could choose the music, cantors, and the instruments after hearing them live. Also, because the chapel does more than one wedding a day, they take care of the flowers and decor taking many of the planning details off of your shoulders.
The biggest challenge regarding St. Thomas of Villanova is that they are fairly strict about the music you can use and the layout of the ceremony as well as some other details. I think this primarily has to do with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, however. They are flexible when it comes to some elements however including that they allowed me to include extra songs in the ceremony since I opted not to have a mass.
If looking for an officiant, Fr. Rob Hagan is amazing! He did such a wonderful ceremony that was insightful, witty, and memorable.
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