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St Francis De Sales Church

Miami Beach , FL

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Miami Beach, FL US
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Ceremony Music

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.3/5.0
Though my wedding turned out beautifully it was a long process. First of all, it's probably the most expensive church I had found, unfortunately for me, it was one of the only available for my desired date. Then, along with paying so much, you are restricted in ways I did not forsee: time, flower arrangements, processional specifics, parking situation. My biggest problem was the time. I was only given about 20 min following the ceremony to take pictures at the church. Therefore I was only able to take limited pictures with family, very disappointing. If there is a mass then a late wedding should not be allowed or mass should be rescheduledone that evening. The flower arrangements I can get past, but I mean I was donating flowers to the church and she was almost telling me no. The parking situation, I guess I can also get past, there are limited spots in their lot, and it is also used by taxis for some ridiculous reason.
That being said, the wedding coordinator at the church is pretty tough but she comes around. She is understanding and is able to work with you on most things. There is a priest which usually preforms the weddings here and when bringing an outside priest the wedding coordinator was a bit nervous about it, less trusting of us following directions. Ultimately, I was able to modify more to my liking because I had an outside priest which helped me execute the way I forsaw as my ideal ceremony. I'm assuming other people have taken advantage of such a beautiful church and not followed the rules making more rules for someone like me who was ready to follow them all and cooperated with every request by the coordinator.

I would only recommend if you assure you can have more time after the ceremony and if the above things don't really bother you.

The ceremony music is not included in the required "donation" it is an extra 300$, fine,not so much. The music was fine, wasn't at the top of my priority list so it was generally to my liking.
Though my wedding turned out beautifully it was a long process. First of all, it's probably the most expensive church I Read more...
Though my wedding turned out beautifully it was a long process. First of all, it's probably the most expensive church I had found, unfortunately for me, it was one of the only available for my desired date. Then, along with paying so much, you are restricted in ways I did not forsee: time, flower arrangements, processional specifics, parking situation. My biggest problem was the time. I was only given about 20 min following the ceremony to take pictures at the church. Therefore I was only able to take limited pictures with family, very disappointing. If there is a mass then a late wedding should not be allowed or mass should be rescheduledone that evening. The flower arrangements I can get past, but I mean I was donating flowers to the church and she was almost telling me no. The parking situation, I guess I can also get past, there are limited spots in their lot, and it is also used by taxis for some ridiculous reason.
That being said, the wedding coordinator at the church is pretty tough but she comes around. She is understanding and is able to work with you on most things. There is a priest which usually preforms the weddings here and when bringing an outside priest the wedding coordinator was a bit nervous about it, less trusting of us following directions. Ultimately, I was able to modify more to my liking because I had an outside priest which helped me execute the way I forsaw as my ideal ceremony. I'm assuming other people have taken advantage of such a beautiful church and not followed the rules making more rules for someone like me who was ready to follow them all and cooperated with every request by the coordinator.

I would only recommend if you assure you can have more time after the ceremony and if the above things don't really bother you.

The ceremony music is not included in the required "donation" it is an extra 300$, fine,not so much. The music was fine, wasn't at the top of my priority list so it was generally to my liking. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Wedding Venue
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Nik
Wedding:
9/29/2012
4.6/5.0
GORGEOUS Church! Father Gabriel is absolutely wonderful and Kiangsy was so sweet and helpful! My only complaint is the wedding planner, Adriana is short and abrupt, she comes off very rude. My wedding was beautiful and went off without a hitch but some people could have been a litter nicer. Also, it is one of the more affordable churches in Miami. Lastly, Ivan (the music director), was amazing! We never met but we emailed back and forth and the music for my ceremony was so beautiful! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR AMAZING WORK! I highly recommend this church!!!
GORGEOUS Church! Father Gabriel is absolutely wonderful and Kiangsy was so sweet and helpful! My only complaint is the Read more...
GORGEOUS Church! Father Gabriel is absolutely wonderful and Kiangsy was so sweet and helpful! My only complaint is the wedding planner, Adriana is short and abrupt, she comes off very rude. My wedding was beautiful and went off without a hitch but some people could have been a litter nicer. Also, it is one of the more affordable churches in Miami. Lastly, Ivan (the music director), was amazing! We never met but we emailed back and forth and the music for my ceremony was so beautiful! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR AMAZING WORK! I highly recommend this church!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Roberto
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Beautiful and heartfelt ceremony.
Beautiful and heartfelt ceremony.
Beautiful and heartfelt ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Officiant
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Carolina
Wedding:
4/2/2011
3.2/5.0
The church is beautiful and the Father Gabriel is the nicest person ever. He was funny and the ceremony went fairly smoothly. I was happy with it and so was everyone attending.

The only thing I would complain about is that the church's wedding coordinator rudely informed my photographer that he was not to use flash. When my photographer asked if the bride knew that she told him I had signed something regarding the "no flash" rule and I was aware. I was NOT aware and after the wedding I looked over every document I signed and no where did it say anything about flash photography.

Also they wouldn't allow him to take photos from the upstairs organ room. It would have made for a beautiful photo.

Brides: be aware there is no flash photography allowed at this church and they won't tell you that prior.
The church is beautiful and the Father Gabriel is the nicest person ever. He was funny and the ceremony went fairly Read more...
The church is beautiful and the Father Gabriel is the nicest person ever. He was funny and the ceremony went fairly smoothly. I was happy with it and so was everyone attending.

The only thing I would complain about is that the church's wedding coordinator rudely informed my photographer that he was not to use flash. When my photographer asked if the bride knew that she told him I had signed something regarding the "no flash" rule and I was aware. I was NOT aware and after the wedding I looked over every document I signed and no where did it say anything about flash photography.

Also they wouldn't allow him to take photos from the upstairs organ room. It would have made for a beautiful photo.

Brides: be aware there is no flash photography allowed at this church and they won't tell you that prior. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, Unique Services
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