St. Mary's Cathedral
If you are wanting to get married in the Catholic Church I recommend the cathedral! It is so beautiful in itself that flowers are not needed. The acoustics were incredible. It truly felt like a royal wedding. Very pleased with the staff and how everyone handled everything. It was a lovely experience and made for a beautiful wedding.
Abby Tobin and Michael Ritthaler 10/30/21
Our Wedding at Sacred Heart Church was truly a perfect day! The Church itself is absolutely beautiful as are the people who support the Wedding process. The administrator and our coordinator were both so helpful in making sure everything went smoothly on our day. I especially appreciated having a cantor and organist assigned to us who were both wonderful. We felt so blessed to have them in this process and to celebrate our marriage there! Thank you,
Courtney Mallaney & Evan Webber 8/7/21
We loved everything about having our wedding at Sacred Heart Church. Working with Georgette made everything run very smoothly for planning our big day. She answered any questions that we had leading up to the day and was very patient with us when we were deciding on everything. We also loved how there was a prayer to pray with the bridal party before the ceremony. We both said the prayer with our bridesmaids and groomsmen and it was a beautiful way to start the celebration of marriage. Fr. Eric Bolek did an absolutely wonderful job and I still have multiple people saying how they loved his homily.We would just like to say a huge thank you to Georgette Williams and Fr. Eric Bolek for everything they did for us and for guiding us as we started the sacrament of marriage. We could not have asked for better individuals to be a part of our big day and we will forever be grateful for their help and guidance. Everything went so smoothly and absolutely perfect.
Maeve Spears and Dan Ardis 7/31/21
Georgette and her staff (for lack of knowing what to call everyone) did an amazing job. Working through my annulment and marriage prep was a difficult road to say the least but Georgette kept reassuring me through the entire process. Planning a Catholic wedding as a Protestant came with many questions. All my questions were answered in a timely manner and I never felt judged for asking. Our wedding day turned out beautiful and we both felt as if the staff- music, cantor sacristan etc came together really smoothly. Our wedding coordinator Terese did an amazing job helping us the day of as we were pressed for time getting the decorations placed.
Candace DePinto and Jim Smith - 7/31/2021
St. Mary's Cathedral
We would recommend the cathedral to anyone with the beautiful space and music it makes for a perfect wedding day!
Brady and Diana Sevier – 7/17/21
Sacred Heart was the most beautiful church to have a wedding in. Everything went perfect. It was so beautiful and made our special day even more special. Thank you so much Georgette!
Savanna & Truman Ralph 7/24/2021
Most of our guests had never seen the church before the wedding and all were blown away with the beauty. Everyone was so helpful at the church. Therese made me feel so comfortable (even when my nerves were peaking), it rained on my wedding day and she made sure that I was still able to surprise Noah and our families and not be seen as I snuck from the side to the back of the church. She helped keep everyone on track (quite the feat with my family) and helped keep the day centered on God. We really appreciate all she did.
Elizabeth & Noah Scammon July 10, 2021
Our wedding at Sacred Heart was simply BEAUTIFUL. This classic and elegant church was the most beautiful backdrop for our most special day. The wedding planning staff was helpful and professional. The church was easy to navigate for our guests. We are still getting compliments about our “beautiful and smooth” ceremony.
Katie & Billy Voitik 6/19/21
We absolutely loved celebrating our wedding at Sacred Heart Church! Georgette was tremendous in assisting us every step of the way throughout our preparation. We could not have asked for a more perfect day! -
Will & Samantha Farmer 6/15/21
Our wedding at Sacred Heart was nothing but perfect! From the team to the overall upkeep of the church the entire process was flawless. It put myself and everyone involved at ease knowing that there were so many people working to make our day great. Our wedding was weeks ago and we are still receiving compliments about how smooth the ceremony went.
Easton & Nicole Beard 5/15/21
St. Mary's Cathedral
Our entire ceremony at the cathedral was nothing short of perfect and an absolute dream. The beauty of the church, the music, and the entire wedding team’s roles all went into making our day as special as possible. Thank you to Georgette, Madeline, and everyone else on our wedding team for making our day so wonderful. We highly recommend the Cathedral for any future wedding or vow renewal ceremony!
Cara & Jacob Maloof 5/1/21
We were stuck between a few different churches in the Peoria area but found that Sacred Heart was the best choice for a variety of reasons. First, the Church is beautiful and everything we would want for our ceremony. Second, Georgette and the wedding team as a whole took care of us through the whole process. Everything went as planned and it was as stress-less as it could have been. Third, the location of the Church could not be better. Out of town guests who stayed at the Pere Marquette and Courtyard were able to walk the half block to Sacred Heart which made parking/logistics that much easier for guests. We are very happy that we chose Sacred Heart for our ceremony!
Eric and Maggie Delvo 4/10/21
Georgette, thanks for helping out with the best day of our lives from the start! You have been nothing but helpful and supportive throughout this whole process. You have been such a great person to work with and we cannot thank you enough. Thank you thank you thank you. Because you of you and your faith we are so excited for what’s to come in the future.
Haley & Ethan Cashen 4/24/21
Our families were very pleased with the wedding team. We keep getting compliments on the music. The church is absolutely beautiful, everything was well organized, and Fr. Jim was very personable.
Maddie Pierce &Tyler Kuhn 10/24/20
The church was absolutely beautiful! Having the bride/groom room available was nice for last minute things needed and we were both able to have time with our priest before the ceremony in a private space. Everyone on the team was very helpful. It was great to have just a few contacts and to be able to do everything via email and over the phone since we were so far away. We appreciate everyone's flexibility with that! We are also so grateful for the last minute changes that Georgette was willing to make to accommodate our situation. Our wedding could not have been complete without those changes and we cannot say thank you enough!
Michelle O'Brien and James Fitzgerald 9/5/20
“The wedding team that we worked with through Sacred Heart did an amazing job to make our day run smoothly! We are a corona wedding couple and so many things had to be changed. The team made sure they did everything they could to accommodate our needs during this time. We had eleven people present for the wedding this year, but it felt like a full church to us, and Georgette always made me feel like a bride and made us feel important. We will be back again next year for a vow renewal so we can share it with all of our family and friends!”
Devan and Nick Reed 6/27/20
We had our quarantine wedding at Sacred Heart! Georgette and Father Jim did everything they could to make it special and customized to us. We planned 3 different wedding ceremonies (quarantine baby!!) and instead of making us feel like they had to do extra work, Georgette was super helpful and was more than happy to assist us and provide ideas. Fr. Jim was awesome to work with during marriage prep and he was a perfect vessel of Christ during the ceremony - and he had a wonderful homily. The church is absolutely stunning and we got a lot of compliments from our guests. Our music team and other Church helpers were also great and very professional. A big thank you to everyone at Sacred Heart who helped us have an amazing wedding!! We love this Church!
Brooke Ahrens and Mitchell Nguyen 6/6/20
We were so blessed to have our Mass at Sacred Heart. Through every part of the process, we were able to prepare with intentionality and reverence in order to enter our marriage with sacramental grace. All the safeguards and guidelines led to a very blessed day, and we are thankful to all the amazing people that witnessed and helped make that day so special for us. Thank you.
Cady Windish & Matthew Nosbisch 12/28/19
Our wedding was an absolute dream. Thank you to everyone who made our wedding day so special and memorable. We appreciate all the time, dedication, and professionalism everyone put in to make our wedding go perfectly from start to finish. Sacred Heart is a beautiful church with so much historic beauty. We had dozens of compliments about the service and admiration of the church. We cannot thank enough to everyone who was a part of our wedding ceremony.
Brittany Trammell & Cody Anderson 11/9/19
St. Mary's Cathedral
Thank you! Our day was a dream! We loved how everyone was very helpful and kind during what could have been a very stressful day! And of course all the history and beauty the church has to offer. The wedding team was also a dream! Everyone was so great to work with and gave awesome guidance when we were unsure of anything. We don’t think we would have changed a thing or need to improve on with our wedding day! Everything and everyone made our day perfect!
Rachel Lucas & Michael Houston 10/5/19
I don't think we could have had a better, smoother, happier wedding day if we had a million dollars. Georgette and the Wedding Team helped us prepare for everything well in advance of our wedding day. This definitely helped lower our stress levels knowing readings/songs/personnel placement were all taken care of. The day of the rehearsal ran very smooth even with last minute changes due to weather and illness. Georgette helped us get some alternates ready to fill it (friends who were in town early). Our wedding day ran flawlessly and we received countless compliments on the beautiful service, beautiful Church and how smooth the ceremony went. Thank you again for all of your help making our wedding day perfect. With Love and Gratitude,
Dan & Jennie Elias 9/28/19
Beautiful church and beautiful ceremony. We could not have asked for a more organized and flawless process. Thank you, Georgette and wedding team!
Megan and Steven Tomala 9/20/19
Sacred Heart was very accommodating by letting us have John’s cousin, Fr. Fitzpatrick, as our priest. It is a very beautiful church and the singer, Mary Rose Williams, was incredible! Everyone did a wonderful job, but Madeline Ralph was amazing!! She was very prompt with communication and made the preparation process stress-free. The Organist and singer sounded beautiful! We appreciate all the help from Georgette! She is very organized and also prompt with communication! Thanks again for everything!
Kelsey Densberger & John Spears 6/29/19
We had a wonderful wedding day here at Sacred Heart! There were so many beautiful moments that made the day feel so personalized and everything flowed beautifully! If we had to do it all over again, we wouldn't change a thing! Thanks for everything!
Ashabari Mukherjee & Brandon Sprenger 7/27/19
Our wedding day was wonderful. Thank you to the staff at the church for helping us celebrate and play a big role in making our ceremony so great.
Malley & Drew Zadrzynski 7/13/19
I loved my ceremony at St. Bernard’s. The wedding team ensured that everything was taken care of. I was able to enjoy my ceremony completely worry free.
Alise Garrison & Donnie Butzen 6/15/19
“Wow! All of our guests were so in love with the church. The church is absolutely gorgeous. Everything about our day was perfect! If you aren't blown away by the beauty of the church, you will be blown away by the people who help coordinate your day. The wedding team is amazing. They will help you plan everything! Your timeline will be perfect and there is nothing to worry about. We were able to get to know our priest through RCIA classes, which made for a more personable ceremony (we loved going through the classes together). Our priest even made it easy for non-Catholics to know what to do when taking communion. Often times people worry about not knowing what to do in a new church, but he made it so easy for everyone to feel comfortable. We wouldn't change a single thing about our wedding at Sacred Heart Church! It was our dream wedding and we loved being a part of such a great parish. Also we highly recommend doing a grand exit. It makes for pretty pictures and it's so fun to see all your guests cheering for your marriage.
Jeremy & Megan Wasilewski 6/15/19
Sacred Heart Church
As a couple, we’ve been to Sacred Heart only a few times but each time we were there it was an awe-filled and God-focused experience. From the picture of the Sacred Heart before the altar to kneeling on the Communion rail to receive the Body, we knew that this was the place God meant for us to celebrate our marriage. When we were dating, we visited Sacred Heart and prayed for our relationship before the statue of Mary in the vestibule. Unsure of our future together, we let God take control and a year or so later we find ourselves getting married at Sacred Heart. We are so blessed to have received the Sacrament of Matrimony at Sacred Heart and we pray only the best for all those who wish to do the same.
Ryan and Summer Kennedy 6/8/19
Sacred Heart Church
While we are out-of-towners the church made us feel right at home. The staff was on top of things and gave us perfect expectations on what to expect. The church looked very beautiful and couldn't have been a better experience. We highly recommend this church as a venue for a wedding ceremony.
Ashley and Joel Czernecki - Sacred Heart 5/18/19
St. Mary's Cathedral
From the informational meeting with Georgette, as a newly engaged couple struggling to plan the small details, to the grand exit as newlywed’s, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Wedding Team was fantastic. As a young couple, all of the decisions we had to make were very intimidating and stressful at times. However, our choice to use St. Mary’s Cathedral for our wedding ceremony was a great decision. Not only is this the most beautiful church in the area, but everyone we worked with was extremely accommodating. Something simple that really stood out to us was the separate prayers that were laid out in the Bride’s Room and the Groom’s Room for each of us to read before the ceremony. This small touch really reminded us that this ceremony isn’t about the beauty of the church, or the beauty of the bride, but the beauty of uniting two people together under God’s love.
Sarah and AJ Peterson - St. Mary's Cathedral 5/18/19
Sacred Heart was the perfect location for us to take this next step in our journey of life and our journey with God. The wedding team helped to make our special day perfect and we could not have been happier with how our ceremony turned out!
Caleb and Megan Aeschliman – Sacred Heart Church 5/4/19
Thank you for all of your help! It was such a wonderful, beautiful, smooth ceremony. We were able to be totally in the moment. We received so many comments on the beauty of the church, the music, the ceremony, everything! A number of our non-Catholic attendees described it as a 'Hollywood Production'. There were so many moving parts that ran so smoothly and so beautifully. All thanks to you!
Luc Joseph & Lauren Stockton 11/3/18
We absolutely loved Sacred Heart and how our wedding unfolded in this beautiful church right after Christmas. It was beautifully lit and decorated after celebrating Christmas earlier in the week, and it was a pleasure working with Georgette and the rest of the wedding team.
Tricia Shadid & Luke Starkey - 12/29/18
I'm very happy to have chosen Sacred Heart for my wedding ceremony. The church is a great size, is centrally located, and is so beautiful it does not need to be decorated. The assistance I received from Georgette Williams, my wedding assistant, and Father Millar in planning/executing all the details of my ceremony was outstanding and made my experience less stressful and more enjoyable.
Vanessa Meneses & Ben LaHood - 11/3/18
The thing that we liked best was the ability to have confidence all of the planning for the wedding ceremony was essentially taken care of - We only had to pick the music from a good variety of selections, pick our readings we thought were appropriate for our wedding or passages we liked, and then who was going to participate (grandparent seatings, ushers, bridal party) - everything else was handled externally to make sure people were showing up and where they would be by a combination of Georgette, Therese, and Jon. We were extremely pleased with the entire wedding team. All of them had professional knowledge, and more importantly, professional courtesy to answer questions respectfully as well as quickly. Wedding planning can get stressful at times, and the fast response times of all of the Wedding Team both in planning and on the Wedding Day were top notch! We received many compliments from our guests about the beauty of the ceremony, how well it was organized, and how thankful they were to be a part of our special day. We think Heart of Peoria Catholic Community has a really great handle on the services they provide and are clear and helpful as resources for the services they do not arrange as well.
Charles Fischbach and Katelyn Isbell - 11/17/18
We have been in love with the church since we first saw it. It’s beautiful. We also really enjoyed getting to know Fr. Jim. He was so easy to talk to, and very relatable. He really helped make our wedding.
Sarah Harmison and Bryce Clonch - 11/10/18
The church is gorgeous, the music was phenomenal, and we really enjoyed working with Fr. Jim and were very blessed to have him perform our marriage ceremony. The whole wedding team was so great. We are especially thankful for all of your help, Georgette. Leading up to the wedding it was so nice to have your reminders of when we needed to complete things off of our checklist. Thank you for coordinating all the details on the wedding day so that we wouldn't accidentally run into each other before the Mass. All the little and big things you did to ensure the day went smoothly...We couldn't have done it without you! Thank you!
Theresa Axelson and Ryan McDonald - 10/13/18
The church coordinators were VERY organized and made the entire process very easy. The church was beautiful! Everyone was very helpful! We loved working with Georgette! She was very responsive and replied back to us immediately with all of our questions. We are no longer local to Peoria, but she was very accommodating with our meetings via the phone. Everyone was also very willing to take time out of their evenings to speak with us over the phone, which helped a ton!
Molly Ryba and Tyler Fiddes - 9/8/18
We loved having our ceremony at Sacred Heart! The church is gorgeous. Fr. Millar and Therese were wonderful at walking us through everything and making us comfortable throughout the entire thing. We had a great experience and everyone was wonderful to work with! The day ran very smoothly- everything was very well organized and on time! It was great!
Courtney Morsch and Zac Capelle - 8/18/18
St. Mary's Cathedral
Our wedding day was perfect, in every way, thanks to Father Jim, Georgette, and the staff at St. Mary’s Cathedral. We highly recommend St. Mary’s Cathedral for your future wedding and God bless!
Jim and Sara Vershaw – Peoria, IL 7/27/18
From start to finish, I had a wonderful experience planning my wedding Mass at Sacred Heart. My husband and I have a devotion to the Sacred Heart and I grew up going to daily mass here over the years. We couldn't imagine a more fitting place to be married. Everyone involved went above and beyond to help make all my special touches a reality. And it put me at ease knowing our wedding coordinator would be there to make sure the wedding day went smoothly. I didn't have to worry and that was a huge weight lifted! I had the wedding Mass of my dreams thanks to everyone's help at Sacred Heart.
Shirley Plaag and Stephen Yaich - 7/14/18
St. Mary's Cathedral
Everyone that helped or played a part in our wedding that day were amazing!! I can't thank all of them enough for the wonderful job they did. Therese was particularly helpful in keeping me calm. The music was wonderfully planned and played. Father Jim was great at guiding us through the ceremony. The actual wedding was the best part of our day!!! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful service and love shown to us :)
Lisa Livingston and Chad Olson - 7/7/18
We loved our wedding at St. Joseph Church! The wedding team really helped us make sure that everything was organized and settled before the day, and they kept things running smoothly throughout; their guidance was extremely valuable. My mind (as the bride) was definitely put at ease knowing that they also wanted our wedding to go well and were working to make that happen (and that they wouldn't let me forget about any crucial arrangements for the ceremony)! On top of that, the musicians they provided were spectacular and truly added to the magic of our wedding. We were thrilled with how the ceremony played out!
Michelle Williams and Tim Beetler - 7/7/18
We highly recommend Sacred Heart for Catholic weddings. The planning process was very simple and their wedding team guided us through everything. They do many weddings and are very good at it. It was nice not to have to worry about coordinating the organist, cantor, sacristan, etc. The church is beautiful and didn't require any decoration. We've had many guests tell us how it was one of the most beautiful Masses they've attended. Thank you,
Bernard and Jamie Murphy - Dunlap, Illinois 6/9/18
We loved having our Wedding at Sacred Heart Church. Georgette and Therese were so accommodating. We had no worries that our Wedding was going to be great and go smooth. Sacred Heart is a beautiful church, couldn't imagine getting married anywhere else.
Sean & Sondra Schaffer - 6/9/18
We were very honored to be married at Sacred Heart. The ceremony was beautiful, as was the church. What a wonderful beginning for our marriage journey.
Laura (Schuler) Kautz - Chicago, Illinois
St. Mary's Cathedral
Our wedding was as close to being perfect as a wedding can be. It was run very smoothly by our wedding administrator. Everyone worked really well together to make it come together. The organist and music director were very professional and very accommodating. They worked very well with our cantors. We could not have asked for anything more from all of the Wedding team. It relieved a lot of our stress and which was good since we had enough butterflies already.We think everything went really well. We cannot think of anything specific where there were shortcoming on the part of the wedding staff. Thanks for everything,
Rob Siwak and Jennah Siwak - Libertyville, Illinois
We are beyond pleased and extremely happy with our choice of Sacred Heart. Fr Millar, Phil and Katie were great to work with and all the efforts helped make the day truly special.
Jessica and Mike Carroll - Chicago, Illinois
I loved having Sacred Heart Church as the setting for the wedding of my son and his beautiful bride. There is a whole team ready and willing to help make the day memorable in a wonderful way. Regardless of the multitude of issues/decisions involved in preparing for a wedding/marriage, I appreciated knowing that the church and the ceremony would be beautiful.
Mother of the Groom Diane (wedding of Deverly & Steve Hahn - Las Vegas, NV)
St. Bernard’s Church has a lot of meaning to our family and we were so happy to be able to have the wedding there. Georgette Williams was wonderful to work with. She was very “calming” to the entire family and bridal party the day of the ceremony. As the Mother of the Bride I thought everything was wonderful!!
Mother of the Bride Angie Aeschliman (wedding of Sarah Aeschliman and Joseph Frakes - Washington, IL)
Sacred Heart Church
We absolutely loved working with the staff at Sacred Heart! After touring almost every Catholic Church in Peoria, Sacred Heart was our last stop. We fell in love instantly with the beauty of the church. It was the perfect size for our crowd of 250 guests. Our pictures turned out beautifully and the music sounded amazing with the organ. The staff at Sacred Heart is amazing and very accommodating to make sure our day was exactly like we dreamed about. Thank you to everyone at Sacred Heart for helping make our wedding day a perfect day for us. Georgette, thank you again for everything you did for us. You really did make our day absolutely perfect! We appreciate all of your extra work and time you put in to helping us out with everything.
Sean & Michelle Hayes - Decatur, Illinois
St. Joseph Church
It was easy planning our wedding ceremony at St. Joseph Church. It is not the church we attend, but we were drawn towards the beauty of the church for our wedding. We loved working with our wedding assistant. She provided all the information we needed and was a great help on the day of our wedding. The organist and cantor provided beautiful music and we were able to determine the music selections over email.
We decided on St. Joseph church before contacting the church, but once we reached out to the church they were helpful in selecting a wedding date and providing the information on next steps. We were given a tour of the church and our wedding assistant met with us to review the requirements and details for our wedding day. Because of all the information provided our wedding rehearsal and day went so smoothly. The church was so beautiful that we did not need any extra decoration and it looked great in pictures.
Stacey & Jonathan O’Bryan - Peoria, Illinois