Getting Married / Holding Events at the Missions

Are there specific guidelines governing marriage at a mission?

The policies and procedures are set by each mission, and a typically available at the church Rectory, if the mission is an active Catholic Church. Some missions do a better job than others in providing written guidelines. One of the most comprehensive is Santa Ines, whose written guideline follows:

Marriage Guidelines of Santa Ines

Wedding Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Could you provide information regarding a possible wedding at either the Santa Barbara or Ventura mission?

There is such an overwhelming demand for special services (particularly baptisms and marriages) at the missions that at certain missions these events are restricted to parishioners. Here is the story at the two missions you mentioned and one other you might want to consider:

Santa Barbara limits marriage ceremonies to members of their parish. They get 10-12 requests a week and can only accommodate 1-2 weddings on a weekend.

Are marriages allowed at any of the California missions?

There is such an overwhelming demand for special services (particularly baptisms and marriages) at the missions that at certain missions these events are restricted to parishioners. Here is the story at the two missions you mentioned and one other you might want to consider:

Santa Barbara limits marriage ceremonies to members of their parish. They get 10-12 requests a week and can only accommodate 1-2 weddings on a weekend.