Wedding shut down by shut down? Bishop has an answer

[Episcopal Diocese of Washington] Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington has offered the expansive garden outside of the diocesan offices on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral to couples who were forced to cancel their weddings when the federal government shut down.

“The shutdown’s impact on people’s lives is incalculable, and we’re all struggling to find ways to support our neighbors,” said Bishop Budde. “As one modest gesture, we invite those whose outdoor wedding plans were unexpectedly changed to consider the Bishop’s Garden as an alternate site, and we offer it to them free of charge.”

Budde said she made the invitation after a member of the diocese proposed the idea after reading of the plight of Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le, whose wedding was scheduled to be held on the west lawn of the Jefferson Memorial. Twenty-four weddings were scheduled to be held on the National Mall in October, according to the National Park Service.

Couples whose weddings are affected by the shutdown are invited to contact Cheryl Wilburn in the Bishop’s office by email or by calling 202-537-6543.


  1. P. Parker says:

    Good thinking, Bishop. I think too many times our church is considered elitest and not in touch with the problems of non-members. Your offer will show the misinformed that we do care even for the small problems of the world which are big to the individuals involved. Perhaps the Bishops and Rectors of others of our churches across the country should consider coming forward and offering their grounds and gardens to those who have been shut out of their previous bookings.

  2. The Rev. Harriet B. Linville says:

    To repeat, TEC is a church that welcomes and serves all. Thank you, Bp. Budde, and Washington National Cathedral.

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