Weddings

A wedding is one of the most joyous occasions in the life of the individual and the family.  When it is properly executed, a wedding can be a genuine worship experience, inspiring both to the participants and to the congregation.  Such a wedding will always provide happy memories for the couple.  A good beginning is a great help in establishing a deep spiritual family relationship.  The following policies are adopted to ensure that each wedding at our church is conducted with a spirit of excellence.  These policies are not designed to restrict but to enhance this celebration.

Arrangements

To reserve a wedding date, the day and time must first be cleared by the church.  A $100 non-refundable deposit must be made within one week of inquiry for the date to be reserved.  If this deposit is not made within 7 days the date will not be held.  After a date has been set and the deposit made, you will be contacted by one of our wedding directors.

Non-members are not allowed to book a date more than six (6) months prior to the wedding date.

All fees, minus the $100.00 deposit, are to be paid in full to the church one month prior to the wedding day.

Dates Discouraged

Weddings or receptions are discouraged during Holy Week or on Sundays, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day, because of the difficulty in securing adequate help.  Exceptions may be made at the discretion of our senior minister.

Non-member weddings must begin by 4:00 p.m. with reception following, and not later than 6:00 p.m. without a reception. 

Officiating Minister

Only ministers of this church, or those approved by the senior minister, will perform weddings in the church.  The bride must request that our minister invite any guest minister, and it is understood that the visiting minister shall abide by these policies.  The bride must provide the church with the visiting minister’s name and mailing address.  If there is a visiting minister, the minister must be in attendance at the rehearsal.

Wedding Director

After setting a date with the church secretary and making a deposit, you will be contacted by one of the church wedding directors.  All weddings and wedding rehearsals shall be conducted by the director.  The director will contact the bride to set up an appointment and all arrangements for the rehearsal and wedding will be made at this time.  Our directors are thoroughly familiar with every aspect of an orderly and aesthetically pleasing wedding and how to ensure the proper use of the church facilities.

Organists, Musicians and Soloists

Approved organists of this church are to be used for all weddings.  Additional musicians such as soloists, trumpet players, violinists, flutists, pianists, harpists, etc. if desired, are to be secured by the family of the bride and monetary arrangements made personally with them. The music director will have a list of these musicians.  The music director will assist the bride several months prior to the wedding to select music for the wedding service but will not attend the wedding rehearsal. Suggested service music is listed below. Because a wedding is a sacred service of the church, the music used must enhance the worshipful joy of this holy event and meet with the approval of the music director.  No taped music shall be used.  Secular music is not allowed.  Please contact the music director within one week of booking the wedding.

Below is a list of the wedding music. You may have other pieces you would like played. We will make every effort to play the pieces you want, but any additional music should be selected well in advance of the wedding. You will basically need to choose four pieces:

  1. Seating of Mothers
  2. Procession of the Attendants
  3. Procession of the Bride
  4. Recessional

Prelude music is usually not selected by the Bride, but requests are welcomed. Once you have made your selections or you have questions please call or email the organist – Rick Massengale – 770-502-9973  /  rick.massengale@gmail.com

  1. Bridal Chorus from ‘Lohengren’  -  Richard Wagner
  2. Trumpet Voluntary  -  Jeremiah Clark
  3. Trumpet Tune  -  Henry Purcell
  4. Wedding March from ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’ – Felix Mendelssohn
  5. Prelude to Te Deum  -  Marc-Antoinne Charpentier
  6. Sinfonia  -  G.F. Handel
  7. Rigadoun  -  Andre’ Campra
  8. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring  -  J.S. Bach
  9. Air from the ‘Water Music Suite’  -  G.F. Handel
  10. Aria in F  -  G.F. Handel
  11. Canon in D  -  Johann Pachelbel
  12. Largo  -  Antonio Vivaldi
  13. Ave Maria  -  Franz Schubert
  14. Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod
  15. Trumpet Voluntary – (with trumpet)
  16. Trumpet Tune – (with trumpet)
  17. Rondeau - Moret
  18. The ‘Hornpipe’ – G.F. Handel
  19. Psalm XIX – Benedetto Marcello
  20. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee – Ludwig Van Beethoven
  21. Prelude in the Classic Style  -  Gordon Young

Sound System

A sound technician will be assigned by the church.

Additional information and policies will be given to the bride at the time that the deposit is made.

 

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