You do not need to be a member at First Congregational Church to have your wedding here.We at First Congregational Church want to make sure your wedding is an event you will remember, not for the stress and difficulties, but for the beauty and sacredness of the moment. The guidelines we have established are designed to make your wedding memorable, while still maintaining the sacrosanct nature of the event. We are happy to serve you and share in this, the happiest day of your life.
Marriage is an act of entering into covenant relationship with one another and with God. In so doing, a man and woman bind themselves together by making eternal vows to one another. The making of those vows is the true center of the marriage service, meaning that weddings need not be elaborate in order to be lovely. The most important thing in any wedding service is the sincerity and love of those making the vows and the making of the vows before God.
Our Wedding Facilitator
After setting the date on the Church Calendar with our Office Administrator and meeting with one of our Pastors, you should then schedule a meeting with our Wedding Facilitator. She/he will give you a tour of the sanctuary, bridal parlor, dressing rooms and other rooms you may wish to use. You will also receive a wedding booklet and check list to assist in your wedding planning. You, as well as the wedding facilitator, organist, and office administrator will receive a copy of the information sheet from the Pastor after you meeting. This will list all of your information as well as preferences for your wedding ceremony.The Wedding Facilitator will attend the rehearsal, instruct ushers and attendants of their duties, time the processional and assist in other details. She/he will attend the wedding to see that the candles are lighted, the parents are seated at the proper time, the attendants are started down the aisle correctly, etc., and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have regarding your ceremony.
In case of cancellation
The Church Office and Pastor must be informed immediately. It is the Pastors responsibility to relay this important information to the Wedding Facilitator, Organist, custodian, and other participants of any change or cancellation.
PLEASE NOTE: The Wedding Facilitator is NOT responsible for catering arrangements for receptions at the church. If you are planning to hold your reception at First Congregational Church, this must first be cleared with the minister. It is important that you do this well in advance of the wedding to discuss specific needs in terms of furniture set-ups, kitchen facilities, etc.
*The church will not be reserved for your wedding until a "Facility Use Agreement" is completed and the church has received the required deposit.