Congratulations on Your Engagement!
We are glad you’re looking to us to share in your joy and to celebrate your pledge of love, commitment and loyalty to one another. Together we will make this a glorious worship service to honor God and wrap you both in the prayerful support of family and friends.
While we will strive to make your wedding as meaningful as we can, our greater desire is to see you flourish for the next 50+ years of your lives. That’s why pre-marital counseling is required. Please call to arrange at least five sessions with Pastor Dave well in advance of your wedding date. And yes—it’s worth it.
Our Music Director and Church Organist, Deborah S. Woods, can help you select music for your wedding. Ms. Woods may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to include a soloist, please ask him/her to contact Ms. Woods to arrange a rehearsal separate from the rehearsal with the wedding party.
We encourage you to take the simple and elegant approach to your floral arrangements. Feel free to use which ever florist you wish. Have your florist contact the church office (410-252-3073) directly to set up a time for the delivery of the flowers. We do have pew candles and brass stands for the pews (at an extra charge).
Photography and Videography
There are two concerns to balance here: the moment and the memories. The moment is worshipful and needs to be as free from distractions as possible. The memories are best captured as the service unfolds. Photographers and videographers who operate silently, with discreet movement and without flash or artificial lights are welcome to record the service.
The Wedding Rehearsal
Most wedding rehearsals take place the evening before the wedding at 6:00 p.m., though another date can be chosen if needed. Who needs to attend? All those who are either standing up in the bridal party or who are part of the processional and/or recessional need to be there. With good cooperation we can breeze through the ceremony twice in under an hour.
The Marriage License
The marriage license must be secured from the County Court House at least three days before the wedding rehearsal, but no longer that six months before the wedding is to take place. The license, along with honoraria mentioned under “Financial Arrangements” (see following page) must be in the hands of the pastor or the church secretary at the time of the rehearsal or earlier.
Receptions and Rehearsal Dinners at Havenwood
Did you notice that big beautiful room just up the stairs? It can seat up to 220 at tables. (The fire code limits us to 333 guests.) Just bring your own caterer. We ask that care be taken to keep the room and the kitchen in good condition. The room is available to set up two hours prior to the wedding and/or rehearsal. If you need more time, please contact the church office to make sure it’s available. And unless Jesus turns water into wine, no alcohol may be served.
Our sanctuary holds over 400 people comfortably (not including the balcony) in 18 rows of pews along a 64 foot long center aisle. (The fire code limits us to 550 guests.)
The church cannot assume responsibility for any valuables or gifts which may be left in the building. Purses, jewelry, and other valuables should not be left unattended in any room.