You are about to undertake one of the most rewarding
challenges of your life – and we are glad to support you. Before your wedding and long afterward, we
will be here for you.
We have prepared this guide to help with your wedding
No two weddings are exactly alike
(nor should they be), and the individuality of your wedding is as important to
us as it is to you. At the same time, we
hope to provide a Christian celebration that connects your marriage to the
Our church schedules weddings on a first-come, first-served
basis. Use of the church is free to its
members; nonmembers may reserve a
date by returning the reservation form (below) with a $500
rental fee, which is refundable up to three months before the
ceremony. We are able to guarantee your
date as soon as we have received from you the completed form along with the
One of our pastors, the Rev. Larry Wood or the Rev. George
Myers, will contact you for an initial meeting.
(If you wish another pastor to perform the ceremony, our pastors will
help you make the necessary arrangements.)
We ask that you
confirm your wedding date with us four months in advance. During this time, we ask you to undergo
premarital counseling with Rev. Wood, Rev. Myers, or another professional of
your choosing – for both a happier wedding and a stronger marriage. If you choose to counsel with our ministers,
all reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate your schedule, and together
you will determine how often you should meet.
Please know that we
never schedule more than one wedding on any given day.
Designing the Ceremony
Your wedding should reflect your beliefs and passions: what
you feel for each other, family and friends, and God. In that sense, your wedding is profoundly
personal. At the same time, your wedding
will matter deeply to others. In this
sense, it is a shared experience.
It will be your challenge to decide how to design the
ceremony. Our pastors will help you to
find a service that is personal and is an authentic Christian witness. Also, if you desire, the pastors will help
you choose the readings. We hope to ease
your mind by settling these things well before the wedding.
You may consult our music director or pastors about
selecting appropriate music. If you plan
to include special music by instrumentalists or vocalists, you need to discuss
this with them. Your music arrangements
should be made shortly after you have scheduled your wedding date. We ask that music be performed live, not
Our church has its own wedding coordinator, who keeps things
running smoothly. Her aim is to serve
you. We welcome outside coordinators to
join her, with the understanding that all final plans will be approved by her
or the clergy of St. Andrew.
Our Wedding Fees
There is no rental fee for church members; nonmembers must
pay a rental fee of $500 to reserve
a wedding date. You may choose either
the sanctuary or the grounds. Ample
dressing rooms are available.
Members and nonmembers alike must pay our wedding coordinator $250.
Members and nonmembers alike must pay our custodian $150, which is due the week
prior to the ceremony.
If our organist
or other musicians take part, members
and nonmembers alike must pay them. The
amount will depend on what is involved. This
too is due the week before the ceremony.
An honorarium for the
pastor is at your discretion.
If you would like to have a small reception in the church’s
Fellowship Hall after the ceremony, we would be happy to consider what is
possible. Please remember that alcohol
is not allowed.
Everyone in the wedding party – bride’s attendants,
groomsmen, children, parents, readers, musicians – must attend the rehearsal.
We ask that you take responsibility for ensuring that all members of the
wedding party arrive on time. The
rehearsal will last approximately one hour.
Please bring your marriage
license with you to the rehearsal.
The Day of the Ceremony
Dressing rooms will be provided for men and women of the
bridal party. Please bear in mind that
we do not permit smoking or alcoholic beverages.
If you would like to use it, we will set up a kneeling bench
for your ceremony. Your florist can
supply an aisle runner.
No flash photography may be taken during the ceremony. Video cameras are welcome, but no additional
lighting, please. The photographer
should speak with the wedding coordinator before setting up.
We cannot permit confetti, rice, or birdseed to be thrown
here. Soap bubbles are a good
After the ceremony, you and the pastor will sign the
marriage license, and the pastor will give you one of the signed copies. Our church office will mail another signed
copy to the County Probate Office.
We wish you Godspeed on your married journeys. If there is any way we can be of further
help, please let us know. In all life’s
joys and difficulties, you will have a church family here. Blessings!