Weddings

Weddings

 

Member Weddings                                                                                                                

The Service of Christian Marriage is, above all else, a service of worship, parallel to the Sunday service which includes the proclamation of the Word with prayer and praise.  Christian marriage is proclaimed as a sacred covenant reflecting Christ’s covenant with the church.  Those who are present are understood to be an active congregation, rather than simply passive witnesses.  In it, the man and woman coming to be married share with the church one of the happiest moments of their lives.

The following information is intended to help you plan for this important event:

  • Dates for the wedding shall be set in consultation with the pastor.  Please reserve your wedding date and rehearsal date as early as possible.  The rehearsal date is usually the day before the wedding.
  • Four (4) pre-marriage conferences are required of all couples being married at Grace.  These sessions should be arranged with Rev. Richards approximately two months prior to the wedding.
  • Please call the church office at 330-499-2330 to check the availability of the Sanctuary or the Chapel.
  • Our  Sanctuary can comfortable seat 175 guests.  The Chapel will comfortably seat 50 guests.

EXPENSES for Members                                                            Sanctuary            Chapel

Rental for wedding and rehearsal…………………………………………$0                  $0

Custodial fee for wedding, rehearsal & reception……………..$80              $80

Custodial fee for wedding and/or rehearsal only………………$60              $60

Additional custodial fee for RICE usage………………………………$45               $45

Sound System Fee…………………………………………………………………….$50                N/A

Organist’s fee for consultation, rehearsal & ceremony……..$60                $60

Soloist’s fee…………………………………………….$50 minimum With Rehearsal              $45 minimum Without Rehearsal

~~~Extra sessions with soloist per half hour – $15

Pastor’s fee……………………………..$150.00

Member Optional Charges:

Use of 7-branch candelabra…………………………..$20

Family Life Center for reception………………….$100

Additional Classrooms…………………………………..$15 each

Parlor…………………………………………………………………$15

Kitchen Use……………………………………………………….No Fee

 

Non-Member Weddings                                                                                                      

The Service of Christian Marriage is, above all else, a service of worship, parallel to the Sunday service which includes the proclamation of the Word with prayer and praise.  Christian marriage is proclaimed as a sacred covenant reflecting Christ’s covenant with the church.  Those who are present are understood to be an active congregation rather than simply passive witnesses.  In it, the man and woman coming to be married share with the church one of the happiest moments of their lives.

The following information is intended to help you plan for this important event:

  • Dates for the wedding shall be set in consultation with the pastor.
  • A security deposit of $75.00 is required to reserve your wedding date and rehearsal date.  Make your check payable to Grace United Methodist Church.
  • The rehearsal date is usually the day before the wedding.
  • Four (4) pre-marriage conferences are required of all couples being married at Grace.  These sessions should be arranged with Rev. Richards approximately two months prior to the wedding.
  • Please call the church office at 330-499-2330 to check the availability of the Sanctuary or the Chapel.
  • Our  Sanctuary can comfortable seat 175 guests.  The Chapel will comfortably seat 50 guests

In the United Methodist tradition, it is assumed that the pastor of Grace United Methodist Church shall perform wedding ceremonies.  At his discretion, another pastor may be invited to participate with him.  When a second pastor is sharing in the ceremony, Grace’s pastor will be the presiding pastor, anyone else will be assisting at his invitation and direction. Grace UMC’s organist will provide organ music for your wedding.  It is your responsibility to contact him and make arrangements.  Please check with the pastor if you prefer alternative music arrangements.  Your guests are asked to please conform to behavior appropriate for a church.  No smoking or consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed any place on the property.  Birdseed, petals, bubbles, etc. are to be distributed to guests only as they leave the building.   Rice is ONLY permitted with an additional custodial fee.  The church owns two candelabra which require 14 candles, 12″ tall with a  self-fitting base.  You will need to provide 14 high-quality dripless, smokeless (or beeswax) tapers.  If you plan to use a unity candle, you are responsible for providing your own. A custodial fee is charged and is mandatory.  The custodian will have the church cleaned and ready for your wedding.  It is your responsibility to leave the church in the same condition as you found it when you arrived.   Arrangements for the florist’s delivery are to be made directly with the custodian.  The custodian will open the church one hour before your wedding service.  If you need the church open earlier, you must make arrangements with the custodian.  The custodian will close the building when all have left. The rental of the church for weddings includes the sanctuary or chapel, two “dressing rooms,” and the restrooms nearest the sanctuary.  It is expected that your activities be limited to those areas.  If you need to use other areas, you can make arrangements through the church secretary at an additional expense to you. Your expense for church facilities and services are listed below.   The security deposit reserves your wedding date and should be paid as soon as your date is placed on the calendar to reserve the room. The security deposit is NOT part of your rental fees.  It is refundable after the wedding.  All other fees are to be paid one week prior to the wedding date.  Separate checks should be made for the pastor, organist, custodians and church fees. Please call the church office to make payment arrangements.

EXPENSES for Non-Members                                         Sanctuary              Chapel  

Rental for wedding and rehearsal………………………………………..$270                     $135

Custodial fee for wedding, rehearsal & reception…………….$120                    $120

Custodial fee for wedding and/or rehearsal only………………$100                   $100

Additional custodial fee for RICE usage………………………………$45                      $45

Sound System fee …………………………………………………………………….$70                       n/a

Organist’s fee for consultation, rehearsal & ceremony……..$95                      $95

Soloist’s fee…………………………………………….$50 minimum With Rehearsal              $45 minimum Without Rehearsal

~~~Extra sessions with soloist per half hour – $15

Pastor’s fee………………………………….$150

Security Deposit (refundable after wedding)……………. $75

   Reserves wedding date and rehearsal date-to be paid on the day the church is booked.

 Non-Member Optional Charges

Use of 7-branch candelabra…………………………………………………………..$20

Family Life Center for reception………………………………………………….$300

Additional Classrooms……………………………………………………………………$30 each

Parlor…………………………………………………………………………………………………$30

Please call the church office at 330-499-2330 for additional information or to book your wedding.