As couples prepare for their wedding, our aim is to help and lend support, encouragement, and affirmation during the preparatory time and at the time of the marriage. The anticipation of a wedding is such a delightful time. The focus is on the future, a new kind of future for the couple, their families and their extended families.
St. Martin’s believes that our first duty concerning weddings is to our members and their children. For this reason, the bride or groom (or either of the couple’s parents) must be an active member in good standing, which means baptized, confirmed in the Episcopal Church, participates in stewardship by maintaining a pledge, and attends Church services at St. Martin’s on a regular basis.
The wedding fee schedule is as follows:
The Church – $2,000
Christ Chapel – $1,500
Marriages are not traditionally celebrated in Advent and Lent because these are penitential seasons during which times festal liturgies, such as weddings, are not appropriate. Diocesan policy is that weddings during Advent or Lent should only happen in the case of serious, pressing, compelling pastoral need.
For more information regarding weddings in the Episcopal Church, please visit the wedding page on the Diocesan website.
For more information regarding wedding customs at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, please download St. Martin’s wedding guidelines manual.
Marriage Preparation Class
The Marriage Preparation Class is required for all those who desire to be married at St. Martin’s. Led by our Associate for Pastoral Care and Women’s Ministries, the Rev. Lisa R. Neilson, the two-hour class focuses on the theological and practical aspects of Holy Matrimony. It is a chance for the Church to help equip and encourage couples as they prepare for their life together. We believe pre-marriage preparation is an essential component that assists the couple in laying a Christ-centered foundation. Couples do not need to be members of St. Martin’s to attend this class. However, it is tailored to those who have never been married. If you are planning to have your ceremony at St. Martin’s and have been previously married, please contact Allie Hippard for special counseling requirements.
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