The Wedding Manual

Planning Your Wedding
As An Act of Worship & Covenant

A WEDDING PREPARATION MANUAL
Provided by
Ginter Park United Methodist Church
1010 West Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227

Telephone (804) 262-8651
Fax (804) 553-3132

www.ginterparkumc.org
(Revised February, 2010)
 

Now that you are preparing for marriage…
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! The Ginter Park Church family rejoices with you! Marriage is a holy covenant and we are glad to be part of this special time in your lives.
This booklet is intended to give you all the guidelines and information necessary to make your wedding a meaningful one, and assure that the day and surrounding tasks run smoothly.
You will need to meet in person with me, or one of my associates for pre-marital counseling. This is important for several reasons. First, it will give us an opportunity to get to know one another. Second, it will enable us to discuss issues that will play a central role in your marriage – common values, hopes and dreams, children, religious background and spiritual convictions. Third, it will give us the opportunity us to talk about marriage in general and your wedding service in particular. We look forward to meeting with both of you and assisting in making this a special and memorable time.
 
       The Rev. Dr. Dennis Lipke
       Pastor

 
 
 
 
 
 
INTRODUCTION
The Christian wedding ceremony at Ginter Park United Methodist Church includes two primary commitments. One commitment is the personal covenant which a bride and groom make with each other: "…to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death…”
The other commitment is the religious covenant, which a bride and groom make with God to understand their life together in relation to Christian community (not necessarily United Methodist). This second commitment is implicit throughout the marriage ceremony in the language, the symbols, the location (before the altar), the officiant (the minister), and the expressed intention to those who will be married under the authority of the Church.
The Senior Minister of Ginter Park United Methodist Church is under an obligation to counsel all persons desiring to be married here, and to determine that it is the sincere expectation of such persons to enter into both of the above commitments.
At Ginter Park United Methodist Church, we perform marriage ceremonies for both members and non-members. In order to be considered a member of Ginter Park United Methodist, one person to be married must have had their membership on file for one year prior to the date of the wedding. In addition, we ask that you participate in the life of the church through regular participation in worship, and other activities, and that you are known to the treasurer of our church.
The Senior Minister, at his/her discretion, may elect to marry non-members of Ginter Park United Methodist Church. In such a case, we would welcome your participation in our worship and life of the church and require that you follow all guidelines in this manual. Sometimes couples ask if another clergyperson may perform the ceremony here at Ginter Park United Methodist Church or participate in the ceremony. The Senior Minister or a member of the Ministerial Staff at Ginter Park United Methodist Church shall conduct all wedding ceremonies at this church. Participation of any other clergyperson in the wedding ceremony shalll be at the discretion of the Senior Minister.
The procedures here outlined are not intended to complicate or make difficult the Christian wedding ceremony.  They are intended to clarify the meaning of being married "in the name of Jesus Christ" and to preserve the historic integrity of what it has always meant to be married in and by the Church.
 

CONTACTING THE MINISTER
The Minister is available to help with your wedding plans, provide you with assistance in planning a meaningful wedding, and counsel in preparation for marriage.  The Minister is available for all premarital counseling sessions during regular office hours, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. (and after hours, by appointment.) To insure that the time you request can be honored, contact the Church Office and Minister well in advance. Several sessions with the couple will be required to prepare for the wedding and marriage. The Minister may be reached by contacting the Church for an appointment. Our Church policy states that the Senior Minister or another member of the Ministerial Staff at Ginter Park United Methodist Church shall perform all weddings at the Church. Please bring this manual to the first consultation with the Minister.

STEPS TO SCHEDULING A WEDDING
1. Call the Church Office (262-8651) and speak to the Church Secretary about the availability of the sanctuary/chapel for the date and time you are requesting. The Church Secretary will send you a wedding manual and will consult with the Minister concerning her availability. Please note the following restrictions: No weddings shall be scheduled from mid-December (Advent II) through January 6th (Epiphany). In addition, no weddings shall be scheduled from the Saturday proceeding Palm Sunday through Holy Week and Easter. Also, no weddings are scheduled on the following holidays and the weekends closest to those holidays:  4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving. Also, no evening weddings after 5:00 PM shall be scheduled on the first Saturday of each month.
2. No wedding ceremony will be confirmed on the church calendar until the initial forms have been completed and returned to the church office. In addition, non-members must submit a refundable security deposit of $100.00. The security deposit will be returned to you after the wedding has taken place and an inspection of the building has been made. After the competed forms and deposit have been received at the Church Office, the couple shall contact the Senior Minister and schedule the first meeting.
3. Following contacts with the Church Office and Minister, the couple shall schedule a meeting with our Organist/Minister of Music, Jerry Field (804-262-8651). A form is included in this information that shall be returned to him prior to the meeting. A copy of the form for wedding music shall also be returned to the church office after the couple has met with the Organist/Minister of Music. You may also want to keep a copy for your files. Please fill out all forms completely as possible prior to meeting with the Organist/Minister of Music

4. The couple shall also contact a member of the Altar Guild. The contact point is Jean Taylor (427-5038). The services of the Altar Guild and church’s Wedding Coordinators shall be used for all weddings at Ginter Park United Methodist Church. The couple shall meet with the Wedding Coordinators at least 2 months prior to the wedding date.
5. Any Mistress of Ceremonies or Wedding Planner shall follow the direction of our Wedding Coordinators and shall meet with the Wedding Coordinators at least two weeks prior to the wedding.
If you wish to cancel the date scheduled for your wedding, you shall contact the Church Office 45 days prior to the wedding date for a full return of the deposit. 

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
A valid marriage license from the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk of the Commonwealth of Virginia shall be in the hands of the Minister at least two weeks before the wedding rehearsal date.  Application may be made at the Clerk of the Court's Office of the jurisdiction where either the Bride or Groom lives. The license is good for 60 days.  No waiting period is required between the issuance of the license and the wedding ceremony. Two documents are issued: a license and a Certificate of Marriage. Both documents shall be given to the Minister who will file the completed license with the Court. Any visiting clergyperson shall be licensed to perform marriages in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For further information call the Clerk of Court's Office in the county or city in which you reside.

THE WEDDING CEREMONY
Each couple and each wedding is unique. The Minister will discuss with the couple the Service of Marriage of the United Methodist Church. Special additions such as unity candle and/or scripture readings will be discussed at this time. In addition, the Bride and Wedding Party shall respect, at all times, that the Church is a place dedicated to the worship of God. Behavior in this space shall reflect this. Running, shouting and playing in the church is not allowed. Children shall not be allowed to play in this area and shall be supervised at all times. The sanctuary is to be ready for worship one hour before the service, and the sanctuary shall be vacant one hour after the ceremony has ended. All decorations, photography and video set-ups, as approved by the Senior Minister, shall be completed two hours before the beginning time of the ceremony. No animals of any kind shall be allowed to participate in the wedding, unless they are needed as guide animals.
The Church's Altar Guild will contact the bride regarding rehearsal and wedding procedures in the Church and will assist the Minister in directing the rehearsal and ceremony.  They will also provide an acolyte to light candles in the service, if desired. Ginter Park United Methodist Church Altar Guild also provides a Mistress of Ceremonies to help in the direction of your wedding. No other wedding directors are necessary, however, you may use one if you chose. However, all wedding directors shall agree to operate under the direction of the Minister and the Altar Guild.
We do not provide tracking!!! Suggest that the couple contact Coleman’s Florist for this (or their own florist may also be willing to provide this.). Cost for this runs around $85.00.  The paper or plastic tracking is not suitable to be used – people slip on it too easily!!
Bulletins shall include these statements:
Please turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices.
Flash photography is not allowed during the worship service.
After the service, you may take pictures.

MUSIC
As soon as the date for the wedding is cleared with the Minister and has been posted on the Church calendar, the bride shall contact the Organist/Minister of Music to discuss the music for the wedding. At this time, the Organist/Minister of Music will discuss his availability, the music for the wedding, the use of soloists and/or other instrumentalists and fees. The Organist/Minister of Music is responsible for ALL music at weddings. Meeting with the organist is mandatory. No other musicians may be used in the ceremony without the approval of the Organist/Minister of Music. A convenient time for the Organist/Minister of Music to meet with couples is at 12:30 PM following Sunday worship services. Other times may be scheduled that shall be mutually convenient.
Music is used to enhance the occasion and to add joy and dignity to the wedding ceremony. Music selections will be in keeping with the traditional music used at the 11:00 AM services at Ginter Park United Methodist Church. (Non-liturgical and other music are more effective when used at the reception.) The Organist/Minister of Music, in consultation with the minister, shall determine the acceptability of selected music for this service.
When possible, we suggest that members of the church’s choir be used as soloists in weddings. These soloists are competent musicians, familiar with the style of music used at weddings. All pre-approved musicians shall provide 2 original copies in the proper key of approved music to be used. All musicians shall know their music thoroughly prior to the rehearsal with the Ginter Park Director of Music. Soloists shall not participate in the wedding rehearsal.

SPECIAL NOTE
The use of alcoholic beverages is PROHIBITED in United Methodist churches and on all adjoining property. If alcoholic beverages are discovered on the property, your deposit will be forfeited. Smoking is also prohibited in all church buildings.
 
 
Here are some scripture lessons that are appropriate for weddings.  This is not an exhaustive list.

OLD TESTAMENT
Genesis 1: 26-28, 31
Genesis 2: 18-24
Psalm 30 (widow & widower)
Psalm 33: 1-5
Psalm 37: 3-7
Psalm 67
Psalm 100
Psalm 103
Psalm 145:9-21
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Isaiah 55:12-13

GOSPEL
Matthew 5:1-12
Matthew 19:4-6
John 2:1-11
John 15:9-17

EPISTLE
Romans 8:31-39
Romans 12:1-2, 9-18
Ephesians 5:2, 21-33
Ephesians 3:14-21
Colossians 3:12-17
1 John 4:7-12
1 Corinthians 13
Hebrews 11:1-2
1 John 3:18-24
1 John 4:7-16

 
 
 

FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS
The Church is a place of worship of God; therefore, all decorations shall be in keeping with the sacred nature of this space. Since our Senior Minister is highly allergic to lilies, no lilies shall be used. This applies whether or not the Senior Minister is officiating.
The Bride-to-be will want to make arrangements for floral selections with the florist of her choice well in advance. After the florist has been selected, they shall consult with the Altar Guild regarding the arrangement of flowers. A single floral arrangement for the altar may be used. This arrangement should not be over 24“wide, 22“deep and 18-20“in height. If a florist is used, they will be responsible to provide protective materials to be placed under all floral tubs, and other floral arrangements in order to protect carpet, floors, and furnishings. The use of additional items that affect the decor shall be determined in consultation with the Mistress of Ceremonies and the GPUMC Altar Guild. Standing candelabra, altar candles, and a kneeler are available at the Church. Candles may only be used in the Chancel where the floor, carpets and other furniture can be protected. A unity candle stand is also available for your use. Candles for this shall be provided by the Bride, and it is suggested that these be candles made for use as unity candles with the largest candle being drilled out at the bottom so as to not break. Other candles other than altar, candelabra or unity candles shall not be used. For any questions, please contact the Altar Guild.

The church does not have tracking available. We suggest that you contact Coleman’s Florist to provide this or your own florist.
NO TACKS, NAILS, TAPE OR GLUE MAY BE USED TO FASTEN ANY DECORATIONS TO THE FURNITURE OR BUILDING.
The florist shall be responsible for any damages caused from any decoration they provide.  The florist shall contact the Altar Guild to arrange for an appropriate time for flower delivery.  Decorations must be removed directly following the ceremony.  The Bride shall advise the florist of these guidelines.
The furniture or furnishings may not be removed from their positions in the church.  Kneelers shall not be moved, stood upon, nor have items placed upon them.
 

Traditional seasonal church decorations shall remain in the church for all weddings.
If desired, altar flowers may be left at the Church after a wedding for use on Sunday. In such cases, arrangements shall be made with the Church secretary as soon as possible so that an appropriate notice may be included in the Sunday bulletin.
The building should be left in the condition in which it was found.  The wedding couple will be responsible for any damages to the building, furniture and fabric coverings. Damage shall be subtracted from the deposit.

THE REHEARSAL
The rehearsal is usually held the day/evening before the wedding.  It helps the participants gain familiarity with what is expected during the service. All members of the wedding party, including ushers, and parents shall attend. It is essential that the wedding rehearsal begin on time. When all are present and on time, the rehearsal should not last over an hour. The Minister is in charge of the rehearsal. Other musicians, as appropriate, shall rehearse with the Organist/Minister of Music one hour prior to the wedding rehearsal, or at a mutually convenient time.

PHOTOGRAPHING THE WEDDING
Most couples desire the services of a professional photographer to capture highlights of the wedding event. Flash pictures, however, may be taken only before the wedding processional begins and after the wedding service. No pictures may be taken in the sanctuary one hour prior to the ceremony. The photographer may discreetly and in a non-distractive manner take non-flash pictures with a silent shutter from the balcony during the ceremony. Photographs of the bridal couple may be taken as they exit the church at the time of the recessional. It is appropriate to pose for pictures with the entire wedding party immediately following the ceremony. Video taping (without auxiliary lighting) of the service shall be done from the balcony only. Video operators shall agree to abide by the Church's rules. There will be no extra lighting and no wiring strung in the Chancel area, down the aisles or over the balcony. Remote microphones for the wedding party are not allowed because of problems with audio frequencies. Photographers and video operators are required to contact the Minister at least one hour before the wedding to review this policy. We also ask that the ushers advise the wedding guests that no photographs shall be taken during the ceremony. This policy shall be stated in the wedding bulletin.
If photography lasts more than one hour after the end of the service, you will forfeit your security deposit.
 
THE WEDDING DAY
The Bridal party may dress and/or assemble at the Church in rooms designated prior to the ceremony. If the Church is to be used for dressing, please advise the church on the forms provided. It is suggested that the bride and other female members of the wedding party arrive two hours prior the ceremony if they wish to dress at the church. Because the day of the wedding can be very busy, please remember to make sure that all your personal belongings are removed from the church.
The Groom and Best Man should meet the Minister no later than twenty minutes prior to the ceremony in the Minister’s office.
Ushers shall arrive one hour before the time of the wedding. Candles shall be lighted at least fifteen minutes before the ceremony begins.  (The order for lighting the candles will be reviewed at the rehearsal).  The ceremony shall begin at the appointed hour.  All seating of guests, mothers, and music selections, etc., shall be completed by the appointed time of the wedding so that the processional can begin at the appointed hour.

OTHER REGULATIONS
It is suggested that guest books be used at the reception rather than at the wedding.  If used before the wedding, the book shall be closed ten minutes before the service begins; otherwise a backup of those wanting to enter the service is created, possibly delaying the beginning of the service.

The use of alcoholic beverages and smoking is strictly prohibited in any part of Ginter Park United Methodist Church or adjoining property.
For safety reasons, no birdseed, rice, confetti or other items may be thrown in the Church or on the church grounds.
No receiving line shall be used in the Sanctuary following the service.  Photographs shall be taken immediately after the service in the Sanctuary.

MARRIAGE LICENSE AND FEES
All fees due to the Church shall be paid two weeks before the wedding, due at the Church Office. This includes all fees paid directly to individuals. It is the responsibility of the bride and groom to obtain the necessary marriage license. (See legal requirements). Bring the marriage license to the rehearsal and give it to the minister.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFEKEEPING OF PERSONAL ITEMS
The Church cannot be held liable for such items if lost, stolen or damaged.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Seating Capacity of the Sanctuary: approximately 350
Nave is approximately 85 feet long (from altar). 
Handicapped restroom available on the same floor as the Sanctuary. A chair lift is available from the sanctuary level to the social hall.
A handicapped ramp is available at the Memorial Garden entrance.
The center pews seat 7 adults. The side pews seat 3 adults.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES for Non-Members
All checks are due in the church office 2 weeks prior to the wedding date.
Security Deposit          $200.00 Payable to Ginter Park Church
Use of Sanctuary                        $500.00 Payable to Ginter Park Church
Use of Chapel          $250.00 Payable to Ginter Park Church
Use of Social Hall         $500.00 Payable to Ginter Park Church
Minister's honorarium          $200.00 Payable to the Senior Minister
           (This includes all counseling, rehearsal and wedding.) 
Wedding Coordinators        $100.00  Payable to __________________
           $100.00  Payable to __________________

Organist/Minister of Music        $175.00  Payable to __________________
                     (This includes initial consultation, Wedding rehearsal -
     1 hour- and Wedding.)

Soloist/ other musicians         _____________  payable to _____________
Caterer fee           $250.00 -Payable to Ginter Park UMC
             (Includes 4 hours to set up, clean up,  & 2 hour        reception. Does not include dishes, linens, etc…)

Custodial services for a reception of under 100 guests
   $100.00 Payable to     
Custodial services for a reception of over 100 guests
     $175.00  Payable to
Use of Candles for candelabra $35.00 Payable to Altar Guild of Ginter
      Park United Methodist Church

Bulletin preparation   $25.00  Payable to Ginter Park Church
      (Couple provides covers.)
     $25.00 Payable to Secretary
ADDITIONAL FEES AS APPLICABLE

Organist             $25.00 per each ½ hour rehearsal with
      each and every individual soloist and
      other instrumentalists.
      Payable to ________________               

FEES FOR MEMBERS
When the bride and/or the groom are members of Ginter Park United Methodist Church, there is a nominal fee for the rental of the sanctuary, chapel or social hall. There is no fee for bulletin preparation.
Security Deposit  $100.00 Payable to Ginter Park Church
Use of Sanctuary  $100.00 Payable to Ginter Park Church
Use of Chapel  $50.00 Payable to Ginter Park Church
Use of Social Hall  $100.00 Payable to Ginter park Church
Organist/Minister of Music $150.00    Payable to _____________________
      (This includes initial consultation,
      1 hour wedding rehearsal and wedding.)

Wedding Coordinator   $100.00  Payable to _____________________
   
Caterer fee   $250.00       Payable to Ginter Park Church
      Includes 4 hours to set up, clean up and
      2 hour reception.
      Does not included dishes, linens, etc…

Custodial services for a reception of under 100 guests
    $100.00 Payable to

Custodial services for a reception of over 100 guests
    $175.00 Payable to
Use of Candles for candelabra    
    $35.00 Payable to Altar Guild of
      Ginter Park United Methodist Church
ADDITIONAL FEES AS APPLICABLE
Organist   $25.00 per each ½ hour rehearsal with each and
    Every individual soloist and other instrumentalists
Soloists & Other
Musicians ______________________ payable to ____________

***ALL CHECKS ARE DUE IN THE CHURCH OFFICE 2 WEEKS
PRIOR TO THE WEDDING.
FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES SUMMARY for Non-Members
To be completed with the Wedding Coordinator and Submitted to the Church Office

WEDDING OF  ________________________________________________
DATE__________________      Pastor  ___________________________

FACILITIES/SERVICES:        Received
 
Security Deposit  $200.00  Payable to Ginter Park UMC   _______

Sanctuary   $500.00 Payable to  Ginter Park UMC  _______   
Chapel   $250.00 Payable to Ginter Park UMC  _______        
Social Hall   $500.00 Payable to Ginter Park UMC  _______

Caterer fee   $250.00 Payable to Ginter Park UMC  _______
Wedding Coordinators $100.00 Payable to _______________ _______

Minister’s Honorium $200.00 Payable to Rev. Dennis Lipke  _______
Organist fee   $175.00  Payable to ______________  _______
Custodial Services(wedding) $ 100.00  Payable to   _______
Custodial Services (reception)    $ 100.00  Payable to        _______

Candles    $35.00 Payable to Altar Guild of
       Ginter Park UMC    _______
      
Bulletin Preparation $25.00 / Per 100 Bulletins -
         Payable to Ginter Park UMC   _______
    $25.00 Payable to Secretary       _______
        
  TOTAL  $___________

Please remember that all fees are due in the church office 2 weeks prior to the wedding date.  No weddings shall be scheduled on the church’s calendar until all the initial forms and deposit are received.
    Fees due ____________by noon.
Person assuming financial responsibilities:
Name:________________________
Mailing Address:______________________________
         _____________________________
Telephone: ___________________________

WEDDING INFORMATION FOR THE MINISTER
And Wedding Coordinators
(To be completed in consultation with the Officiant)

Wedding Date_________________ Location _____________________       Time__________
Rehearsal Date_________________ Time_____________
Bride's full name_____________________________________
Cell Phone_____________  Work Phone ______________

Bride’s e-mail address ________________________________________________________
Home Address_____________________________________________
Date of Birth______________________
Occupation___________________
Employed by__________________________________

Number of this marriage__________ Divorced______ Widowed______
Church membership___________________________________________________
Parents’ names________________________________________ Attending wedding? ____
Groom’s full name____________________________________
Cell phone____________   Work Phone ________________

Groom’s e-mail address ______________________________________________________
Home Address________________________________________________
Date of Birth_________________
Occupation___________________
Employed by__________________________________

Number of this marriage__________   Divorced________ Widowed__________
Church membership_________________________________________
Parents’ names_________________________________________ Attending wedding? _______
Wedding bulletin to be used? __________
Responsibility for bulletin ____________________

Mistress of Ceremonies (if any)
______________________________________________________
Address _______________________________________________
Cell Phone ____________________
If Bride is to be presented in marriage, by whom__________________________________________
Maid/Matron of Honor_______________________
Best Man____________________________
Bridesmaids and Ushers___________________________
_______________________________________ _________________________________
_______________________________________ _________________________________
_______________________________________ _________________________________
_______________________________________      _________________________________
_______________________________________      _________________________________

Flower Girl, name and age  ______________________________
Ring Bearer, name and age   _______________________

Location of reception  __________________________________________
Florist & phone #__________________________________
Photographer & phone #______________________
Single/Double Ring Ceremony Number Guests______________
Requests______________________________________________________
Facilities requested:
_____Kneeler   _____Unity Candle
Will the wedding party dress at the church? _______________
Will the church need to provide bulletins for the wedding? ______________
Additional Dates for Consultations with Minister: _____________________________________
_____________________________________
Notes: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 
Seating Arrangements and Processional/Recessional Order

Ushers seat Groom’s Family     _______________________________         
Ushers seat Bride’s Family ______________________________
Processional
Minster, Groom and Best Man enter from hallway.
Ushers – Double file
Bride’s maids – Single file________________________________________
Maid or Matron of Honor or both (single file) ______________________
Ring Bearer   ____________________________
Flower Girl   _______________________________

Bride and Father (Bride’s mother should rise when the last attendant is in place at the front of the church - maid/matron of honor or flower girl/ring bearer.)
Recessional
Bride & Groom
Best Man & Maid or Matron of Honor
Ring Bearer and Flower Girl
Ushers and Bridesmaids (double file)
Ushers return for:
Bride’s parents    ________________________________
Groom’s parents  _________________________________
Bride’s grandparents _______________________________
Groom’s grandparents_________________________________

The congregation is then dismissed by the Minister. (Ushers DO NOT return to dismiss guests row by row.)
Wedding Music Information Form
Ginter Park United Methodist Church

*Music Consultation Date: _______________________ *Time: ______________________
*Rehearsal date_________________ Time_____________
*Wedding date_________________ *Location _____________________ *Time__________
*Bride's full name_____________________________________
*Home phone_____________

*Home Address____________________________________________________________
*Work phone________________
*Groom’s full name____________________________________
*Home phone____________

*Home Address____________________________________________________________
*Work phone________________
*Are either the Bride or Groom a member of Ginter Park United Methodist Church?
___yes ____ no  __________________________________________ name

*Bride’s church affiliation/denomination: ____________________________________________
*Groom’s Church affiliation/denomination: __________________________________________
*Number of Bridal Attendants: _____ *Maid/Matron : ________ *Attendants: ________
*Flower Girl: ____________________  *Ring Bearer: ______________

*Best Man _____________________  *Number of Ushers ____________
*Officiating Clergy: _____________________________________________________________
Names of other approved musicians participating: Vocal______________________________________
Instrumentalist(s): ______________________________________________________________

Note: All music use for the Service will be in keeping with the format/style of music used in the Ginter Park United Methodist Church sanctuary and will be approved by the organist. Pop songs; show tunes, etc. are more effectively used at receptions. Other musicians will rehearse with the organist one-hour prior the rehearsal time. Approved music shall be in the correct key with 2 originals.
Music: To be determined at Consultation
Item     Name of Selection      Composer______
Attendants Processional: _________________________________________________________
Bridal Processional: _____________________________________________________________
Recessional: __________________________________________________________________
Hymn Number: _______________ Hymn Name: ____________________________________
Hymn Number: _______________ Hymn Name: ____________________________________
Solo Name   Composer  Soloists  Service Placement
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Fee payments for other musicians will be the responsibility of the bride/groom.
Organist wedding fee: $______________________
A check made out to Rev. ___________will be due in the Church office two weeks before the Wedding Date.

_____________________________________   _______________________________________
(Signature - bride)                                      (date)  (Signature – groom)                                   (date)

 
INFORMATION FOR FLORISTS
We welcome your participation in an upcoming wedding at Ginter Park United Methodist Church. The Church is a place dedicated to the worship of God, therefore, all decorations shall be in keeping with the sacred nature of this space.
All decorations shall be complete at least two hours before the beginning time of the ceremony.
The Church's Altar Guild is available if you have any questions regarding decorations, and will be pleased to assist you regarding wedding procedures in the Church.
FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS
After the florist has been selected, the florist will consult with the Altar Guild regarding the arrangement of flowers. A single floral arrangement for the altar may be used. This arrangement should not be over 24“ wide, 22“ deep and 18-20“ in height. The florist shall be responsible to provide protective materials to be placed under all floral tubs, and other floral arrangements in order to protect carpet, floors, and furnishings. The use of additional items that affect the decor shall be determined in consultation with the couple to be married, Mistress of Ceremonies and the GPUMC Altar Guild. Standing candelabra, altar candles, and a kneeler are available from the Church. Candles may only be used in the Chancel where the floor, carpets and other furniture can be protected. A unity candle stand is also available for your use. Candles for this shall be provided by the Bride, and it is suggested that these be candles made for use as unity candles with the largest candle being drilled out at the bottom so as not to split or break. No other candles other than altar, candelabra or unity candles shall be used. For any questions, please contact the Altar Guild.
TACKS, NAILS, TAPE OR GLUE SHALL NOT BE USED TO FASTEN ANY DECORATIONS TO THE FURNITURE OR BUILDING. The Altar Guild has available special plastic pew ribbon holders. Please contact the Altar Guild for more information regarding their use.
The florist shall be responsible for any damages caused from any decoration they provide.  The florist shall contact the Altar Guild to arrange for an appropriate time for flower delivery.  Decorations shall be be removed  following the ceremony.  If desired, altar flowers may be left at the Church after a wedding for use on Sunday. Please advise the Altar Guild if this is to be done.
Church furnishings shall not be removed from their positions.  Kneelers shall not be moved, stood upon, or have items placed on them.
Traditional seasonal church decorations shall remain in the church for all weddings. These shall not be moved or altered in any way.
The building shall be left in the condition in which it was found.

INFORMATION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS
We welcome your participation in an upcoming wedding at Ginter Park United Methodist Church. The Church is a place dedicated to the worship of God. Therefore, we ask that all activities associated with photographing or videotaping the ceremony shall be in keeping with the sacred nature of this space.
All photography and/or video set-ups shall be complete two hours before the beginning time of the ceremony.
PHOTOGRAPHING THE WEDDING
Most couples desire the services of a professional photographer and/or videographer to capture highlights of the wedding event. Flash pictures may be taken only before the wedding processional begins and after the wedding service has ended. No pictures may be taken in the sanctuary one hour prior to the ceremony. The photographer shall, discreetly and in a non-distractive manner, take non-flash pictures with silent shutter mechanism from the balcony during the ceremony. Photographs of the bridal couple may be taken during the recessional. It is appropriate to pose for pictures with the entire wedding party immediately following the ceremony.
Video taping (without auxiliary lighting) of the service shall be done from the balcony only. Video operators shall agree to abide by the Church's rules. There will be no extra lighting and no wiring strung in the Chancel area, down the aisles or over the balcony. Remote microphones for the wedding party are not allowed because of problems with existing audio frequencies.
The photographer and video operator shall contact the Minister at least one hour before the wedding to review this policy.
Ushers shall advise the wedding guests that no photographs may be taken during the ceremony.
The building shall be left in the condition in which it was found.
Up to one hour following the service has been allotted for you to take pictures.
 

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