Marriage is the committed, lifelong union between a man and a woman. It is celebrated and contracted as a solemn covenant before God, and in the company of at least two witnesses. The union of husband and wife in heart, body and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy, for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity, and, when it is God’s will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord.
The clergy, staff and congregation of St. Andrew’s want each wedding to be glorious. For that reason, the church has published policies for all weddings held at St. Andrew’s. Experience has taught us that the wedding of which you have dreamed will be much enhanced when all parties concerned are familiar with the policies from the beginning.
Because marriage is a sacramental rite of the church, and because, as the Book of Common Prayer warns, marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, each couple seeking to be married at St. Andrew’s must meet the following policies:
At least one party (but preferably both) must be a confirmed member of St. Andrew’s. Those getting married within a church are saying that they want their family life to become part of the life of the parish. We look forward to incorporating those couples marrying at St. Andrew’s into our church family. The couple must consent to the Church’s teaching about the nature of Holy Matrimony, and must sign the Declaration of Intent testifying to that consent.
The couple must participate in premarital counseling with the officiating clergy.
No wedding date is put on the calendar officially until the premarital counseling has begun and the Rector approves the date.
The couple must fill out and return promptly the Wedding Information papers to the Wedding Coordinator. Once a couple has started their premarital counseling with the clergy and the wedding date has been approved by the Rector, the couple may begin working with St. Andrew’s Wedding Coordinator who will be available to assist them with the wedding details.
The marriage service will follow the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
Diocesan policy is that marriages are not performed in Advent or Lent except by permission of the Bishop.
Sacred music is very important to St. Andrew’s and we have developed an extensive list of music that has been approved by our Choirmaster. If you have a request for music not on this list, St. Andrew’s Choirmaster will be glad to discuss this with you, but it must be recognized that some popular compositions are not appropriate.
If you are not a member of St. Andrew’s and would like to find out what requirements must be met for non-members to be married here, please call us.
For any additional information or for questions regarding weddings at St. Andrew’s please call the church office: Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm. (817) 332-3191.