July 26, 2014

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WEDDING GUIDELINES

 

Congratulations & Blessings on your upcoming wedding!

Below is a list to help you with your wedding plans at Parkway.

 

STAFF

  • One of our pastors will officiate at your ceremony.
  • If you wish to have a different pastor than the ones on staff at Parkway officiate or assist at your ceremony, please discuss this with our pastors.
  • A wedding facilitator will be assigned to you. This is not a “wedding coordinator.”  This person is a member of our church and will be assisting at the rehearsal and wedding ceremony.  You will meet this person at the rehearsal.

 

PRE-MARITAL CONVERSATIONS

  • Prior to the wedding the officiating pastor will meet with you at least three times in the pastor’s office. Please contact a pastor and set up the first appointment; the church phone number is 314-872-9330. You can email Pastor Kevin Cameron at kevin@parkwayucc.org.
  • To help facilitate your wedding you will complete a wedding data form and return it to the church as soon as possible.

PLANNING THE WEDDING SERVICE

  •  Dates and times for weddings and rehearsals are reserved through the church office administrator in consultation with the pastors. Reservations for the building are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  You will be asked to sign a rental agreement and submit the building fee before your wedding date is set on our calendar. Your wedding date will be held for 2 weeks – if the church office administrator has not heard from you or received paperwork/building fees, the date will be released.
  • You can plan your wedding music with our organist, Barbara Raedeke (636-861-7076).  It is important you contact her to confirm the date you have selected.  If she is not available, other musician recommendations will be offered. If you wish to have another organist or other musicians at your wedding, please discuss this with our organist.
  • The music at your marriage service should enhance and beautify the reverent, God-centered spirit of the ceremony.    Our organist will be able to offer appropriate suggestions.  The organist in consultation with the pastors has final approval on all musical decisions.

AT THE REHEARSAL

  • A rehearsal is necessary for most weddings. Approximately one hour is needed, and the time will have to be arranged at the mutual convenience of the pastor, the couple, and space availability. The officiating pastor is in charge of the rehearsal and will give complete and detailed instructions.
  • The Parkway wedding facilitator will also be in attendance at the rehearsal.
  • All persons in the wedding party (maid/matron of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, ushers, etc.) and parents are to be present at the rehearsal.
  • The LICENSE should be brought to the rehearsal and given to the pastor to keep until the ceremony.    

THE WEDDING DAY

  • Furnishings may be moved only in consultation with the wedding facilitator.  You are responsible for returning them to their original location before leaving the building.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed on church property.  Smoking is not allowed inside church buildings.
  • Dressing/waiting rooms for the wedding party are available.  The use of these rooms will be part of your contract and require no extra fee.
  • The church is not responsible for lost or stolen gifts and/or property brought to the church building during the rehearsal or the day of the wedding.  Please take everything with you when you leave.
  • Bride and groom may be showered outside with birdseed, or bubbles.  Please no rice.
  • NO flash pictures are to be taken during the service, except as members of the wedding party come down the center aisle for the processional and again for the recessional. No photographers or videographers, professional or amateur, may be stationed any closer to the front of the chancel than halfway.  You should advise professional and amateur photographers of these regulations in advance of the service.  Please remind photographers/videographers to check in with the pastor on the day of the wedding.
  • Videographers may position a stationary camera in the corner of the chancel area with pastoral approval.

RECEPTIONS

  • Our Fellowship Hall may be used for wedding receptions. To reserve it, contact Mona, the church office administrator, at (314) 872-9330 or info@parkwayucc.org .
  • If using the Fellowship Hall, you are responsible for setting up and taking down tables & chairs.  It is helpful to designate one person to be responsible for this so they can coordinate this and other items with the wedding facilitator.  This person must be present throughout the wedding and reception.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed on church property.  Smoking is not allowed inside church buildings.

WEDDING COSTS

  • Building fees are to be paid in full to the church office administrator at the time of reservation. Make checks payable to Parkway United Church of Christ.
  • Pastor, Organist and Wedding Facilitator honoraria are to be paid directly to the individual and should be dropped off at the church office two weeks prior to the ceremony.  Pastor honorarium includes three pre-marital sessions, rehearsal, and ceremony.  Organist honorarium includes one consultation with the couple and music at the ceremony.  Wedding Facilitator honorarium includes rehearsal and ceremony.

BUILDING FEES  (due at time of reservation)                                                         

New Sanctuary (seats 300)  – $500.00

Historic Sanctuary (seats 150) - $500.00

Fellowship Hall – $300.00

Heritage Room – $100.00

           

STAFF HONORARIA    (due 2 weeks before the ceremony)

Pastor  -$200.00

Organist/Pianist - $200.00

each rehearsal with soloist – $  35.00                                

Soloist  (pay at rehearsal)  To be decided by you and soloist

 Wedding Facilitator - $100.00                       TBD

                       

FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

(revised April 2011)

 

 

Again, congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Blessings as you live these exciting days!

 

PARKWAY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

2841 North Ballas Road,St. Louis,MO 63131

Telephone (314) 872-9330      Fax (314) 872-9014

www.parkwayucc.org      info@parkwayucc.org