Wedding Guidelines and Expenses


CONFIRMING A DATE

Check the availability of building and staff for your desired wedding day by contacting Gwen our Administrative Secretary by email (fumcgwen@ymail.com) or phone 412.450.8532. A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to confirm your date on the calendar.

PREMARITAL COUNSELING IS REQUIRED

We confirm that marriage is a sacred covenant and that couples are wise to engage in pre-marital conversations with a counselor prior to their wedding day. Please make arrangements with our pastor to have these discussions or talk with him/her about other acceptable resources.

The pastor is a trained PREPARE facilitator and will use this as the basis for your premarital conversations with him.

DESIGN OF WORSHIP SERVICE

Couples will work out the details of the worship service in conversation with the pastor and the music director.

MUSIC

Our Director of Music and Organist, Tim Coles, is happy to work with you to make the music in your wedding very meaningful. You are encouraged to research your favorite wedding music prior to contacting him, although he can provide a wide variety of options. Tim is available to provide keyboard (organ and/or piano) music as well as vocal selections. Please contact Tim no later than 2 months prior to the wedding date. If you have family or friends who would like to also provide a special music offering, please provide their contact information to Tim at timcoles@comcast.net.

WEDDING REHEARSAL

Successful rehearsals lead to less stressful weddings. Please allow 1.5 hours in your schedule for your rehearsal. Also, have ALL persons participating in the worship service present – the wedding party, parents, readers, musicians, etc.

FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS

Our church facilitator will be on-site to greet your florist 90 minutes prior to the wedding worship service.  A Crash (white runner going down the center aisle) is NOT permitted as it is a tripping hazard to guests.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Having photographic memories of the day is important, but it is essential that photographers and/or videographers respect the worship experience and not interfere with this sacred ceremony.

WEDDING COORDINATORS AND CHURCH FACILITATORS

Your personal wedding coordinator is a very valuable asset to you in caring for the many details of your wedding. Our staff will care for everything that needs addressed at the church. If you are contracting a wedding coordinator who will be present at the church, she/he may assist our church facilitator as needed.

DRESSING ROOMS

You and your wedding party are welcome to dress at the church. Please make prior arrangements so we are sure to have appropriate rooms available for you.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

We seek to be environmentally friendly, so if you wish to use something to enrich your exit from the sanctuary be sure to obtain prior approval from the staff. Rice, confetti, and bird seed are not acceptable. Bubbles are an appropriate option.

FEES

Our intent is to keep fees as reasonable as possible, but we must maintain our facilities and compensate our talented staff.

Sanctuary:
Non-refundable “Save the Date” Fee* $200
Rehearsal & Wedding $1,000
Total $1,200
Winter Weddings Utility Surcharge: Nov–Mar $175
Clergy:
Pre-Marital Counseling, Rehearsal & Wedding $500
Rehearsal & Wedding $250
Organist:
Rehearsal & Wedding $200
Church Facilitator:
Rehearsal & Wedding $200
Wedding only $100
Fellowship Hall & Kitchen for Reception: $900
See Staff for Details
*Upon receipt of the $200 non-refundable deposit, your date will be confirmed

PAYMENTS:

$200 non-refundable deposit to confirm date.

All other payments are to be paid no later than two weeks prior to the wedding. Please see staff if you need names for check-writing.

Revised, January, 2017