Weddings at Messiah
Updated June 2012

WEDDING POLICY

Members/In House:

  • Active members of MLC receive first priority in scheduling the facility and the Pastor for weddings, rehearsals, and receptions over any other events EXCEPT worship services.
  • Fees:
    • Use of Facility Fee:   Suggested donation of $250, but negotiable considering
                                          extenuating circumstances
    • Organist Fee:          $200
    • Custodial Fee:         $50 – Wedding only

  $100 – Wedding and Reception together

    • Pastoral Fee:           Waived for members
  • No deposit required to hold church building.
  • All fees must be paid on the last rehearsal prior to the wedding day (separate checks made out to individuals).
    • Scheduling and fees paid to additional musicians (soloists, instrumentalists, etc.) must be handled separately by the wedding party.
  • The couple to be married is asked to schedule meetings with the Pastor for pre-marital counseling and wedding service planning.
  • Church office is available, if needed, to create a standard wedding service bulletin (limit 200) – any additional materials, invitations, or handouts are the wedding party’s responsibility.
  • Couple is responsible for acquiring the marriage license, and providing the license to the Pastor on or before the wedding day.
  • The Church office will complete the license and submit the document to the proper authority.
  • The Fellowship Hall is available for a reception following the service, if desired, at no additional cost.
    • Alcohol (beer and wine/champagne – no hard liquor) may be served in moderation – a representative of the church must be present, and there is an additional $50 fee for their time.
  • The couple will provide information required to the Church office for the completion of the record, and the creation of a wedding certificate.
  • The wedding will be entered into our church register as an official ceremony of the church, and those records will be kept in accordance with the MLC Constitution and By-laws. (Church register records constitute an “Official Document” if the original license is damaged or lost.)

 

Non-Members/In House:

  • “Non-member” of MLC is defined as “not currently considered an active member of MLC according to our Constitution and By-laws”  i.e., relatives of active members, or formerly active members are considered “non-members” and must:
    • Take second consideration behind active members in scheduling of the facility
    • Pay appropriate fees
  • Fees:
    • Use of Facility Fee:   $250
    • Pastoral Fee:           $300
    • Organist Fee:          $200 ($50 addtl if required at the rehearsal)
    • Custodial Fee:         $50 – Wedding only

  $100 – Wedding and Reception together

  • $50 deposit required to hold the building.
  • All remaining fees must be paid on the last rehearsal prior to the wedding day y (separate checks made out to individuals).
    • Scheduling and fees paid to additional musicians (soloists, instrumentalists, etc.) must be handled separately by the wedding party.
  • The couple to be married is asked to schedule meetings with the Pastor for pre-marital counseling and wedding service planning.
  • Church office is available, if needed, to create a standard wedding service bulletin (limit 200) – any additional materials, invitations, or handouts are the wedding party’s responsibility.
  • Couple is responsible for acquiring the marriage license, and providing the license to the Pastor on or before the wedding day.
  • The Church office will complete the license and submit the document to the proper authority.
  • The Fellowship Hall is available for a reception following the service, if desired, at no additional cost.
    • Alcohol (beer and wine/champagne – no hard liquor) may be served in moderation – a representative of the church must be present, and there is an additional $50 fee for their time.
  • The couple will provide information required to the Church office for the completion of the record, and the creation of a wedding certificate.
  • The wedding will be entered into our church register as an official ceremony of the church, and those records will be kept in accordance with the MLC Constitution and By-laws.  (Church register records constitute an “Official Document” if the original license is damaged or lost.)

 

Members/Alternate Location:

  • Active members of MLC must coordinate schedules with the Pastor in order to schedule a wedding service in a location other than the Messiah Lutheran Church property.
  • Fees:
    • Pastoral Fee:             $300
    • Organist Fee:            $200 ($50 addtl if required at the rehearsal) 
  • All fees must be paid on the last rehearsal prior to the wedding day.
    • Scheduling and fees paid to additional musicians (soloists, instrumentalists, etc.) must be handled separately by the wedding party.
  • The couple to be married is asked to schedule meetings with the Pastor for pre-marital counseling and wedding service planning.
  • Church office is available, if needed, to create a standard wedding service bulletin (limit 200) – any additional materials, invitations, or handouts are the wedding party’s responsibility.
  • Couple is responsible for acquiring the marriage license, and providing the license to the Pastor on or before the wedding day.
  • The Church office will complete the license and submit the document to the proper authority.
  • The Fellowship Hall is available for a reception following the service, if desired – additional suggested donation of $100 for use of Fellowship Hall, but negotiable considering extenuating circumstances.
    • Alcohol (beer and wine/champagne – no hard liquor) may be served in moderation – a representative of the church must be present, and there is an additional $50 fee for their time.
  • The couple will provide information required to the Church office for the completion of the record, and the creation of a wedding certificate.
  • The wedding will be entered into our church register as an official ceremony of the church, and those records will be kept in accordance with the MLC Constitution and By-laws. (Church register records constitute an “Official Document” if the original license is damaged or lost.)

 

 

Non-Members/Alternate Location:

  • “Non-member” of MLC is defined as “not currently considered an active member of MLC according to our Constitution and By-laws”  i.e., relatives of active members, or formerly active members are considered “non-members” and must:
    • Coordinate schedules with the Pastor in order to schedule a wedding service in a location other than the Messiah Lutheran Church property.
    • Pay appropriate fees.
  • Fees:
    • Pastoral Fee:             $300
    • Organist Fee:            $200 ($50 addtl if required at the rehearsal) 
  • All fees must be paid on the last rehearsal prior to the wedding day.
    • Scheduling and fees paid to additional musicians (soloists, instrumentalists, etc.) must be handled separately by the wedding party.
  • The couple to be married is asked to schedule meetings with the Pastor for pre-marital counseling and wedding service planning.
  • Church office is available, if needed, to create a standard wedding service bulletin (limit 200) – any additional materials, invitations, or handouts are the wedding party’s responsibility.
  • Couple is responsible for acquiring the marriage license, and providing the license to the Pastor on or before the wedding day.
  • The Church office will complete the license and submit the document to the proper authority.
  • The Fellowship Hall is available for a reception following the service, if desired – additional suggested donation of $100 for use of Fellowship Hall, but negotiable considering extenuating circumstances.
    • Alcohol (beer and wine/champagne – no hard liquor) may be served in moderation – a representative of the church must be present, and there is an additional $50 fee for their time.
  • The couple will provide information required to the Church office for the completion of the record, and the creation of a wedding certificate.
  • The wedding will be entered into our church register as an official ceremony of the church, and those records will be kept in accordance with the MLC Constitution and By-laws.  (Church register records constitute an “Official Document” if the original license is damaged or lost.)

 

 


 

 

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