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Wedding Guidelines

In 2003 the St. Mark’s Wedding Guild was organized with the intention of:

  • Providing aid to Couples who wish to hold their wedding at St. Mark’s.
  • Providing aid to the Pastor before, during and after the wedding service.
  • Clearly defining the policies of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in the area of weddings and helping carry them out.


With that in mind a new set of Wedding Guidelines were written and approved by the Church Council.  These guidelines are available in the church office for anyone to read and are given to every prospective Bride & Groom who inquire about using St. Mark’s for their wedding. The guidelines can be downloaded below.


The guidelines begin with a section by Pastor entitled “Marriage: From a Pastoral Perspective.”

Other sections with instructions, suggestions and policies include:  Planning Your Wedding;  The Marriage Service;  The Rehearsal;  Arrangements for Facilities & Participants;  Arrangements for ReceptionPolicy on Honoraria and Fees;  St. Mark’s Policies on Decorations;  St. Mark’s policies on photography;  Suggested Scripture Readings for Weddings


To the prospective Bride and Groom:  Since as a Christian, you will want a Christian marriage, you should contact the Pastor as soon as you begin to make plans.  You should clear with him all dates involving him and the use of the church facilities before making any other plans; reservations or orders for printed invitations.


In the Lutheran Church a wedding is not a “ceremony” but a “service” of the church, and is conducted in St. Mark’s to the glory of God who ordained the holy estate of matrimony.  Your marriage should be approached from this point of view.  No marriage can be solemnized by the pastor unless he is convinced that God’s blessings may properly be asked upon it.


We request that you read the Wedding Guidelines carefully before making plans for your service.  You will be held responsible for upholding all of St. Mark’s policies.

Robert Rhyne,
Nov 3, 2011, 6:56 PM