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