DECORATIONS DURING HOLIDAY SEASONS
Central Christian is often decorated for special church seasons such as Thanksgiving, Advent/Christmas, or Easter. If your wedding is scheduled during a season when the church is highly decorated, you should expect to use our seasonal decorations in your own decorating theme. Although these decorations will need to remain in place as they are, you may add to them, as you desire.
Pre-marital counseling is required for any couple wishing to be married in the Central Christian Church Facility. The Officiating Minister does not necessarily need to provide this, but a signed document from whomever is the counselor, explaining that sessions are either finished or continuing, will need to be presented to the Central Christian Church Office prior to the Wedding Ceremony. The Central Christian Church Pastor is also available to provide Pre-Marital Counseling, and (whether providing Pre-Marital Counseling or not) will need to meet with the couple at least once prior to the ceremony to discuss details with them.
THE WEDDING REHEARSAL & CEREMONY
THE OFFICIANT – The Presiding Minister is responsible for all components of the service.
MUSIC – According to Central Christian Church policy, the Pianist/Organist of Central Christian Church coordinates all music for weddings using musicians. It is also Church policy that all music played, after the entrance of the Bride, should be appropriate for a Wedding Worship Service in a Church Sanctuary, and “live” (no recorded music trax or accompaniment trax). This policy does leave room for secular/sentimental music in the Pre-Ceremony time/seating of the guests and parents, and also following the Recessional of the Wedding Party. The term “appropriate” is broad and takes on a variety of styles and contexts.
An appointment with the staff Pianist/Organist should be made 2 months in advance for THE COUPLE. The Pianist/Organist can provide a variety of music selections to choose from, help find and secure soloists, arrange for music rehearsals, etc. The Pianist/Organist’s responsibilities include (but are not limited to) meeting with the Wedding Couple to assist in music selection, playing for the rehearsal (up to one hour), playing Pre-Ceremony music (20-30 minutes), playing for the ceremony, accompanying soloists, playing Post-Ceremony music as the guests depart.
If the COUPLE has already made music decisions within the context and parameters of this agreement, they should contact the Pianist/Organist and pass those selections on. The Pianist/Organist will also need names and contact information for all other musicians chosen by the COUPLE.
REHEARSAL – The WEDDING CEREMONY COORDINATOR, PIANIST/ORGANIST, SOUND ENGINEER and OFFICIANT will be available for one hour, at your rehearsal, and will strive to make sure that your rehearsal is efficient and that you are comfortable with the following day’s proceedings. It is the responsibility of the COUPLE to make sure that all participants are present, if possible, and on time. Time to decorate for your ceremony may be set with the WEDDING COORDINATOR and the CHURCH OFFICE…you are not limited to the time you have during the rehearsal, to do your decorating.
SOUND SYSTEM – A member of the church Sound Team will operate the sound equipment. Central Christian has a limited inventory of sound equipment, please discuss your needs with the WEDDING CEREMONY COORDINATOR to make sure there is adequate coverage for soloists and instrumentalists.
CUSTODIAL CARE – The Wedding Ceremony Coordinator will obtain the services of the custodian. Custodians will be present during rehearsal and the wedding.
PHOTOGRAPHY ‘ Photos taken before the ceremony must be completed 45-30 minutes prior to the ceremony. Photos taken after the ceremony should not exceed 1 hour. NO FLASH PICTURES TO BE TAKEN DURING THE CEREMONY. (“THE CEREMONY” is defined as beginning with the seating of the Parents just prior to the Processional and continues THROUGH the Recessional of the Wedding Party.) Video cameras are permitted, but they must be unobtrusive and stationary. A “WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER’S AGREEMENT” will be given to the photographer, and must be signed by the photographer prior to the ceremony before the photographer will be allowed to take any photographs. The “WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER’S AGREEMENT” is an addendum to this document.
Prior to the rehearsal, the marriage license and the marriage certificate are to be presented to the Officiating Minister. The COUPLE are required to complete the portion of the marriage certificate titled “Record of Marriage” in its entirety. The license and certificate are obtained from the Office of the Clerk of the County of residence of either one of the members of the couple. Once signed, it is the legal responsibility of the OFFICIANT to send the document to the County Clerk.