your upcoming wedding!
We hope you will be blessed with many years of
You are about to enter into a covenant between
you and God.
By celebrating with a wedding ceremony at CENTRAL
CHRISTIAN, you are inviting God to be present in your
marriage and to bless it.
Because this ceremony
is taking place at CENTRAL CHRISTIAN, and not merely a
rented hall or home, there are certain procedures, requests
and requirements that will need to be adhered to as
befitting a ceremony in the House of God. CENTRAL
CHRISTIAN will work alongside you to make sure that this is
a sacred event appropriate for both YOU and CENTRAL
Central Christian Church does not host wedding receptions,
however, there are many fine reception halls that we can
recommend, within a short distance from the church building.
1. This document
should be clearly understood and signed by the Couple
(stating that they
have read, understand and will abide by the Policy), at
the time of setting the calendar date.
THE COUPLE will be considered the sole contacts for all
information and direction regarding the ceremony at Central
delegates at CENTRAL CHRISTIAN
Director, Wedding Ceremony Coordinator and Sound Engineer)
will be responsible to assure that the wishes regarding
the ceremony come from them..
The CEREMONY CHECK LIST assures that the proper documents
PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER'S AGREEMENT, etc.) arrive in
the CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH office in a timely manner.
Click the tab for a PDF version of the
Clergy | Officiant
The Senior Pastor at CENTRAL CHRISTIAN will be happy to
perform your ceremony, if you wish.
If it is your preference to invite a Guest
Minister to participate or perform your ceremony,
must receive a
letter from the Guest Minister requesting to perform the
ceremony at CENTRAL CHRISTIAN.
This letter is
required in the Church Office prior to setting your
wedding date on the calendar.
The person performing the ceremony will need to
be a licensed or ordained minister of good standing in
Wedding Ceremony Coordinator
Our church Wedding Ceremony
Coordinator will assist and serve as a liaison between you
(THE COUPLE) and the church staff.
The Coordinator is familiar with the Central
Christian Church building and its wedding policies, has
knowledge of wedding etiquette, and is skilled in directing
Coordinator will work with you to:
regarding church policy
with church personnel assisting with your wedding,
rehearsal with the
officiating minister, and
*supervise the flow
of the ceremony.
Even if you
have assigned a WEDDING COORDINATOR outside of Central
Christian Church, the CHURCH WEDDING COORDINATOR will need
to be present (as a representative of the CCC Properties
Committee) during your rehearsal and wedding ceremony)
The Officiant (Presiding Minister) and Wedding Ceremony
Coordinator and Sound Engineer will consider THE COUPLE to
be the Official and Sole contacts for any direction
regarding all details of the ceremony at Central Christian.
suggestions, requests regarding the ceremony, rehearsal,
etc...should be directed to THE COUPLE for them to approve
and pass on to the necessary person.
Scheduling your Wedding
The date of your wedding will be
tentatively scheduled at the initial consultation with the
Wedding Ceremony Coordinator.
The Wedding Ceremony Coordinator will then review
your requested date with the CCC Pastor and CCC Organist for
placement on the church calendar.
While CCC usually
can schedule your wedding on the date of your choice
sometimes an alternate date may be needed, due to calendar
The church Sanctuary or the Schuster
Chapel is available for weddings.
The bride and attendants use the rest room/dressing
facility adjacent to the Chapel.
The men dress in the Youth Lounge on the lower level.
The persons making the facility reservation are responsible
for any damage to equipment, furniture or furnishings.
The PIANO, CHAIRS, LECTERN and PULPIT
(and the organ
console, to a certain extent) are all movable and may be
moved for your ceremony.
The COMMUNION TABLE
will not be
Furniture should be moved or removed by the church's
Property Team personnel only.
Our Wedding Coordinator will consult with the
Property Team to make the arrangements, at the Couple's
FOOD, DRINKS AND PETS ARE NOT
PERMITTED IN THE SANCTUARY AT ANY TIME.
SMOKING OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON
An elevator is available at the
Tenth Street Chapel entrance.
Please make arrangements with the Wedding Ceremony
Coordinator because special instructions are necessary.
Floor plans of the Sanctuary and
Chapel are available upon request.
Tacks and tape, including masking
tape, are prohibited.
Bows may be attached to the pews with elastic bands
or plastic clips.
The church's candelabra are available for use without
charge; however, the Bride & Groom are required to purchase
the candles through the church office.
Drip-less Wedding candles, Unity Candles and holders
will need to be furnished by the Bride & Groom.
The removal of wedding decorations is also the
responsibility of the Wedding Party, immediately following
Flowers may remain in the sanctuary after the wedding by
notifying the Wedding Ceremony Coordinator 2 weeks prior to
The use of
birdseed, rice, feathers or glitter on church property is
If an aisle runner is being used, the sanctuary aisle is 50
feet long, excluding the chancel and chancel steps.
Please note that there are 14 rows of pews on the
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
The Central Christian Church Pastor, at present, does
not provide Pre-Marital Counseling...although he will meet
with the couple at least twice 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.
- According to
Central Christian Church policy, the organist of Central
Christian Church coordinates all music for weddings using
It is also Church policy that
all music played
after the seating of the family should be sacred, and live
(no recorded trax).
This policy does leave room for secular/sentimental
music in the Pre-Ceremony time/seating of the guests.
The term "sacred" is broad and takes on a variety of
styles and context.
An appointment with the staff organist should be made 2
months in advance for THE COUPLE.
The organist can provide a variety of music
selections to choose from, help find and secure soloists,
arrange for music rehearsals, etc.
The 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 Organist and pass those selections on.
The Organist will also need names and contact
information for all other musicians chosen by the COUPLE.
The WEDDING CEREMONY COORDINATOR, 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
It is the
responsibility of the COUPLE to make sure that all
participants are present, if possible, and on time.
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
SOUND SYSTEM -
A member of the church Sound Team will operate the sound
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
- The Wedding Ceremony Coordinator will obtain the services
of the custodian.
Custodians will be present during rehearsal and the
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.
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.
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
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
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.