It’s easier than you think!
1.The Wedding Coordinator and Pastor.
Our church has a wonderful, experienced Wedding Coordinator, Linda Lis. Linda will work with you on the logistics of the service as well as the rehearsal. She’ll be present at both to make sure things run smoothly. Once your wedding is scheduled Linda will contact you. Pastor Rich usually meets with each couple at least 3 times. During each of these meetings time is set aside for ceremony questions and planning.
2. The Organist.
You’ll need to sit down with our organist, Tudor Bota, to plan the music for your wedding. He’ll play his favorites for you and let you decide. You can also come with your suggestions and requests. You may reach Tudor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. A Soloist?
Special music adds a lot to the service. We can set that up for you, or you may wish to contact someone yourself. We do suggest choosing a soloist who has some experience singing at weddings.
4. A Hymn?
Do you want to sing a hymn at the start of the service? Some people choose a hymn(s) about love. Others just sing their favorite hymn(s). Here are some suggestions from our Chalice Hymnal:
#2: “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”
#517: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
#53: “Morning Has Broken”
#499: “When Love is Found” (tune: The River is Wide)
5. A Poem?
Would you like a poetry reading for your service? You can google “wedding poems” for suggestions.
6. Bible Readings.
We recommend two to three Scripture passages for your service. Here are some suggestions: (go to bible.oremus.org for the NRSV translation)
Song of Solomon 2:8-10, 14, 16, or 8:6-7
Matthew 7:21, 24-29
John 15:9-12, 12-16
Romans 12:1-2, 9-18
I Corinthians 13
Ephesians 5:21-33 or 25-33
l John 3:18-24
I John 4:7-12
7. Here are the traditional wedding vows & ring exchange:
I, ____________, take you, ____________, to be my wedded wife/husband,
to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse,
for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish, as long as we both shall live.
Here are the usual words for the ring exchange:
_______, I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love and faithfulness,
and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
You may write your own wedding vows and ring exchange. You may amend what’s printed above. You can also say something to each other in your own words, and then use the traditional vows.
So as you can see, your basic task in planning the ceremony is selecting readings & music. We’ll do the rest!