Wedding Policy

Summary of Wedding Policy for The Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island

We, as members of The Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island, believe that a wedding is an act of Christian worship and a service of Christian covenant making.  We believe that it is the duty of the church to expect that its members will make every effort to conform to the laws of God with respect to marriage.  Our understanding of marriage leads us to believe that a couple seeking permission to be married in this church should share a common Christian faith and a common intention to build a Christian home together.  We cannot in good conscience, provide our sanctuary for persons to be married without clear evidence of commitment to the faith community. 

Policies for Scheduling a Marriage Ceremony

 *All interested parties must speak with our pastor for consideration.

*The pastor of this church will officiate or co-officiate the ceremony.  A guest pastor requires permission by the Session and the pastor of this church.

 *All wedding requests must be approved by the Session.

 *Pre-marital counseling is required and can be conducted by either pastor.  Written verification must be submitted to the Session.

 *No wedding will preempt church activities and no wedding will be scheduled on a Saturday followed by a first Sunday (due to preparation for Holy Communion).

 

Directives for Use of the Sanctuary

 *The Music Director/Organist of this church is responsible for the music of weddings and will help with the selection of music, coordination of soloist, instrumentalist and rehearsals.

 *Only appropriate music may be used.  No taped music is allowed. Book of Order W-4.9005

 *The Wedding Coordinator will be the contact person during the planning of and execution of the wedding ceremony. 

 

 

Use of Photography and Floral Arrangements

 *Absolutely no flash photography may be used by the photographer or by guests.

 *No additional lighting is allowed.

 *Sanctuary furnishings may not be moved.

 *Florists and wedding planners will refer to the wedding policy for usage guidelines.

 

Fees and Honoraria

*Non-members must pay $1,000.00 for use of the Sanctuary.

 *Pastor Honorarium is $250.00

 *Organist fee is $395.00

 *Custodial fee is $100.00

 *Wedding Coordinator fee is $100.00

(Please do not send fees until your request to be married in this church has been approved by the Session.)

 

Additional Information

Contact the Wedding Coordinator, Margaret McCord, 843-889-2889 or by E-mail: jmmccord6@att.net

 

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